There don't seem to be many postings from the Baltimore Chowhound sector. I, myself, would love to participate much more frequently, but my personal situation has prevented me from dining out very often.
Whatever happened to "Whitemarsh John?" He was so excited when P.F. Chang's opened in Whitemarsh. I miss his excitement.
Haven't hear much from our dear "Hon." She was always spot on with regards to a no-nonsense brief opinion.
Then there are various other "regulars" that I miss hearing reports on their dining excursions. Of late, I have to "dine out" vicariously through my fellow local Chowhounds.
My last dining out experience was at Gianni's Italian Bistro in Halethorpe/Arbutus area. It was "All you can eat oyster night." I actually enjoyed the experience. The oyster stuff was chock full of plum oysters--the raw oysters were adequate (I don't eat them raw, but my dining partner certainly chowed down and got his money's worth). The fried oysters were plentiful, very small, but good.
There was a buffet with salads, etc. All in all, it was a worthwhile dining experience. Now that the season for oysters is done, the restaurant offers an "all you can eat crab feast for $29.95.") Maybe someone can post their opinion with regards to this offering.
Be informed, this is a neighborhood restaurant--Italian Bistro and Seafood crabhouse--their Chicken Arancini is wonderful along with their Veal Francaise. In one dines without high expectations of "farm to table" and other trendy offerings, then it is worthwhile to check out.
It reminds me a bit of Kibby's Restaurant, with their claim to fame shrimp salad. They also have amazing sour beef and dumplings (even better then now defunct Haussner's). They also have amazing eggplant tempura. But, the restaurant is resting on its laurels decor-wise. It needs a big redo and some more current offerings food-wise. But, I suspect that they have the captive "audience" of the local hospital/medical community and no other restaurant for competition.
Hope I am not coming across as to "snarky." Just trying to stir up some "conversation." Thanks to all and Happy Preakness Day. FoiGras