Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Three Things about Food

Famous Dave's is closing at the end of this month. That’s the bad news. The good news for their customers and employees is that Famous Dave's BBQ will reopen on May 20th. At least that’s what the guy pouring over blueprints labeled “Renovation” told me. The Columbia Crossing restaurant is getting a major makeover, both inside and out.

For the majority of the wait staff this means cooling your heals for three weeks this spring. “It’s just long enough not to want to go back,” one of them quipped this afternoon.

Gerald Koh and his Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery in Columbia were featured in this story by Rina Rapuano in The Washington Post today. The writer notes that Koh has some chops in the baking business having worked for a period under master baker Mark Furstenberg.

“Gerald Koh credits the guru with teaching him how to make artisanal breads - although the 58-year-old Columbia baker and owner of Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery says he had a good handle on several varieties even before that.”

I’m a fan. My favorite sandwich is his corned beef on ciabatta, served hot. His couscous side dish kicks butt.

HowChow has helped popularize the suburban phenomenon of dining with a parking lot view. This weekend I was inspired to suggest yet another suburban dining view, the stormwater management pond.

Last week, on one of the nicer days, I grabbed lunch at Qdoba on Dobbin Road. Taking advantage of the sunny afternoon I sat down at one of the outdoor tables which overlook a stormwater management pond. Last Saturday, Mama Wordbones and I had a late dinner at El Hildago in Elkridge. It was a nice evening so we opted for an outside table, overlooking another stormwater management pond.

That has to be another uniquely suburban experience.
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