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Decent price on saffron ?

Penzeys.

about 4 hours ago
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best BBQ in Baltimore - Help!

The best BBQ in Baltimore is probably the BBQ you make at home. Having said that, Andy Nelson's in Cockeysville is pretty solid.

Jul 28, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore weekday lunch with a 4 yr old?

Gertrudes at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Outdoor tables for dinner, not sure about lunch. Needless to say, they have had young diners before. Or Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East. If the weather is nice, a great place to eat outdoors. Or By Degrees Café, on the border between Harbor East and Fells Point. Great food, less expensive than the other two just mentioned. (Only indoors, though.)

Jul 28, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Johnny Rad's Pizza Kitchen

It's probably in the top 10 pizzas in Baltimore. Not as good as Iggie's or Matthew's, maybe a little below Verde as fellspt says. There's some other stuff on the menu and I had a good sandwich there. And the beer list is great, it's a pretty good bar on its own.

Jul 23, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Seafood Dump on the table in Baltimore

Bill's Terrace Inn in Dundalk for steamed crabs.

Jul 16, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Best restaurants in Hartford, West Hartford?

Just had dinner at the East West Grill thanks to Chowhound - we were driving up 91 on the way to NH and looking for dinner on the way. Great food - Lao side of menu very similar to Thai, to my untutored eye - and very inexpensive. Loved the wine and beer selections also.

Jul 12, 2014
lawhound in Southern New England

lunch in Georgetown with kids on Monday

Booeymonger's

Jul 09, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

best crab cakes in maryland - any suggestions?

Second the crabcakes at Gertrudes. They are excellent. And it is a very pleasant place to eat brunch or dinner outside on a summer evening.

Jul 02, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore restaurant for both vegetarians and omnivores

Second the recommendation for "b" in Bolton Hill. It's certainly not 50/50 veg/non-veg, but there are always several veg entrees and I suspect the kitchen could turn any pasta dish into a veg dish.

The other possibilities are Indian: Indigma, the Ambassador.

Jul 01, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cozy is Closed

I wish that I could shed a tear for the Cozy, but in the 2-3 times I ate there, I found the food was never better than OK, and often terrible.

Jun 27, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Faidley's disappointment

Really? That ratio doesn't sound so high to me. Not to get too analytical about this, but let's say there are 10 saltines to a cup. A little stray Googling suggests that saltines weigh 3-4 grams each, so 10 crackers/1 cup = 30-40 g. = 1.05-1.4 oz in comparsion to the 16 oz of crabmeat.

It seems to me like a 10: or 12:1 ratio between crab and saltines will not mask "the pure crustacean taste," but instead will act as a binder only.

By comparison, the classic Old Bay crab cake recipe calls for two slices of white bread to a pound of crab cake, which sounds like just about the same ratio.

Jun 20, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chittlings

We are talking about chitterlings, right? (I don't know the answer to your question, but folks may not realize at all what you're looking for with the misspelling.)

Jun 19, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Louisiana Restaurant

I have never been there (it's in Fells Point, on Aliceanna). But perhaps the reason for lack of attention has something to do with this review in the Sun from a couple of years ago: http://tinyurl.com/lpzegtn.

However, all Baltimore Hounds would appreciate an update. FoiGras, perhaps you could dine there and report back?

Jun 15, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Texas Hound coming to town for 3-4 days. Correct my itinerary . . .

A couple of Baltimore comments:

1. Latenight Monday is a challenge, but how about Joung Kak on 20th St instead of the S&B? Great Korean BBQ.

2. Sunday afternoon/evening, depends what you want. Joe Squared is up and down on pizza quality. Iggies is more dependable (also BYOB). For other choices, most of the good restaurants downtown and north are open Sunday. Just to throw out some names: Tapas Teatro, Woodberry Kitchen, Bistro "b" in Bolton Hill, Jacks Bistro in Canton, Hersh's in South Baltimore.

3. Phillip's -- bleah. No-one from Baltimore eats there. AYCE seafood, you really trade off quality for quantity, but I guess you've already realized that.

Enjoy your trip and report back.

Jun 13, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best places in Baltimore to go out for a 21st birthday weekend?[2014 version]

Actually the light rail takes you from downtown to a 5-10 minute walk from Hampden.

Jun 12, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore
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lunch and dinner in Baltimore with 2 kids

The problem with Paper Moon is that the food is terrible. Breakfast is the best of the lot, but even that is only so-so.

Jun 04, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Weekend in Baltimore, Must Eats?

That is a great list. I would add:

*Patisserie Poupon for great French pastries.
*Isabella's or Trinacria for excellent Italian subs (and Isabella's for brick oven pizza). Take the food up and have lunch on Federal Hill or at Fort McHenry.
*"b" Bistro in Bolton Hill for very good Mediterranean-inspired cuisine (with local produce) and good wine in a beautiful old mansion.

