Monday, November 28, 2016

Chicano Boy Taco Featured In Staunton News Leader

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A plate of Chicano Boy Taco deliciousness

Monday, November 21, 2016

Lobo Fell's Point

Earlier this month Phil and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a week in Ocean City, Maryland, soaking up some unseasonably warm weather and doing some surf fishing- and catching! Snapper blues were running and we caught enough to pan fry while we were there, and smoke once we returned home.

Our first stop on our vacation was to a restaurant where my youngest sister, Laura Flanagan, bartends: Lobo Fell's Point , an intimate raw bar with small plates in historic Fell's Point, Baltimore, MD. While helping us on the farm this summer, Laura told us about the cozy atmosphere, welcoming vibe and great food and drink from this relatively new restaurant. Owners Jamie and Pam Hubbard designed and renovated the space themselves, with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and copper accents, and an open kitchen. Executive Chef Dave Munyon offers a very appealing menu of charcuterie and other snacks, soups and salads, panini and sandwiches and a raw bar. Weeknight specials include pho and pasta nights. Laura's innovative cocktails feature housemade bitters and mixers, with a well- curated wine selection and wide selection of microbrews available as well. Phil and I couldn't wait to dine there.

Lobo Fell's Point

 My beautiful sister, bartender Laura Flanagan

 A tempting array of charcuterie, cheeses and housemade pickles

 Owner Jamie Hubbard started us off with a beautiful and generous selection of charcuterie, cheeses and housemade pickles. Since Laura had brought Chef Dave some of our green tomatoes she harvested this summer, I was especially eager to try his riff on green tomato pickles, spiked with Baltimore's favorite seasoning, Old Bay. They were fantastic and I'm stealing the idea next summer!

Shrimp, clams, lobster and oysters beckon from the raw bar

One of our goals for this trip was to eat as much seafood as possible, and Lobo was a great place to start. Their raw bar selection varies with the season, but lucky for us, oysters were featured and that's just what we were craving. Laura explained the provenance of each of the five types we sampled, with tastes ranging from sweet to briny, each such a unique expression of its watery habitat. Simply superb.

Oysters on the half shell from 5 different locations in Virginia and Maryland, with horseradish and housemade mignonettes

We were also keen on trying some of Chef Dave's "greatest hits": his smoked bluefish, and cheeseburger tartare. Bluefish lovers know how assertive its flavor can be, and smoking is one of the best ways to showcase that while toning it down with a kiss of flame. One bite and I was instantly transported to the beach, gulls diving in the surf for baitfish and my rod bent with a snapper blue- a  great portent for how we spent the rest of our vacation, as it turned out! And the cheeseburger tartare? Mouthwatering and brilliant, with a "Why didn't I think of that?" flavor.

Smoked bluefish with broccoli rabe, corn and tomato salad (left)
Cheeseburger tartare: Filet with cheddar, pickles, tomato and crostini (right)

Throughout our evening happy patrons streamed in around us, with Jamie, Pam and a congenial staff tending to their every need while Laura poured their favorite libations. Lobo really has the feel of that comfortable neighborhood watering hole that we all wish we had nearby. We had a wonderful time and it was the perfect start to our anniversary vacation. 

Thank you, Jamie, Pam, Chef Dave and Laura, for your gracious hospitality and generosity. We can't wait to return!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Chicano Boy Taco Is Now Open!

After months of frustrated desire, fans of Chef Justin Hershey's craveable tacos, burritos and more can finally rejoice: Chicano Boy Taco is now open!

Scenes from last night:

 Chicano Boy Taco's open kitchen and counter. Love that gleaming hood!

The bright, airy interior has bench seating and tables for dining in.

Ceiling fans and hanging plants accent the high exposed ceiling, and make the space seem even larger.

Killer guacamole, spicy salsa and chips are a must- have.

Chicano Boy Tacos's signature chicken, beef and pork tacos with housemade tortillas, delicious as always. 

Chef Justin Hershey, in the zone.

Phil and I had a great meal and a wonderful time, surrounded by friends and fans of one of the most talented and hardest working chefs we know. Congratulations, Justin- we're so proud of you!

For hours, location, menu and more you can visit Chicano Boy Taco's website here. Follow on Facebook  here .