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November 2, 2010

Top 10 weekly deals -- what are your favorites?

Send in your favorites weekly deals -- I'll combine them with my favorites, and I'll post the 10 best at the end of the day. It would be great to end up with a good mix of burger nights, steak specials, and half-price entrees, across a not-so-narrow price range. Wine specials don't really fit -- we can do those another time.chardin

It's more fun when we work on it together, right?

Well, it's like this. These are the Top 10 lists I had been preparing yesterday. I abandoned them one by one. You'll see why.


-- The Top 10 places to observe the Day of the Dead in Baltimore. It became obvious that Miguel's Cantina y Cucina pretty much owns the category, so I posted separately about it. I tried to make it work as a best-of-area-Mexican menus list. But the "Day of the Dead" really has nothing to do with going out to eat in restaurants, which I more or less knew going in. I still hung in there, and started reading more and more articles about the Day of the Dead and got completely sidetracked. In one version the list included the salami and eggs at Attman's, which is isn't even a regular menu item (although you can special-order it), just because my dad liked salami and eggs.

-- The Top 10 fun food-related quotes or facts associated with people born on November 2nd. I actually made some headway here. I had Marie Antoinette (obvious), Warren G. Harding (food poisoning), James Thurber ("The most dangerous food is wedding cake") and David Schwimmer ("It tastes like FEET") -- but then, I was spending too much time on things like disambiguating the Marie Antoinette quote and researching Harding's death. But I couldn't find any good quotes from Sidney Ponson or Stefanie Powers. And it would all of been cute, but who would have cared?

The Top 10 historic members of the Maryland General Assembly whose names sound like food. It took a while (probably a half hour) to find the names of past assembly members, and then not one name worked. I swear I thought this was a good idea.

-- The Top 10 foods you can eat today to feel like a San Franciscan to celebrate the Giants winning the World Series. As though there were stone crabs and sourdough French toast on menus all over town.

Finally, I came up with the idea of regular weekly deals in restaurants and bars. I got a good start on it but ran out of steam. That's where you come in.

Still life with brioche, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, born NOVEMBER 2, 1699


Keep going! I'm going to figure out a way to make this a permanent fixture, either on this blog or somewhere nearby.





Posted by Richard Gorelick at 5:00 AM | | Comments (27)
Categories: Top Ten Tuesdays


Alonso's/Loco Hombre has a "BYOB" (bring your own bib) special on Tuesday nights: $18 for lobster, corn on the cob, and a baked potato.

Great topic

Mondays - 1/2 price pizzas at Bartenders

Koko's Pub on Harford Road- Thursday nights is Crab Cake night. I think its like $20 for a LARGE and JUMBO LUMP crab cake platter. Good stuff!

You could just make one up from Sidney Ponson, such as:

"No officer, I haven't been drinking."
"Yes, I would like seconds. And Thirds."

For the record:

Taco night on Tuesdays at Clementine is insanely worth it.

And I was pleasantly surprised about Red Brick Station's Steak Night on Wednesday.

I have three favorites, sadly spread over only two nights.

1)Burger night at Hamilton Tavern (Monday night) - burger or veggie burger, draft, and fries for $12

2)Taco Tuesday at Clementine - plate of tacos for $10 plus drink specials

3)Burger night at Patrick's of Pratt (Tuesday) - burger or veggie burger and draft for $10, plus all kinds of special burgers for a dollar or two more.

Sunday - $12 specials at the bar ($15 at tables) at Jack's Bistro. There's always a meat, fish and vegetarian option.

I also love burger night at Hamilton Tavern. Getting sweet & spicy bacon and a fried egg on your burger for $2 more is a must!

Claddagh Pub in Canton has long offered meals that vastly exceed "bar food" quality, and Mondays through Wednesdays, it features top-notch steaks for under $15. Go on Monday or Tuesday and they take $10 off any bottle on an already affordable wine list. Works for me!

City Cafe - Monday - Steak night: $16 choice of cut (filet, sirloin, bison, tuna, etc), topping, 2 sides

Mick O' Sheas - Monday - Burger Night: $8, includes burger, fries and any draft beer

Cinghiale - Sunday Supper: $29 3-course meal including all you can eat antipasta first course.

