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cioppino in baltimore

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Hi gang! Where can I find great cioppino in Baltimore? All I can find is raves about the tragically-closed Saffron. Is there nobody else making cioppino? :( I didn't get the chance to go to Saffron, sadly, but I'm dying for some really good cioppino, like I used to have on the west coast. Help?

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  1. To be honest, I can't think of anyplace in Baltimore I've seen even attempt cioppino, let alone a good one. I'd never been to Saffron, so can't comment on theirs. Even bouillabaise is not too often seen, either on a menu or as a special, which is kind of odd, given that Baltimore is nominally a seafood town.

    Maryland Crab soup, Cream of Crab soup, the usual New England and Manhattan styles of Clam Chowder, and the occasional oyster stew is about it for seafood in soup/broth around here in non-asian restaurants, and the Chinese places will add crab and asparagus, and the Korean places do some nice spicy concoctions.

    But cioppino? I'm at a loss of where to suggest even looking. Sorry! Maybe others will have suggestions from places I'm not familiar with, or somewhere I'm forgetting.

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    1. re: Warthog

      I wish I did know. Saffron's was amazing. If I could find one even half that good I'd be happy.

      1. re: Warthog

        This was my first impression also when I read the question. I thought, man, I LOVE cioppino, but I don't think I've seen it anywhere in Baltimore. Hopefully someone will have a good recommendation. (I also didn't know Saffron was supposed to have a good version; talk about adding insult to injury! Now I'm even more bummed I didn't get there before it closed.)

        As an aside, on the bouillabaise point, I had some mighty, mighty fine bouillabaise at Marticks a few months ago. I often have plate envy when I go out to eat, but that night, everyone was wishing they had ordered what I had ordered.

      2. Not quite cioppino but very close - Bluestone Grill in Timonium has on their menu a Crisfield Seafood Stew -- "Shrimp, jumbo sea scallops, fresh fish and P.E.I. mussels simmered in a zesty tomato-vegetable broth, served with a thick slice of rustic Italian bread." The broth was pretty similar to that of a cioppino, and I thoroughly enjoyed it when I dined there a few months ago, though served in a bowl without any pasta.
        http://www.bluestoneonline.net/

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        1. re: bluepig1

          i don't think cioppino contains pasta

        2. Doesnt Brewers Art sometimes serve it? The menu online right now does not include it, but I think I remember seeing it...

          1. I had an excellent cioppino at La Tavola about a year ago. If I recall, it was one of their specials that night, not on the regular menu. They do post their specials each day on their website - www.la-tavola.com

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            1. re: youami

              Oh, and Boccaccio also has cioppino. I haven't had it there, but everything else I've eaten there has been superb. www.boccaccio-restaurant.com

            2. I order it all the time at Pirates Cove in Galesville, but I have nothing to compare it to, so I can't vouch for its authenticity.

              1. There's a decent $25 lobster ciopinno at Legal Seafoods.

                1. Brass Elephant serves one..but it has a pasta base, not broth.

                  McCormick and Scmicks probably still does their "SF style stew" wchich is a cioppino

                  1. I was at Red Star over the weekend and they have cioppino on the menu.

                    1. Joy America used to do an amazing bouillabaisse, with a slight twist given that it had a coconut tinged broth. I wonder if Chef Spike will be replicating something similar when his new venture, Woodberry Kitchen opens in the fall?

                      I feel like I've seen Cioppino around on menus but not paid particlar attention to it as it's generally not something I'd order. I know I've seen it as a Special, but of course, can't think where...for some reason I'm thinking....Does Bicycle have it?

                      1. Oceanaire has cioppino. Very good, too, and one of their least expensive entrees.