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May 12, 2011

Bobby Flay coming to College Park

A Bobby's Burger Palace is headed to College Park, according to the Washington Business Journal. Scheduled to open in September, this will be the first Maryland location for Bobby Flay's casual-burger concept, Another Burger Palace is schedule to open in Washington, D.C. street this summer (via D@man Good Times)

Speaking of D.C., José Andrés (Minibar) took home the outstanding chef award at Monday night's James Beard Foundation awards ceremony.  I haven't been to Minibar, have you?

(Is it petty of me to refuse to lower-cap the name of Andrés' six-seat restaurant within a restaurant at Cafe Atlantico? Is the Minibar website horrible on purpose?)

Anyway, congratulations.

The outstanding restaurant award went to Eleven Madison Park in New York City.

Close to home? Nothing else, really. Ten regional chef awards were handed out (Andrés' award was a national award) at the ceremony, and the winner for the Mid-Atlantic region was Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia.

I meant to post the JBF awards earlier, but one thing after another. I've noticed though that tumbleweeds tend to follow in the wake of James Beard posts. It'll probably be that way until Baltimore chefs get some recognition.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 1:07 PM | | Comments (2)


I just had to click on the Minibar website after your comment and.... I feel like my eyes are bleeding!!!!!!!
Who could have possibly thought that blue text on a blood red background was a good idea. For a restaurant that is ostensibly one of the finest in the country, it looks like someone on acid worked out that design. I would love to go to Minibar to sample what I feel would be creative food, but not if I have to get information from that site.

I have been to Minibar, it was pretty awesome. My boyfriend compared the process of getting a spot at one of the seatings as similar to calling into a radio station to win concert tickets. What I loved most was the playful and creative take on food. Also, you get to watch the whole process and ask questions of the chefs, who were very forthcoming with the details of their craft. I recommend it highly!

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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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