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My ratings are based mostly on overall quality with some consideration of price to performance ratio. I don't care too much about service and decor, but very fresh ingredients are important, as is the wine list. A bagel place needs to grow their own wheat, and thresh it and cook it the same day that I eat the bagel, to get 5 stars from me.
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Restaurant Name City
Rating
Carrol's Creek Cafe Annapolis, MD
OK seafood place, nothing special. Some specials appear to have been frozen. Decent wine list but nothing special.
The Brewer's Art Baltimore, MD
Reliable bar food and a great beer list. Food could have used more seasoning.
John Hagan's Tavern Braddock Heights, MD
Excellent old-fashioned restaurant on the outskirts of Frederick. The cuisine is what you would get at good restaurants in the 1960s, so it's not necessarily low-fat. Uniformly good, including the salads and soups which are quite interesting, but ... more
Rio Grande Cafe Arlington, VA
Mediocre Mexican food without much flavor; obviously much of it was cooked long beforehand and reheated. Ingredients did not seem to be especially good quality either. There is one exception, however: They feature a tortilla-making machine in the ent ... more
Willow Reaturant Arlington, VA
Excellent contemporary-American cuisine done with care. Good wine list.
Ram's Head Tavern Savage Mill Savage, MD
Pub food, trying to be more upscale. Greens for salad were getting pretty old, something odd in a high-volume restaurant. Crab cake was big (as advertised) but didn't have much flavor (must have been frozen), and I had to specifically ask for a s ... more
Tersiguel's Ellicott City, MD
Adequate country-French restaurant. The usual dishes are offered with a few small creative touches here and there. Portion size is fine. Good wine list. I cannot give five stars to a restaurant unless it is significantly more creative.
Iron Bridge Wine Company Columbia, MD
Not very successful attempt at a wine bar had both poor food and poor wine. Salad had far too much blue cheese and nuts and fish was bland. The seven wines I sampled had little flavor and may have been damaged in transit or storage. If you're goi ... more
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Columbia, MD
Attempt at an upscale Chinese restaurant falls short. Lots of flashy details in the dishes, but in the end they're using the same low-quality ingredients that you see too often in cheap Chinese restaurants. Balance of flavors also seemed off, sug ... more
Aida Bistro Columbia, MD
Wonderful Italian restaurant hidden in an industrial park south of MD 175. The chefs seem to be talented and have a menu well integrated with wine. Quality is uniformly high on the food. The nightly prix fixe dinner is a great way to be introduced to ... more
Details
  • Location Monterey, CA

  • Age 61

  • Gender Male

  • Level Level 6

  • Points 650

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