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What food is indigenous to Miami?

Maybe indigenous isn't the right word. Just something you would miss if you moved away. Like crabcakes to a Baltimorean or Italian Beef to a Chicagoan.

Sep 30, 2013
KAZ in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What food is indigenous to Miami?

I need some help from Miami 'hounds. Each week I am recreating dishes indigenous to areas around the US and Miami is up next. I need help deciding what dish to cook (and potentially what drink to serve with it).

I don't necessarily want the first thing that pops into mind, but rather something that locals treasure. For example, without your help, I'll probably fall back on a Cuban sandwich, but we can do better than that.

To help give you an idea, Buffalo NY and Cleveland OH were recent takes. I avoided Buffalo Wings and went with Beef on Weck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef_on_weck_sandwich). For Cleveland, I made the Cleveland Polish Boy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Boy). What dish do local Miamians treasure enough that there is a wikipedia page for!

Hopefully that gives you an idea of the type of thing I am looking for.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 30, 2013
KAZ in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

best indian in Baltimore?

I'm no expert on Indian food, but I like Himalayan House on Fort Ave. Would be interested in others' thoughts.

Dec 03, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best lunch spot en route to the Inner Harbor?

I'd suggest Petit Louis. First it sounds like you plan on leaving the car at the hotel for your stay. You would need your car to get to Petit Louis, so you can take advantage on your way down. Its also on the north side of the city, so you could modify your route appropriately.

They have great french onion soup and a decent wine list. At lunch its casual, just not off-the-construction-site muddy casual. Jeans and a nice shirt and you'll be fine.

http://www.petitlouis.com/

Sep 25, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where would you go in Baltimore for *your* birthday??

For my birthday, I typically want to try a place I've never been to before. This year I went to Ten Ten and was very pleased.

Sep 17, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

College Students Looking to Branch Out

Still trying to wrap my head around being in college and going to the Charleston. Anyway, here are some recommendations for you:

Fried Chicken: Chuckies in Hollins market or Sunny's in NorEBo

Bruce Lee's Chicken in Cross Street Market. I always get the strips rather than the wings. Definitely a craving of mine.

Almost anything at DiPasquali's in Highlandtown. Order a bunch of stuff and share.

Sep 13, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Baltimore's Newest Restaurants

I agree with Hersch's being among the best of the new restaurants. Great pizza. I actually had great service while I was there (the owner was working the front of the house, the manager was attentive and friendly).

Its more of a date place, than a casual pizza joint. I'll be going back.

And parking isn't that bad. Particularly when you can park at home and walk.

Jun 04, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hull Street Blues revisited

I've been going to Hull Street Blues off and on for over 10 years. But I have to say that in the past few months over 4 or 5 visits, the food has really stepped up. The mussels have always been good and still are, but I had an excellent linguine and clam sauce dish, and a great piece of cod over flavorful palenta with crawfish and andouille sausage.

My guess is that they recently brought in some more talent in the kitchen. The menu, especially the specials, go beyond basic bar food and clearly someone in the kitchen has some Italian restaurant experience.

They do a $12 Tuesday that features about 6 dishes including a petit fillet and the linguine with clams sauce.

Anyone else notice a change for the better?

Jun 04, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Duda's in Fells Point

Annual Memorial Day Weekend bump ....

May 24, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore restaurants with fireplaces?

Hull St Blues has a fire in the Commodore room. Their $12 Tuesdays are a great deal too. Here was last week's choices:

Crab Cake with 3-mustard aioli. Petit Filet with horseradish cream. Rigatoni tossed with sausage and marinara. Seared Sea Scallops with linguine and pesto. Veal Saltimbocca - procuitto, provolone and sage. Linguine with white clam sauce. Seared Ahi Tuna with avocado lime salsa. Grilled Pork Loin with Napa cabbage pecan slaw and red chili lime aioli. Rigatoni A La Vodka with grilled chicken. Seared Day Boat Codfish with risotto and wild mushrooms (royal trumpet, oyster and crimini.)

Jan 23, 2012
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Polock Johnny's closing at Lexington Market

Really sad. That was my go-to, fall back option for lunch. It also doesn't comment well on the future of the market. Holding up the superblock on the westside might be the death knell.

Dec 29, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Made in the Baltimore Region

Natty Boh beer is no longer made in Maryland, though the Baltimore region comprises the majority of the market. Its brewed in North Carolina now.

