What shall we talk about next?
Thanks to all of you who helped me out on the live chat. There were enough questions/comments posted before it started that Carla could handle the flow better (she has to read them all for, let's say appropriateness, before she posts them).
I should have waited to make up the poll until part way through the chat, though, because I would have definitely included Mama's on the Half Shell and a couple of others you mentioned.
It was lively enough that I never got a chance to quote Laura Lee's definition of "quintessential restaurant" when I announced the chat would be Monday and wasn't sure people would know what it meant: "Quintessential means the restaurant will still be in business come Monday." ...
I did notice that when Carla posted the live chat window, she named it Quintessential Baltimore Restaurants with an "s." I guess she intuitively knew we were going to come to the conclusion that there isn't just one.
Next Monday is Labor Day, and I plan not to be laboring, but I'm game to do another live chat the following Monday if you are.
I know live chats aren't for everyone, but for me it's nice to be able to respond to a particular reader in real time. I do go back and read all your comments and answer the ones that seem to need answering if hmpstd hasn't (and thank you again, hmpstd), but I never know if that reader goes back to read my answer.
Also, for those who haven't gotten into the joys of topic drift, it offers a different sort of blog experience. (I like both.)
So once again the question is, what shall we talk about next?
(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)