Wednesday, December 07 2011 18:42

Meet 27: New Neighborhood Spot Offers Choices for All

By  John Cullen with Marty Shayt

Visiting Meet 27 for the first time had us trying to make sense of a brightly lit "Sweet Sin Bakery" sign curiously perched hanging over the main entrance to the restaurant on the corner of Howard and 27th (turns out the bakery is next door and is operated by the wife of one of Meet 27's owners). Inside the entrance, a handsome long bar lit by chandeliers stood empty (Meet 27 is BYOB as a result of a year-plus long effort from some neighbors to block a liquor license).

 

Up a half flight of stairs, a large dining room overlooking the bar is eye catching with colorful wall murals done by local MICA students, hand-crafted rustic tables (incorporating pallets from the local Federal Reserve office) and a pleasantly diverse mix of customers.

The menu offers an eclectic mix of Indian/Asian, Caribbean, and basic American with a half dozen appetizers ($5-8), eight entrees ($14-21) and five burger variations ($11-$12; beef or veggie choices and come with sweet potato fries). We decided to start by splitting the vegetable fritters appetizer ($6). Marty decided to try a basic burger while John was taken by pork vindaloo, an Indian mainstay usually made with lamb ($14).

The five fritters reminded us of pakora; a gently spiced chickpea fried shell was filled with minced eggplant, potato, and spinach, which were nicely complemented by tamarind and mint sauces (the tamarind was particularly good). Marty's eyes grew wide spying his veritable burger fantasy—a huge burger, well done (as requested), and smothered in fried onions next to a tall pile of his favorite sweet potato fries. John's vindaloo made an unexpectedly artful presentation: a heaping bowl of pork in a deliciously spicy sauce next to sautéed beets, spinach, and carrots arranged thoughtfully over a mound of rice.

Appetizer and entrees won our unqualified thumbs up! They were so good that we decided to try a vegan chocolate mousse with berries and orange sauce ($6). Regretfully, lacking any chocolate flavor and with just two small berries and a smidgen of bland orange sauce, the dessert seemed an unsatisfying mistake and left us wary of trying other vegan desserts.

On the way out, Marty spotted a couple of friends who praised their generous hummus plate appetizer, which did look wonderful (a large entrée salad at another table also caught John's eye). Marty's friend said that he loved the burgers.

Meet 27 impressed us with its friendly staff and pleasant casual atmosphere. We were impressed by "thumbs-up" level appetizers and entrees (if not the desserts…) and we're looking forward to returning and getting to sample more menu items that we have yet to try!

 

MEET 27
127 W. 27th St. (Charles Village)
410.585.8121 • Meet27.com
Sun–Thurs: 4-10pm • Fri & Sat: 4-11pm
BYOB • Vegan & gluten-free options

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