Well I've been a busy hound this week. One thing I want to note before I start; I have a new job now, and it is one that puts me in contact with restaurants everyday. I will continue to post reviews about places I can enthusiastically recommend, but it would not make good business sense for me to post about places I did not enjoy. So while I will continue to be honest about my opinions, if I don't have anything nice to say I just won't say it. 'mkay? You never know who is lurking :)
Ok, so on to the houndage.....
A small, unassuming restaurant owned and operated by Chef Nancy Longo on Aliceanna Street (3-4 blocks before it dead ends into Boston. My party dined on delicious, lightly fried oysters, salads with house made Maytag Blue vinaigrette, and 3 equally satisfying entrees. The roast duck with polenta was probably the winner ( a nut allergy prevented my friend from partaking of the pecan-flecked polenta), and my halibut with ginger caviar buerre blanc was light and tasty. Good wine list too, and a variety of after-dinner drinks. Smoked crab cake the signature dish, I hear, so I will have to go back and dig into it. Not fancy mind you, just good eatin'. Apps $5-10, entrees $17-$24
Located next to the Charles Theater, this chic, inviting space has been open for just a few months. They have it down though. Wife and I partook of the chees plate for two (including nut crusted goat cheese and Manchego), which I wolfed through, along with olives and, Praise Be, a nice glass of dry sherry! That's real sherry from Spain folks, not the Fairbanks stuck in grandma's liquor cabinet. If you haven't ever tried a decent dry sherry with salty things like spanish olives, manchego, or reggiano, I pity you. ;-) Very good homemade Sangria too.
Nice Gazpacho, the best I've had so far in Baltimore (well, ok, I've only had maybe 2 others). Spicy Spanish Sausage, alluring and alliterative, went quite well with a reasonably priced bottle of Ribera del Duero from the quite decent wine list. Artichoke salad was good but a little random in terms of flavor combinations; the grilled squid was a light and refreshing break from the usual fried fare. Good stuff, we look forward to trying the other offerings.
And "Ghost World" was great. 2 thumbs up from these well-fed movie goers.