Restaurants & Bars 2

Tio Pepe Baltimore

Fritz | Apr 10, 2005 08:40 AM

I'd read about and was looking forward to a meal at this long established Spanish outpost in Baltimore.
In a word, weak. Having spent a fair amount of time in Spain, this is no where near as good as the weakest. While nothing was terrible, nothing was very interesting either.
In typical European fashion, reservations are meaningless. The place was absolutely jammed with people who'd already had too much to drink. I figured this was a good sign. We arrived at 9:20 for a 9:30 and were promptly seated at 10:15.
The waiter was very rushed to get our order.
We has shrimp in thick brown garlic sauce. It was tasty, but nothing that stood out. Smoked salmon (lox) was good, but also nothing very distinctive.
Red snapper with clams, mussels and another thick sauce was OK, but way to filling for fish. Sauteed spinach with pine nuts and mushrooms was good. Lobster and chicken breast also had that thick sauce. The wines by the glass were generic and no representation of Spains best.
We had a $30 bottle of I don't remember that was pretty good after 15 minutes or so.
Dessert was completely forgettable. But the cappuccino was very good.
The bill was exorbitant for what it was.

Don't bother.

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