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April 17, 2009

Next week's Top 10



Earlier today CantonKate asked for recommendations or ideas for Mother's Day, which is May 10.

It's certainly not too early. Here's what we did about Mother's Day last year, when my daughter was, sniff, temporarily living at home. Mother's Day restaurants would make a useful Top 10 for folks, so please suggest below.

I don't think I'll do it next week, though, because next Tuesday is the day before Earth Day. It feels like I ought to do something to acknowledge that. Suggestions?

(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer) 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:59 PM | | Comments (17)


Mother's Day - Friendly Farms in Upperco

Earth Day - everyone should brown bag their lunch and discuss what they packed.

Donna's at Cross Keys!

Might have already been done on a previous Top 10, but how about Top 10 Green Restaurants, Top 10 Eco-Friendly Restaurants, Top 10 Restaurants Supporting Local Farms.

I don't think we've ever done them. Nominations? EL

Baltbabs beat me to it. A Top Ten of restaurants that use only locally-produced items would be good, as well as those that are eco-friendly.

Defining what is eco-friendly might prove harder though.

How about this easy way out: restaurants that use green in their signage and/or tablecloths and decor?

I don't know if there are any restaurants that use "only" local products; however, there are some, like Dogwood, that place an emphasis on local ingrediants.

Carry out containers. There is a take away on Saratoga that wraps sandwiches in paper, doesn't use styrofoam or plastic and uses paper bags.

I'm impressed by take away packed green.

What's its name? EL

Agree with Baltbabs and PCB Rob, but what else is there besides Dogwood, Woodberry, Feast @ 4East etc?
You could say Zia's for a place to get your not-so-run-of-the-mill smoothies, wheatgrass shots and lunches. Does Tersiguel's still hang its hat on using herbs/ingredients from the backyard?
Best place to eat like a 'child of the earth' may be all encompassing. Liquid Earth, Yabba Pot, One World, Zia's?
This is starting to sound more like a list of places to go for '4/20'

b Bistro is moving toward becoming more eco-friendly, with produce from its own farm, I believe.

Atwater's tries to buy local as well.

Drat, I can never remember the name of that place, EL. It is across from the hoodoo stores. Kristos, maybe? They say they have Indian and American food, but it is more of a basic sandwich and pizza joint. Cheap basic food. Which is one reason why their green packaging surprises me.

Does it not strike anyone that the local food folderal is a bit of a shiny gimcrack in new boots?

Lord Marmalade,

In the British Empire, all food is considered local.

Why yes Miss Laura Lee.. Some might say that the quest for decent food was the aim of the British Empire. Man can't march on chip butties alone.

Man can't march on chip butties alone.

No, you need bacon ones as well.

Well that would be quite an extravagance Mr. Laurent. Perhaps for you rich Yanks. Nudge nudge. I expect that some sort of smiley face is de rigeur at this point. ;-)

I believe Spoons in Federal Hill has the distinction of being the first green certified restaurant in Maryland.

I know it just opened and is part of a chain, but Elevation Burger in Harbor East seems it fits the bill for trying to be eco-friendly. They also have recycling bins next to the trash cans.

I like the idea restaurants with non-styrofoam take out containers.

Top 10 Happy Hours? I think that would be a good list.


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

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