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Sunday evening in DC

I will definitely add Brasserie Beck to the options list.... thanks for the tip!

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Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Sunday evening in DC

Siroc looks like a great suggestion, thanks! Yes, I am a mammal. :-)

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Siroc Restaurant
915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Sunday evening in DC

Hello --

I'm looking for suggestions of a restaurant with notable if not terribly pricey dining ($10 apps/$15-$25 entrees) for a late June Sunday evening dinner in DC. Staying at the Crowne Plaza (14th & K), and certainly Metro, cab, and walking friendly, so geography is not a huge issue, but I would prefer to not travel extensively.

My dining companion is a foodie, but is also very happy to eat casually. I prefer places without coat checks, so to speak... less fancy. The only food restriction is that I do not eat mammals, but as long as there a few other options on a menu, that's fine by me.

Also, another companion would like to join us either at the selected location or somewhere else nearby for dessert and a drink after our meal... any suggestions for that would also be welcome.

I realize this is a bit open-ended, but for some reason I get jumpy thinking that Sundays have early closures if not closed altogether. I have also struck out a couple times selecting restaurants with this dining companion in the past six months, so I'd like to turn it around with a great meal for both of us.

Thanks!

Taco Night at Clementine

Their new space makes the entire place about twice the size. I like it very much... a lot more breathing room. The tables in the expansion are quite sturdy and appealing. I wouldn't say the noise issue has been resolved, though; still not much to soften the hardscapes and ceiling. Sorry, I don't know anything about the BYOB policy there.

Apples in Baltimore area

Thanks, Tom. That's the sort of info I was looking for. I don't know exactly what I expect apple prices to be, but $1.75/lb at the peak of the season just seems high. When you consider the cost per item (depending on size), each apple, or serving, is close to 90c at that price. I find that pretty appalling. Many other single servings of fresh fruit are considerably less, including those from across the country or internationally. Heck, Safeway had really nice pineapples for $1.99 each last week. I know, supply & demand and all that, but I expect local apples to be less of a carbon footprint than pineapple.

Like I said in my original post, I hope I don't come across as an old, cheap, curmudgeon. It just seems to me that apple prices have jumped considerably.

Apples in Baltimore area

This being the apex of apple season here in the Mid-Atlantic, I'd like to get an indication from fellow apple fans out there about where I can find reasonably priced apples. The prices at the farmers' markets are, in my opinion, high ($1.75/lb seems to be the cartel price this year).

Even at most of the general grocery stores I haven't seen fall apples this pricey in many years; the Galas, Macs, and Granny Smiths are being sold "on sale" at $1/lb. The 2-3 lb. totes are about the same. If we were off-season I could understand this, but obviously we're not.

Is this just an aberration? Has there been some apple crisis I'm not aware of this year? Or am I just an aging curmudgeon who hasn't kept up with the times + prices?

If anyone has a good source of places in the Baltimore area that are selling a good variety of apples for less than the above prices, I'd love to hear about it. I don't want bushels, or even pecks. Just some eaten-out-of-hand apples that I don't feel I'm being gouged for.

Thanks!

Lexington Mkt Bmore?

I got 3 great-tasting, huge brownies for 60c/each at an unassuming bakery at Lex Mkt a couple weeks ago. I'm sure I would have paid $2-3 for each one at Belvedere Sq or in DC. It all depends on what you're looking for and what appeals to you...some of the blanket statements on this thread have been puzzling.

Sunday lunch (brunch?) in Canton/Fells Pt Baltimore

Thank you for that suggestion, but their brunch menu looks like it skews *very* breakfast. It looks like an interesting place that I haven't yet been, though, so thanks for putting it my radar for another time :-)

Sunday lunch (brunch?) in Canton/Fells Pt Baltimore

Thanks for the suggestion. Do you think that a party of 10 could fit comfortably in Yellow Dog? I couldn't find any photos of the dining room on their site.

Baltimore -- La Tavola 'one of the best Italian places' .... seriously?

I thought that Amicci's was pretty good Italian/Eye-talian. Of course, my expectations and yours may differ considerably.

Sunday lunch (brunch?) in Canton/Fells Pt Baltimore

Hello Chowhounds,

I'm looking for recommendations for a group of 10 to enjoy a 1pm Sunday lunch in the Canton/Fells Pt/Harbor East area of Baltimore. Casual place, food doesn't have to be exceptional, but better-than-average, as we're celebrating a birthday. The birthday person would prefer lunch options over breakfast fare. Enough room not to feel crowded into a nook. We looked at Red Star (brunch menu is too limited) and someone suggested Miss Irene's (but I'm unclear about brunch availability and price). I feel like I'm forgetting somewhere obvious. Two of the party of ten do not eat mammals.

