Brasserie Tatin in Baltimore

December 30, 2007

Brasserie Tatin

Brasserie Tatin reminds you more of a contemporary French restaurant located in Manhattan, than a old bistro located in Paris. However, the food is spot on French. Unlike Petit Louis, located less than a mile away, Brasserie Tatin is authentically French but with a dash of creativity. It is located in the Broadview apartment building near Johns Hopkins and pulls a clientele of JHU teachers and staff as well as Roland Park/Guilford/Canterbury residents, both groups of which love (and can) spend. However, you do not have to spend, as the menu can support a $30 meal, but can be stretched into a soup-salad-entree-dessert four course meal. The orange-blue decor seperates it from most French restaurants who try to be French but lose an individual spirit, which is the hallmark of a Parisian restaurant.

Salade Caesar Tatin ($6.50) was a classic Caesar salad with Romaine lettuce, grated Parmesan, croutons with a delicious dressing, which is uncommon for me, as I do not usually like salad dressings.

Steak Frites ($22) is a Hanger Steak (authentic French!!) with delicious handcut French Fries

Tarte Tatin ($7.50) is the signature dessert of the restaurant, as well as what it is named after. The Tarte Tatin is a caramelized apple tart served with one scoop of cream and another scoop of vanilla ice cream (behind apple shaped cracker).

Brasserie Tatin
105 W. 39th Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Dinner: Sunday – Monday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am – 2:30pm


Baltimore Architecture Part Three

December 30, 2007

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The Washington Monument looking north on Charles Street

The Washington Monument

The Washington Apartments

Another view of the Washington Apartments

The Stafford Hotel (now apartments) with a monument to John Eager Howard, an American revolutionary war hero

Another view of The Stafford hotel

The Washington Apartments and Stafford Hotel

The Stafford Hotel and Graham-Hughes House

The Graham-Hughes House

Another view of the Graham-Hughes House

Baltimore Architecture Part Two

December 30, 2007

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Temple Gardens apartment building facing Druid Hill reservoir

Severn Apartments at corner of W. Monument and Cathedral streets in Mount Vernon, Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Hospital

View of downtown Baltimore City from the East

Alpha Phi Alpha building on St. Paul’s street

The Walters Art Gallery on Charles Street

Charles Street facing south from the Washington Monument

Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church

Another view of the Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church

The main building of the Peabody Institute

Another view of the Peabody Institute

The monument to the Marquis de Lafayette in front of the Peabody

The Lafayette Monument from the Peabody

The Hackerman House, which is connected to the Walters Art Gallery

Another view of the Hackerman House

Restaurant Reviews!!! Coming Soon

December 28, 2007

This is a list of restaurants that I am going to review in the future when I visit them:

Morton’s Steakhouse– Baltimore
Tio Pepe- Baltimore
Cinghiale- Baltimore
Fleming’s Steakhouse- Baltimore
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse- Ocean City, MD
Brighton’s Orangerie in Intercontinental HarborCourt Hotel- Baltimore
Linwood’s- Baltimore
Palm Court in Plaza Hotel- New York
Harry Cipriani- New York
Grimaldi’s- New York
Sylvia’s– New York
Peter Luger Steakhouse- New York
The 21 Club- New York

Matchbooks at Restaurants

December 28, 2007

Matchbooks, the hallmark of the American restaurant are disappearing due to laws against smoking in restaurants and public areas. However, the stalwart of the matchbook industry, the steakhouse in many cases retains matchbooks and keeps the tradition going. This list, which is to be constantly updated will list the restaurants that I have travelled to that have matchbooks, and for you, if a restaurant does not display their matchbooks, they may still have them.

Bellagio Hotel (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Mon Ami Gabi (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Rio Hotel (Las Vegas, Nevada)
The Buttery (Lewes, Delaware)
Bethany Blues (Bethany Beach, Delaware)
McCormick & Schmick’s (Baltimore, Maryland)
Ruth Chris’s steakhouse (Baltimore, Maryland)
Obrycki’s (Baltimore, Maryland)
Cafe Hon (Baltimore, Maryland)
Sabatino’s (Baltimore, Maryland)
Fogo de Chao (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Prime Rib (Baltimore, Maryland)
Capital Grille (Baltimore, Maryland)- must ask for!
Tio Pepe (Baltimore, Maryland)
Schlosshotel im Grunewald (Berlin, Germany)
Hotel Raphael (Paris, France)

Maria 300’s Garlic Bread

December 27, 2007

Maria 300 was the most popular restaurant in Little Italy from 1934 until 1974, when Maria Allori, the owner died. Henry Louis Mencken ate here along with Gene Autry, Rocky Marciano and Dean Martin.

Here is a recipe from  for their garlic bread

Two loaves of seeded Italian bread
3/4 pound of unsalted Irish butter (or unsalted Vermont butter)
one head of garlic, minced (yes, a HEAD of garlic, minced. A LARGE head of garlic!)
caraway seed
crushed basil
crushed hot pepper flakes
Reggiano parmigiano

Slice the bread with a bread knife approximately one inch thick
Coat each slice with a heavy layer of the garlic mixed/blended well with the softened butter-there may be a bit more than a tablespoon for each slice; perhaps two tblsp. It is easiest to let the butter soften to room temperature for an hour or so before blending it with the garlic.
Grate fresh Reggiano over each slice; coat the slices with the Reggiano for a full layer of cheese on each.
Sprinkle caraway seeds over this
Sprinkle crushed basil over this
Sprinkle a few hot pepper flakes over this

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately ten minutes until the bread is crusty and the interior of the slices are soft from the melted garlic butter. Serve HOT.”

French Open 2007

December 26, 2007

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