CITYPEEK Best of the Week for food-all things local and luxury

Have You spotted Patti? When she is not in a suit, CEO, has recently been spotted in many hip t-shirts from top restaurants, spirit purveyors and luxury brands. For "fushi" shirt we were stopped in the street asking "what is fushi?" For Taverna Corvino, I was asked, "Do you work there and help  get directions-they loved the calamari." With Dogfish Head Beer we got: "I love their Summer Ale! It's pricey, but worth it."           We decided to keep up the trend so if you have a summer t-shirt for us to wear--send it. We might just send you one back! You may be highlighted in a future blog photo. Email if interested in sending us yours.

Did you see mentioned in Susan Reimer's Baltimore Sun  4th of July Fireworks and Bogart (pictured above) deciding to skip in lieu of hiding under a table?

DID YOU HEAR the old-time famous SUBURBAN HOUSE RESTAURANT in PIKESVILLE had a major fire last night? Many comments flowing onto our facebook page @ or twitter or simply post comment below blog here. I love the matzoh ball soup, others remember the whitefish salad and coddies. A true landmark, the authentic Jewish-style deli in Baltimore's Pikesville. We hear it WILL REOPEN from foodie, Dara Bunjon. Thankfully, there is still Attman's deli (their expanding!) downtown and Lenny's uptown.

CITYPEEK was invited as a guest to a special, intimate, goodbye gathering at IXIA on it's last in business two weeks ago. The food was FABULOUS from lamb chops, crab cakes, chicken with dipping sauces and marvelously prepared cheese plates. All under Chef Kevin. For cocktails, any and all were flowing behind the bar where Brandon and Eric poured. The invitation came personally by Chef/Owner Un Kim, also of Paper Moon Diner, and her daughter, Nancy Thompson. It was a sad night with a festive atmosphere. Many of the staff will move to the new Baltimore Kimpton Hotel opening in the late Summer/Fall in Baltimore.

Congratulations to Ryleigh's Oyster, Executive Chef, Patrick Morrow on his Chef Spotlight on Baltimore Tourism's website. We knew you were special when we reviewed you 2 years ago. Thanks for coming downtown and bringing Chef Patternotte with you (he's the head chef at Taverna Corvino!)

Oceanaire Seafood Room files for C 11, Minneapolis & Baltimore to remain open. $31 for a piece of grilled salmon, those days r gone. (via @CITYPEEKpatti)

Alan Morstein of REGI's AMERICAN BISTRO writes: "Tourists and locals have fallen in love with our WHALE (the BIG Guys) Soft Shell Crab sandwiches and dinners. Our Crab Cakes were recently voted B'Mores best and our fresh live Soft Shells our not far behind. In addition all our produce is hand picked and vined ripened from local farmers. Local produce and Chesapeake Bay specials and value that's what were about." Thanks

Lisa Espada -Pros in the City is hosting an awesome 9-course wine dinner @ Sushi Damo, Sun, July 12, 5:30 pm. $69 inclusive. Rockville, MD.

Baltimore Foodies is hosting 2 July diners of note: July 10-FEAST @ 4 EAST in the 4 East Madison Inn and FRANK and Nic's West End Grille in the Zenith Apartments on Baltimore's West side July 23. Find info on both @ click restaurants.

Maisy's, a Southern-style restaurant to open on N. Charles-more to come.

Gifford's Ice Cream & Candy Company-the Washington DC area's oldest and most distinguished ice cream parlor has opened a location in Pikesville in Baltimore County. We love this ice cream. They make special seasonal flavors like Cinnamon in the Fall. Try it yummy!

NATHAN'S of GEORGETOWN/WASHINGTON DC TO CLOSE: In an e-mail blast to the restaurant's fans, Nathan's owner Carol Joynt announced July 6 the Georgetown restaurant will close at last call July 12. "We hope over the next week you will find the time to come in and enjoy a last drink and meal with us," Joynt said in her e-mail. "We wish we could give it away, but economic reality is that we need your dollars...I urge you to be please be generous with the staff."

A new Baltimore Indian Restaurant joins Mt Vernon-LUMBINI. And it is BYOB so grab a bottle at nearby Spirits of Mt Vernon or bring your own and head on over. We hear their entrees are wonderful. We also like the ole AMBASSADOR in Roland Park for Indian too.

HarborView Condominiums has a new General Manager--let's welcome Giselle to the area and wish her all of the best. A new lobby renovation and many enhancements are on the list of this keeping her busy in the Inner Harbor HARBORVIEW Community!

Bonjour is celebrating Bastille Day, Tues. July 14 with a day long celebration 8am-4pm.  Free baquette with purchase while supplies last; samples of savories and sweets, enjoy a piece of Chef Gerard's special Bastille day gateau.  Chef Gerard will be  at Bonjour between 9 and noon on the 14th,  stop by and say Bonjour!

