Top 10 Restaurant Closings and Their Significance
It's easy to look back at all the restaurant closings in Baltimore in the past year, more difficult to say which were the most important and why they mattered.
Here's my list, numbered in order of importance this time, with my reasons following.
Please post below if you disagree -- but tell us why. ...
1) Martick's in Mount Vernon. Because this quirky restaurant was a true Baltimore institution, and, on a personal note, the place my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary.
2) Boccaccio in Little Italy. Because with its arrival, Little Italy became more than a neighborhood of lovable family-owned restaurants.
3) McCabe's in Hampden. Because a neighborhood bar long known for its burgers and crab cakes ought to be able to survive when times are tough.
4) Nasu Blanca in Locust Point. Because I hate to see small places this offbeat (a Japanese/Spanish menu) and clearly a labor of love disappear, whatever their flaws.
5) Brasserie Tatin in Tuscany/Canterbury. Because I think Baltimore could use more French restaurants, not fewer.
6) Fin Steak & Seafood in Fells Point. Because I hate to have a restaurant I give 3 1/2 stars to for food gone so quickly.
7) Brasserie 10 South downtown. Ditto. (It became Bar 10 South serving comfort/soul food.)
8) Tsunami behind Little Italy. Because the more this area gets developed, the better; and judging from the Annapolis restaurant of the same name, I had high hopes.
9) Juniors in Federal Hill. Because I was happy someone decided to resurrect the Vespa concept, even if it didn't work out.
10) Pisces in the Hyatt Regency. Because when money was no object and people wanted a seafood restaurant with a great view of the harbor, I could always send them to Pisces.
(Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)