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Christine Bridges Jan 8, 1999 06:37 PM

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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    Jim Zurer Jan 9, 1999 08:31 AM

    >>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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      Christine Bridges Jan 9, 1999 12:41 PM

      > 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

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        Jim Zurer Jan 10, 1999 09:12 PM

        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

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      Jim Leff Jan 8, 1999 09:42 PM

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

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        Jim Zurer Jan 9, 1999 08:26 AM

        >>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

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          ivan stoler Feb 9, 1999 06:34 PM

          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?

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            Tom M Feb 11, 1999 05:34 PM

            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!!

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              Peter Feb 6, 2000 03:24 PM

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

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