LOUIS VUITTON!! We just learned that the luxurious leather-maker of those oh-so-fine pocketbooks-Louis Vuitton grand opening in TowsonTown Center 2nd level---is open in Baltimore! Will you go? Wish they were located in the city.

ABOUT FACES-Service series sale in August.  Purchase 5 of any service and save 15%.
Taverna Corvino---Now featuring LATE NIGHT SOCIAL HOUR on Friday and Saturday evenings, from 11pm-1am. $3 Peroni Drafts, $5 Specialty Cocktails, $5 Specialty PIZZE.
Ryleigh’s Oyster---New Thursday Night! Join us for our weekly Summer BBQ Night! Chef Morrow’s southern style bbq menu starts at 5pm. 7-till offering $4 Crushes, $4 Call Cocktails, $3 Drafts, and $2 Drafts. Also- Check out the Chef Spotlight on—our own Patrick Morrow! (with a shout-out to as well).

Fresh Idea: why do we buy herbs? It's warm out-plant your own on your rooftop deck and in window boxes. Market it on your menu-guests will LOVE it! This includes all hotels & restaurants! No excuses. Taverna Corvino's Chef Patternotte loves the idea!                                                   Join  the CITYPEEKpatti herb train

Good news about AVAM from Ms Kate Adams: 'our (AVAM) permanent collection is featured in the 5th Ave and 58th St windows of Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. They are on view June 26 - July 20. Go check them out if you get up to the City!' I hear there are special bus trips being planned to NYC organized by the museum. (Photo from Modelizing, the art of Window Shopping)

Good news, Talara in Harbor East is a hit and their  cerviche rocks! The newest city hot spot is the place for the hip and trendy. We highly recommend a visit.  IT is a colorful restaurant, always crowded, but comfortable. Thank you, Ari Cohen for the personally made mojito and recommendations. We hear its big sister restaurant, also by Chef Owner, Yves Carreau,  The Sonoma Grill ,from Pittsburgh might consider open sometime in Baltimore! Lucy's Baltimore Irish Pub across from The Hippodrome Closed June 2009. A fast food 'wing joint' opened next door, but I do not think it will serve the typical ticket-going fare that the pre-theater audience want/demand. We recommend Frank n Nic's and Marriott Restaurant Promenade (I hear the crabcakes are wonderful)! The City of Baltimore still needs to work on this West Side Revival.


PIZZAZy pened in the Pier 5 Hotel, joining Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. PIZZAZZ Tuscan has replaced the spot formally located by The Peacock Cafe. We will follow up after a special media opening but are excited to try pizza sauce freshly made with out any sugar and with a love of love!

We also recommend recently sampled pizza pies--thin crust is our preference--from IGGIE's  in Mt Vernon owned by Lisa  of SOIGNE fame and The Wine Market has a terrific new fresh pizza and overall impressive menu. Expect a $10 corking fee from the adjoining retail wine shop if drinking in the bar.

alizee fois gras French wine dinner was amazing! Thank you to StevenWarrick, Daniel Raffel and Richard Naing. We joined 6 chefs from different locales all prepared creative fois gras enhanced dishes at the Inn at the Colonnade's alizee. The chef's list: chef michael carstens - alizée                       chef alfred twyman - alizée                           chef scott elseroad – Frank & Nic’s west end grill
chef christian delutis – Dogwood Cafe
chef shane furbay - alizée
chef gerard billebault – The French Oven & Bonjour
Many thanks to Reliable Churchill & Greg Box Woodberry Kitchen who all joined in the decadent, delicious fun!

alizee is selling to go!! Yes, by the bottle is now available. they like lower-case so...Daniel from alizee writes "Our retail wine shop at the inn and spa at the colonnade
not just any bin will do. private wine bins at alizee by the bottle.
restaurant wine priced at retail prices - always!"

Check out Cinghiale Restaurant in Harbor East for Tuesday's Cellar Raid now extended 5-10 pm-all wines 1/2 price!

GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS & Mojitos w water view-Little Havana in Federal Hill on Key Highway (next to the Baltimore Museum of Industry) is our next hot pick for grilled chicken wings--correct, not fried, brined for hours, marinated with a sweet, tangy rosemary glaze and served in sets of 10 for $8. We went back 3x's in one week! The outdoor seating, laid-back atmosphere and scrumptious mojitos make for a delightful visit.

We were twittering and hear that ACME in Annapolis has some terrific wings! Also in Canton mango marinated wings @ Gecko's was a recommendation.

THE CAPITAL GRILLE Baltimore is serving FREE hors d'oeuvres on Wednesdays from 4-7pm for Happy Hour. A client friend and I enjoyed  lunch meeting while watching the Michael Jackson Tribute on CNN yesterday. Thanks, Bryce for the great service.

