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any info on Lemongrass in B-more?

I drove down Central Ave. yesterday and saw the sign for Lemongrass on a building right around the Little Italy parking garage (but on the east side of Central). I know I had read somewhere this was coming (maybe here?) - does any one have an ideas when it is actually opening? And can anyone share any experiences eating at the one in Annapolis? I think Thai in the Inner Harbor East/Little Italy/Fells Point area could do well, if it is a good place.

An aside, I also think I saw a banner for Tsunami (another annapolis place) on the same building. Does this seem right - both of them so close together?

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  1. Scuttlebutt says that they're going to be together joined by a courtyard. September-ish opening if I hear right too.

    1. Tsunami is really good and the place in Annapolis has a great vibe. We like to sit at the bar and eat. Lemongrass is also very good, but the service is terrible and very slow.

      1. It is right - both are intended to be opening around September under the same ownership group...I'm looking forward to the additions (and the bowling alley/lounge that is opening up in the building sounds like it could be a fun spot too...)

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        1. re: rawdog

          ooh - is there a place to find out more about the bowling alley/lounge? duckpin? that building just doesn't seem that big. glad to hear some Annapolis opinions. And that Lemongrass is good - maybe the service here will be better?

          1. re: a70wilson

            www.mustangalleys.com

            8 regular and 4 duckpin lanes - looks like they're shooting for an upscale pub / comfort food menu also.

            I'm REALLY looking forward to the Lemongrass / Tsunami duo. I hope they don't disappoint.

            1. re: rawdog

              Just got back from Mustang Alley - soft opening yesterday, but open to everyone as of tonight. No sign on Bank Street, but if you go through the glass doors and up in the elevator to the second floor, it is an amazing site to behold.

              We didn't bowl (and the duckpin lanes were out of commission - waiting on some parts to be fixed), but did have food. Nachos had fresh chips, but not quite enough cheese, and a bit of salsa would have done wonders. The boy's reuban was solid with good french fries. My pizza was huge and had a tasty combination of cheeses. We got a crazy Elvis dessert with banana and peanut butter fried in a tortilla. It was good, but maybe chocolate ice cream would have added more than the coffee ice cream did and pushed it to very good?

              We should have asked about happy hour as the bar space was pretty cool. And flat panel TVs everywhere for those who need their O's fix. Could be a fun place to watch football in the Fall. Definitely worth checking out.

        2. I really like lemongrass in Annapolis. I haven't been in a while, but my Mom lives right down the street and still goes often. It is pretty solid thai for the area.

          Tsunami is fabulous and I absolutely love it. Everything I have ever had there was excellent, very fresh, creative and well prepared. If Baltimore gets a Tsunami, I hope it is by the same owners and has the same great food. It is one of my faves in Annapolis.

          1. If Lemongrass is really Thai, then I'm the Queen of Siam. I am not a fan of any of the restaurants in the mix (Tsunami, Metropolitan, Lemongrass). I wouldn't say the food is bad -- it's pretty average -- but the service is really, really pathetic.

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            1. re: thatfarmgirl

              We have been to Lemongrass several times and found it to be noisy. The first time we went the crispy duck was to die for. Something happened and the crispy duck was mediocre at best the next 2 times. It really suffers when you do carry out!

              We really like Tsunami. Had fish en papillotte with Thai seasonings a couple of years ago that was wonderful, but they have taken it off the menu. The shrimp tempura roll is good. They also have an app you could miss because it is on the sushi form-tofu with eel sauce and fish flakes was yummy, but you can OD on it.

              1. re: thatfarmgirl

                It will serve to cheer up the Central Avenue corridor as an extension of restaurantable real estate as it may attract the hip crowd like Pazo does. Wonder if it will hurt Talay Thai or Thai Landing or Ban Thai--they all have low traffic. Visit them now if you want them to persist.