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December 13, 2010

Monday Morning Quaterbacking -- the Wild Orchid

wild orchidMy review of the The Wild Orchid focused on the role of atmosphere. Maybe too much. I've already received an email challenging my analysis the Wild Orchid's move from Eastport. The writer took issue especially with how I portrayed the move as something less than a bold, focused and deliberate choice on the owners' parts to step up their game and be part of the city's burgeoning arts scene.

Perhaps I should not have tied up my  negative assessment of the Wild Orchid's new dining space with speculation about the reasons for the move. That discussion felt important to me, though.

The email I received questioned my assessment of the Annapolis Arts District, pointing out the proximity of the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts and the newly formed Studio of the Arts.

I've looked and cannot find on the internet a single instance of these venues acknowledging the existence of the Wild Orchid or vice versa. Nor could I find a coherent map of the Annapolis Arts District.

Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor





Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:51 AM | | Comments (2)


Richard - I appreciate your reviews of more than just the food at a restaurant. I don't frequent restaurants in which I feel uncomfortable, either because of the table spacing, perceived attitude, or loud music. So thanks for that review. Additionally, it's been my experience that most Annapolis restaurants are somewhat clichish, and unless you're a regular, the service is not so great.

Yes, Richard does a great of sketching the total experience.

I think food is about 40% of the dining experience. I have been to Vino Rosina three times in the past two weeks and was writing a review for my blog, but I am so hung up on the design and atmosphere that I may have to break it into three pieces: food, beverages and atmosphere/service. While I love many things about VR, my lingering impressions have more to do with the design than anything else. If Tim Gunn were to design a prison for Japanese models, that's what it would look like.

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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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