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Taste--Belvedere Square (kinda long)


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Taste--Belvedere Square (kinda long)

ck | Oct 22, 2004 10:34 AM

Decided to give the newly opened Taste in Belvedere Square a try last night. Pretty sure it won’t be a regular stop for me. First, someone has clearly sunk a pretty big chunk of cash into the old Hess Shoes space. It is nice but it doesn’t really make my day. In his Omnivore column in CP, Richard Gorelick recently described the Belvedere Square area as the “psychological border between the city and suburbs.” This description is perfect and it is clearly reflected in the clientele. Towson was in the house. To our left was a table of three 80+ scenesters who were discussing (I’m not lying) the Poly football team. Very hot. There was a woman who looked like a tv weather lady who seemed to know everyone in the dining room. Everyone over 65, that is. She was walking around greeting people like she was running for office. Seated at the table on the other side of us was John Waters and his snazzy elderly parents. I must confess that this entertained me. They were all very nattily attired and in fine spirits. I was most impressed with John’s ability to sit what we used to call “Indian style” (not too pc, I know) throughout the meal. His mom was really enjoying herself and sighed while dramatically clutching her chest upon tasting her dessert, which she and John shared. The only controversial moment occurred when John’s dad decided he wanted caffeinated coffee with dessert. Much discussion ensued. It was all really very sweet. As for the food, well, as you may have gathered by now, it was secondary. We shared a grits and shrimp appetizer. It was okay. I suppose I really shouldn’t order that because Charleston’s version is perfection and no one else ever touches it. My main course was something that I ordered with great trepidation because it was called “Spicy Fiesta Chicken.” I kid you not. It wasn’t spicy and it wasn’t particularly festive. The allegedly spicy boneless breast was served with some tomato salsa like topping on basmati rice. There were some very nicely done brussel sprouts on the plate. An underrated vegetable in my book. It was okay. Mr. ck got some beef thing that I didn’t taste. He thought it was okay. And, it isn’t cheap. Entrees range from about $16 to $27. What was better than okay is the drink deal that Taste is currently offering. Your first “round of drinks” are on the house. Big deal, you say. Well, that first round can have up to a $50 value. So, we got a nice bottle of Malbec, sat back and enjoyed the floor show. Worthwhile for a Thursday night. I think the deal is through 11/14 but don’t hold me to it.

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