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October 4, 2010

Tell us about your weekend dining

attmansrlgSome of you posted about your weekend dining plans. How did everything go? Even if you didn't post, tell us now. What's good out there? How was Bluestone?

A friend told me that she was headed to Frederick on Friday night for dinner at Volt, where reservations generally are made months in advance. My friend's reservations had been made back in August, in the early bloom of a relationship that in the intervening months had sadly fizzled. The former couple decided to keep the reservation, anyway, and weirdly, a friend of this friend found himself in the same predicament for Saturday night -- a "we might as well" dinner at Volt with a woman he was no longer seeing.

So. Is the new test of a promising relationship whether it lasts until the reservation date at Volt comes around?

I had my favorite meal this weekend at Camden Yards, watching Brian Matusz fillet the Detroit Tigers lineup. There are nice, nice people working in the Attman's that opened in the warehouse this season. (For the record, I had a hot dog with bologna and sauerkraut, not the corned beef sandwich shown here.)

Baltimore Sun Staff/Algerina Perna

 

<i>All - these were great responses - thanks. Except now I can think of nothing but onion rings.<i/>

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 4:30 AM | | Comments (33)
        

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Had a fried grouper sandwich at the Dogfish Head Ale House in Gaithersburg. Washed it down with a couple of 60 minute IPA's. This place has the best potato chips, fries and onion rings in Maryland and beyond. My daughter had a half pound burger with a side of house made onion rings for seven dollars. Amazing. My only complaint is they don't have beer on cask. Here's to hoping they expand to the Baltimore/Howard county area.

Had a turkey burger at Midtown Yacht Club for a quick bite to eat. It satisfied as I had expected.

Grabbed four pies to go from Iggies. I love their menu selection, though I can't help but think a couple of the pizzas from Joe Squared are tastier. Supposedly I need to give Two Boots a try.

I purchase a $5 oven roasted rotiserre chicken from Giant every Friday, which I use to make meals all weekend with or freeze the extra meat for later use.

went to cinghiale with my husband on friday to spend a wedding present: a gift certificate for the restaurant.

dishes that stood out -- my husband ordered the porchetta with arugula: even better the next day. i had risotto with hare ragu -- licked my plate clean. also good the next day: braised veal cheeks with root veggies. for dessert, had the chocolate mousse cake with salted caramel ice cream.

i wish i could afford to eat there on a more regular basis.

Had a great meal Friday evening at Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar in Kitty Hawk, NC. We liked it so much we went back on Saturday evening.

Highly recommended, in spite of the silly name.

Went to cinghiale Friday night and Tapas Teatro Saturday night

Hey Hal will be down obx (Corolla) Thursday for a long weekend. Love many of the restaurants down there

I was spoiled this weekend and went to 2 places. On Friday night we went to Cazbar for HUGE doner kebabs (yum) and then on Saturday we went to Ze Mean Bean - wow, I LOVE that place! I am surprised it was so empty, especially considering the Fells Point Festival was that day. Perhaps all the revelers just ate street food instead. The food was great! Can't wait to go back.

I was in Carroll County this weekend and stopped at Smokers BBQ on Rt 140 for lunch. Wow, what a pleasant surprise! The pit beef (cooked medium) was excellent. My fiance had the pulled pork and turkey, and both were excellent. All the meats were juicy and tender. The homemade sauces on the table were good too, my favorite was the St. Louis style. The onion rings were cooked crispy, just the way I like them.

Friday night had dinner at G&Ms. Yes the crabcakes are all they are cracked up to be, and the service was excellent.

Made 19 pounds of Mac n' Cheese. Yup. Really. 4 pounds of pasta. Roux was 1 pound of butter and 1 pound of flour. 6 1/2 pounds of cheese. 6 pounds of milk. 1/2 pound of sour cream. Two LARGE trays. Come get some.

Well, you could have if you'd been in Charleston, WV and were friends with my pal Herb, whose 50th birthday we were celebrating with 50 or so friends.

Then you could have had the mac n' cheese and the cilantro/lime/buttermilk slaw and the pork loin roasts with sundried tomato-cream gravy.

Uh-huh...you could have.

19 pounds!

