Highly regarded Baltimore Restaurants?
I was hoping to find some respectable restaurants in Baltimore that a cook looking for work may want to check out. I'm looking for something mediterranean that is up to NYC standards. Thanks for anyone's help/advice.
Tio Pepe is Spanish - fabulous - Kali's Court/Mezze are two restaurants next door to each other - one is more formal - serves alot of fish - the other is tapas. Other top restaurants in Baltimore are Prime Rib (Meat/fish), Charleston. Ixia is more of a fusion restaurant.
You might want to try the following:
Kali's Court/Mezze - The exec left a couple of weeks ago and the sous stepped up so they have some openings.
VIN - They are pretty well staffed but the chef is always looking for good talent
The Charleston Group, no matter what you hear, is the top independent group here and Chef and Tony will always look at someone with a strong background.
By the end of the year, there will be a major opening at the Ritz Carlton residences with a restaurant that will certainly be "up to NYC standards".
You might want to take the light rail to the Woodberry station, get off an head to the Clipper Mill project (across the street) and find yourself at Artifact Coffee. Then, ask for Chef Spike and speak to him about his upcoming project: Woodberry Kitchen.
They're in the middle of construction but from what I've been hearing, it should be something very exciting.
2 or 3 star restaurants, nothing too stuffy or avant garde. Mainly a place with a well respected chef that is doing good things.....humble chef, great food I guess. I know that could be vague, but I just wanted to see some restaurant responses that I could figure out for myself what they're like. Thanks for your help so far, guys.
There are plenty of places opening up by "already established in Baltimore" chefs and I would think dining at these places would give you an indication of their style and perhaps an opportunity to speak with the creative chef/hiring/owner team to determine if they are indeed looking for someone in one for their new ventures, or if they are able to point you in the direction of someone who might. The Baltimore Restaurant scene isn't huge, everyone knows everyone else and i have always found that to be the best network of referral. As pointed out by earlier posts, and off the top of my head, the following are places/people who fit the aforementioned:
Spike Gjerde @ Artifact Coffee and the soon to open Woodberry Kitchen
Jody Danek and Gavin Buckley off Annapolis's Lemongrass/Tsunami/Metropolitan empire - they are opening up a place on Central in Little Italy (pretty sure the last issue of the Baltimore Magazine had a big spread about Jody and his brother)
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf (article on Elizabeth Large's blogspot about his new venture 'Osteria')
Abacrombie - just did
Robert Oliver's Seafood Restaurant - heard the exec chef just left
Saffron - exec chef just left
Vespa - the site of the old Vespa is reopening and i can't remember where I read this, but I am sure they will be looking for a new chef
These places might not necessarily be on par w/ the standards you're seeking, but the people in these establishments are well versed in the industry and might be able to help you out.
Oregon Grille--classic steakhouse and seafood
Bicycle--exciting, inventive cooking
Cindy wolfe is probably the only chef here who is nationally known. Tony, her H is supposed to be hard to work for, tho.