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February 23, 2010

Top Ten restaurant gift certificates to slip into City Hall in blank envelopes


I wear a couple of hats here at The Sun these days. I write a weekly column about politicians and other local oddities. And, for the time being, I write this blog. When I started on the blog last week, Dining@Large reader Federal Hal wrote:

“To test your crossover skills ... If you were going to deliver a restaurant gift certificate in an unmarked envelope to City Hall, which restaurant would you choose?”

The short answer: Depends on the mayor. The long answer: Below.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: The Capital Grille. It’s near City Hall. And the service is formal. Wait staff’s not gonna call her “Stephanie.”

Sheila Dixon: Nordstrom Cafe at Towson Town Center. Convenient to shopping.

Martin O’Malley: Mick O’Shea’s. Those three little words: Guinness on tap.

Kurt Schmoke: The Johns Hopkins Club. It’s where Baltimore’s eggheads meet and eat.

Thomas D'Alesandro III: Werner’s. The classic lunch-counter look seems not to have changed since 80-year-old “Young Tommy” really was young.

William Donald Schaefer: McDonald’s. Mayor Annoyed loves fast food, so long as the counter staff speaks English.

OK, I’m out of live mayors. On to other elected officials.

Bob Ehrlich: Soup’s On. His Government House chef once told me he likes soup. And there are lots of varieties, so the once-and-maybe future Guv can keep the counter staff guessing about his plans.

Jim Smith: Kali’s Court. The outgoing Baltimore County exec is a judge, after all. Bonus: Kali’s  “buy one entree, get the next capital project for free” deal.

Ken Ulman: Chuck E. Cheese. Howard County’s whippersnapper exec will enjoy the youthful ambiance. Let's hope it’s a Healthy Howard-certified eatery.

John Leopold: Chipotle at Westfield Annapolis Mall. The Anne Arundel County Exec can take his barbacoa out to his county car and have a spicy time in the parking lot.

(Photo by Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun)

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:20 AM | | Comments (33)
Categories: Top Ten Tuesdays


this is going back, but if I remember correctly, Willie Don had a fondness for one of the restaurants in LI. I think it was Sabs, but not sure.


And she scores!

This is just the kind of nastiness I feared that Vozzella would bring to this once-purposed blog! Ms. Vozzella is common and always, always looks for the lowest common denominator - please go away!

C'mon, g! They're politicians. They can take it. You'll notice I didn't have anything bad to say about the restaurants. LV

Brought your own fan club with you, Ms. Vozzella? I for one, am going to enjoy your insights on the political scene.

Hizzoner Willie Don also used to frequent Rallo's on Fort Avenue.

LOVED this! :-)

Please keep it in your column. This is not the place.

Bam! Good Stuff!

Willie Don also ate at Connelly"s when there was no Inner Harbor.

Willie Don even has his own table at Jimmy's in Fells Point.

Oh, and welcome to the Sandbox LV!

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Actually, I'd like to get the new mayor a Rita's gift certificate.

That way, she can see what a pile of snow looks like. You know, like the ones that are still blocking travel lanes of major roads in Baltimore two weeks after the storm!

Well, OK, THOSE piles are looking pretty grungy by now...

I'm afraid I agree with g and erin. Bummer...

Not funny

I was pretty tickled by this as well. I didn't find it particularly mean-spirited, etc. Mean-spirited would have been something like:

Sheila Dixon: Dog House. Close to the Baltimore City Detention Center. Plus, the name.

Ya know, that kinda thing.

...and remember, folks, it was a reader who asked the question to begin with. LV just came up with the clever answers.

As we saw with EL, there will always be detractors. I recommend, again, that folks who don't find this blog, the new tone, the regulars, etc to their liking just move on to something else.

By the way, I haven't commented yet on the New Management. So far, great job!

Thanks for making me laugh... Have a good day.

Laura, this is very funny. I like pairing politics and food.


LV, people are offended not by politics per se, but politics on the 'wrong' side. So...what d'ya gonna do?

Good job, Laura. I nearly flipped my wig! Huzzah!

Smart and funny. Nice to see some sharp wit and POV here. As for the crybabies, well, that's who hangs out in a box of sand. You haven't really made it until you have hecklers. Good job.

I have to differ with Erin. This is exactly the right place.

Zing! More thought provoking stuff please.

Clever. And not mean-spirited, just sharp. Thanks for the laughs, LaVozz.

Funny, very funny!

LaVoz hath spoke. You can't say she's phoning it in. A woman with a sharp wit is a threat to a man with baggy trousers.

A woman with a sharp wit is a threat to a man with baggy trousers.

What about a man who wears mom jeans?

Mr, Keys, your colonial humour eludes me.

Lord M., perhaps dear Lady Marmalade can explain. And that is a compound name: "Cross Keys," not just "Keys," thankyouverymuch.

Can't resist this Captcha: seat unbuckle. Is it going to be a Bette Davis kind of day?

hilarious - and you're right - politicians can take this - it's fun ribbing - certainly not mean

Special Breaking News Update for Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

A gift certificate for some good, decaf coffee.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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

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