Turps - Tuesday - Half price pizza night (9" for $2.50 and 18" for $6)

Claddaghs - Saturday afternoon - 1/2 price burgers

Half-price burgers at Kooper's Tavern in Fells Point on Tuesdays

I will think of some specials throughout the day that I like, but it will be a good thing to see the final list compiled.

That being said, Bonnie's comment inadvertently brought up something that really irks me: why do certain establishments have different specials (or not include a special) depending on where you sit? Really... because I choose to sit in the bar, you might not offer a special? Or maybe you do, but its cheaper in the bar than in the restaurant? I assume the food/drink is coming from the same place, so make it the same price throughout your entire establishment and let ME decide where I would like to sit and enjoy it!!!

Wednesday night - crab cake night at Pappa's in Parkville. $13 for a jumbo lump crab cake and 2 sides.

Pappa's has one of the best crab cakes in town.

I agree with you but the comment was from EGKate.

Maybe they want more people to sit at the bar and eat and free up tables?

For some things you can enjoy to celebrate the Giants win, there are two beers:
Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada.

You are right PCB Rob, Sorry to mis-credit. Still, it doesn't make sense. I work in a bar/restaurant that doesn't designate where specials can be enjoyed, and people seem to appreciate it. Why tell your customers how to enjoy the food/drinks?

Mather, I do agree with you. Especially on those where the specials are only valid in one or the other.

it stinks.

My favorite dining special is late in the month every month when certificates go on sale for 80% off. They're already such a bargain, and that kind of deal just makes it impossible to resist. We often try new places because we found them on there.

Stone Crabs are a Florida thing, Dungeness Crabs are California.

Mather, I agree that it is odd to pay different prices for the same thing in the same place. My guess is that people at tables tend to spend more, so there's more of a loss to the bar/restaurant on the specials. It may also cost the restaurant more to serve a table than a bar patron. I'm sure a restaurant/bar owner could explain the reasoning behind this if they would like to chime in.

What I can't stand is when restaurants make their happy hour specials available only at the bar, which is particularly obnoxious when the bar is packed but there are plenty of tables free (and servers who would no doubt love to get the tips from the bar overflow, whether the checks are lower or not).

Half-price burger nights, Wednesday and Sunday, at Swallow at the Hollow on York Road in Govans.

Two people can enjoy decent cheeseburgers, fries and drinks for less than $15. And you can't beat the atmosphere.

Tuesday and Wdnesday No Way Jose has fajitas for 2 and a pitcher of margaritas for $20.

Tuesday 4 - 7:30 free 10" cheese pizza for the purchase of two bottled beers at Joe Squared.

I've only been to one of the bar-special-only places once, but I'm guessing that the difference for the restaurant is that they can then afford to have fewer servers working?

How do you figure a burger and fries and a draft beer is a deal for 12 bucks? You can go to Portside in Cambridge any day of the week and get a good burger with fries for $6.95. At happy hour their Bud and Miller Lites are a dollar a piece. And they come i a frozen mug. And on top of that. they taste very good. Once in a blue moon, beer tastes good.

The Joe Squared Tuesday happy hour pizza deal sounds good as does the Swallow half price burgers. I think Cal Bittner's in Finksburg still has half price burger nights. Some Green Turtles have all you can eat wings Mons and Weds. Let's eat!

Surely one of the delights of this time of year is a nice spicy Pipkin pie?

A new restaurant in towson called Taste mediterranean grill have the best deal on fine italian food lunch and dinner

Taste Mediterranean is the subject of next Wendesday's Table Talk column

Siasds, the burgers at both Hamilton Tavern & Patrick's are all natural and taste like higher quality beef. And the beers in question are generally microbrews - Brewer's Art, Heavy Seas, etc. that would cost $4 or $5 on their own normally and are worth every penny.
It's a great deal for food of that quality.

Tuesdays at Gertrude's for regular entrees at $10 or 12, and Michael's Steak and Lobster House for the 32 oz. crabcake special on Friday night (big enough for the whole family, plus leftovers for crab omelet on Saturday morning!)

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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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