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March 7, 2011

Which Baltimore restaurant needs some Gordon Ramsay tough love?

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The casting process includes us!

Here's the blurb:

Gordon Ramsay needs your help finding his next Kitchen Nightmare!


Has your favorite restaurant gone bad? Have you tried a new eatery only to discover it doesn't cut the mustard? If so, we need your nomination!  FOX's hit show, Kitchen Nightmares is currently searching for new restaurants to be featured in the upcoming season. If you know of a restaurant that desperately needs expert guidance, we want to know about it! Send us the restaurant's name, location and a brief description why you think Gordon Ramsay should take over.

e-mail us at:
KitchenNightmares@TheConlinCompany.com
or
call the hotline with restaurant info at 1-866-226-2226.

 
But the casting company will be checking into this blog -- so let's go! Who needs Gordon Ramsay's help?

Restaurants can nominate themselves here. 

The casting producer told me that the show has pretty much narrowed its choices for next season to Texas and the Baltimore-Washington area. I told him Baltimore is much funnier than Texas.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 2:07 PM | | Comments (37)
        

Comments

Timothy Dean, TV is calling you again.

Hollywood Burger. Owners had a good thing going with Meridian 54, then let it fall apart. Hollywood was good during the first week, then quickly fell apart again. Staff is slow and terrible, kitchen can't manage to serve meals at the same time, and everything comes out well done.

Hollywood Burger. Owners had a good thing going with Meridian 54, then let it fall apart. Hollywood was good during the first week, then quickly fell apart again. Staff is slow and terrible, kitchen can't manage to serve meals at the same time, and everything comes out well done.

Someone needs to wake up the Crackpot in Towson...

This is the moment I've been waiting for! I hereby nominate Cafe Gourmet's floundering University of Maryland Biopark location. The food, while slightly improved from its opening 2 years ago, has become the unfortunate punchline of many a Biopark employee's jokes. Whilst I have written their management multiple letters of concern (I can post them here, if you'd like), I fear that these complaints have fallen on deaf ears. The downfall of that restaurant is a sad inevitability. I'd love to write more -- I recommend the show's producers take a survey Biopark of employees on their level of disgust with what could be a great dining establishment.

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Rusty Scupper

The Grapevine Cafe in Cockeysville. Old food, old menu, old diners, unearned high prices. Great location and nice seating. Could be a terrific local go-to for a nice dinner after work or on the wknd, but sadly disappointing on both occasions we gave it a try.

OMFG! I totally want to see Gordon Ramsey being snarky all over Baltimore restaurants.

Waterstone on Madison could be a great little spot, but it really needs some helps.

Birches, if only for the potential of an ego supernova.

The Crackpot is a GREAT call. We ate there for the first time a few months ago after hearing how great it used to be. My husband and I looked at each other and said this restaurant BELONGS on Kitchen Nightmares!

I can't wait to see what Gordon brings to Baltimore!

I third crackpot!

Amen to Crackpot

Um, I'm not sure you understand the jist of "Kitchen Nightmares," Victoria. Golden West is one of the best places to eat in this whole city.

Please , send him to Sotto Sopra.
I used to work for his mentors : the Roux Brothers. I need help in understanding this town! Lol

Yes you heard it from me!!


The owner of Sotto Sopra

I second Birches!

I know that the restaurant I am nominating is not in Baltimore, but it really needs some help. That restaurant is the Annapolis Grill, in the Park Place development in Annapolis (ergo the name). The owners have been 'trying' to open since the fall...with no luck. Clearly, they need some help.

How about a tag-team, with G.R. revitalizing both Chips and Sabs? While neither are real nightmares, they both could be so much more, maybe even regaining (or earning for the first time, depending on one's point of view) their stature as cornerstones of Little Italy. Bonus points for the fun of watching non-Italian G.R. butting heads with Little Italy "for their own good".

My husband and I adore G. R. andI second GOLDEN WEST Victoria is absolutely right. Food has gone downhill and the restaurant is filthy, Servers are rude and lacking in hygeine.
HOLY FRIJOLES could also use some Ramsay love/hate for the exact same reasons...

