|Judge's Bench wings by Kate|
But what did I miss? What is your advice?
The key hole in my knowledge is western Howard County. On a post last month, people left a great series of comments suggesting places from Frederick to Eldersburg to Mt. Airy. Just those comments include sushi, hot tandoori breads, nice Italian and pancakes. I'd love someone with expertise to email me about a guest post trying to collect their wisdom and suggestions.
HowChow's 2012 guide to Howard County -- "Welcome Home." Ten posts to prove there are dozens of places worth your time, that you can find great food all across the county. It's written for someone new to Howard County (maybe a link you send a friend thinking about moving here), but hopefully it's useful to anyone.
There were smaller holes as well. Robin asked on the HowChow Facebook page where people recommend for brunch. Anonymous asked for a souffle. Kate emeailed me that people need to try the wings at Judge's Bench in Ellicott City:
Some of the best wings I've ever eaten (and I'm a pretty tough judge of them ... They're what made me start eating meat again after 12 years as a vegetarian!) . . . My husband and I ordered a large and then got a small order because they're so good. Fries, also a great accompaniment!Sounds great. I haven't been, and I knew that I couldn't cover even everything that I have tried. After 10 posts, I still wanted to find a way to introduce Portalli's and Tersiguel's in a walking tour of downtown Ellicott City. I also tried not repeat some old posts that would still be useful -- like options for "Ice Cream On A Summer Night." How could I have written so much and never mentioned the world headquarters of Ann's House of Nuts?
If you want more, definitely look around on HowChow. Use the search box in the right column to see I wrote about what interests you. Use the "labels" that let you click and read all the posts about some cuisine, some restaurant, some market . . .
Also, check out other sources -- like Richard Gorelick's top choices, the Chowhound board, the Don Rockwell board, or even Yelp. I'm linked with a few dozen people on Yelp, and those friends are a place to start finding people who write about Howard County.
What else do you want to know? What else do you recommend?