Read the article with interest and intensity. Oh my, am I being snobby?
so many places that didn't warrant "best Of." But, many people don't have the ability to dine out frequently enough to make "chowducated" observations. My comment isn't meant to be smarny. Hubby and I are down on the number of nights that we used to dine ot. So, we have to pick and choose where we decide to dine with careful consideration. I.E., best service, food, atmosphere for the price point. Saturday night out and about or just a weeknight dining out experience that isn't comprised of saturated fatty foods and fake burger meat, or shredded lettuce with commercially bottled salad dressings.
I have been a fan of "Baltimore Magazine's" Best of Restaurant issue for many years. After I discovered this Chowhound site, my opinion has become somewhat more defined--not neccesarily more sophisticated. I believe that many people who respond to the Baltimore Magazine questionaire are just going with the flow. Those persons are sometimes dining out wannabees. Oh, I know I will get a lot of flack for that comment. But, I remember years ago, there were people I worked with who aspired to dine out at the top restaurants and would proceed to answer the questionairre. They hadn't even eaten at the restaurant--they wanted to, but voted anyhow.
My question--what are your opinons, as Chowhounds, with regards to the selectionn of Baltimore's Best Dining Venues? I agree with the number one selection "Charleston>' My issue with this restaurant is that Baltimore needs to supply a restaurant with the exquisite quality, but not imposed 3-4 course meal menu. I used to dine at Charleston at least once or twice a month manyy years ago, before the fixed priced menu. After all was said and done--our patronage probably spent more on many appetizers, entrees,, cheese selections and desserts,then that what the restaurant imposed on their more stringent menu. Say for example a Monday or Tuesday evening--early--about 5:30 p.m.==wouldn't this resaturant love to have a couple or foursome dine about 5 to 5"30 and not have the diners structured into a price fixed menu? I can bet that the foursome would order a selection that would be much more pricey then the pris fixe imposed menu.
Back to my oringinal question--what are your opinons as to the "Best Restaurant" issue of Baltimore Magazine's selections? Happy Dining. Foi Graas---
P.S. went to a local Glen Burnie restaurant for a very early dinner this Saturdya night--the place was very busy--and not a chain restaurant WE attempted to get a dining seat at Stoney River in Towson Town Mall--for 4:30 or 4:45--the reservations list was filled, but according to the hostesss, we could "come in and wait a short whiIle>" NOT--- what'sthe purpose of making a reservation? When did another chain restaurant--a la Cheesecake Factory--become so intensely supplied with diners?
Hubby and I avoid the chains--but occassionally dine at those places early on time-wise and day-wise (Monday's thru Wednesday's).
Just an opinion for what it is or isn't worth. But am definitely curious as to the take on my oringinal question--a Chowhound's opinion with regards to "Baltimore Magazine" present "Dining Out-Best Of" issue. FoiGras