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October 1, 2008

Jill Snyder officially a contestant on Top Chef

BigDog.jpgAs important foodie news was breaking in Baltimore, I was watching the undefeated Big Dogs win the second game of their season. (Gailor is the one in the headband.)

Anyway, Midnight Sun Sam has picked up the slack for me, and here's his post on the news that Jill Snyder, executive chef of Red Maple, is officially a contestant on the next Top Chef, which was reported here as rumor in August. You know you can always get your rumors, half truths and possible lies on Dining@Large first. ... 

Weird fact about Evanston, Ill. (a bit off-topic): It's illegal to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk in Evanston, and there are signs posted to that effect everywhere. A friend of Gailor's got a $30 ticket for doing it; and when she expressed disbelief, he told her it was because someone had been hit by a bicycle on a sidewalk here and died.

The weird fact is that people keep riding their bikes on the sidewalks in Evanston. 


(Photo courtesy of Robert Li) 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:40 PM | | Comments (11)


Does that include the paved paths on the lakeshore? I used to ride them most mornings as a warm-up for a longer road trip as recently as 2001 and never got flack from campus police or others. Could this be a recent law?

I'm pretty sure it's just the actual sidewalks. EL

I am guessing that Gailor is the white girl with the headband...

Well, she's not the 6-foot-4 guy with the headband. :-) EL

I have a friend who got arrested for DWI on her bicycle. She managed to hit a parked police car. Don't remember what she blew, but it was impressive.

I'm a bit leery of sharing this, but a new Mexican place has opened on Franklin just west of Cathedral. El Torito is inexpensive and pretty danged good. Not quite as good as the Mexican joints in the SE, but a lot better than one would expect on the edge of Mount Vernon.

Between El Torito and Boulliabaise Cafe, it is possible to get lunch near the library for under a first born child.

El Torito--is that "Little Bull"?

I think so, Dahlink. I guess the smaller ones are more tender, or something. Or the restaurant is far enough away from City Hall.

the opening of El Torito was already posted here back in August:

And El Torito's website can be found here.

hmpstd, they have a very odd "Service Area" on their website: Baltimore, Langley Park, Hyattsville, Baltimore City County, &
Prince George's County.

Either they have another one toward D.C. or those of us in Howard and Anne Arundal counties are just out of luck.

Interesting choice of names. El Torito is a big chain restaurant in California.

BA -- the Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants page provided by Hon had (erroneously) contained a link to the California chain, which is why I posted the correct link above for the Baltimore El Torito.

RiE -- I agree that their service area is peculiar, but their website offers no explanation. I can only speculate that the Baltimore El Torito is affiliated in some manner with a similar establishment in the Langley Park/Hyattsville area.

I'm pretty happy for Jill Snyder....

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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