Hand full of Baltimore restaurants
Can anyone tell me anything/everything good and bad about the following list of places around Baltimore that I have not been to yet that have peeked my curiosity? As you can see I like everything from fancy restaurants to greasy spoons. I will probably be trying most in the next several months unless you persuade me to steer clear of some of them. I'm not looking for more suggestions of new places to try because I actually have a huge list of places that I've been too.
Jimmy's on Broadway
One World Cafe
Mylos in Greektown (I know very little about this place)
San Sushi/Thai One On
Dogwood in Hamden
Lemongrass in Baltimore
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Don't take your fiance to Jimmy's. Judging from your past posts, she won't like it at all. It's really not worth making a destination of anyway -- it's a greasy spoon, about like any other.
Matsuri is tiny but my favorite sushi place. Atmosphere is quite nice, but the tables for two don't allow much privacy. There's a few tables on the sidewalk, which are great in nice weather. All the fish is very fresh and very good.
I had a horrible experience at Tapas Teatro when they first opened, but I haven't been back since then.
Chicken Rico -- YUM!
Duda's is a bar with great food. The crabcakes are excellent, as is the burger, although there's too much bun for the meat, IMO. They have Resurrection Ale from Brewer's Art on tap, which is a major point in their favor.
San Sushi/Thai One On is respectable if not outstanding Thai and boring sushi. I wouldn't make a special trip.
Chicken Rico intimidates me a little - is there a language barrier? Unfortunately I don't speak Spanish. As I understand it, you can order something like a half a chicken and you get a couple of sides with it? What sides would you recomend? Is there usually enough seating?
I guess I don't have to worry about Duda's being too smokey - they banned smoking in all the Baltimore bars and restaurants now did they not?
Naw, no language barrier. There's usually a line, and it can get pretty long when they run out of chickens, but the show of watching the guy stoke the charcoals with a rake is well worth it. I usually get it to go, but they have plenty of seating. It doesn't have a lot of ambience, but it's GREAT chicken.
And all Baltimore bars & restaurants are smoke free. Between that and the new $1 a pack tax, I've been several months smoke free. Yay me.
Dukem I love, but I already gushed to you about them in another post. :)
Tapas Teatro....when they nail a dish, they really hit it out of the park. When they don't, it's just meh. I'd say the "wow" dishes to "meh" dishes are about 1:3. It tends to be packed, the tables are close together, and it's not a place where I feel like I want to linger. That said, their sangria is good, and their service efficient. Just never became one of my faves for the craziness factor with all of the moviegoers, loudness/scrunchness factor, and the higher probability of getting just an average plate for an above-average price.
San Sushi/Thai One On, I've only had their Thai there. It's better than average Thai, but not something that wows me. Service was good, no issues there. Haven't ever had the sushi.
Helen's Garden: I've only been twice. I had a friend rave and rave and rave about it, and when I went I was underwhelmed. The food is decent, but not terribly exciting nor totally marvelous. On Wednesday's they used to do half-price entrees (or half-price bottles of wine) or some special like that. Service was great.
Ixia: Haven't been in over 5 years, but it was always a little too affected for my taste. The food back then was also average, but trying very hard to be swanky and pretentious. I stopped going back after eating something with sand in it--they had done a terrible job of washing the cilantro.
Haven't been to any of the others on your list. So many places, so little time!
I second the recommendation for Chicken Rico. Great place to get a yummy cheap lunch! Last time I went I got the fried plantains as my side. Just remember, if you're not a fan of full calorie sodas, you're out of luck. No diet.
Dogwood in Hamden is another lunch favorite of mine, as they are close to my work. Never been there for dinner. I'd recommend the mango curried chicken salad and the roast beef sandwich with apricot chutney. If you have room, go across the street to Soups on at Rose's Cookies and get a carrot cake cupcake or a chipotle chocolate peanut bar.
I went to Dukem on a date and was pretty grossed out by the experience. I consider myself to be a pretty adventurous eater, but this wasn't my cup of tea. Menu lacked explanations of what things were; luckily I had read an article about Ethopian food earlier in the day and was able to avoid ordering tripe. Food was served in a traditional style, sans silverware, but was cut too big to comfortably eat. It was just a really messy meal and I didn't care for the flavors. Staff however, was as nice as can be.
One World Cafe has a nice relaxed atmosphere. I think they have wifi service there too. Enjoyed the Caesar salad and the falafel. Not a 10/10 by any means but it's a good place to try, especially if you have vegetarian or vegan dining partners.