If you want a beer, all the Clipper City brews are really good. So is Resurrection from Brewers Art.

I'd add Taharka Bros ice cream to the list.

Dec 13, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

What should I have for lunch today?

Simple question. I'm in downtown Baltimore and have about an hour.

What should I have for lunch today?

Nov 15, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fells Point with teenagers

This shows just how much Fells Point has changed in the last ten years or so. Ten years ago, I would have envisioned this post reading "2 teens looking to dump the old-foggie at a place with good steaks, seafood and apps".

"Great atmosphere" is not very specific. What do you mean? I like Duda's, atmosphere is great in a comfortable, friendly, local bar type of way. Good seafood, light on the steaks.

Nov 09, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

New Sichuan place on Washington Blvd. between W&L and Kirkwood

Admit it hon, you thought this was a new place in Pigtown. So did I.

Oct 20, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants & Bars Featured in HBO's The Wire

Not that it matters for the purpose of the original post, but the place was called Victor's Cafe. Long gone now.

Sep 02, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants & Bars Featured in HBO's The Wire

Here's the interior shot of the Harbor Way Inn. Its still there, but there is no sign. On Pratt just east of the MLK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6r2a2...

Aug 31, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants & Bars Featured in HBO's The Wire

Pretty sure Daniels and Pearlman initially hook up at that old place on the harbor where the new Marriott is now. I can picture it, but can't pull the name. Used to have a decent brunch with a great view. Who's got the stink of wisdom on them?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMqiIu...

Aug 31, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants & Bars Featured in HBO's The Wire

Ooops, absolutely correct. Clement and Jackson.

For posterity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHybA8...

Aug 31, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants & Bars Featured in HBO's The Wire

McNulty's drinking again ... at the Harbor Way Inn on Pratt street is where he picks up some floozies. Beleive me, they found the actress in a casting call, not the real Harbor Way Inn.

Also the bar used in Season 2 was in real life and the show called the Clement Street Cafe. It was on the corner of Clement and Covington. Its gone now. But "why don't you go work a bar stool down Clement St" is still one of my favorite lines of the show.

Aug 30, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants & Bars Featured in HBO's The Wire

Pretty sure McNulty got his kids to do the front and follow in the Northeast Market:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOb82d...

Aug 30, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Seeking recs - cinnamon buns in Baltimore

Here's some previous rec's on the topic. I'd be interested in some updates as well.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655987

By the way, I think Blue Moon is now open 24 hours, so that could work with your schedule.

Aug 19, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Duda's in Fells Point

Oops, sorry, I meant Memorial day Weekend. We usually go Saturday afternoon.

May 25, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Duda's in Fells Point

Bump. Another Memorial Day at Duda's!

May 25, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Does anyone know what happened to Pazza Luna

Rumors are that the owners of the building and Christa/Davide have reached some sort of agreement. Look for a Christa/Davide run Pazza Luna to be opening up again soon.

Then again, if you believe every rumor that comes out of Locust Point, the number 1 bus line would have been cancelled years ago.

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Pazza Luna
1401 E Clement St, Baltimore, MD 21230

May 09, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

Maryland Crab Puffs/Fluffs

I believe the new Sterlings stand in Lexington Market offers a crab fluff. I am not positive because for less than $2, I can't get beyond their fish cakes.

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Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Apr 29, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

suggestions for Bel Air, Havre le Grace MD?

Price's is the go to crab house for steamed crabs in HdG. I've never eaten in the restaurant, but have had the crabs at many summer get togethers. Always good. If you go, be sure to comment back here on the rest of the offerings. I'd be curious to know.

Apr 28, 2011
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

sandwiches in baltimore

Mastellone's is on Harford Rd inside the city line. I went for a sandwich there once and was told "Would you mind waiting 5 minutes, the bread is coming out of the oven". Now THAT"S a sandwich place!

Oct 07, 2010
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

sandwiches in baltimore

Ham, egg and cheese sandwich with LTM at Steve's Lunch in Cross St Market.

Oct 05, 2010
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore

restaurants near hippodrome in Baltimore

Definitely give Alewife a try. I've been there twice, once for just beer and then last night for beer and a burger. The smoked burger was excellent.

Its directly across the street and they open at 4.

Here's their menu: http://alewifebaltimore.com/menu.php

Give it a shot and please tell us what you think.

Sep 22, 2010
KAZ in Washington DC & Baltimore