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Report on Les Folies, Annapolis [long]

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Report on Les Folies, Annapolis [long]

eristick | Aug 19, 2002 11:40 AM

I grew up in the Annapolis area, but have not lived there for over 10 years. On Sunday, visiting my parents, we had dinner at my mother's favorite restaurant, Les Folies. (Um, i remember when the place was Bogie's.)

I was exceptionally pleased. The service was gracious, professional, and accomodating without being overbearing. It was without question the best meal i have had in the area.

*Wine* Mostly (entirely?) French list, ranges from $20-$100. I consulted the waitress for her preference among a couple of the wines at the lower end of the scale, and she gave us a terrific recommendation with absolutely no attitude or attempt at an upsell. (Wrote down the name but don't have it with me, sorry -- it was a Côtes du Rhône Syrah for $30)

*Apps* The escargot were fabulous -- not overcooked or rubbery in the slightest, properly garlicky -- and served in shells for presentation, which I love (mostly because i get to use the nifty shell-holder.) Baked mussels were tasty, but I liked my escargot much more. The flan of crab (listed as a special) was surprisingly wonderful -- i feared that it might not taste enough of crab, or that i would find the flan texture off-putting, but it was lovely.

*Entrees* Duck in ligonberry sauce. Perfectly prepared, and delicious. The sauce was a nice fruity complement that didn't overwhelm the quite mild-tasting duck. (I've had more fully-flavored duck on occasion, but i've also had some pretty wretchedly inferior duck in expensive restaurants masked with "assertive" sauce.) Sides were cauliflower/broccoli (these must be my two least favorite vegetables, unfortunately. Mom loved them, though) and a very good potato gratin, blessedly not goopy with too much cheese.

*Desserts* My pear poached in red wine was simple and very good, served whole, the wine lightly spiced and sweetened, served with a dollop of good vanilla ice cream. Cassis sorbet was ridiculously addictive. Yum. Profiteroles got a good review from Dad (I didn't get any. They must have been good.)

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