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Needed: Abacrombie Update

estarriolvetch Jan 23, 2008 01:44 PM

I've been digging for recent information on this place, and I've come up short. Recent chef/owner changes created a flurry of mixed reviews followed by silence.

If Abacrombie has really died, and the City Paper is right about Robert Oliver being terrible, where would be a good upscale pre-theater place?

I'm extremely limited in Meyerhoff radius, as my grandmother has terrible knees.

Thanks for the help!

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    Hal Laurent Jan 23, 2008 03:14 PM

    There was a report back in late December ( http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/enter... ) that they'd reopened, but I haven't heard anything about it since then.

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    1. re: Hal Laurent
      crowsonguy Jan 23, 2008 05:53 PM

      I went with a group, a week ago, and had an amazingly good meal: beef tartare, expertly seasoned; beef cheeks with a red wine reduction and creamy sweet potato puree, dynamite sweet polenta with delicate orange sauce (served hot) and milk gelato, and some great stinky cheeses. All served with panache and kindness. It's time to return

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        poached Jan 24, 2008 01:25 PM

        I'm so glad to hear a good report- we will be heading there soon after a long time away. I'll report back on our experience

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          sistereurope Jan 24, 2008 03:01 PM

          That sounds really great...thanks for the report!

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            bordeauxfan Jan 25, 2008 05:57 PM

            Just returned from pre-symphony dinner there. Nouvelle American cuisine is top notch. I had the warm spinach salad with bacon vinaigrette (yum) while my partner had the frisee salad. The grilled pork chop was succulent, and the "cute" mac-n-cheese side was soothing. I wish I had had time for dessert -- the breakfast for dessert (I know, a quasi-ripoff from Citronelle) sounds intriguing. Service is professional, unobtrusive.

            I have good vibes on Greta (the manager) and Jesse (executive chef) rebuilding the clientele.

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        estarriolvetch Feb 13, 2008 10:20 AM

        Thanks everyone for your help. I'll call that a good sample size, and report back on my experience in March.

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        1. re: estarriolvetch
          hon Feb 13, 2008 05:27 PM

          went friday night before the symphony with a friend. Sat at the bar and had a few drinks and some oysters, the bartender - Lucas- was fabulous, he brought us an amuse before hand and a housemade chocolate afterwards. We were so impressed with him that after the symphony we went back for a few more, great bar to hang out, lovely personel, tasty treats AND he turned my friend onto a new wine, a delicious Verdeho!

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