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Single best Chowhound find in Baltimore

I went to Annabelle Lee's, having never heard of it before reading about it on Chowhound and really enjoyed it. A few months later, reviews started popping up in the Sun, etc. It was fun to feel a little ahead of the crowd on that one.

Similar story with Jack's Bistro, but slightly smaller lag to the reviews.

May 10, 2008
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Roland Park carryout suggestions

I live in generally the same area as you and have a few places that have worked for me recently:

Kabab Stop on Falls Rd. (Indian food) was recommended to me in a recent thread on delivery places and I was happy with my two meals from there.

Egyptian Pizza near Belvedere market also does delivery and carry-out. I had a falafel pita which was tasty and my wife liked her pizza from there.

Sista Sandra's on Riesertown Rd. is a little farther and I've only tried it for lunch, but I think they're open for dinner. It's BBQ / soul food. I've gotten carry-out from there 5 or 6 times and it's been consistently good.

Also in the BBQ vein, i can make Big Bad Wolf's or Andy Nelson's in about 15 minutes, but that depends on how you drive :)

I've also called in an order for carry-out from Sushi Hana's new location on Falls Road. Again, this was at lunch which was less busy than I've seen them at dinner, so I'm not sure how well they handle a dinner carry-out.

Mar 17, 2008
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best brunch in Baltimore

Has anyone tried the brunch at Abacrombie's? From the menu it sounds pretty good and given Abacrombie's reputation stands a good chance of living up to the best brunch in Baltimore criteria, but I haven't been.

Feb 20, 2008
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Restaurant Week

My wife and I ate at Aldo's about a year ago and really enjoyed it. The food was quite a bit better than the other Little Italy restaurants we had tried and the service was really outstanding. I can't speak to their Restaurant Week offerings, but since the relatively high price was the only negative at our meal, I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.

Jan 07, 2008
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore CSA options?

Can anyone provide details of how the CSAs work, especially differences between them? Can a couple make good use (they seem to be more targeted at larger families)? I've been interested in joining one but when I look at the websites I wonder if that's more vegetables than we can use.

Jan 04, 2008
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Delivery in Roland Park / Cross Keys

Thanks for the suggestions! It's nice to go from zero to two Indian places that deliver in a few weeks.

Roland Parker - Glad to hear that my experience with No 1 chinese may have been anomalous. I'll give it another try - any recommended dishes?

Jan 03, 2008
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Delivery in Roland Park / Cross Keys

Thanks for the suggestions maddogg. How does Yeti's compare to other Indian places around Baltimore? I've been looking for a good Indian place for a while and have been pretty disappointed in the standard recs.

Nov 28, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Visiting Hopkins--Dinner Recs?

A choice that's seemingly custom designed for the adventurous group, with one less adventurous member option is Tamber's Diner. They serve both Indian food and classic diner food. It's easy walking distance from the campus.

Here's the web-page: http://www.tambersrestaurant.com/

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Tamber's Indian Amer Cuisine
3327 Saint Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Nov 28, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Delivery in Roland Park / Cross Keys

I've recently moved to Roland Park (near Cross Keys) and have been looking for delivery options in the area with little success. I've mostly been going out to the restaurants in Hampden, but haven't seen any delivery options. So far, I've found:

- a Chinese delivery (No 1 Chinese on Roland and 40th) that was marginal, with decent Kung Pao, but scary orange beef

- S'ghetti Eddie's on Cold Spring, which I've found has pretty decent sandwiches, but I haven't been too fond of the other dishes on the menu

- a few pizza places, none of which were good enough to remember the names

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Nov 28, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

how to create a chowhound, Baltimore version

While it's a little cliche, I'd suggest a few of the small-plates places around town. That way the fun starts right at the ordering stage and there's always another dish coming if one doesn't work out. I haven't found a huge range of styles among the small plates restaurants in Baltimore, but Pazo, Mezze, and Lebanese Taverna are all pretty good. I personally like the atmosphere at Red Maple, though the food is a step below the other, but depending on your friend's preferences that could be an option.

The alternative is to hit some of the different pubs: Jack's Bistro (mentioned earlier), Peter's Inn, Brewer's Art, and Henninger's all serve good food in a relaxed bar setting (and you could dress it up a bit by visiting Salt, which other people seem to like, though I've been consistently disappointed in it).

If I had to pick one of these to get someone started, I'd probably go with Mezze, just because it's the most reliable in my experience.

P.S. The chocolate mac n' cheese at Jack's is interesting, but nothing to write home about in terms of taste - if you plan a trip around it, you may be a little underwhelmed. Their deep-fried s'mores on the other hand are exactly what they sound like and the one thing you won't be is underwhelmed.

Aug 24, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to get a good, but small cake in Baltimore?

Thanks! I went with Patisserie Poupon for this birthday (a pear and chocolate cake - not exactly classic, but it sounded too good to pass up), but with all the great suggestions am starting to wonder if maybe my wife would prefer two cakes this year.

Apr 18, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to get a good, but small cake in Baltimore?

My wife's birthday is coming up and I'd like to get her a cake for a nice (mid-week) dinner at home. It'll just be the two of us, so something on the smaller side would be ideal. Any suggestions of a good place to get a good, classic cake (and, if possible, your recommended cake from them) would be appreciated! Thanks!