Jun 04, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

40th Birthday Party in Baltimore - Venue Search

Two sets of suggestions -- one that may be bigger than you're looking for, and one smaller:

1. Bigger: We had parties following our children's bar and bat mitzvahs at the Enoch Pratt; the Museum of Industry; and the carriage house (stables?) at the Evergreen House on North Charles Street. They were all terrific. The carriage house might be the smallest. For each of them, you can discuss/negotiate the food/drink you want to serve/bring in. The M of I's parking lot would faciliaite having food trucks there.

2. Smaller: We attended a birthday party at the SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill. Great fodd, simple, nice space. May be too small for you.

Yesterday I had lunch at a slightly larger spot, By Degrees Cafe at Central and Eastern Avenues. Simple, attractive space and great food. If they could fit you in there, would be a good venue.

Jun 03, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bistro "b" in Bolton Hill

For the umpteenth time, I had dinner (also brunch on weekends) at "b" and for the umpteenth time was reminded how much I like this place. Food, drink and surroundings make this a consistently excellent and pleasant place to eat.

Our table of 8 had a lot of different things, but here's what I recall:

1. Seared tuna on slices of apple and wafers, with avocado and aioli.
2. tartlet with fried ramps and brie.
3. Fried softshells with spring vegetables.
4. Great mussels on a Wednesday night special (with either white wine sauce or a Thai-type w coconut milk). Nothing unusual, but very plump mussels.
5. Perfectly cooked duck breast -- pink in center, seared on outside (I believe was sous vide) with wine reuction sauce.
6. Charcuterie plate with house made beef jerky, pork terrine, and salami, among other things -- this varies a bit but is always delicious.

We had an excellent Gavi di Gavi, also vg Sauvignon Blanc by the class. And the wine list generally is way off the beaten path (Savennieres, Dolcetto, US gamay noir, Chinon (2), etc.)

And the place is beautful at night, warmly lit, good service with an honest-to-goodness white tablecloth, but never even remotely stuffy. Even better in good weather to eat outside, or for brunch.

I love Woodberry Kitchen, but for the same money (maybe even a bit less) I also love this place and its elegant, tasty food. And I know that I can get a table here during the week and often on weekends and won't have to cool my heels for 15-30 minutes waiting with the coats at WK.

At any rate, I suggest that Baltimore chowhounds (and DC or auslander visitors) stop by for a consistently excellent meal.

May 30, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore -- vegetarian friendly near Inner Harbor

How about Forno, near the Hippodrome. A little closer than the Helmand; not as many veg choices, but plenty (one main, several pizzas, apps). Bigger tables for groups, also. And better drinks than Helmand.

May 30, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fleet Street Kitchen and Petit Louis

Interesting that you like their pastries better than PP, which I consider the gold standard, locally, for patisseries. This will require a trip to Columbia for side-by-side comparison.

May 28, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fleet Street Kitchen and Petit Louis

We have been fans of P Louis since it opened lo these many years, and had a family dinner there on Thursday to celebrate our daughter's college graduation. The cooking was, as always, à point, from the duck breast, to the steak frites, to a perfectly cooked piece of Arctic char. It will never make you cancel your trip to Paris, but it matches or exceeds most any NY or DC French restaurants at this price. And the service is phenomenal.

May 26, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Monday Lunch in Baltimore

Hue's suggestions are all solid. Also, how about Cafe Isabella in Little Italy for great brick oven pizza and subs (try the porchetta) or Attmans for corned beef.

May 26, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

It is probably a moot point by now (Sunday), but Birroteca and the Ottobar are at least two miles apart.

May 11, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

Cazbar is not at all fancy, and was good (not exceptional) the one time I visited. Iggies for pizza and BYOB is in the same general area and the 'za is excellent. Tapas Teatro also nearby and quite good.

May 07, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Liquor Store in Glen Burnie/Pasadena

Yes.

Apr 22, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dining around Maryland Live!

FoiGras's suggestions are both good, albeit Kings Contrivance is almost as far from Maryland Live. No parking issues at The Wine Market, however, they have a big lot.

Apr 17, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

The best Italian restaurant in Baltimore is a bakery: Piedigrotta

A second for this mash note to Cafe Piedigrotta. I have actually had breakfast, lunch and dinner there (not all on the same day) and it is very good. It is not perfect (I'm talking to you, wan iceberg lettuce salad for dinner, and to you, overbreaded, cold-in-the-middle panino for lunch), but it is very good. And the pastries are standout.

Best Italian in Baltimore? No, that is Cinghiale.

Apr 16, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dining around Maryland Live!

You're pretty close to downtown Baltimore -- why not eat there? E.g., The Wine Market.

Apr 16, 2014
lawhound in Washington DC & Baltimore

New Haven Taco Trucks

Just a chime-in from a Baltimore 'hound here. We took this exit off 95 a few weeks ago on a drive up to Vermont, looking for Lenny and Joe's. Saw the row of food trucks and stopped looking. Great, great food from the 2-3 trucks we bought from, even though it was bitterly cold.

Mar 31, 2014
lawhound in Southern New England