Baltimore restaurants you're probably pronouncing wrong [Pictures]
No one expects you to pronounce these restaurant names the way Meryl Streep or a National Public Radio correspondent would. But a passing familiarity with foreign languages -- or Baltimore's unique take on them -- is never a bad thing. Here are some Baltimore restaurants names that keep getting butchered.
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Petit Louis Bistro( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo / November 4, 2010 )
We know you're not pronouncing "Louis" like "Lewis and Clark." It's pronounced Louie as in when Humphrey Bogart says, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," or like Louis C.K., or like the duck.
But, look, in Roland Park, you also shouldn't be saying "petite" with a "t" on the end. It's peh-TEE'. Although if you ask a native French speaker to say it for you, you'll swear you can hear the faintest whisper of a "t" on the end, like the vermouth in an extra dry martini. Unless you say that you can almost hear it, in which case you are told "absolument pas."
Which reminds me of that exchange from "My Favorite Year," when Belle says to Alan Swann, "Welcome to my humble chapeau," and Benjy says, "Two years at the Sorbonne and she still can't get it right."
Petit Louis Bistro, 4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393, petitloius.com