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Red Square Restaurant and Lounge

Phone:(410) 837-7733
Address:1023 N. Charles St.
The Belvedere
Baltimore, MD 21201

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By Gadi Dechter | Posted 7/12/2006

This cavernous new Russian eatery in the basement of Mount Vernonís Belvedere promotes itself as trendy spot for the local Russian community to eat, drink, and dance to live Russian and European pop music. If youíre not ready to commit to the full Russo-disco experience, the three-course $9.99 lunch special is a good introduction to the food--and the food is glorious. We opted to start with the cabbage salad, a beautifully tart bouquet of cabbage, cucumber, and carrots tossed in a tangy vinegar sauce that sopped up well in the black bread provided. The bread became more crucial as a soaking utensil for the Ukrainian borscht, a steaming bowl of beets broth swimming with potatoes and ever more cabbage. On our serverís recommendation we went with the tchebureki as the main course. The flat empanada-like fried dumpling was filled with a tasty filling of ground chicken and veal. This is comfort food that will be particularly welcome in winter, so hereís hoping Red Square weathers the new-restaurant acclimatization period. We want to try the potato vareniki next, as well as all those Georgian and Armenian beers behind the bar.

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