Congratulations to Little Italy's Cafe Gia's Gia and Giavonna on the birth of their son and grandson, Luca! Liquor license coming this summer, still BYOB and al fresco dining on rooftop deck! Wine store: Bin 604 is close at Harbor East.


Nick's Fish House mention CITYPEEK and get a free drink for all ladies ANYTIME, ANYDAY!

HANDBAGS IN THE CITY: Mention and get 20% off all purchases in the best handbag shop in the city!

JEAN POOL now in the VILLAGE of CROSS KEYS- Mention and get 20% off

THE BOTTOM DRAWER LINGERIE BOUTIQUE-FEDERAL HILL-The Bottom The place to shop for lingerie. Mention and get 20% discount on any purchase. (excluding aleady marked down items).

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week is around the corner--starts August 7th.

Did you know that the fabulously funny David Alan Grier is coming to Rams Head Live? See this and more on our events pages. Click Events above:

$10 off any Ruth's Chris Menu Item at Pier 5, Show ticket stub, day of show to receive discount before or after these shows: Rock Royalty on July12, Joe Cocker on July14 and Hippiefest on July 23.

2 free tickets to Reggae on the Harbor, July 19th at the Pier Six Pavilion with the purchase of 4 tickets. Bring your whole crew! Must call the Pier Six Pavilion box office to receive discount. 410-783-4189.

Wed July 8--Michael Jackson Tribute Band!

Have an event? Submit It: submit event.

Where to go this w/e in Baltimore-DC-Philly and NYC? There are too many things going on-check some out@

Happy Hour / Sunset Cruise July 3-5:30pm-8:30pm Full bar, 1/2 price drinks-Snacks available for purchase. $30/Adults, $20 kids11& under

Day on the Bay to Annapolis Cruise-July 15-Aug12-Sept 16-10am- 6pm
Cruise to picturesque, historic Annapolis and enjoy shopping, eating and exploring within walking distance, before relaxing on the return cruise to Baltimore. Price includes complimentary beverage and donuts on the way down. $65/Adults, $30/Children 11&under

Soon a special bus will cart special foodie guests along with Daniel Raffle, CITYPEEK Patti, Gayle and Girard-of Bonjour Bakery Cafe on Falls Road--to

Le Bec Fin in Philly!


**Anyone want to join in the next social networking seminar on facebook and twitter? Next Wednesday or Thursday am or afternoon at TARKS in LUTHERVILLE? email Much more next week on all above. just wanted you to be the first to know.



Please post any specials and notes below in 'comment' so we can add to our blog blast next week.


New Opentable Restaurants Added in June. Book any with us @
Baltimore / Maryland Blue Hill Tavern
Baltimore / Maryland Mamma Lucia of Columbia
Baltimore / Maryland Osteria 177
Baltimore / Maryland The Oregon Grille
Boston / New England The Barking Crab Newport
Chicago / Illinois Nozumi Japanese Cuisine
Chicago / Illinois Viaggio Ristorante and Lounge
Los Angeles / Orange County Saint Amour
Los Cabos Don Manuel's
Memphis Amerigo - Memphis
Miami / Southeast Florida Grill Room on Las Olas - The Riverside Hotel
Miami / Southeast Florida Solea - W Hotel - South Beach
Naples / Southwest Florida Vergina
Nashville Rumours Wine Bar
New Mexico Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse
New York / Tri-State Area Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar
New York / Tri-State Area Aureole
New York / Tri-State Area Chimney Barbecue/Milk Lounge
New York / Tri-State Area DBGB Kitchen and Bar
New York / Tri-State Area Nello's
New York / Tri-State Area Slate Plus
New York / Tri-State Area The Mill on the River
Philadelphia / New Jersey - South Octo Waterfront Grille
Philadelphia / New Jersey - South Pietro's Prime
Philadelphia / New Jersey - South S & H Kebab House
Philadelphia / New Jersey - South Sora
Pittsburgh Joseph Tambellini
Portland / Oregon 900 Wall
San Diego Gourmet India
Washington, D.C. Area Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda
Washington, D.C. Area Lebanese Taverna - Tysons Galleria
Washington, D.C. Area William's American Bistro

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Dear CP Patti and your loyal readers: Suburban House has been part of my life for too many years. I wrote my homage late last night and thought your readers might be interested in reading it. If they grew up in NW Baltimore more than likely they have their own stories to share. Here is the story:
BBJ source 4 Seasons Baltimore--The sour economy has prompted developers of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Baltimore to wait another year to open. The 256-room hotel will open during the first quarter 2011, not next year, said Christopher Janian, assistant development manager of H&S Properties Development Corp. The top three floors of the 21-story tower will contain sales offices for condominiums. “The economy is not great for luxury hotel brands,” Janian said. “We think 2011 will be a good year to open the hotel.” The $250 million hotel and condominium project has been one of the most anticipated projects in the city. The Four Seasons’ name and its reputation for good service is expected to give the city’s tourism business cachet.