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Well, although I wish I were going to the San Gabriel
Valley in California, I find myself headed to Baltimore
on Monday for a week on business. Anyone have any
favorites in the downtown area? I like Charles Street
and have eaten well at many of the places there--JPN
and Kawasaki for sushi; Louie's Bookstore Cafe; Helmand
for Afghani; Donna's; Tio Pepe (Spanish and a bit
pretentious but the food's good). Pierpont in Fell's
Point: good but not as impressive as I expected. There
doesn't seem to be much decent Chinese food....And last
summer I did get over to Obrycki's for crabs finally.
Yum.

Can anybody fill me in on what I might have missed?

(Always thinking about food instead of work)

Chris

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  1. Does anyone know whether Bertha's Mussels is still open and good?

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    1. re: Jim Leff

      >>Bertha's"

      Open? Yes

      Still good? Don't know--haven't been there in many
      years, but recent reports have been so-so.

      Jim Zurer
      Washington DC

      1. re: Jim Leff

        From what I hear, Berthas is stil open. I never ate
        there though. But Bo Brooks is the best place in
        Bawlmore for crabs. Does anyone know if Gunnings is ok
        anymore after they moved out from the Brooklyn
        neightborhood?

        1. re: Jim Leff

          I grew up in Baltimore and used to chow at Bertha's
          way back in the 1970s. Recently returned there and was
          very disappointed. The mussels were unbelievably
          overcooked, dry and shrunk down to the size of baby
          peas.

          About the only thing good there now are the bumper
          stickers. Avoid!!

          1. re: Jim Leff

            I never went to Bertha's in the old days, but I went there recently and also found the muscles overcooked. A shame.

          2. >>JPN<< They have changed their name back to
            Shogun...there was a legal entanglement which was
            resolved.

            If you are around on Wednesday evening, they have an
            all-you-can-eat offer from 5 to 9 at the sushi bar
            only. You get an hour from your first order -- I can
            usually last for fifty minutes. I find the sushi
            quite acceptable, and the people are very personable.

            Check it out.

            You should also wander the food halls at Lexington
            Market at noontime if you have a chance. Great
            seafood, fried gizzards and livers, fresh potato
            chips, etc.

            Jim Zurer
            Washington DC

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            1. re: Jim Zurer
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              Christine Bridges

              > Shogun...there was a legal entanglement which was
              > resolved.

              > If you are around on Wednesday evening, they have an
              > all-you-can-eat offer from 5 to 9 at the sushi bar
              > only. You get an hour from your first order -- I can
              > usually last for fifty minutes. I find the sushi
              > quite acceptable, and the people are very
              > personable."


              Thanks, Jim--It's funny that you mention that. My
              first night in Baltimore about two years ago (wandering
              the streets trying to find something decent to eat) I
              stumbled upon Charles Street and after walking up and
              down decided upon JPN (now Shogun again--I was
              wondering about that name thing). Walked in, and was
              greeted with "it's all-you-can-eat sushi tonight."
              Well, I said to myself, you've walked into the right
              place!

              I agree with your assessment--people are nice, sushi
              quite adequate if not earthshaking. I've always left
              happy....

              Chris

              1. re: Christine Bridges

                I may have mentioned this before on this board, but we
                often get Orioles tickets for either Wednesday
                afternoon or evening games and make a sushi-baseball
                expedition to Shogun and Camden Yards every month or
                so during baseball season. A nice family tradition...

                I also meant to mention that the all you can eat costs
                $23.95. Pretty reasonable...especially for the amount
                of sushi I can put away.

                Jim Zurer
                Washington DC