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  1. They don't have scotch All of the food on our menu was sourced directly from a local farmer or waterman. All of our spirits are from the US and their materials are thoughtfully sourced. All of our wines are organic, biodynamic or local, leaning towards the latter two. All of our beers are from farm breweries in Maryland.
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    Nashville, TN

    I ate at Husk in May (never posted about it...oops) and there were zero complaints. We still think about the browned butter ice cream for dessert. We also had a good experience at lunch at Woolworth's On Fifth....transformed lunch counter that played a role during the protests during 1960. For an Aslin-type beer visit, Southern Grist is awesome.
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    Charleston, SC

    Forgot to post half the reason I opened this thread Sean Brock Leaves Charleston Restaurant Group to Focus on Nashville - Eater Charleston What Sean Brock's Move to Nashville Means for Charleston Restaurants - Eater
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    Charleston, SC

    100% on FIG. I'd also suggest Rodney Scott BBQ (or Lewis depending on your tastes) Unless you're going across the bridge to the beach or something, you'll have no problem taking ride sharing apps a few miles
  5. Any updates for 2018? Keep them coming
  6. I dont doubt it - the progression between your post to start that thread a month after the third chef started and then erica's to end it two years later summed it up quite well
  7. My thoughts - most of those either tried to do upscale American but just couldn't keep up with the market, chose bad locations, and/or dealt with poor management/decisions. "Baltimore Restaurant Closing vs. Openings in 2018: How Do They Stack Up?" by Sarah Meehan on baltimoresun.com As far as ones I'm familiar with: Bagby Pizza Co. - lease ended, owner leaving the restaurant business Ryan's Daughter - business slowed, lease was ending, just got left behind a little Dimitri’s Tavern - dive bar with a 75 year old owner Dino BBQ - not good food (sorry upper New Yorkers) with poor service and a poor location Waterfront Kitchen - got stale in the words of the owner and rebranded Jack's Bistro - closed to open a bigger space in Blair’s on Hudson Bluegrass - changed owners and the quality dropped Aggio - weird location, got neglected and/or stale Wine Market - rebranding Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar - owner had health problems HarborQue - mediocre BBQ surrounded by better options for the same price Regi’s American Bistro - where you take your grandma - was stale five years ago In Bloom - another expensive option in a weird location that got left behind - I wanted them to do well, but there were cheaper options for almost everything on the menu within a five minute walk La Tolteca - nothing ever does well, it's just too big and rent is probably too high to really run a successful restaurant without some serious name brand backing Modern Cook Shop/Fork & Wrench - same owners, got stale and didn't evolve itself Rachel - that spot has probably averaged a restaurant a year over the past five or ten years
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    Podcasts - What Are Your Favorites?

    My two food-related ones are The Sporkful and Bon Appetit Foodcast - I liked Alton Brown too but that disappeared
  9. I also had the grilled octopus, which was delicious. Apparently they usually have some sort of tartare - we got the lamb. The cavatelli was indeed very good, but as far as the pasta I think I liked the gnocchi the best. Half pastas were perfect to split and try and graze on the menu, and no sticker shock when the bill came was nice.
  10. website Baltimore Sun review The sister restaurant of La Cuchara, I haven't been yet but I've gotten enough raving reviews from my friends that we probably deserve a thread
  11. https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2017/07/12/jacks-bistro-to-close-as-owner-prepares-fornew.html Closing soon at an unknown date to move to a new restaurant & location. Sounds like the entire staff and most of the menu/vibe will be moving with it based on the article and a Facebook post from the restaurant.
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    Dining in College Park

    Indeed it is, and worth mentioning because I don't think Fishnet was open the last time this thread was active.
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    Chicago, IL

    Planning a couple meals in Chicago in a couple months...and frankly I'm a bit overwhelmed. I'll ask a fairly open question - what are some restaurants that look and feel like you're eating in Chicago?
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    Charleston, SC

    We had the same appetizer at FIG a couple weeks ago....those were delicious indeed. I guess I owe a post.... Dinner at Edmund's Oast, a brewpub with good food. You won't find a beer list full of IPAs or anything, but you'll be able to get weird with sours or other strange flavor combos - they seem to get a little weird with their beer selection and brewing options. The Peanut Butter & Jelly is a favorite, but I did not have it - a few others looked pretty interesting too. I had Szech n Brett from Logsdon in Oregon and a weird doppleback from Kout na Sumave in the Czech Republic that's apparently really hard to find in the states. I had a roasted chicken dish with Carolina Gold rice and vegetables that was absolutely delicious, the skin was salty and crispy and the meat moist. Lunch at Lewis Barbecue, from John Lewis - former pitmaster at La Barbecue in Austin and also helped open Franklin's I believe. I grade barbecue on a very steep curve, but I will say that I doubt there is a better barbecue restaurant south of DC. The hot sausage links were the star in my opinion, the pork was delicious and the brisket might have needed more seasoning in my opinion but I still ate it fast and wanted more. We absolutely housed the sides, didn't seem to be a bad option there either. I had the fish stew at FIG and oh my was it good. The broth had a ton of flavor, I almost thought of the seafood as an afterthought. Recommended by our waiter, I loved it, and the gnocchi was already touched on above. We made it to Husk for lunch, which I was skeptical about because a weekday lunch could certainly be hit or miss. Luckily, we got a hit - started carb heavy with the cornbread served with a pork butter and hush puppies made with their pork and a ranch sauce - they were unbeatable. I had the classic shrimp & grits meal that couldn't be topped, and I also tried the burger - I know, why would you get a burger at Husk? Actually, it was recommended by the waiter and we tried it, two patties smashed and it was on par with the best burgers I've had. Thanks to this thread, we tried The Grocery and snacked around on small plates and salads. For us, this was the right choice - some of the meals for the table looked delicious, but we wanted to hop around a bit. Started safe with the Italian Chopped Salad - by this point, I needed some nutrients - and lamb meatballs that tasted Mediterranean-inspired. Added a pasta with ramps dish and classic fried oysters. All in all, a fantastic trip with five delicious meals. It took me about four days to adjust back to normal, so next time I might have to be less fun and take it a little lighter.... Almost forgot...we also snuck away to the beach and had lunch at Rita's Seaside Grille in Folly Beach. Part of the High Cotton/Slightly North of Broad group, we had different seafood dishes that were both fresh and full of flavor. With not a ton of dining options on the island, I'd recommend this one.
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