I ate a single meal on Sunday- massive helping of chicken and waffles with bacon gravy at Bad Decisions for Brunch. I think I'm STILL full. Oh, and it was excellent!

was more of a sporty weekend for me as we went to the orioles game friday and saturday nights and sunday was football-centric.

friday i got G&M crabcakes to go, which were enjoyed during the first inning, and ended the night with never on sundays amazing STS dessert.

sunday i went on a tour de chicken wings indulging in orders at city limits (solid) and later for dinner at iBar (maybe my new favorite hole-in-the-wall).

Note: the Buffalo Hot flavor isn't traditional buffalo, but super hot with pepper flakes abound. not for the light of heart. their specialty seems to be the Chefs Style. I can see why this place wins best wings, can't wait to go back and try the chefs style.

@bert

glad you mentioned turkey burgers at midtown yacht club. I had one a ways back and forgot how good it was. definitely have to make a visit soon for one.

@L I'm sorry G&M's crab cakes were all they're cracked up to be, but really there are better ones. Don't judge crab cakes by one poor experience.

We went to two places this weekend. A friend and I shared the mushroom lover's pizza (with added carmelized onions and artichokes) at Joe Squared and a small greek salad. They were both terrific.
On Saturday, nine of us went to Zorba's and I don't think there are better lamb chops around here. Plus, there must be at least 8 of them, which along with the large sides, make great leftovers.

Took that promising sweet potato pie recipe, added one common ingredient and one not so much, finally yielding the pie I've been trying 20+ years to make. Roasting in the oven with the pie were yellow and red tomatoes with lots of backyard basil. Here's my recipe: http://nestingbaltimore.blogspot.com/2007/09/roasted-tomatoes.html

thank you, DBJS

@ryan97ou - I'm always on the lookout for good wings. Where's your favorite place for them?

@bert -


off the top of my head: kisslings, midtown yacht club, ibar

but expect a more thorough research period from now until the end of football season.

we went to city cafe..our usual destination before bso concert..both the food and the music pleasedsheltered

Friday at Gertrude's--was craving a Mrs. Tawes Crab Cake and Apple/Fennel Slaw. New items for fall sounded yummy. We sampled all the new sorbets (pumpkin, apple cider and pear almond) as well as Sweet Potato Cheesecake with a Caramel Marshmallow. Cannot remember the name of a new fall cocktail (I had three) but it had jalapeno Hornitos tequila!

maryann--you might be able to afford Cinghiale more often if you go for their Sunday supper--three courses for less than $30 per person. It's more casual than eating there on other nights. And on Tuesday night there is always some sort of wine special.

You don't even have to do the Sunday Supper thing to get a more affordable meal at Cinghiale. The "La Cucina Della Nonna" section on the regular menu offers a similar thing to the Sunday Supper menu, but with more choices. The price is $29.

The best time to take advantage of it is on Tuesday evenings when bottles of wine are half price in the Enoteca (bar).

http://cgeno.com/assets/images/uploads/pdfs/Menu_05_12_10.pdf

Looks like all the entrees are pasta.

But what KIND of pasta?

recently heard that brewers is changing to their new fall menu this week...might have to check it out this weekend.

Last weekend, nothing remarkable. But THIS weekend, going to Brasserie Les Halles in NYC!

Les Halles...tres bon!

As for me, I'm just going to some inn at a little town called Washington, Virginia. Not sure what I'll have there, maybe some scones or chicken salad.

Maybe chicken salad if it has truffles, fois gras, lobster, and caviar!

I wonder what's in the box lunches, though.

I'll be in Detroit checking out the Zingerman's empire, including Zingerman's Roadhouse, where the very first item on the menu is Real Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/files/10.04.10.pdf

Over priced, over cooked mahi at the Carroll Creek Cafe in Annapolis on Friday night. Overly long wait between salad and entree. Forgettable dessert. Great view is about the only thing going. Very tasty, very fresh salmon piccata at Stella Notte in Ellicott City on Sunday night. Who knew better food can be had from this place than the CCC of Annapolis. Great Boston cream pie. Yum.

Hal, I'm excited to see your suggestion. I'm heading to Kitty Hawk on Friday for the long weekend. Thanks!

I went to a where my wife and daughter and I all had nice meals, although the cabbage part of her dish included the part where the stem meets the core. It was, shall we say, al dente.

my favourite dinner is turkish kebab. I can never end this love

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
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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