Apr 17, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

night of the week special--UPDATE

Jack's Bistro has $12 entrees at the bar on Sundays.

Mar 30, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Intimidated by crab!

I was in exactly your situation last year and found the staff at Costas Inn to be really helpful. I went with my wife and my in-laws, with exactly zero crab picking experience between us, and had a great time. Since then, we've been a couple more times, and no longer need to ask what to do when they drop off the crabs. One caveat is that I think they get a lot of their crabs from the gulf, not local blue crabs.

Mar 21, 2007
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Southern food recs in Asheville, NC

I got back from my trip to Asheville and wanted to thank you all again for your tips and provide a short trip report (limited by my spotty memory - especially of the dishes I didn't order). In the end, we went to Limones, Tupelo Honey, Gabrielle's, and Early Girl Eatery. We didn't make it back to town for lunch, so we missed Salsa and 12 Bones.

Tupelo Honey and Early Girl were both breakfasts and big successes. I had the sweet potato pancakes at Tupelo Honey and the black-eyed peacakes (from the specials menu) at Early Girl. The sweet potato pancakes were fantastic and along with some biscuits and gravy filled me up well past lunch. The peacakes were something I had never had and were delicious.

Limones was dinner on our first night in town and provided a great way to get the weekend started. I had a berry / cayenne margarita to start, which was nearly perfect (my only (slight) critique is that the cayenne taste built up as you drank it, so by the end it dominated the taste of the drink). The menu was genuinely interesting and even where there were slight misses in the execution of dishes, they were easily out-weighed by the creativity of the dishes. A roasted tomato soup starter particularly stood out - flavorful and rich, without being heavy.

Gabrielle's was the only modest disappointment. The food was quite good, but more competent than interesting (the desserts were a particular disappointment). I had the rockfish was perfectly cooked and a high point of the meal. The service, however, was a step or two below what I would expect at that price level (especially since there were only four tables occupied in the restaurant). In particular, we got a poor reaction from the server when we didn't order wine with the meal and dishes were dropped off without any description.

Mar 19, 2007
ark in General South Archive

Southern food recs in Asheville, NC

Thanks everyone! I've copied down the addresses to your suggestions and will try to hit as many as I can.

Mar 09, 2007
ark in General South Archive

Southern food recs in Asheville, NC

Thanks for all the great info. I realize "Southern" is kind of a non-specific request, so I appreciate everyone's advice. If a restaurant that's Southern is a stretch, are there specific dishes / specialities in the same vein that I should be sure to try at the restaurants that have been recommended?

To follow up on a few of the specific comments: I saw the good reviews Zambra has, but since small plates are pretty well represented in Baltimore, wanted to venture out in a different direction while we're on vacation. With all the debate on Salsa, I'm eager to try it out and see for myself (though obviously we might not make every place on our list and lunch is likely to be the meal that's hard to plan for).

Mar 05, 2007
ark in General South Archive

Southern food recs in Asheville, NC

My wife and I will be visiting Asheville for a weekend from Baltimore and I was hoping to beef up the traditional Southern part of our restaurant itinerary. So far, we're tentatively planning on (based in large part on reading this board):

dinners at Limones and Gabrielle's,
lunches at Salsa and 12 Bones,
breakfast at Tupelo Honey.

Of those, though only 12 Bones and Tupelo Honey seem to have a Southern emphasis to the food. Any recommendations for something I can switch out for a more Southern place (without dropping too far in terms of the food)? The only other criteria I can think of is we'd like to have at least one dinner be a nice night out, which is the spot Gabrielle's is currently holding.

Mar 05, 2007
ark in General South Archive

Baltimore restaurant to relax after long week

It's been a really long week, but now it's almost over and I'm wondering where to go to decompress a bit. Ideally someplace with a fun, friendly atmosphere and good food. I'm close to Fell's Point, but not really up for a loud bar scene. Any help?

Sep 29, 2006
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great Casual Eatery in Baltimore

Depending on how big of eaters you are, Peter's Inn can be a really good deal as well. My wife and I often split three of their appetizers (which are pretty generous) between us and fill up. They have a limited menu though, so I'd suggest checking it out online (petersinn.com) to see if there's something that appeals to you.

Sep 15, 2006
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore birthday dinner with ethnic and vegetarian food

I've found the dishes at Helmand to be similar in character to Indian food. Not exactly the same of course (definitely less heat in the seasonings), but in the same general area. If the person in your party who won't eat Indian food is particularly picky, that might be an issue. That said, I like Helmand a lot and think it would be a nice choice for a birthday dinner.

Sep 11, 2006
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Takeout lunches in Fells Point

Thanks for the new suggestions. I tried Teavolve this weekend and really enjoyed it. They had a quiche that was outstanding and well priced ($6). I'll give Kabobbi's a try next.

Aug 14, 2006
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Takeout lunches in Fells Point

Thanks, I'll give Tortillaria a try. I've seen quite a bit on this board about the taco truck on Broadway, how do they compare?

Aug 02, 2006
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore

Takeout lunches in Fells Point

I recently moved to Baltimore and am looking for interesting places to get takeout for lunch. Ideally, I'd like to hear about good places between Broadway and Patterson Park, but am willing to go farther for something good. Good food and quick service are the top two criteria with bonus points for ethnic (esp. Asian) and/or healthy food. Thanks!

Aug 01, 2006
ark in Washington DC & Baltimore