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Where to Find Pomegranate Molasses in DC/Balt/Annapolis Area?

If memory serves, my bottle of pomegranate molasses came from the Harbor East Whole Foods.

Nov 29, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Charcuterie in Baltimore

Too late for Thanksgiving but for future reference: if you want to put together a charcuterie plate at home, go to the Wine Source in Hampden, which has been secretly morphing into one of the best sources of cheese, charcuterie, and other nibbles in the city. If going out, go to Grand Cru in Belvedere Square.

Nov 29, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Food trucks in Jessup, MD. Any info?

During a semi-regular pilgrimage to R&R Taquería in the Shell station at the intersection of rt. 175 and rt. 1 (go there now), I noticed the following, all within a mile or so of that location, scattered along the highways south and east of there:
-two taco trucks
-one pupusa truck
-one Korean truck (big sign: "BULGOGI")
-a BBQ stand
-a Dominican restaurant

I am intrigued. Anyone have any reports on these or other food spots in that area?

Sep 28, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

What am I doing wrong at Piedigrotta Bakery?

Piedigrotta is most famous for its (disputed) tiramisu connection.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

It's been several years since I stopped by the (now-defunct) Cross Street Market location, so my memory is hazy, but if I went again, I'd start with the desserts.

Sep 18, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

BBQ--looking for the best

Two more suggestions for you: Andy Nelson's just north of Baltimore and Black Hog BBQ in Frederick. I don't know if either of these is "the best" but they're both good to very good (depending on the day) for pulled pork.

Sep 10, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great cheap food near Johns Hopkins' main campus?

Not a grocery store, but she should check out the Waverly Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings at E 32 Street and Barclay Streets.
http://www.32ndstreetmarket.org/

Sep 10, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Food Trucks?

Here's more on the food truck gathering tonight (perhaps I'll see some of you there):
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011...

Jul 08, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore - Where can I find Ca phe sua da (Vietnamese Iced Coffee)?

All of the Vietnamese places in Catonsville have it: Pho Saigon, Pho Nam, and Pho #1.

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Pho Nam Restaurant
6477 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228

Pho Saigon
1116 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

Jun 07, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Timonium?

I live around the corner from Holy Frijoles, and it's not worth walking two minutes for, let alone driving for fifteen. If you're going to go out of your way for Mexican, go all the way down to Eastern Avenue. Actually, none of the places in Hampden mentioned here are worth going out of the way for, they are simply decent neighborhood places. But while in Timonium, check out Andy Nelson's and the Pennsylvania Dutch Market.

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Hampden Cafe
4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

Holy Frijoles
908 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Jun 03, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ethiopian near U St/ 9th (DC)

Group is only six, would that require a reservation?

Here is what I've read about Shashamene:
http://tylercowensethnicdiningguide.c...
http://www.yelp.com/biz/shashamene-wa...

May 26, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ethiopian near U St/ 9th (DC)

I'm taking a group for Ethiopian near U St/9th later in the week (for logistical reasons, I'm ruling out other Ethiopian places, hence NoVA Ethiopian, or Ethiopic are out, although many of them sound interesting). I'm in Baltimore now, and I haven't lived in DC for over three years, so my knowledge is a little rusty -- I used to frequent Queen Makeda, and I've been to Habesha Market, Etete and Dukem and several other places many times, but I'm not sure what the current best is, though I gather that QM is gone, while Etete and Dukem are still popular. Any other recs? Anyone been to Shashamene (mentioned by Tyler Cowen)? Other things I shouldn't miss?

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Etete
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Queen Makeda
1917 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

May 24, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Steaks in College Park

Ray's.

As a side note, for any question of the form "is there good X in College Park", and X is not "divey Afghan restaurant", the answer is no.

Apr 28, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

What prepared foods are you looking forward to eating at the JFX market?

If the mushroom stand is there and serving their oyster mushroom fritters, get them.

Mar 31, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Food Trucks?

I must be in the minority because I found Curbside Cafe to be completely, utterly unexceptional. I would be thrilled for a good taco or burrito truck, but this is not it.

Mar 23, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best authentic Mexican in Baltimore?

Mexican and Spanish are two very different cuisines (actually, two different collections of very regional cuisines). Two good spots for Mexican street food (tortas, tacos, etc.): Tortilleria Sinaloa in Fells Point, R&R Tacqueria at the junction of rt.1 & 175 (a bit east of Columbia).

Mar 16, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore SMOKED Brisket

I haven't seen brisket at Neopol, but I know that they only do some items for special occasion or special order. Call them.

