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In Germantown, TN (near Memphis) for 8 months - need eats!

Hi TN Hounds,

I am a Baltimore hound who will be working in Memphis (specifically around Germantown) 4 days a week for several months. I'm sure I can search this board to find downtown Memphis restaurant recs, but what about Germantown? I'll be staying at the Residence Inn near Poplar Ave and Primacy Pkwy. I have an expense acct but would prefer to stay on the moderate end of things with an occasional nice dinner. Does anyone have any recommendations that would be a short drive from my hotel? Thank you and I'm excited to experience Memphis through food! On that note, I will of course also take all Memphis recommendations because I will have the opportunity to drive a bit further out a few times per month.

Chrissie

Dinner Friday 1/22 in Chicago: where oh where?

Thank you! The last time i was in chi-town we went to Carnivale and loved it. So these recommendations are right up my alley.

Jan 14, 2010
chrissiedee in Chicago Area

Dinner Friday 1/22 in Chicago: where oh where?

Excellent, thank you! We're fine if the places aren't close to the hotel.

Jan 13, 2010
chrissiedee in Chicago Area

Dinner Friday 1/22 in Chicago: where oh where?

I will be in visiting for work on Friday and staying over on Friday night. A few of us are going out to dinner and have no idea where to begin to decide. We are staying at the Westin Chicago River North and will likely go to Japonais for drinks after dinner and then to a club or just out for more drinks at another bar. We're single and in our mid 30's and looking for a place to eat where the food is great, the atmosphere is good (no dives) and hip-ish, and the people are around our age or older (i.e., no fresh-out-of-college crowd). As far as price, entrees in the $20-$30 range (or less) fits the bill. Thanks for any help. I am jealous of Chicago's food scene and can't wait to experience it!

Jan 13, 2010
chrissiedee in Chicago Area

Cooking Classes in Baltimore?

Dogwood just reopened in Hampden and their new website touts cooking classes (www.dogwoodbaltimore.com)

Need good food and good spot for Ravens game Saturday (Baltimore)

eikoh - good to know, thank you! I'll try it during the week...

Need good food and good spot for Ravens game Saturday (Baltimore)

Hi all,
I'm looking for a spot like the following, where a friend and I can have dinner and then watch the Ravens game on Saturday night:
- Good food: there has to be a bar/resto with great food where you can also watch a game
- Decent wine is a plus but not mandatory
- Not so crowded for a game that we'll be devoid of personal space
- Downtown: Fells, Fed Hill, Canton, Locust Point
- We're single women in our mid-thirties so we'd like to avoid the fresh-out-of-college crowd

Has anyone tried The Reserve in Fed Hill? Their menu looks really good but I know nothing about it. Anyway, I appreciate any recommendations you may have!

Chrissiedee

DC dinner near Shakespeare Theatre

Thank you all for the great recommendations so far!

DC dinner near Shakespeare Theatre

Hello! My parents and I are going to the Shakespeare Theatre (450 7th St. NW) on Friday for an 8pm show. We are coming from Baltimore and would like to have a pre-show meal. While my mom and I are game for all good food, my stepdad is more of a meat and potatoes guy. Although he will eat Greek food. He also loves Italian. He's not into small plates, however. I would love any recommendations you have that would fall into the following categories:
- Walking distance to the theatre (also, we're parking at 9th & D NW)
- $50 or less per person
- Takes reservations or easy to get a table around 6:00
- Nothing too eclectic given my stepfather's non-adventurous nature

THANK YOU!!

Baltimore Hound

Baltimore: Thursday night drink (wine) and/or food specials?

Nice find. That menu looks divine.

Baltimore: Thursday night drink (wine) and/or food specials?

Thank you - so funny b/c I've been wondering about that place and wanting to try it. Their web site is still mainly under construction so they did not have the Thurs special listed. Glad to know about it!

Baltimore: Thursday night drink (wine) and/or food specials?

Hello Chowhounders,
I have searched online (and here) for Thursday night specials in wine and/or food at a bar or bar/restaurant. Looking in the areas of downtown (any neighborhood), Hampden, Hamilton, or Timonium/Towson areas (if I must). Just curious as to what is out there that is worth checking out. Thanks for your help!

Where to take non adventurous new BF in Baltimore?

I am in a new relationship and have discovered that the guy is not a fellow chow hound. We've only been to 2 places together and he's ordered burgers at both venues (one with bleu cheese though). We've also ordered pizza (pepperoni on his half, lots of stuff on mine) and I cooked him a pot roast which he seemed to enjoy. Thankfully he does not like chain restaurants and prefers neighborhood/local places. He would probably like Heningers and Peter's Inn, places like that. He mentioned that he does like Rocket to Venus, even though he gets the burger... Are there places in Baltimore that you can recommend where I can satisfy my inner hound and he can stick with a "safe" dish?

