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Abacrombie. Any recent experiences

nyawira Dec 14, 2010 11:21 AM

We will be heading there for the second time this week and were wondering if anyone has been there lately. After a search of the boards, I see mixed reviews, including one post that suggests the food quality has declined. I do understand about symphony traffic - we are going after the rush. Last time we went we LOVED the food and thought the mac and cheese there was the absolute best we every had. This was about a year ago and at that time, we had a woman chef who we thought was phenomenal. We thought the service was really good, as well.

Has anyone been there recently? What did you think?

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    DanaL Dec 15, 2010 05:28 AM

    We had one really good experience there about 18 months ago. We've gone back twice since. The food and service were both horrible -- from the appetizers to the coffee. We heard other tables complaining as well. I don't know what's changed but we're not going back.

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      suttonri Dec 15, 2010 07:44 AM

      Went there a few months back in an off night, no symphony traffic. Food and service were quite good. No complaints. They also had a very nice white Burgundy in 1/2 bottles that didn't break the bank. I'd go back in a second.

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        nyawira Dec 15, 2010 11:34 AM

        Thanks. I was quite alarmed by DanaL post and actually feel pre-warned which is good, because my expectations won't be as high as they might have been - so thanks DanaL. But thank you suttonri for weighing in - it gives me hope that at least the mac and cheese and mussel dishes will be up to snuff! That's what I'm most looking forward to. And the service which was great when I went some way back. Does anyone know if the chef is the same? She was awesome.

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          lawhound Dec 15, 2010 01:06 PM

          We were there 2 weeks ago and was excellent. House-made charcuterie incl some kind of smoked pork fat (?) and duk confit, also excellent mussels. And great ice creams, also in-house.

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            nyawira Dec 16, 2010 11:05 AM

            Good to know. Thanks very much. I hope the food is as good as it was last time I went there...

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            JonParker Dec 15, 2010 02:06 PM

            I think the chef you're referring to is Jesse Sandlin. She is no longer there -- she's at Vina Rosina in Harbor East.

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              nyawira Dec 16, 2010 11:05 AM

              I will definitely need to stop by Vina Ronsina then. I've seen that place, but never popped in. Thanks for the tip!

        2. bboyneko Dec 17, 2010 01:04 PM

          I was there a few weeks ago using a $50 groupon. I felt the food was really good, but not fantastic. The price was very high for Baltimore, total tab was like $130 for 2 appetizers, 2 entrées, two glasses of wine and 2 deserts. Service was great. Overall it was enjoyable, just not $130 enjoyable. I probably won't be back.

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