Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Annabelle Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
E.A.Poe (1850)

There's a new restaurant in the Highlandtown (now Canton) section of Baltimore called Annabelle Lee. It's a remake of an old corner bar, of which there are myriad in that part of Baltimore. I'd heard good things about AL, so on Friday, Cat, Dog and I crossed the city to try it out.

Even though we got there at the ungodly early hour of 6:15 p.m. we had to sit at the bar because all of the small tables were full. Luckily, we got a corner of the bar, which made conversation much easier. The light in the bar was great and I had fun playing with my camera, using a beer bottle for an impromptu tripod.

We started with AL's amazing duck fries, perfectly cooked and very crisp. Cat got a brussels sprout salad, with lettuces, mushrooms and sauteed brussels sprouts. I hate sprouts because when we were children, they were always cooked to within an inch of their lives. I ate one sprout.
Dog got a few selections from AL's beer menu. One of the owners of AL used to work at the Brewer's Art, so they know from beers. I got gin & tonics and Cat got wine, and then beer. For dinner, Dog got the turducken quesidilla, I had a Poe-boy sandwich with tenderloin tips and gorgonzola, and Cat had a half pound of shrimp. We split a piece of Key lime pie for dessert, but were all disappointed with it, because the condensed milk taste was a bit too heavy.
The tab for three, with drinks, but not tip was $92.00. Not too bad.


Anonymous said...

completely fair assesment- but you had 2 sprouts!!! and a lovely time was had by all.

roopa said...

I've been meaning to go there for some time now. Sounds like the food is just as good as their beer selection!

Pigtown-Design said...

One. I only ate one. I put the other one in my pocket, like I did when I was a child.

Xani said...

AL is also on my list of places to check out... the duck fries specifically!

crabapple said...

My husband and I went there a couple weeks ago...it was fabulous.

We both started with the soup, and I can't even describe how good the mushroom blue cheese soup was...and it was spicy. Yumm.

Everything else we had was wonderful, with the possible exception of dessert which was just good. And the people there were so friendly...we give it a huge thumbs up.

Marie Louise said...

Looks like a fab dinner. Makes me hungry just seeing your pics. Are you in Baltimore? I have friends there but haven't been down for some time. Will have to visit and check this place out!

Fifi Flowers said...

All I can say is YUMMMMMMMMMM!

Corey said...

The staff there is amazing, the food is also great. Especially the soups. I live a couple blocks away and used to head there all the time before it got so busy. It's a great local place!