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December 24, 2010

Taste Mediterranean Grille reviewed: a preview, a link, and a follow-up

tasteMy Sunday review for Taste Mediterranean Grille showed up the website on Thursday night. That has to do with the holiday production schedule.

Because I will be traveling  next Monday, I won't be around for a postmortem discussion, so I'm kicking that off now, too.

And, while I'm at it, I'm posting a link to the review, which I try to remember but only occasionally manage to do every week as soon as the review goes online.

Another reason for a three-in-one post is that we don't have as much photography as we'd've have liked from Taste Mediterranean Grille. We shot there back in late October for a Table Talk piece I did about the restaurant's opening but didn't go back to get more photography to accompany the review.

So, here you go -- a review preview, a link, and a Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Review Preview

If I had managed to post a review preview if might have looked something like this:

Taste Mediterranean Grille is the new restaurant in the old Cafe Troia space. I would have added in that Cafe Troia moved right across the street because I once had it made it sound like Cafe Troia had closed for good and someone from there contacted me about it. ((Another thing, this new place is not related to a similarly named restaurant that Ann Nault ran in Belvedere Square in the location that is now Crush.) This review is a departure of sorts in how it focuses on a particular personality.


Here's the link to my review of Taste Mediterranean Grille

Monday Morning Quarterbacking

For the postmortem post, I probably would have questioned whether I did spend too much time talking about the waiter Rafael Coppola at the expense of the chef Luigi Palumbo, whose food I enjoyed so much. I would have explained that the three stars for service and two-and-a-half stars for atmosphere were intended to suggest inconclusiveness; I think the evening we chose for the review was too slow for me to draw an accurate conclusion. I would have asked you what you thought.

I would have added in that I wished I'd have had the chance to visit Taste twice before I wrote the review. I always wish I could, just more so this time. And I would have encouraged everyone to give Taste a try but maybe not on Saturday night.

Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor



Posted by Richard Gorelick at 2:22 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Monday Morning Quarterbacking, Review Preview


HOLY SH*T!!! That photo made me dizzy and nauseous at once. Serious vertigo action. I think if I look at it again I'll throw up.

Kind of a dumb name. "Taste" should be trimmed off. It adds nothing and name checks a place I vaguely recall somewhere else that failed. Why don't people check with me before naming their restaurants? I would have vetoed the name in favor of Dine a Napoli. Oh wait, that was that super cute news babe. Well, at least it's not called Guttman's or Chewpons.


STOP PICKING ON THE UNDERLINGS, JOHN! Ugh, such an orange-beshirted Tory. Also, inside voices. :-)

Owl suffers from vertigo? What a shame!

Yes, I am also sorry that the new restaurant used the name Taste, as Ann Nault's defunct Taste left a bad taste in many diner's mouths. However, if the new place lives up to Richard's review, it will do well.

Usually when I espy things from that perspective I'm swooping in for a kill. Restraint makes me dizzy.

Seriously, I guess that photo is going for "arty", but it is most unflattering and the nausea thing.

Actually, B>), I do sometimes suffer from vertigo, so I am not cracking jokes at anyone's expense. The interesting thing to me is that the vertigo is worse when I am looking at my computer screen closely, and scrolling. This has taught me to refine my searches. I never have a problem when driving--my gaze is fixed on the distance.

your review of the new restaurant is right on target, I've eaten there several times ,had the ravioli,wonderful dish.your server was ours on occasion very personable and knowledgeable.

thank you Mr.gore lick for your kind words.i never knew you i did not seek glory or fame i am just a $3 an hour average server that try to do the most for people i enjoy serving as much as Gigi enjoys cooking, please do not regret mentioning me [i never wanted you to] in your review. there are many of me out there that deserve your kind nice words.thanks again

I tried but could not get rid of the underlining in that one phrase (but didn't go back, etc.) are some people seeing abundant underlining?? Underlining all over the place?

The abundant underlining seems to show up in Internet Explorer, but not in Chrome or Firefox.

I only see part of one sentence underlined in Safari.

I am on Internet Explorer right now. i see it now. Good Grief!!

It';s a formatting nadpunch.

Seriously, stop by the Rude Bartender Bistro and I will turn your netbook into a bitchin' Camaro. Opera is the Oprah of browsers. In other words, it can heal you with its wealth.

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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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