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January 20, 2011

The Mr. Rain's get-together

I wish I could have been there. The 501ers who went to last night's Starving Artist Happy Hour at Mr. Rain's Fun House said it was a good time. AK brought back the menu, which featured chef Bill Buszinksi's Filipino Fried Chicken Wings, along with poutine, black-eye pea cakes, rumaki and more.

Tell me all about it, especially the Filipino Fried Chicken Wings.

I have to say this. I wasn't intimately involved in arranging this event. I just made a few phone calls, and the Mr. Rain's staff took care of the rest. But it is an absolute pleasure to place a phone call to Mr. Rain's Fun House because whoever answers the phone is unerringly polite, cheerful and helpful.

Not everyone who answers the phone in a Baltimore restaurant conveys anything, except maybe annoyance.  

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:18 AM | | Comments (9)


The black-eye pea cakes were delicious, even though they were clearly healthy. The oysters, however, were another story. At first I was afraid the blue points were just bad, but in retrospect I think it was the overpowering sauce flavors. Sometimes an oyster just needs to speak for itself and not in a Korean accent, as was the case with the kimchi-topped one. I had the pungent aftertaste of fermented cabbage in my mouth for the rest of the night.

The Filipino Fried Chicken was nice and fall off the bone much so that some of the bone even fell off into my mouth- whomp whomp. It was delicious, especially with the spicy sauce and fried peppers that came with it. I just wish they were a bit more crispy than they were. The mussels were great as were the Chicken Spring Rolls. The Poutine was delightful- that veal gravy will be on my mind for quite some time.
We did venture off the happy hour menu and ordered two things from the full menu- Pumpkin Soup with Cocount and the Entree Pork Salad. Both were great...but both could have used a touch of salt to really inhance the flavors more- especially on the soup.
The complimentary drinks brought to our table were a nice touch as well. I especially enjoyed the St. Germain cocktail with starfruit and sorbet. And we loved the samples of venison and apple butter, and the lemon grass and red pepper marinaded lobster (I will definiately go back to try both entree fully)
My guests and I had a great time and thank you very much for arranging such a lovely evening on such a lovely night.

I had a great time meeting and chatting with some readers. I'm only sorry I didn't get to talk with everyone!

Love the Filipino Fried Chicken, though it wasn't quite what I expected. But it had a nice light batter and a great flavor. Also sampled the lumpia spring rolls, and they were super yummy.

We missed you, Richard! Maybe we need to get you a disguise.

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us last night. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting the Dining@Large crew and other new friends. We hope to see you again in the near future!

The staff was *exorbitantly* friendly and well trained mixologists behind the bar are a huge plus! Also enjoyed the wings, especially the dipping sauce.

Enjoyed nearly everything last night, and what I saved for lunch!

My main quibble was the bacon was too crispy on the rumaki, but pish posh. I'm not gonna let my personal preference

I feel ya on the oysters b-manda. I would have liked a plain, raw oyster, but that bloody mary oyster more than made up for what I felt about the kimchi.

How about the samples of the venison they were passing around?

Can't wait to go back for that!

*** whoops edit!***
gonna let my personal preference get in the way of an otherwise great meal.

Not gonna lie - my curiosity was piqued mostly by virtue of the menu.

Filipino food has never been a love of mine, for reasons too numerous to count.

I think of it as the last comer in the proliferation of Asian cuisines across the American palate, despite the fact that Filipinos comprise the largest component of the Asian minority in the US.

Consider Mister Rain, and his Fun House, missed.

Bacon can never be too crispy.

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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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