Restaurants That Have Slipped. Baltimore
Are there any restaurants out there you used to think were good but not anymore? Another poster somewhere said the Helmand and I would have to agree. The Helmand was one of my faves for years but the last two times I've been there were disapointing. The entrees lacked the usual subtle distinction of flavors. They just seemed thrown together. The beef on one of their regular specials was also so chewy it was had to swallow. The big price increase doesn't help either. Although I would grant them higher prices if the food hadn't become so average. My other choice is Salt. That restaurant rocked when it first opened and for a year or so later. I have been there since ,about four or five times, and don't even remember what I had. I keep expecting to taste something like the sublime Hungarian goulash they used to have on the menu. The last time I was there I had the ginger beer marinated ribs that came highly recommended. They came out tasting sickly sweet with no other flavor to speak of. Never again.
I enjoyed Talara when it first opened but stopped in last month and was very disappointed. It seems to have succumbed to the Inner Harbor restaurant mentality- this business is built in so mediocre food is enough.
The Helmand really is a good answer. As much as the fossilized menu has gone bland the real problem is the service. They pack the place beyond belief so that even if you have a reservation you'll be jammed in somewhere in the bar area (without a bartender) for an hour and then be seated at a cramped table in the hallway. Not worth it any more.
b has also gone downhill which is owned by the same people as the Helmand. Hate the new menu and have talked to many people who agree
Abbey Burger Bistro. I don't know if they switched beef providers or what, but I was in there a couple of weeks ago and the beef was tasteless. I couldn't tell the difference from any of the other sub par bar food burgers in the city. It was also overcooked. When the whole schtick is burgers, the cooks should be well-advised to pay attention to the difference between medium-rare and medium-well. I would much rather have a Five Guys burger that what I got at Abbey last time.
I'll give them another shot, but if it's more mediocre food, I'll look elsewhere for my burgers.
When I moved here in 2002, I went to Los Amigos and had some decent tacos and chile rellenos, but I haven't been back since sometime in 2007, when I had a truly bad meal--I don't even remember what I ordered. I think a lot of the menu is overpriced anyway for what it is, and there's better to be had, so I don't feel like I'm missing out. Too bad, though; it's a convenient location,