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)