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Advice for fells point business dinner

Ended up as a pary of four. We each had appetizer or salad and an entree and split one bottle of wine 4 ways. Service was great. Seafood was very fresh. It was a great meal. The bill came in more than $10 under our target (should have had another bottle of wine!)

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Black Olive
814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Feb 28, 2010
virchoweats in Washington DC & Baltimore

Advice for fells point business dinner

All great suggestions. I'll do a little more research on the 1/2 price bottle of wine deals (GREAT IDEA!!), and check out the menus while I'm at it. Will let you know. Also need to find a comfortable way to announce the price limit so I don't stress about it.

Jan 30, 2010
virchoweats in Washington DC & Baltimore

Advice for fells point business dinner

Have a $75 per person limit including wine for 3 lightweights to go to dinner in or around Fells Point/Harbor East on a Tuesday night in February. Looking for recommendations -- fresh Chowworthy food, not too crowded.. Black Olive would be great, but worried about exceeding the budget. I love Salt -- may end up there, but the seating is a bit uncomfortable and I'm hosting a somewhat senior mucky-muck. Any opinions on Pierpont, Timothy Dean, elsewhere?
Thanks!

Jan 28, 2010
virchoweats in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore specialty request

I like the crabs at O'Brycki's -- a distinctive black pepper seasoning with a lot of heat that you won't get anywhere else. Otherwise, it's a pretty shabby place -- both in food and ambiance. Be prepared for disappointing sides, such as $3 puny and shriveled baked potatoes and well boiled corn on the cob. Haven't been to Faidley's but Lexington market is certainly an iconic Baltimore scene, and Faidley's is reportedly (agree with tlc0529) "the" place for crab cakes. I'd be curious to see what your group ends up doing and how you like it.

Jan 06, 2009
virchoweats in Washington DC & Baltimore

Northeast Mkt (Balto): what's chowworthy?

Michael's pizza is good NY style pizza. Stick with the pizza though, other dishes not as good.
Raw Bar in the back across form Michaels has good clams and oysters -- but no beer around to go with. I took some oysters home NYE and fried em up -- yum.
Soho... Korean food -- East of Michael's and raw bar has good scallion/potatoe pancakes and chop chae (clear noodles).
Fried Chicken: I don't know the name of the place, but if you walk in off Monument and make your first left, go as far as you can, you will walk into the fried chicken place that I like the best. The breast with wing is an enormous portion. Very moist and satisfying. Served on a piece of Wonder Bread to soak up the grease :) A few shakes of Old Bay (just ask) and Western Fries make a nice complement.

Jan 03, 2009
virchoweats in Washington DC & Baltimore

Grace Garden - Chinese in Odenton

Had my virgin Chowhounds outing yesterday with some DC hounds (thanks Steve for organizing!), some Baltimore hounds, and some bi-metropolitan folks (including the illustrious and discerning Crackers, who started this monstrously popular post!). These folks knew the place and the menu extremely well, either from being at GG previously or from assiduously studying the menu. I let these pros do the ordering.

There were 11 of us in all, almost enough to finish all 12 dishes + dessert. From Cracker's cheat sheet, here's the menu, in approximate order of appearance at the table:

sticky rice stuffed duck (not on the menu)
"won-tons" in aromatic broth (not on the menu)
fish noodles
e-fu noodles with shitake mushrooms
beef triple treasure
triple treasure of eggplant, tofu, peppers stuffed with minced shrimp in black bean sauce
pocket tofu (with spicy sauce)
Sichuan braised pork belly with rice powder
whole flounder - stir fried filet with seasonal vegetables and crispy bones
chive blossoms
Pea shoots with salt fish
tamarind shrimp
"donut holes"
rice and bottomless jasmine tea

total with tax and tip: $27

I couldn't possibly recount the whole experience, which went on for an extravagant 2.5 hours. But here are a few of the standout memories.

FIrst, Chefi had very enthusiastic hellos for several folks at the table, including lots of big hugs for Nick. It was nice to feel welcome.

After a bit of getting to know one another, the food started coming out. The duck didn't look very appealing to me, but I dug in and found it truly delicious. It was stuffed with seasoned sticky rice, chestnuts, and other savory things. The appearance suffered a bit from the skin not being browned at all, probably because it was steamed.

The "wonton" soup was a mind-blower. Too bad it's not on the menu. First a big bowl of chicken broth and a small bowl of steamed baby bok choi appeared. Then a bowl of "won-tons" showed up. Each was a bit of filling wrapped in a thin white wrapper, which was bunched up on the top and encircled with a ribbon of shaved carrot. We dutifully served ourselves a wonton a wonton and some bok choi and ladeled a bit of broth over it. Having had wonton soup free with purchase of many a disappointing Chines special, I didn't expect much. I was wrong. Nothing was at it seemed. The wrapper was not the usual pasty dough, but was gossamer thin and tender -- made almost entirely of egg white. The filling was a mixture of chicken and shrimp. Also light, and really great. The broth had a chicken flavor, but also some pleasant peppery heat to it.

The fish was incredible also. For this dish, I would have to say that the presentation was its most spectacular aspect, even though the taste was terrific as well. It was a whole flounder fried in a very lively basket shape. It looked like it was getting ready to jump off the table. The middle of the fish was hollowed out and filled with pieces of fish fillet and lovely vegetables (I remember bok choi, don't recall the others). As instructed, we took some of the mixture from the middle but also broke off a bit of the crispy fried fish and bones from around the edges. Never ate fish bones before (at least not on purpose). These were wonderful.

Well I could go on, but the post would be the longest one on the page, so I won't except to say that the hounds impressed me with their friendliness, and their gusto. These people know how to eat!

Jan 03, 2009
virchoweats in Washington DC & Baltimore