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August 14, 2010

Langermann's wins Restaurant Week challenge

Langermann'sIf you're wondering which restaurant won "The First Course -- Appetizer Challenge," an event held in the Inner Harbor Thursday to kick of restaurant week, it was Chef Neal Langermann of Langermann's.

"The Silver Fork Award was presented to Langermann’s for the delectable Tuna Tartare and Lump Crab Appetizer," Langermann's announced in a news release. "The winning appetizer contains tuna tartare and lump crabmeat blended together with spicy avocado dressing served atop a bed of fresh seaweed salad and is offered on both the Lunch and Supper menus as part of Langermann’s Restaurant Week menus." 

Celebrity judges for the contest included John Shields of Gertrude's and MPT's "Coastal Cooking with John Shields," Bernadette Woods of WJZ-TV; and Reagan Warfield of Mix 106.5.

Other participating restaurants included: Abacrombie Fine Foods, Brightons, City Café, M&S Grill, Phillips Harborplace, RA Sushi Bar, Rocco’s Capriccio, Rusty Scupper and Talara.

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:31 AM | | Comments (3)


Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Abercrombie Fine Foods had won 1st place for best use of sustainable products. Chef Chad Gauss of City Cafe had won 1st Place for Peoples Choice Award.

In my one visit there, Langermann's was a dreadful experience. I was the only woman at a table of six men. The server took everyone's drink order but mine and then briskly walked off as I called after him. When we finally flagged him down to take my order, he was plainly irritated by the experience. The food was either oversalted or completely flavorless. And our party, all in our 30s, were easily 30 years the junior of everyone else in the restaurant. So, obviously, it is popular with a niche clientele. I guess baby boomers are a big enough group off of which to build a business!

too many tines

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