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My mom and I went to the Inner Harbor (she lives in Essex & I was visiting her) on Saturday 9-26-09. The restaraunt is located in the Pavillion, which is like a miniature shopping mall with different unique & local stores. We went in & the restaraunt was so loud that the seating hostess & my mom had to yell at each other to be heard. They don't have benches or a waiting area. It was worth the wait though :). At the Cheesecake Factory, you can sit inside, outside, or outside in a tent-like area. There were no tables inside, so we sat in the tent-like area. We split the Shepherd's Pie (which was around $13). It was MASSIVE! The two of us couldn't finish it (although admitantly, we were saving room for dessert). It was the best shepherd's pie I've ever had. I couldn't figure out the seasoning blend, but it was a knock out. For dessert, my mom ordered Oreo cheesecake & I ordered the White Raspberry Truffle cheesecake-- both were amazing (and big)! The only complaint I have that took away the 5th star was the pigeons. Oh my gosh... They were everywhere. When we were first seated, I didn't see any. Then I saw some gray & black thing move down by the edge of the table-- I thought it was a rat & when I stood up, I noticed about 7 pigeons trutting around. To make matters worse, the morons at the other tables kept throwing pieces of bread to them. Ugh. They were everywhere & that's just unsanitary. When the waiter came out to take our dessert order, no lie, a pigeon flew just over my mom's head & its feet touched her hair. I know it touched her hair because there was a handful of hair that was messed up & pulled out of place afterwards. The look on her face was priceless as this nasty bird came charging at her head LOL.Well, the waiter immediately interjected with, "It didn't touch you! I saw it! It didn't touch you!" Was he afraid we'd complain to the manager or something? We weren't going to, but it DID fly into her hair & he quickly lied about that.
Last night, our family of 4 had a great meal at the new Turkish restaurant on York Road. We ordered three appetizers—the falafel, baba ganoush, and Turkish “cigars” filled with cheese. We loved them all as well as the fresh pita that accompanied the baba ganoush (and our one complaint—they didn’t give us nearly enough—but they were quick to bring more when we asked). The texture of the baba ganoush was chunkier than I’ve had before, which I loved, but my oldest son didn’t love it as much as a smoother dip. The falafels were much smaller than I’ve ever seen, but they too were delicious—soft, tender, and perfectly flavored. They were served with hummus that was also thicker than the hummus I usually eat, but good and flavorful. My youngest son thought the “cigars” were especially divine. It’s hard to go wrong with buttery phyllo dough around a creamy cheese filling! For entrees, we had one chicken kabob, two mixed platters (with chicken, beef, lamb, and meatballs), and one adana shish kebab, ground veal and lamb on skewers. The boys (my 2 sons and husband) all agreed the adana shish kebab was the absolute best. They described it as well-spiced, but not too spicy, and tender. I enjoyed the chicken—it was seasoned and cooked perfectly. I just wish that there was more of it (and the pieces themselves were on the small side)! Most of our plates were dominated by rice and vegetables—which were great too. At the end of the meal, the owner came over to introduce himself, ask about our experience, and offer our boys chocolate wafer bars. He seemed genuinely interested in ensuring customers are happy and was passionate about his restaurant. We certainly hope he succeeds. Although the dishes we had were the same in name to those we get at other places, they were distinctly Turkish style (and so delicious!). There is definitely a need in our City’s restaurant scene for a place like this, and hopefully other Baltimoreans will agree!
This is my favorite restaurant in all B'more. The food is delicious. They take care to satsisfy the customer and do not use MSG. The portions are huge and yet cheap! It is very, very, clean, a big plus in this city of dirty little restaurants. They have the best Chinese food from experienced mature cooks who actually make the spring rolls, eggrolls, wontons, and even prepare the Ribs appetizer with all homemade sauces, not just the same old canned stuff like others. If your friends don't all want Chinses or your kids want a hotdog, they have hotdogs, chicken nuggerts, french Fries, Wings, hamburgers, and steak and cheese, too. Everyone will be happy. Good service whether you eat there, get delivery, or carry out. Always a special like free soda or eggrolls with carry out and delivery orders if you order inough. They stay open late and they speak English very well. Go there, they will treat you good.