Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Restaurant: Shakti's, Wenatchee, WA

Restaurant: Shakti's Restaurant
Web Site: http://www.shaktisfinedining.com/
Address: 218 North Mission, Wenatchee, WA
Phone: (509) 662-3321

Very nice atmosphere, great background music (I heard Miles, Grant Green, Charlie Parker), nice wine. The shrimp had too much butter in the sauce (for me), but well done.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Restaurant: Ricciuti's Brick Oven Pizza

Restaurant: Ricciuti's Brick Oven Pizza
Web Site: http://www.ricciutis.com/
Address: 3308 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Olney, MD 20832
Phone: (301) 570-3388

One of our "go to" places. Close by, nice atmosphere, varied menu. Seems like an Italian place, but really its about locally grown, creatively prepared, nice food. The point seems to be the wood fired pizza oven (and its worth the trip), but the entries are frequently what we get.

We found out Monday's are half-price wine night (bonus!), and when the weather is nice the outside tables can be nice if one is available. An old house with lots of room, including a ghost (ask the waiter).

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Restaurant: Shula's Steak House, Baltimore

Restaurant: Shula's Steak House, Baltimore
Web Site: http://www.donshula.com/rest.php?s=shulas
Address: 101 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 385-6630

Been here three times now. Located in the downtown Baltimore Sheraton, and not to be confused with the more casual sports bar Shula's II next to it. A traditional steak house with the typical expensive (yet top notch) cuts of beef and a la carte sides. And in a nod to current eating habits, lots of fish on the menu as well.

Not very crowded on weekends. Maybe its the economy, maybe its the result of being in a business oriented hotel on a weekend, but never very crowded. Service is better than average. Last time the chef ended up chatting with us a while. One of there gimmicks is having everyone cut open their food after presentation and using a flashlight to make sure it is cooked as desired.

Themed to the legendary Don Shula of that undefeated season, the restaurant paints the menu on a football and hangs pictures from that historic team on the walls. As fate would have it, we usually end up near a picture that has the great Washington Redskin Billy Kilmer right in the middle of it. He is a family favorite and the picture is always appreciated.

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