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June 29, 2009

Monday Morning Quarterbacking



Yesterday my review of Talara, Harbor East's new ceviche and tapas bar, ran in the Arts & Entertainment section.

I liked the food a lot, and I would go back for the tapas and ceviche in a heartbeat, but I hope I emphasized enough that a tapas meal here will cost you as much as a full dinner at some places. One reason tapas has made something of a comeback recently, I believe, is that you can usually eat cheaper with small plates. That won't happen here unless you go for the happy hour. 

(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 10:30 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Monday Morning Quarterbacking


We have different ideas about what constitutes Latino wines. I agree with Chile and Argentina but I have never heard of the wines of Spain and Portugal being referred to as Latino.

EEL, I've never heard of Spain and Portugal being referred to as Latino either, but I can't think of any logical reason why they shouldn't.

The review of Talara largely matches my own experience.

I would go so far as to say that the emphasis on 'atmosphere' and 'scene' at the place seemed to try too hard.

I get it, you're Latin. Now let the animatronics start singing already, so we can get it over with. I fear it's the sort of place that confuses ENERGY! with an experience.

The food, while capable, seemed more hit-or-miss for me than in the review.

Still, Baltimore seems to be a latecomer to Nuevo Latino -- Talara's still welcome in my book. Just bring it down a notch, fer chrissakes.

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