What happened to all the French restaurants?
I know we still have French restaurants, although I don't think we have enough any longer to make a Top 10 out of them. (Maybe I should try.)
And, of course, we have some good ones: Petit Louis, Tersiguel's, Crepe du Jour, Cafe de Paris.
But how did Italian food take over French as Most Popular, Most Sure-Fire Bet for a Successful Restaurant and so on? ...
French food has the same range as Italian, from haute cuisine to comfort food (like coq au vin). But somehow over the years while I've been a restaurant critic in Baltimore, French food has acquired a certain elitist status that even the most upscale Italian doesn't have.
People used to argue over whether French or Chinese was the world's greatest cuisine. Italian may or may not belong in that discussion, but in this city it ranks right up there with crab places and steak houses as Baltimore's favorite kind of restaurant.
(Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)