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Fast Food Sushi? Kinda, Sorta, Really, Good

Jun 23, 2010 ● By Anonymous

I heard the word that a new take-out sushi joint opened at the Westfield Annapolis Mall recently, in the food court space vacated by that pretty-decent-but-not-too-creative salad shop that served the freshest/healthiest food available in said food court (healthy in a food court is probable cause for it's failure). But I digress. So the new sushi spot is named Sarku Japan, which is the "is the largest and most successful Japanese Quick Service (QSR) operator in the United States, with a rapidly growing network of over 200 restaurants in 37 states," as stated on it's website. And you know what? It was actually decent, even delish. There are about nine meal options with various sashimi and sushi roll combo deals and a variety of bento boxes with chicken, fish, or beef at their core. Overall, my experience was fast, tasty, and healthy, having ordered a simple sushi combo with four pieces of sashimi (raw tuna, salmon) and a small, six piece California roll. Throw in a lemonade and my grand total was $9. Not bad. And honestly, because the sushi is made-to-order it tastes fresh and the texture is appropriately moist and sticky; unlike sushi purchased from the cold case at the local supermarket. No, you won't get creative touches that set apart high quality sushi restaurants from the masses, but the flavor was all there and each bite was worth the money spent.      

Comfort Food but Noisy at Nando's Peri-Peri

Jun 22, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Guest blog by Editor Nadja Maril An offer of a free lunch, was too tempting to resist so when I was scheduling a time to meet with out foodie columnist Lynn Schwartz I made the mistake of meeting her at the soft opening of Nando's Peri-Peri at Westfield Mall. The restaurant was so noisy, I literally had to shout, and we were sitting at a small table for two. Yes, the food was delicious but perhaps until they solve their acoustic problems this is a great place to order take-out.

Nando's Peri-Peri Set to Open

Jun 21, 2010 ● By Anonymous

This week, Nando's Peri-Peri--a new Afro-Portuguese restaurant serving ridiculously delicious flame grilled chicken--is hosting soft-opening lunch seatings at their new Westfield Annapolis Mall location (located next to Chipotle and Borders)  and plans to open fully to the public by month's end. Okay, so we've jumped the gun with the "ridiculously delicious" part. Truth is, we haven't actually tried their grilled chicken yet, but plan to report to you later this week. Word is, they use four levels of heat inducing/ethnic packed marinades to give their chicken distinct flavor. FYI, Nando's is extremely popular in South Africa, so you can ponder the World Cup over your first meal there. The Nando's restaurant brand is over 20 years old with hundreds of restaurants in Africa, England, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, and the Middle East. The closest location prior to this month's Annapolis opening, is in Washington, D.C. More on Nando's Peri-Peri when we've had a chance to visit. And if you get the chance to sample the restaurant at one of their soft seatings this week, let us know your thoughts. Cheers!  

Top Chef DC episode recap...thoughts on rockfish

Jun 17, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Amidst the onslaught of DC cliches that filled the first episode of Top Chef season seven (the filibuster-themed challenge is a guarantee somewhere along the line), there was quite a bit of pseudo-local intrigue as well. Luckily the few references to the Chesapeake region, however, don't require much context, so no worries if you're not a viewer.

Tappa, Tappa, Tappa 6/22: Mark Your Calendar for Brews

Jun 17, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Gordon Biersch invites all to the tapping of their SommerBrau on June 22 at 5:30 p.m. Their brewmaster will tap the firkin (a wooden keg), the beer shall flow forth, and summer will officially commence at the popular Annapolis Towne Centre restaurant and brewpub. Additional festivities include passed hors d'oeuvres, samples of the beer, and a silent auction (the proceeds benefit the Lymphoma Society). The event coincides with Gordon Biersch's summer menu kickoff, which will feature new items such as Island Steak Tacos, Key West Lobster & Shrimp Linguini, Churrasco Steak & Coconut Shrimp, and Montego Bay Banana Split. For a slice of Caribbean life with German gemutlichkeit, head on over and have a cold one with great food. And be sure to let us know how your eve goes.  

Top Chef DC Preview

Jun 16, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Premiering on Bravo at 9 p.m. tonight, season seven of Top Chef has a local appeal for area foodies this year, as it’s being held in the nation’s capital.Before you get territorial on me and point out that DC isn’t exactly local to those living in Annapolis or on the Shore, let’s be clear: it’s pretty damn close. When I was still living in Eastport, I once drove to dinner in Easton and then went back over the Bridge for a night out with friends in Adams Morgan. It was a lot of driving, sure, but the fact that it’s even possible is a testament to how close we are.

Gimmick Packs Grand Opening of Cadillac Ranch

Jun 11, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill opened last evening at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole with much fanfare; in fact, it was too much fanfare. In what can only be perceived as a gimmick gone bad (or great depending on what side of the cash register you're on), the restaurant invited patrons to an "exclusive" VIP reception via nifty printed tickets that were handed out the week prior. When I was handed my ticket through my work channel, I felt a little special. I've been to many of these VIP receptions for almost all restaurants that have opened in town within the past two years. They have always been handled with class and offered all attendees a preview of what's best to enjoy; delicious food, great drink, and comfortable atmosphere. Yes, like a real VIP event.

More on Brique, coming soon to Centreville

Jun 10, 2010 ● By Anonymous

After sitting down with Brique Executive Chef William Dolan and Owners Billy Fairbanks and Tommy Inzer, I can shed a bit more light on the 51-seat, upscale restaurant that’s set to open in Centreville later this month.The three are confident that the restaurant can establish itself as the premier destination-dining spot on the Eastern Shore. They said Julia’s Fine Dining, which previously occupied the space, earned that title for a while, but wasn’t able to sustain.“We’ll offer better food at a lower price, in an atmosphere that’s as fine as it gets,” Inzer said. “We want you to feel like you’re at the Ritz Carlton, or at least the nicest restaurant on the Eastern Shore.”If the price point, atmosphere, and food quality reach their expectations, the three believe they’ll be equally appealing to the Annapolis and DC markets as to those in Queen Anne’s County, Easton, and St. Michaels.

Brique coming to downtown Centreville

Jun 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Brique, a self-described “upscale-chic dining venue,” is set to open this month in Centreville, directly across from the courthouse in the space previously occupied by Julia’s Casual Fine Dining.I’ve been sitting on this news while I tried to get in touch with the owners, Tommy Inzer and Billy Fairbanks, and their executive chef, William Dolan. A press release came in last week. Turns out I can file this entry now, and update the blog once I speak to them. Lo, this crazy medium called the Internet.

Bourdain being Bourdain

Jun 08, 2010 ● By Anonymous

As far as celebrity chefs go, Anthony Bourdain is something of a Keith Richards to Rachel Ray’s Shania Twain. His memoir, Kitchen Confidential, revealed both his battle with heroin addiction as well as the seedy underbelly of restaurant kitchens in fine dining establishments. It also vaulted him from relative anonymity to worldwide fame. Like Richards, he’s also the type of personality for whom pseudo-intellectual types like to profess their admiration. Stuff White People Like could do a lot worse than an entry on Anthony Bourdain.



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