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New Restaurant In Hamden (Baltimore)

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Roundwood Feb 7, 2007 12:05 PM

The ex-Executive Chef at the Harbor Court Restaurant, Galen Sampson and his wife Bridget have opened a new restaurant, The Dogwood, located at 911 W. 36th Street (same location as the old Mamie's Café). They are starting with a fairly simple menu and hope to build on it, but do not let my description of simple dissuade your from trying this "new jewel" in Hamden. It's worth a trip. The preparation and presentation are worthy of the best restaurants.
Their web address is: www.dogwooddeli.com

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    hon RE: Roundwood Feb 8, 2007 05:24 AM

    The Deli has been open since last summer, the full restaurant "Asta" has taken alot longer. I think they are predicting a late spring total opening. I think the seating downstairs is just an expansion of the deli and not the actual restaurant kitchen.
    (It's Hampden, not Hamden)

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      pomme de terre RE: Roundwood Feb 8, 2007 06:31 AM

      Before the deli actually opened, they had a free sample table set up at HonFest and I thought their shrimp salad was delish. I've been remiss in going back, though. Any particular recommendations from those who've been there?

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        Roundwood RE: pomme de terre Feb 8, 2007 11:49 AM

        Their kitchen is fully openned but their menu is restricted now to a meat, fish ans a vegetable dinner each night. I believe you can go online and check the menu each night. The night we went all had different dinners and there were no complaints.....

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          pleiades RE: Roundwood Feb 16, 2007 07:40 PM

          no complaints? That's not exactly an enthusiastic recommendation...

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        travelbuff RE: Roundwood Mar 13, 2007 08:07 PM

        I had a breakfast sandwich there and the bread was a crunchy multigrain that was outstanding. The coffee was excellent too.

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          agiampet RE: Roundwood May 1, 2007 04:28 AM

          We hosted a dinner party at Dogwood's restaurant last night--the event was great! The restaurant sat us off to the side--felt like private dining. Our sever, Alexis, was patient (we were having fun and were slow decisionmakers as a consequence) and attentive. The whole wheat bread was fantastic. All eight of us thought we made excellent ordering choices. We loved the shrimp w/pasta, the duck, the pork tenderloin, the salad. Our whole group appreciated the organic food, and the social justice origins of the organization. We will go back, for sure.

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            bagsrpacked RE: Roundwood Nov 7, 2007 03:24 PM

            I stopped in here today for lunch -- and this just after a week chowing down in San Francisco and Napa/Sonoma. It's a hard act to follow after Chez Panisse but both feature freshest local produce and meats prepared with care and creativity. I had a garden salad so good I wanted to ask for seconds. Plain old sandwiches are a feast of crisp vegetables, beautiful chicken and delicious dressing. And don't get me started about their homemade potato chips and fresh bread.
            Can't wait to go back for dinner.

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              ko1 RE: bagsrpacked Nov 18, 2007 02:41 PM

              We went for lunch on Saturday and loved it. I had a Binkert's sausage platter with red potatoes, red cabbage and stone ground mustard. My wife had the squash soup and a sandwich with brie, Granny Smith apples and watercress (although they forgot the water cress until we pointed it out). All delicious and $22 before tip. The dinner menu looked even better: pomegranate glazed duck breast, a lamb shank and chop served together, and a Springfield Farms rabbit cassoulet, all $19-21. We can't wait to try dinner. We'll report back!

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