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Has anyone been to Taste at Belvedere recently?

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PaulaG Jul 9, 2007 04:41 PM

I was at Daedalus Books today and saw Taste's sidewalk signs advertising two-for-one entrees on Tuesday nights. Any feedback?

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    charmedgirl RE: PaulaG Jul 9, 2007 07:04 PM

    Not sure how you define recently, but I was there within the last 6 months. I found it perfectly ... fine. The service was pretty bad -- inattentive and indifferent. The shrimp and grits appetizer was served lukewarm and the shrimp was a bit overcooked. As an entree I had some sort of white fish, I forget the exact fish now but it was their special that night, and it was, again ... fine. Nothing special about it or the steamed veggies that came with it. Now I'm a veggie lover, so that wasn't my issue, it was more like there was nothing about the dish -- no interesting herbs on the veggies, no tasty salsa on the fish, etc. -- that made it pop. Everything was just ... fine.

    And considering it was nothing more than fine, it is terribly, terribly overpriced. It's funny you ask about the Tuesday night special, because I have commented often to friends that the only way I would ever go back would be if it were a Tuesday, because otherwise the food simply isn't worth it. I'll pay $10 -- $12 for a "fine" entree, but not low $20s. So I guess my point is, if you are curious to give it a try yourself, definitely make it a Tuesday.

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      a70wilson RE: charmedgirl Jul 10, 2007 08:09 AM

      I will join the overpriced/fine chorus. We went for my birthday in Feb. of this year to try something new. It was some sort of deal night, but it still ended up being expensive and the food was so-so. In fact, we decided to not have dessert there, but drove down to Charleston to end our evening at a place we knew would have a fabulous dessert.

      And a Charleston aside (which probably belongs on a Charleston thread, but it is related to this topic), it was a bitter chocolate flourless cake of some sort, and I had ordered a red wine, which the bartender (we ate in the bar) brought to me, but she also brought out two glasses of dessert wine (on the house - and we definitely didn't look like anyone special) that she said would be amazing with the dessert. I usually don't like dessert wines, but this was the most perfect pairing I've ever had. This is why I don't mind paying what Charleston costs - fabulous service and when it is right on (dessert is usually always right on), it is stellar.

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        misssphinx RE: charmedgirl Jul 10, 2007 08:42 PM

        The grilled Caesar was pretty tasty. But unfortunately, that was it.

        The rest of our dinner was 'meh', and the service was some of the worst I've had anywhere.

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        honeybee926 RE: PaulaG Jul 9, 2007 07:07 PM

        I have not been recently, because I vowed not to return after my last visit. I wish I could be generous enough to give them another chance, but I found the food so mediocre and uninspired on the two occasions I've been there that I just cannot do it. To be fair, I only tried the appetizers, so maybe the mains are better??

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          curious4food RE: PaulaG Jul 9, 2007 07:17 PM

          i think the chef use to be a private caterer. i don't think she has the proper credentials to pull off an expensive, fine dining concept in a free standing restaurant. mediocrity seems like word of the day....

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            Junglegirl RE: PaulaG Jul 9, 2007 07:22 PM

            I've eaten there three times since they opened: app's only; full 3 course meal; lite meal. The most recent was late spring/early summer and we (bf and I), had a lite meal of dozen oysters and one entree and salad and one mojito. With tip and tax our cheque was close to $150, which we thought was incredibly expensive, esp as we were NOT blown away by the food. I have to say, I've been really dissappointed with the food here which I also think is overpriced. Has anyone had a positive, good, go back experience?

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              PaulaG RE: Junglegirl Jul 9, 2007 07:30 PM

              Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll look elsewhere for a night out......

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              Mini RE: PaulaG Jul 9, 2007 08:17 PM

              I'm surprised at all of the negative comments. I've actually had several very good meals at Taste and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. I have recommended it to friends and they have enjoyed it as well. I agree that the regular prices are somewhat steep, so my recommendation would be to go on a Tuesday and check it out for yourself.

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                blossomlover RE: PaulaG Jul 10, 2007 05:28 AM

                In my opinion, it wasn't even worth it on the cheap Tuesdays. Only went once and it was so bad we haven't wanted to return.

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                  flmx RE: blossomlover Jul 10, 2007 04:26 PM

                  Taste is taste-less. Wretched food, attrocious service. Stay at home and eat a cold hotdog---you will have a much more memorable meal in front of your refrigerator.

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                  MDicecreamguy RE: PaulaG Jul 10, 2007 08:48 PM

                  I was taken to Taste for my birthday last year......one word....TASTELESS

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                    jfish RE: PaulaG Jul 11, 2007 10:17 AM

                    A friend and I stopped by Taste last night (Tue) figuring to give the two-for-one special a try. The Tue special is that if you order an entree and an appetizer you get an additional appetizer for free. Not quite the deal I expected. We declined and went downtown to Mem Sahib. They were closed as they were catering a special event. That area on Utah Street had a very sewage like odor. We ended up in little Italy for a red sauce dinner that was fine but not worth further description.

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                      Robearjr RE: jfish Jul 12, 2007 06:41 PM

                      I went a few months ago for lunch, and I think I had the fish burrito. I can't remember what my wife had, but I do remember that both of us were glad we didn't waste money on the place at dinner prices. I was excited about trying Taste, but after eating there you got the feeling the place was over-hyped.

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