Los Amigos on Harford Road.

I love Birches, please dont change it! Its not perfect, but it ain't a nightmare! Those saying Birches have not seen the show methinks.

ZELLA'S! We used to love Zella's and went there all of the time. The restaurant was sold last fall and the new owners are a nightmare. More than two hours for a local pizza delivery. When you actually go to the restaurant, they're out of the most basic items, like chicken, salt+pepper, soda, etc.

We were there a few weeks ago, ordered pizza and when the lone waiter/bartender/busboy asked what toppings we wanted on our pizza, we told him. When it arrived at our table (45+ minutes later, and we were the ONLY people there on a Friday!), it just had the toppings, no mozzarella or tomato sauce! A salad was subbed for the fries we ordered with no explanation, and the beer lines were mixed up, so we got the wrong beers.

When we asked to speak with the manager, he could barely rouse himself to come speak with us and basically said that we needed to be a little less high maintenance. (WTF?)

Zella's used to be a gathering place for the area and it was always full on Friday and Saturday nights. No longer.

They need the Gordon treatment if they're going to stay open for much longer. Effing hell!

Gunpowder Falls - great location just on Perry Hall line. We need a place for good food other than the chain restaurants!!

Catches on Rt 40 in White Marsh is another example. Great building but needs help in food area.

I agree with many of the other ideas for places in the city but you guys already have soooo many great restaurants. We need some help out here!!!

LTE -

Catches is closed and there's a sign in the window announcing the coming soon of "New Orleans Steak and Seafood." I believe that'll be the third restaurant at that location, which I agree is great. Not sure why nothing works there.

LTE -

Catches is closed and there's a sign in the window announcing the coming soon of "New Orleans Steak and Seafood." I believe that'll be the third restaurant at that location, which I agree is great. Not sure why nothing works there.

LTE -

Catches is closed and there's a sign in the window announcing the coming soon of "New Orleans Steak and Seafood." I believe that'll be the third restaurant at that location, which I agree is great. Not sure why nothing works there.

LTE -

Catches is closed and there's a sign in the window announcing the coming soon of "New Orleans Steak and Seafood." I believe that'll be the third restaurant at that location, which I agree is great. Not sure why nothing works there.

Chiapparelli's Restaurant - gone down hill big time, very dated interior, food is poor.

Sabatino's -> same thing as Chipparelli's. Awful

Edo Sushi (downtown) is terrible. Such a tourist trap

Karen, I'm not sure how GR could improve the rude manner of the servers at Golden West. Have you ever noticed that he is rather rude himself? (Understatement of the year.)

Zella's! What once had been the cornerstone of the revitalization of a once great neighborhood has fallen to total crap under new ownership. It's now filthy, with horrible service and the slowest kitchen in the city. The above mention of 2 hr local delivery time is no lie. I ordered carryout, waited a half hour to pick it up, arrived to find myself the only customer in the building, and still had to wait another 45 minutes for two salads and an order of wings...all of which were wrong.
Perfect example of why people with no restaurant experience should be allowed to own one.

Golden West for the attitude, general griminess and poorly executed food.

The show is about fixing failing restaurants. As far as I know, GW is successful. That Hollywood((')s) Burger Bistro would be perfect. It can't be doing well and it is utterly ridiculous.

Birches would be awesome TV, with a lot of ego clashes and screaming.

I hope they pick some places we are familiar with and not some obscure Eastern shore place. I think a good criterion would be a place where you say, "How are they STILL in business?"

I can't believe nobody mentioned Tio Pepe. If some place needs a kick in the trousers, it's them. They haven't gone "bad," they just haven't gone anywhere. Plus they have a cool space and lots of character...good for TV.

The Crackpot def needs a face-lift. And come on, they still charge you for your second soft drink! Who does that any more?

I'd personally love to see them do the Pierpoint near Fell's. That place was something, and now it's empty every night.

jillys in pikesville on reisterstown road...this restaurant fits the formula of the show..it would be awsome.......burger and rib bar...fix the food and the decor...please

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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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