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Mt. Washington Recomendations

Whigginb Jun 4, 2007 07:22 AM

Looking to venture to Mt. Washington with my wife this weekend. We haven't been down there too much and are a little unfamiliar with the area, weekend events, or the dining. Anyone have any recommendations for a weekend event and good dining?

I've heard about Ethel and Ramones? Anyone tried it or have a better recomendation? Thanks.

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    onocoffee Jun 4, 2007 03:45 PM

    If Ethel's is the Cajun place - it's actually pretty good. There's also Crepe du Jour on Sulgrave. Crepes are decent but avoid the fries: frozen Simplot crap and not the proper pommes frites one would expect at a French place.

    There's also the Mt. Washington Tavern - tavern style food that's okay. The owners also own the Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley so their table service is slightly upscale but just standard fare, nothing innovative.

    There's also a rather standard sushi place in Mt. Washington as well.

    If you're willing to move slightly away from Mt. Washington - I like Miller's Deli for Jewish sandwiches on Smith Avenue a couple miles up the road.

    Then there's always the interesting and quirky restaurants on 36th Street in Hampden - just a short drive down Falls Road.

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    1. re: onocoffee
      bhggnbthm Jun 5, 2007 12:12 PM

      Thanks for the response!

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      kcwhitney Jun 6, 2007 04:30 AM

      I recomend the Cog Railroad. It is a little expensive, though.

      You must mean Ft. Washington, MD.

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      1. re: kcwhitney
        ko1 Jun 6, 2007 05:53 AM

        No, Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in northern Baltimore.

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          kcwhitney Jun 7, 2007 08:33 AM

          My apologies for the wise guy answer. I have not heard of that town.

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        rawdog Jun 6, 2007 06:51 AM

        Just went to Ethel and Ramones last week for the first time (with no real expectations) and was VERY pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed the weather and friendly, casual service sitting out on the porch. They have a nice but small beer and wine selection. I got the lamb chops, my weakness, which were the best I've had in some time, she got the special - which I think was a halibut in a phyllo purse with brie and something I'm forgetting - Excellent.
        Again, this is coming from a one-time observation, so I can't say that it is regularly this good. Based on my one visit, however, I'd definitely recommend it over the other Mt. Washington offerings.

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          flmx Jun 9, 2007 08:28 AM

          mt. washington tavern is on my never-rerturn list of b'more restaurants. For myriad reasons. The food is standard low rent fare ---not attrocious not dee-licious--and that is expected. The service is abyssmal. Absolutely bottom rung. The servers are all tots. Boys Latin Holden Caulfield wannabees with that shaggy "I'm a lacrosse dude" hairdo and lackadaisacal attitude. Hire some damn adults. Add in huge tables of uncontrolable families (adults as well as children) bored innattentive hosts and, yes shoddy chow. Skip this blemish by all means.

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            JonParker Jun 9, 2007 09:16 AM

            I couldn't agree more. My real Mt. Washington rec is to go somewhere else, but that said, Ethel and Ramones and Crepe du Jour are at least ok. But the Mt. Washington Tavern is repulsive on every level. We went once and swore never again.

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          jstroose Jun 9, 2007 03:29 PM

          nothing great in Mt. Washington - Mt. Washington Tavern is just fair - not too far away is Mccabes on Falls Road - a tiny bar but good food - excellent crabcakes - Alonzos on Coldspring has a great burger - good chopped salad - you can eat outside at Donna's at Cross Keys.

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            ChowdownHound Jan 13, 2008 06:40 PM

            Mt. Washington Tavern was a disaster for my family. We love garlic but all our entrees were drenched with the heaviest garlic taste we've ever experienced. As both the chicken and fish dishes were "tough" we came to realize the garlic was being used to disguise food that was old. Then when our check came, we had been overcharged by a 1/3 from all the entree prices quoted. Manager was rude and reluctant to honor quoted prices. STAY AWAY ! That's our plan.

            1. tennisgal1206 Jan 14, 2008 03:24 AM

              I used to be a huge fan of the Tavern, but that was several years ago. I only go there now for drinks. Sadly, I agree with the other posters here....the food falls short on a multitude of levels and the only thing consistent is that it usually disappoints.

              That said, if you truly are limited to Mt Washington, go to Ethel & Ramone's or even the Desert Cafe. If you can venture down Falls Road, go to McCabe's or even down to the Dogwood in Hampden. Of course you aren't far from Clipper Mill, home to my new favorite restaurant, Woodberry Kitchen.


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              1. re: tennisgal1206
                tartuffe Jan 14, 2008 09:02 AM

                McCabe's has great burgers. I am probably the only person in town who does not like the burgers at Alonso's--they are too big and, as a result, cannot be cooked properly.

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                  SteviesBaby Jan 14, 2008 04:54 PM

                  I liked Alonso's when it was just a corner bar with good pub food, and when Loco Hombre wasn't so slicked back with banquettes and such. Ah, life. So many changes...

                  1. re: tartuffe
                    hon Jan 15, 2008 07:33 AM

                    McCabe's makes my favorite burger in town!

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