Mar 16, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Salice Salentino in NoVa?

I've seen Taurino Salice Salentino at many stores in the DC/Balt area (I'm in Baltimore these days, so my specific recs will be less useful to you), usually for $10-12. They also make a wine called Notarpanaro from the same grape variety. The wine is from Apulia, so if you're in a store that arranges its wines geographically, look for wines from southern Italty (wines from Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria and a few other regions are typically grouped together under this description).

Feb 28, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

trumpet mushrooms

I got some dried black trumpets from a mushroom vendor at the Waverly farmer's market a few weeks for $5/oz. Never had them before, but they were delicious.

Feb 27, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Grace Garden - Chinese in Odenton

Here's a (low-quality) photo of it from two nights ago. There are photos of many of the dishes on the walls of the restaurant.

Feb 01, 2011
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

ex-DC chowhound returns. to Baltimore.

Thanks for the tip on McCabe's. I will almost certainly go back since we'll be nearby, but it helps to know what they do best. I also haven't been to Matthews yet, but it's on my list.

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McCabes
3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

Dec 26, 2010
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

ex-DC chowhound returns. to Baltimore.

Hello chowhound, it's been a while. I spent the summer in Baltimore and returned for good a few weeks ago. Some highlights so far:

-Andy Nelson's in Cockeysville: As a displaced North Carolinian by birth, I thought the pulled pork was delicious, but I was underwhelmed by the sauces. Brisket was not bad either, though I am still new to the concept of pit beef. What else should I check out?

-Phở Nam in Catonsville: phở is a major comfort food for me (I had some interesting experiences trying to obtain it while living in a small city with no Viet population), so I was really happy to find this place, and have already been back. I tried Mekong Delta a couple of years ago and was underwhelmed -- is there anything in the city on the level of Phở Nam?

-Belvedere Square has already become a favorite. I know Atwater's is well-regarded, and I think they're decent, although the baguettes leave something to be desired (Is there anyplace that makes decent baguettes or am I out of luck? Major points for decent pain aux cereales). But I also like Neopol and Grand Cru. btw, Neopol had smoked scallops yesterday (they tell me they only have them on holidays or by advance request) -- if you happen to be there when they have them, they're very tasty.

-I've known about JFX for years, and although I haven't fully explored it, over the summer I ventured there several times just to eat the oyster mushroom fritters. They are seriously addictive.

-Between Trinacria, Ceriello's, and DiPasquale's, I'd rate DiPasquale's higher, although it's a matter of degree. They also have the best pizza in a comparison between them, Isabella's, Iggie's, and Joe Squared, although there must be better. Where is it?

-I'll be living and working in Hampden. Spro has seriously excellent coffee, but the rest of the places I've tried in the neighborhood (Hon, Dogwood, Grana, 13.5, McCabe's) have been decent but not amazing. Is there anything I've overlooked?

What else should I check out? As this list hopefully indicates, I'm not opposed to traveling a good distance in search of food, although I'd be delighted to find things that are close to home.

I'd also be interested if someone could fill me in on Lake Trout and other local specialties. Finally -- are there local chow meals like the ones organized by Steve in the DC area?

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Grand Cru
Arlington, VA, Arlington, VA

Mekong Delta Cafe
105 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201

McCabes
3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

Dec 25, 2010
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

ex-DC chowhound returns. to Baltimore.

Hi chowhounds. I'm a longtime poster who used to be fairly active on this board, mainly on DC-related topics. Then I moved to another city that had never heard of chowhound, or for that matter decent Asian food.

Later this year I'm moving to Baltimore, and as it happens I've got a few weeks over the summer to look around and check out various neighborhoods. So: what are your choices for the best neighborhoods for chow in Baltimore? Where should I eat? And where should I shop? I'll most likely be in the city, and in any case for the few weeks I'm here in the summer I won't have a car.

To make things more concrete, in DC I greatly enjoyed the profusion of Ethiopian (in the city), Korean (in Annandale) and Vietnamese (in Falls Church). But I'm not looking to replicate that experience and I'm generally open to any type of cuisine, though fresh and local is a plus. I haven't spent a great deal of time in Baltimore, but I've been impressed with the markets I've been to (JFX, Lexington, Cross Street). I don't know much about restaurants, though. I'm looking forward to learning about the city, though, so let me know what you've got!

