Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore

Corks - flavor overload

JonParker | | Jan 18, 2009 04:41 AM

For whatever reason I had never made it to Corks in Federal Hill before the recent remodel and menu changeover. I had heard good things but always ended up somewhere else.

Last night Courtney and I walked up Charles looking for food, and given that I had heard decent things about it we decided to hit it up. The final verdict -- this was one of the most insanely delicious meals I've had outside Grace Garden in quite some time.

Appetizer was a no-brainer -- we went with the merguez corn dog. Two corn dogs resting in a sea of parmesan laced popcorn. I'm guessing the merguez is sourced from Springfield Farm, although I wasn't able to confirm that with our very busy waiter. They'd been dipped in a light cornmeal batter and fried -- just like the ones you get at the state fair, but with a lighter coating and bite and flavor from the spiced sausage.

We usually just share one appetizer, but our waiter had handed me the foie gras menu. No way were we resisting that. We got a thick silver dollar sized piece of perfectly seared foie gras, served with cornichons and a grape must reduction. This was simple but perfect.

For an entree, such as it was, I went with the gyros -- not your usual gyros but bite size pieces of grilled lamb served on pita with an herb cucumber sauce. This was our least favorite dish of the evening -- it was quite good, but not tastebud overload like the others.

Courtney chose better, going with the BLT -- braised pork belly and tomato confit on a very light, toasty white bread. This sandwich was outstanding, and so rich that she couldn't finish it. Both sandwiches came with very good fries.

I'm not a wine guy, so we asked for a beer. Not a deep list, but a well chosen one.

Tab for two was about $60 before tip. Well worth it. I don't know how I managed to keep this place off my radar for so long despite living just a few short blocks away. It's an oversight that I was more than happy to correct.

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