Sushi Hana Lake Falls--MD

I went last night for dinner and it was fantastic. The atmosphere is definitely more cozy than the Towson space. The service was attentive and friendly, and the staff seemed very excited to have a crowd there. I ordered what I normally order at the Towson location and it tasted the same, if not better. S fresh! I am thrilled to have this right near my condo. I do feel badly for Chiyo Sushi, however, which will certainly take a hit since Sushi Hana really is superior.

Help! Business dinner near Ritz (22nd St)

A few colleagues and I are going out to dinner in DC tomorrow night and while we're in town and staying at the Ritz on 22nd St. What are your recommendations for great food within walking distance (preferably) or a short cab ride? Price is flexible but we need to stay away from anything "very expensive". Maybe $75 tops per person including drinks. Not too stuffy. Thanks so much for your help!

Chrissie

PLEASE HELP!!!

I agree witht he Little Fish recommendation. It is in a low key neighborhood spot, the food is excellent and fresh, and the menu changes daily depending on what kind of fish the chef decides to prepare. I'm from Baltimore (on a long term project here) and I even liked the crab cake appetizer. I'm a single 33 y.o. and I'd be impressed if a guy took me there. Not that it's fancy by any stretch but because it's out of the way, the food is wonderful, and it has character. Plus, you can impress with your BYOB selection(s). I think they have a web site...

Nov 27, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Water Works Restaurant

Gluuton: thank you for preparing me :-). This seriously does help me to not be so annoyed if/when the bad service occurs. And I definitely will not judge the Philly dining scene by tonight's dinner. I am working here on a long-term project Monday-Thurs every week. I have had many wonderful dinners here and as a Baltimorean I am jealous of the all the gems I've found in this town. I just wish when the entire team went out for a celebratory dinner (as we are tonight) that people would want to go somewhere more relaxed, has great reviews, good for conversation, etc...

Sep 11, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Water Works Restaurant

This one is in Philadelphia.

Sep 11, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Water Works Restaurant

I am an out-of-towner going to a work-related dinner at Water Works (640 Water Works Drive...) tonight. I have searched the boards but did not come up with any info/reviews on this place. What can I expect? Stuffy/pretentious with a great view and poor food? A pleasant surprise? Any "must have" or "avoid like the plague" dishes?

CD

Sep 11, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Baltimore - funky and reasonable

I'm a fan of Rocket to Venus and Paper Moon as well. Have you been to Miss Shirley's for breakfast/brunch? It's delish (www.missshirleys.com). Located on Coldspring Lane between Roland and Charles. Excellent breakfast and lunch options and I always manage to find something healthy (I too love to eat but hate to ruin my work at the gym!). I wouldn't describe it as funky but the atmosphere is fine. Another tasty and funky place is Jack's Bistro in Canton on Elliot Street. I had dinner there on Friday and it was fabulous. It's noisy and crowded, FYI. www.jacksbistro.net. They have some very tasty, very unhealthy comfort food but also have a couple of not-too-bad-for-you options :-). Nice neighborhood feel.

Inner Harbor Sept. 16th

In Fells Point (just east of the Harbor) there are many options and it is a great place to walk around and sight see on the water. I'd recommend Red Star (http://www.redstarrestaurant.net/) and The Waterfront (http://www.waterfronthotel.us/) for lunch spots. They are bar/restaurants but with regular pub fare + more inventive dishes at decent prices.

For dinner, I'd stay away from the Inner Harbor area itself for any kind of dining - it's mostly chains. Most people here do not recommend Little Italy but it is a neat place to walk around and if you're looking for decent food that is not pricey, I like Amicci's (www.amiccis.com). If you are into giant italian desserts, Vaccaro's is right around the corner from there (http://www.vaccarospastry.com/). I have recently been to Henninger's Tavern (Fells Point but not on the water) and it is excellent and not too pricey: http://www.henningerstavern.com/main..... If you're looking for an interesting menu in a casual atmosphere for dinner I'd recommend Jack's Bistro in Canton (east of the Harbor): http://www.jacksbistro.net/

Federal Hill is another neighborhood right next to the Harbor and there is a lengthy thread about options there: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/433284 (called "DC Hound just moved to Baltimore (Fed Hill) Questions)). There is also a thread called Baltimore's Best Bar Food if that interests you : http://www.chowhound.com/topics/426118

Hope that helps!

Greek in Philly

I am in search of great Greek restaurants not too far from University City (within 15 minute cab ride would be optimal). I've heard about Dmitri's and that is first on my list. Other places I should try? I've had trouble finding recs on the board and searching elsewhere. I'm half Greek so I like the traditional fare. I tried Greek Lady but thought it was just OK.

Aug 31, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Little Fish Report

Thanks everyone for the responses and for posting updates on some of the closed/changed hands places. And thanks for clearing up Hosteria da Elio - I was confused too. Also, Matyson was off the list b/c I have been there and told the guy writing the list for me that I'd definitely be going back. Can't wait to try these places.

