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Where to Dine for Great Lambchops???

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Hubby and I love lambchops. More often then not, based on economic reasons, we settle for the "lollipop" lambchops offered at many of the local restaurants. We enjoy those at the Reef Grille in Timonium, Stoney River Steakhouse, etc.

The more upscale lambchops are those we enjoy which are available at Flemings Steakhouse.
But, we are searching for even higher grade lamchops/rack of lamb (which was something we ordered when Peerces Plantation was still in business).

Last Christmas time we were able to order a rack of lamb from Giant, which I prepared for our Christmas dinner. Since I am far from being proficient at cooking I am proud to say that I didn't do too badly. Hubby was quite pleased at my efforts.

But, nothing can compare to a professionally prepared rack of lamb or lambchops.

Since my birthday is coming up, I would love to find a restaurant that provided the aforementioned prime lambchops and, since it is MY BIRTHDAY, FoieGras. I am inclined to select Charleston, knowing that they usually have some of my favorite decadent offerings--FoieGras, sweetbreads, fried green tomatoes, cheese course to cause cardiac arrest, etc.

I am confident that my fellow Chowhounder's will come to my "aide" and provide me with what I am hankering for food-wise. Thanks in advance. FoiGras

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  1. How about The Palm? Happy Birthday!

    1. The absolute best lamb chops in Baltimore are at Zorba's in Greektown. It's not fancy, it's not upscale, but they are seriously the best lamb chops I have ever eaten. When I think lamb chops, I think Zorba's.

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      Zorba's
      4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

      1. Interesting. Charleston is a wonderful restaurant that my wife and I will drive to from Reston; it would be a wonderfyul destination for your birthday. My guess is that the Prime Rib would also have a serious rack of lamb but my real suggestion might be a bit unexpected: Indian. I believe the best lamb chops I have ever had were in Indian restaurants. Specifically, Akbar's in Manchester, UK. On this side of the Atlantic there is a version almost as good within an hour's drive of you in D. C.: Rasika.

        They are not cheap. $30 or so for an entree. But Rasika is a serious restaurant that Tom Sietsema gives four stars to. (He gives Charleston less.) It is also known and unless you sit at their small bar you'll have to reserve in advance. But their lamb chops are arguably the best in the Mid Atlantic. Succulently flavorful. I might even suggest they are more flavorful than any rack of lamb you may find anywhere.

        Unfortunately they are a long drive for you. I would suggest worth it.

        I should add that Rasika is not a celebratory restaurant in the way that Charleston is. Still, for a Friday or Saturday night when you are adventurous and tolerant of traffic, it would be an interesting trip.

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        Rasika Restaurant
        633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

        Prime Rib
        2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

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        1. re: Joe H

          The lamb chops at Rasika were good- but tiny...

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          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          1. re: Joe H

            I respectfully disagree, Joe. Most Baltimoreans who care about food would concur with Jon's advice--Zorba's is fabulous for lambchops over charcoal--real charcoal--better than Rasika, local to the poster, will be a wonderful value. Charleston is better than Rasika too. Though some believe that Post employee, since the retraction, at least some up here in Bawlmer think less of his credibility: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/bl...

            1. re: chowsearch

              ......Also, if you are craving lamb chops, Rasika is not the first place that comes to mind, in my opinion.

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              Rasika Restaurant
              633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

              1. re: chowsearch

                Zorba's for lambchops is so the obvious choice. I just hesitate to recommend it because it seems as though "FoiGras" is looking for something beyond food, and for some "dining experience."

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                Zorba's
                4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                1. re: baltoellen

                  Thanks to all for your recommendations. I am inclined to dine at Charleston on a Saturday night and indulge in foie gras and fried green tomatoes (if available), So, "baltoellen," that would definitely provide the "dining experience."

                  With regards to the lambchops(rack of lamb)--well, should it be Zorba's or Rasika's? Either one would fit the bill for my Sunday night dinner.

                  (As an aside, my sweet hubby treats me out to dinner for 4 or 5 nights in and around my birthday). So, I get a lot of options, but don't want to "break the bank.:

                  I would, in the past, considered a long drive to dine at a fabulous restaurant, but it's not an option at this time. I've enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and dining at the finest restaurants and the "finds." that are innocuous. If I were to travel this year for my BD celebration, I would return to the Inn At Little Washington. Haven't been there since 1996, but it was truly a wonderful dining experience, along with our lovely overnight accommodations.

                  And, if going really all out--Las Vegas has some truly spectacular dining venues. Not to forget the great ones in New York and Chicago. Well, this is not a wish segment of where I'd truly love to celebrate my upcoming "big number" birthday.

                  Staying here in Baltimore should be a fine time to dine. Especially thanks to all of your suggestions and recommendations. I knew I could count on all of you for ideas and recommendations.

                  BTW--when is Restaurant Week in Baltimore? I've been involved in other aspects of business and forgot to pay attention to the upcoming event. FoiGras

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                  Rasika Restaurant
                  633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                  Zorba's
                  4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                  1. re: FoiGras

                    Forgive me but I am not a big fan of The Inn. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1680... Patrick O'Connell is an incredibly talented chef but this has not been reflected on our plates on three visits. We've been to Robuchon-not L'Atalier-but Robuchon; also his restaurant in the 16th Arr in the late '90's. We've also been fortunate to share a number of other two and three stars over the years with a rack of lamb at a number of them.

                    The best lamb dish I have ever had was at Akbar's which is considered by many to be the best Indian restaurant in the north of England. I had lamb chops there. Three nights in a row last fall. I would have had them four nights if I had stayed. Simply one of the best, most succulently, explosively flavorful dishes I have ever had in my life.

                    Rasika is not as good. But it tries. I am making the argument that lamb chops at a serious Indian restaurant-and Rasika may be the ONLY one worth considering in the mid Atlantic-are as good, certainly as flavorful as any rack of lamb at any two or three star in Europe or elsewhere.

                    By the way if you go you should also consider black cod there: absolutely superb.

                    Charleston is a superb anniverserial experience. Rasika is different. Tom Sietsema ranks it a notch higher. For myself, for lamb chops, this is justified.

                    Still, if you are ever in the north of England...

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                    Rasika Restaurant
                    633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                    1. re: FoiGras

                      Try RIS. On Thursday nights (double check) Ris Lacoste serves her signature Rack of Lamb that she used to do at 1789. There's also a delicious lamb shank that's a staple item on the menu.

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                      RIS
                      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                      1. re: georgetownronin

                        I was considering suggesting RIS, but the OP is (I think) in the Balto area.

                        I was there on a Thursday this Spring and Ris' rack was, well, just damn good, I ordered them raw inside and crusty outside, the kitchen sent the waitress back to confirm the level of rare and that's exactly what I got and they were perfect (nothing I hate more than overcooked lamb). oh and that charcuterie plate to start...

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                        RIS
                        2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

              2. The best lamchops are at the Source!!! Enjoy!