Flavor a worldly inheritor to Midtown bars

January 1, 2016 - bbq set

Forget a giveaway peanuts from a space’s former days as Midtown Yacht Club and Midtown BBQ Brew. The shells on a building are gone. After all, they would demeanour out of place on a new restaurant’s discriminating timber floors. Flavor in Mount Vernon is many some-more worldly than that.

The stylish, complicated bistro, run by executive cook Julia Belton and her wife, Vanna, incorporates a aged — selected red-brick wall, wainscoting and forged timber grate — with a new. A elementary white-and-gray tone intrigue creates an ethereal feeling in a slight room, fronted by a bar with a dining area in a rear. The white faux-leather chairs, set around dim timber tables, are as plush as they look.

We walked into Flavor during a tail finish of a boisterous happy hour. The shrill conversations prevented a possess sermon during first, though a sound fast died down as a imbibers changed on to other dusk endeavors.

The menu focuses on shareable tiny plates and artistic cocktails such as peach-strawberry daiquiris done from internal fruit and lemosas, a citrusy turn on a informed champagne drink. The booze list facilities mostly California and Italian offerings with a curtsy to other regions. Several breeze and bottled beers are available.

The loose vicinity are a good approach to finish a workday or start a weekend. Our courteous server fast brought us a nominal tray of preserved cabbage, that was some-more tasty than it competence sound. When we devoured a contents, he offering to move another.

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But we were prepared for a initial dishes by then. The sharp Buffalo roasted cauliflower had all a zing of a namesake duck wings though with a flog of orange-sauced florets dotted with crumbled Gorgonzola.

There are purists who don’t wish anyone to disaster with a simple recipe for mac and cheese. Belton, a connoisseur of a Culinary Institute of America, isn’t one of those. And we’re blissful she isn’t. Otherwise, we’d skip out on her mini-casserole of macaroni thick with Gruyere and cheddar cheeses and glossed with sharp white truffle oil.

The roasted shrimp bisque was another success with sherry and cream enriching a sensuous broth. The charcuterie house isn’t as wealthy as some we’ve had, though these are tiny plates, we reminded ourselves. The plate centered on folds of glorious salami and prosciutto with a tiny rectangle of brie and rings of preserved red onions surrounded by crispy crostini.

Roasted beet salads keep display adult on menus. In this case, a garnet base unfeeling interconnected good with piquant arugula studded with chevre done from a divert of “happy goats” during Charlottetown Farm in Freeland and tossed with white balsamic vinaigrette.

Our dish did not follow a standard appetizer-entree format. The kitchen follows a lead of many tapas restaurants, delivering dishes as they are prepared. As sundry as any of a choices were, a flavors melded in a approach that didn’t matter if a beef came before a soup.

The 3 lamb chops, seasoned with rosemary, thyme and garlic, arrived early on. Stacked like a winning label hand, a proposal chops complacent on a reservoir of mellow roasted cauliflower puree. The beer-braised pig tacos were packaged with tender patches of meat, orange coleslaw and preserved red onions in soothing flour tortillas. You can sequence dual or three. The former would have been fine. We finished adult holding a third one home for a nip a subsequent day.

Two beef sliders, done with beef from Stoney Point Farm Market in circuitously Littlestown, Pa., were fat, luscious patties layered with cheddar, lettuce, house-made pickles and a sour roasted garlic aioli. Dense potato rolls housed a mini burgers for another delicious, stuffing portion.

One of a biggest surprises was a grilled calamari, usually since we didn’t compensate courtesy to a “over grilled romaine” in a menu description. In this preparation, a somewhat charred rings of honeyed squid were mislaid in a cascade of kaleidoscopic lettuce and didn’t minister anything conspicuous to a salad.

Two desserts were accessible on a visit. The spirit pudding wasn’t a standard pudding in a bowl. The 3 wet brownies were graphic squares showered with powdered sugarine and laced with chocolate sauce. They were all a cake-like favorite should be. We gobbled them up. A comfortable cinnamon bun was slimey and strenuously fragrant. It was a feel-good finish to a dish aromatic with particular flavors.

The owners did not wish to be pigeonholed into any specific form of cuisine for their restaurant. “American cooking is a melting pot,” Vanna Belton said. “The name Flavor allows us to change a menu.”

The reasonably named bistro is a acquire further to a renouned informative district and one of a city’s oldest neighborhoods. Better to leave a peanuts to a area squirrels than to a dining establishments.

Flavor

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

Where: 15 E. Centre St., Mount Vernon

Contact: 443-563-2279, flavorbaltimore.com

Open: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays by Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday brunch

Prices: Snacks, $8 to $11; tiny plates, $6 to $18.

Food: New American tiny plates

Noise/TVs: Very shrill during happy hour, quiets extremely when it ends during 7 p.m.; dual TVs during a bar.

Service: Friendly and professional

Parking: Metered travel parking

Special diets: Can be accommodated.

Reservation policy: Reservations are accepted.

[Key: Superlative: ✭✭✭✭✭; Excellent: ✭✭✭✭; Very good: ✭✭✭; Good: ✭✭; Promising: ✭.]

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