Aug 31, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Little Fish Report

They recommended the following:
- Branzino
- Twenty Manning
- Bistro 7
- Salt & Pepper
- Striped Bass
- Zento
- Caffe Casta Diva
- Porcini
- Mandoline
- Radicchio
- Chloe
- Dmitri
- Tri Scalini
- Osterio Delorio
- Vetri
- Marigold

Thoughts???

Aug 30, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Little Fish Report

Hi Philly Hounds: I am a Baltimore Hound that is in Philadelphia Mon-Thurs every week for work through October-ish and I love exploring your dining scene. Per comments on this board I went to Little Fish last night and so far it is my favorite stop. Here's the rundown: I sat outside where there is admittedly little "scene" (I dine alone here so I like to people watch) but the neghborhood is cute and there were a few people out walking their dogs, etc. I was looking for a spot on the quiet side to decompress and read while I ate. I can't speak for the inside of Little Fish because as soon as I walked up to the door one of the staff came out and I asked for an outdoor table. The outside has 4 tables (2 2-tops, 2 4-tops) that wrap around the street corner. It was just what I was looking for.

I knew I was in for a good meal when the server brought the menu and it was hand written (scrawled) by the chef. It was a bit hard to read but the waitress explained the entries that I questioned and she obviously knew what she was talking about. She was also friendly and attentive without being annoying. Being from Baltimore I have a sick fascination with trying out other city's crabcakes despite knowing full well they won't measure up to Charm City's offerings (IMHO). I ordered one for an appetizer - it just sounded interesting and different. It was great! It had more "stuff" that Baltimore's typical crab cake but it worked well: it had chunks of mango on top with a few greens in a lemon viniagrette. There were a few dollops of sauce on the side that I couldn't identify but were tasty. Overall, it was very good and a nice combo of flavors. For dinner I had red snapper. It was pan seared and served over white beans and wilted greens. There was a tomato "marmalade" (I think that's how it was described on the menu) on top of the fish. It was light and flavorful. I had a hard time choosing there were so many fish entrees. Others that stood out to me were the Wahoo, Marlin, and Halibut. I skipped dessert so I don't have a report on that. The best part of the evening was meeting a couple sitting next to me. I asked them if they could tell me where to get a cab (not too many driving by at all) and then we got to talking about how I found this little gem that was so far from my hotel. I told them about Chowhound and how I love to dine out and explore. They told me that they too are foodies and go out every night. The husband then proceeded to write down a list of their favorite Philly restys for me. I almost asked them to adopt me. They were such friendly Philly foodies. I look forward to trying out their favorite spots and also to returning to Little Fish...

Aug 30, 2007
chrissiedee in Pennsylvania

Sushi search (Balt.)

Last night when I arrived back at Penn Station I went directly to Chiyo Sushi (Mt. Washington) for carryout. I live about a mile from there so the location is right on the way home. I found the staff to be super friendly and inviting. I was almost sorry I didn't stay and eat there! They had a wide range of food choices and I ened up getting 2 rolls (the David and the Mushi Salmon) and edamame. While I waited they brought me a glass of wine - big, lovely pour. For a sushi place, their wine selection isn't half bad. My dinner turned out great. Although I still rate Sushi Hana higher, Chiyo is a good alternative when I don't feel like driving to Towson in rush hour. I will definitely be back. I think I actually liked their edamame better than Sushi Hana's.... Anyway, I'm glad you all recommended Chiyo! I hope they stay in business - there was only one other diner there while I was waiting.

Sushi search (Balt.)

Yeah, parking is no fun at Chius. But here's my trick: I park in the Whole Foods lot, and after I eat at Chius (or do anything around that area) I buy a bottle of water or something like that from Whole Foods and they stamp your parking pass. It's good for 2 hours I think. And the stairs in the lot lead right down to Chius.

Sushi search (Balt.)

I love Chius too. Thanks for the reminder about Chiyo. I live so close yet seem to forget it's there and nobody really talks about it. I'll give it a go this week!

Sushi search (Balt.)

Hi Hounds,

I am new to the sushi world and I am in search of great places in or around a couple of areas. I love Sushi Hana (the David Roll and Crunchy Salmon are my faves) but I live in Mt. Washington and it can take me 30 minutes to get there if the traffic is bad. Also, I travel for work every week and return to Penn station (Charles St.) on Thursday evenings, often craving sushi. So my question to you is this: where can I get decent sushi in or around Mt. Washington and/or Penn Station?

Baltimore RW - Sotto Sopra Review

Grrrr that is totally unacceptable! I had dinner at Sotto Sopra a few months ago and swore I would never return. I went with a fellow foodie and we were really excited to go since neither of us had ever been. The service was beyond slow, we were seated next to the kitchen (despite many other tables being available), they were out of the wine we wanted, one of the dinners we wanted, and a couple of the desserts. The food we did get was subpar at best. Appalling.