Dan Chaustit, the executive chef and owner of Crush
in Belvedere Square
, carved out a jewel-like, 32-seat dining room on his restaurant's lower level, named it Demi
, and handed the reins over flamboyantly talented young chef named Tae Strain. With ingenuity and a focus on intense flavor, Strain has made small plates hip again. Take a seat at the kitchen counter. --Richard Gorelick
Venue address: 510 E. Belvedere Ave. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun /February 16, 2011)
What if Downton Abbey was set in a fast-food restaurant, but kind of like with the same characters. And what if that guy from "Mad About You" and "Spin City" was in it?
But there's no Dowager Countess character -- I don't think - that wanders pointlessly into a scene, makes a lemon-sucking face and says something like, "Toasted buns, indeed."
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