Thanks for your suggestions!

30th Birthday in B-more...where, where??

After reading the first reply, I'm a little unclear as to if you want to rent out a place or not. In any case, how about Coburn's on O'Donnell, or even Gecko's? Both have 2nd floors which can accommodate large parties, but don't close off the rest of the place to other customers. They may be a bit casual if you're thinking of something like Pazo, though.

Fennel in Baltimore?

The "labeled as anise" thing seems to have been most of the problem for us. We easily found it this weekend at Giant. SuperFresh had a sign for it but it appeared to be out of stock. Thanks for all the tips.

Duda's in Fells Point

Great story. Love their sweet potato fries, which are like none other.

Fennel in Baltimore?

Excellent. Thanks so much for your assistance.

Fennel in Baltimore?

Odd, we were at that SuperFresh last weekend and saw no sign of it. Maybe they were just out.

Any Baltimore-area diners worth the drive?

Agreed. I don't know of any diners in Baltimore that are worth the drive from DC. But I do feel that the flavors and combinations at Paper Moon are more interesting than at the chrome diners. That was my poorly-expressed point.

Fennel in Baltimore?

We've been looking for a grocer that has fresh fennel. Does Wegman's stock it? Seems like the Food Network and many foodie magazines have really embraced fennel in the past few years and yet, the availability here in Balt seems to be limited.

Would prefer not to have to go to the western suburbs, but any suggestions are fine.

Any Baltimore-area diners worth the drive?

That may be, but the flavor of the food is what differs btwn Paper Moon and the chrome diners. Everything at the chrome diners tastes like breakfast to me, meaning, a heavy overtone of eggs and sausage. Despite what Paper Moon starts with, at least the finished product doesn't leave a film in my mouth.

Top five Baltimore area pizza places?

The Vito's I referred to is in that strip mall on the south side (toward the Beltway) of Hooks Lane, east of Ruth's Chris. It's before you hit the huge apartment complex (Annen Woods).

KFC in Cambridge, MA Closes

I've seen a number (not a ton, probably 4-5) KFC's close here in Baltimore. People finally came to their senses and chose Popeye's for their chain fried chicken!

Feb 20, 2007
TKinBaltimore in Chains

Got Red Lobster gift card...now what?

Not to pick just one of many of this type of response, but, man, the elitism of some people on Chowhound never ceases to amaze me. As many others on here, I've had great meals at RL, good ones, mediocre ones, and not-so-great ones. But believe it or not, most of them have been good or great. Same percentages go for high-end and mom-and-pop places. The key is going in with the right expectations, not turning your nose up to places that "you're too good for". Life's too short for that attitude.

Feb 20, 2007
TKinBaltimore in Chains

Ok..I have to get this out in 2006..I HATE TRADER JOES

Most of the people on the "I don't get it" side of the fence seemed to go in to TJ's expecting grocery Nirvana. I don't even consider TJ's to be a full grocery store, and I'd never think that I would find all my needs met there. But the stuff they do have is fun and generally a good value.

I also agree that the natural aspect of their foods is a huge benefit.

Feb 08, 2007
TKinBaltimore in Chains

Trader Joe's - Whats the big deal?

Their container of grape tomatoes is most often 50c/$1 (or more) less than at the supermarket.

Feb 08, 2007
TKinBaltimore in Chains

Top five Baltimore area pizza places?

I have to say we haven't had better than Vito's in Pikesville/Owings Mills, just above the beltway on Hooks Lane. Particularly their white pizza on a good day... great crust.

Rocket to Venus

At least the bar at HF is pretty decent. I agree the food has become so awful that I wouldn't venture past chips & salsa at this point.

Sascha's in Baltimore = Terrible

I had a decent salad there a few months ago, and no one at the table complained about anything they had, but... most of my tablemates were so enthralled with a dreamy waiter (not even our server!) that they could have served cold porridge and there wouldn't have been a problem.

Rocket to Venus

Apparently the word in Hampden (among my friends who live there) is that Rocket to Venus' food is appalling. Elizabeth Large didn't particularly care for it, either, but I trust my friends and the word on the Avenue more than her anyway. Truly a missed opportunity, it seems.

Any Baltimore-area diners worth the drive?

Gotta defend Paper Moon. I've never had a bad breakfast or lunch there. Yes, the service and attitude has never been particularly spot-on, but I've had as many friendly servers as indifferent ones. I find it particularly hard to believe that meals at Paper Moon are deemed inferior to the ones at the chrome diners that dot Baltimore... where everything tastes like Sysco to me. I will try Bel-Loc, however, as I've never been there.

Paper Moon also has excellent iced tea, which I can't say about some of the Chrome diners, either.