Jun 14, 2010
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

Edinburgh

Believe it or not, there are non-Michelin-starred restaurants in Edinburgh that are good, even though you would never believe that from reading most of the Edinburgh chowhound posts. Three good options in New Town:
-The Dogs (but definitely skip its sister restaurant Amore Dogs).
-Urban Angel
-L'Escargot Bleu

If you can be more specific about what you're looking for, you'll get more specific advice.

May 12, 2010
alopez in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh - Rice Terraces Filipino restaurant

I have to add a dissenting counterpoint to the above rave. I visited here out of curiosity based on this post and sampled several dishes. While they weren't terrible, they were far from amazing. The kare kare, a dish of oxtail and tripe (as stated on the menu) appeared to contain neither, merely stew beef (I did like the accompanying shrimp sauce, though). Several dishes were oversalted (including the adobo). Best thing I had was probably the ukoy (a fried appetizer). Overall it seemed to me that the food had been tamed for local palates. The restaurant is certainly an interesting alternative for Edinburgh and I wish them well. But alas it's not worth getting too excited about.

Apr 15, 2010
alopez in U.K./Ireland

Ex-DC chowhound in town for one dinner. Where? Ethiopian?

Hi folks -- I'm a former DC hound back in your fair city for one dinner. Nothing fancy, but room for a half dozen friends or so. I moved away in early 2008; former haunts included Queen Makeda, Colorado Kitchen, Chez Auntie Libe, suburban Vietnamese. Logistically it will be better for me to be in the city, ideally on a Metro route between DCA and suburban Maryland. Leaning towards Ethiopian on 9th St but open to suggestions. Where should I go for one dinner?

Mar 12, 2010
alopez in Washington DC & Baltimore

[Edinburgh] The Witchery

I sort of doubt that this was recommended by locals as I have noticed the chatter about the Witchery is mostly amongst the tourists. Also bear in mind that for places outside the U.S., including Edinburgh, a lot of the conversation on chowhound is from other tourists. There are a few Edinburgh chowhounds on here (especially in the last year or so), but the traffic is so light that most of us check in infrequently, and from what I can tell a good amount of the conversation is still amongst non-locals. As has been noted elsewhere on these boards, when the conversation is happening mostly between tourists, it tends to become a feedback loop in which the same places are recommended over and over again, irrespective of their actual merit

Oct 13, 2009
alopez in U.K./Ireland

Flying to Edinburgh from US

The Guardian recently went against the trend and picked the Wee Chippy, just down the street from Anstruther Fish Bar, as the best place to eat fish and chips.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

I was in Anstruther this weekend and went to the Wee Chippy, mainly on account of the queue being *much* shorter than at AFB, and can confirm that they do really good fish and chips. Reportedly most of the other small East Neuk fishing villages (Crail, Pittenweem) have great options as well, and they're only a few miles apart and surely less crowded, so it's not necessary to focus exclusively on this one place.

Oct 13, 2009
alopez in U.K./Ireland

Looking for Restaurant Recommendations in Edinburgh

For casual, Urban Angel (2 locations) and The Dogs (but not Amore Dogs) on Hanover St. are among the best in the city.

Oct 13, 2009
alopez in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh chowhounds?

Just a small correction: Mellis has (at least) 3 locations: Victoria Street in Old Town, Baker's Place in Stockbridge, and Morningside Road in, well, Morningside. But Clark's on Bruntsfield Place is at least as good as Mellis.

http://www.clarksfoods.co.uk/

Other than that, I would largely agree with this list (especially The Dogs, Urban Angel, and Tail End), except for Rainbow Arch and the Mosque, which are both mediocre. Chop Chop and Kampong Ah Lee are good for Edinburgh, but quite frankly very average examples of their representative cuisines. Most of the curry shops are also pretty average, though I've had some good dishes at Mezbaan and the Broughton Street Khushi's (which doesn't seem to be related to the Southside restaurant of the same name).

For bread go to Clark's. They get their bread from a local Frech baker who is easily the best in the city -- though it can be found in a few other outlets around town. For German style bread, go to Falko, practically across the street from Clark's (and also usually at the Saturday market on Castle Terrace). Sandwich platters at Falko make a nice lunch, as well.

Sep 03, 2009
alopez in U.K./Ireland

Where can I find pie in Edinburgh?

There is usually a piemaker at the Saturday market on Castle Terrace. Can't remember the name. They mostly make savory pies (which are quite good and a little more interesting than the standard steak and ale pie you'll find at your local butcher). But, they also usually have a handful of sweet pies -- e.g. rhubarb. You won't find the variety of sweet pies that you'd get in the U.S., but it's a start.

Jul 15, 2009
alopez in U.K./Ireland