So many restaurants have closed recently, but I wanted my list of restaurants we miss terribly to have the benefit of time. Therefore, you won't find places here that the recession affected. I also wanted my list to go beyond the two most obvious ones that everyone still talks about, Haussner's and Marconi's.
1. Woman's Industrial Exchange downtown. I survived 18 months on a political corruption grand jury only because we could walk here for lunch and eat chicken salad, tomato aspic, homemade rolls and ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce.
2. Danny's on North Charles Street near the train station. For years, this was considered Baltimore's most elegant restaurant. It had French food, tableside cooking of dishes like steak Diane, and yet just a touch of Hon in its waitresses. It was the first restaurant I reviewed for The Baltimore Sun.
3. Louie's the Bookstore and Cafe in Mount Vernon. I miss that Chestertown chicken. Why didn't I get that recipe?
4. Jeannier's in Homewood. It was good, traditional French food, which you could get at other area restaurants, and the dining rooms had no style, but I loved having birthday dinners there and I loved the oeufs a la neige with spun sugar for dessert.
5. Chester River Inn on Kent Island. Local culinary favorite Mark Henry owned his own restaurant for a while on the Eastern Shore between his successes at the Milton Inn and the Oregon Grille. You could get his wonderful food at very reasonable prices there.
6. Gabler's on the river in Aberdeen. Open from mid-April until September, Gabler's was basically one big screened-in porch with a kitchen attached. A great setting to eat steamed crabs.
7. Hampton's in Harbor Court. I could never afford to eat here when The Sun wasn't paying, but it was nice to have one restaurant in town where the service was always four-star.
8. M. Gettier in Fells Point. Michael Gettier was also at the Conservatory at Peabody Court, a fine restaurant that didn't last long, and a Towson location until he finally ended up where he is now, at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown; but I loved this restaurant for its cozy French dining room as well as his good cooking.
9. Metropolitan in Annapolis. This is the newest restaurant on this list. I enjoyed its rooftop dining, cutting-edge style and artistry in the kitchen.
10. Pinebrook in Hampden. This was true hole-in-the-wall Chinese dingy, lots of linoleum and an iron gate when it was closed - but it had fabulous dumplings made by the owner. When he got too old to make them anymore, the place closed. My daughter always called it the Cheapest Chinese Restaurant in the World, and it was.
Each Friday until 2010, Baltimore Sun bloggers will present their top-10 lists in print and online. baltimoresun.com/10spot
What you said
* The Brass Elephant (the pain is still fresh).
* Oh,I am going to go way back on these suggestions. Arthur's Bakery on Eutaw St. for lunches, Goeller's in Bowley's Quarter for their crab Imperial and coleslaw, I can still remember from my childhood; Berg's Dairy Farm in Perry Hall, Cafe de Artistes at the Mechanic and my personal favorite, The Tiki Room in the old Emerson Hotel
* The Westview Lounge - shrimp salad platter with shredded red cabbage, carrots and iceberg lettuce with horseradish dressing in a silver boat on the side.
* Copeland's Tire and Snack Bar on Gay St. Used tires and hot dogs.
To share your comments on dining, go to baltimoresun.com /diningatlarge.
Coming next week
Z on TV ranks the most notable local news personalities. To share your thoughts, go to baltimoresun.com/zontv