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Restaurant week (Baltimore)

jes Jul 18, 2006 08:48 PM

Have reservations at the Prime Rib already but am looking for a second place to try. I don't eat seafood so that cuts out a lot of choices. We're leaning towards Timoty Dean. Any suggestions?


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    Bryan101 RE: jes Jul 19, 2006 07:16 AM

    Mo's Crab & Pasta Factory. Try the Pasta! yummy!

    1. ko1 RE: jes Jul 19, 2006 02:25 PM

      No offense, but IMHO, Mo's is a rather mediocre local chain. Timothy Dean has excellent food. It did have service issues, but they brought in a consultant recently to fix them. I don't know how successful he was as I haven't been since they brought him on board. I would definitely give them a try. TD's website says they will have a different RW menu every night.
      You should also check out Saffron, Asian and Latin fusion at its best. The chef, Edward Kim, is probably Baltimore's best, although Timothy Dean is definitely in his league.

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        jes RE: ko1 Jul 20, 2006 01:39 AM

        I had really wanted to try Saffron, but being that I dont enjoy seafood, I feel I may not enjoy it. Almost all of the raves that I have heard about Saffron have involved some type of fish.

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          ko1 RE: jes Jul 20, 2006 12:55 PM

          There are some excellent meat dishes as well.

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            melzie RE: jes Feb 23, 2007 03:35 AM

            Yaknow - I had very much wanted to try Saffron, but was terribly disappointed. It had the look and feel and menu of a nice place and the service was excellent, but the food was reall just lacking.

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          becs RE: jes Jul 19, 2006 02:34 PM

          While living in other cities, I looked at restaurant week as a chance to try out restaurant that were otherwise off-limits due to a student budget. After going through the Baltimore Restaurant Week list, it appears that I would be able to order off of the regular menu for less than $30. I am certain that this is the case at places like Uno's and Ding How, but from looking at the online menu it looks like Saffron and Abercrombie fall just at the $30/dinner mark as well.
          Any suggestions on making the most of my restaurant week picks?

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            toro head RE: becs Jul 19, 2006 03:03 PM

            You are correct about the $30 issue, but remember that includes an app and dessert. I think the following places would be the best bargin from their regular menu for an app, entree, and dessert at $30-

            Black Olive
            Blue Sea Grill
            Capital Grille
            Prime Rib
            Timothy Dean
            Tio Pepe

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            becs RE: JonParker Jul 20, 2006 05:06 PM

            Since I haven't been, I can't comment on the food at Saffron, but with 5+ appetizers under $10 and 5+ entrees under $20, doesn't it just make sense to wait until after restaurant week to avoid the crowds and overwhelmed wait-staff?

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              JonParker RE: becs Jul 21, 2006 12:44 PM

              That's a good point. In fact, I'm going Saturday night. Saffron is a great deal even without restaurant week.

              Honestly, from what I can tell, DC pulls this off really well, but Baltimore just doesn't have it together.

            2. ko1 RE: JonParker Jul 21, 2006 12:12 AM

              See my opinion on Kim above. All taste is subjective, but he rocks!

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                asiege2 RE: JonParker Jul 21, 2006 04:25 AM

                Saffron won't be the deal of a lifetime at $30 for app, dinner and dessert, but it has the potential to be more than worth it as almost the entire menu will be available (the way I hear it the foie gras app will be an extra $4 and the rack of lamb dinner an extra $6 - everything else included).

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                  live2dine RE: jes Jul 20, 2006 08:10 PM

                  Timothy Deans is GREAT. You will enjoy. I plan to visit during restaurant week.

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                    kaydee RE: live2dine Jul 26, 2006 08:50 PM

                    Timothy Deans is the last place that I would go. Our service was so bad that it was hard to believe. We still tipped over 22 percent and I wrote to the manager twice and never received a reply...........too many restaurants in town to put up with that attitude!

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                    jam RE: jes Jul 26, 2006 06:14 PM

                    My husband & I tried Ze Mean Bean's prix fixe last night... FANTASTIC! The pork with a bourbon sauce was the best we ever had. Any other successful meals you would recommend for later in the week?

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