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December 11, 2009

My nonalcoholic substitutions

EatatCinghialeBar.jpgThanks to those of you who suggested nonalcoholic substitutes for the Foodie 100 list.

Because it's all in good fun, and there are many excellent suggestions that didn't make it onto the original list, I can't get too bent out of shape at the idea of making substitutions for those who want 100 things to do but don't drink.

In fact, some day if I have the energy I might even make up a list for vegetarians. (A vegan list is a little beyond me.) ...

I thought this would give me a chance to add some that should have been on the original list, like the peppermint sticks. But then when I did a "find" search, I found that the lemon/peppermint stick was on the original list at No. 46. It's hard to keep track.

Here are my substitutions:

4. Drink a Natty Boh.

4. Eat Burke's fried onion rings.

15. Knock back a goblet of Resurrection Ale at Brewer's Art.

15. Decide whether Grace Garden really does have the best Chinese food outside of China.

18. Have a Black Eyed Susan at the Preakness.

18. Get a toffee apple from Lisa Anne's.

23. Order a Tio Pepe sangria (red). It contains fruit, so it counts as food!

23. Order a slice of pine nut roll from the dessert cart at Tio Pepe.

42. Discuss a bottle of wine with Tony Foreman at Cinghiale.

42. Have the Arbuckle's Delight flavor at Lee's Ice cream.

54. Sit at the bar at Cinghiale and order anything. Talk to Rob about wine when Tony isn't in town.

54. Sit at the bar at Cinghiale and order anything.

84. Oysters and beer at Cross Street Market!

84. Oysters from Nick's at Cross Street Market!

87. Go to the Wine Market on a Monday night and enjoy a neighborhood discount (extended to all diners).

87. Go to the Wine Market on a Monday night for the food and enjoy a neighborhood discount (extended to all diners).

90. Margarita in a hubcap from Nacho Mama's.

90. Nachos in a hubcap from Nacho Mama's. 

91. Take the Clipper City brewery tour.

91. Or how about mushroom fritters or mushroom sandwiches or any mushroomy goodness at the mushroom stand at Waverly Market.

95. Sip a Bloody Mary with an Old Bay rimmer. I only see this done at Baltimore restaurants.

95. Sip a Virgin Mary with an Old Bay rimmer. I only see this done at Baltimore restaurants. 

(Amy Davis/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:19 AM | | Comments (2)


Funny you should mention it - I had an idea for a vegetarian top 10 the other day. I imagine a 'top 10 vegetarian restaurants' would pretty much be a list of most/all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city.

Instead, what about the top 10 vegetarian-friendly restaurants? That is, places where my meat-eating self can take my vegetarian fiance and we can both be happy (actually she's pescatarian, but that would make the list too easy!). That would mean the vegetarian options aren't limited to two salads, hold the grilled chicken, and a boring pasta dish - there should be items that non-veggies would choose because they sound delicious, and just happen to not include meat.

I'm sure there are plenty out there but the only one I can think of in the city is Brewer's Art. The other place that comes to mind quickly is Hunan Manor, where they'll substitute 'vegetarian chicken' in any dish.

How about Paper Moon and the Dizz? Good options at both.

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