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Aloha Hibachi Grill

Address:1218 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/25/2009

Tucked beside the downstairs bar of Aloha Sushi on Charles Street is a little grill offering dishes such as teriyaki from Japan, gal-bi from Korea, and, um, fried chicken because it's Baltimore and carryouts here always have fried chicken. But what made us most excited on our trip to this nondescript little establishment was a picture behind the bar of bibimbap plastered with a sticker that read "new!" Bibimbap is one of the world's most perfect foods, and being able to stuff our face with it in the heart of Mount Vernon made us very happy indeed. And the price ($6.99) was right. What we got in our Styrofoam container, though, failed to excite. The veggies were fine, but the ground meat served with it was flavorless. Fortunately, anything covered in sriracha sauce is going to be pretty damn good, and the bibimbap here comes with plenty. The spicy barbecue pork ($6.99) was similarly underwhelming. The pork, which was marinated in some sort of sesame/ginger concoction, was unevenly cooked, so while the tender pieces were really enjoyably--sweet, spicy, and a little crisp on the edges--the over-grilled pieces were a chore to eat. Overall, Aloha's grill is serviceable, but not exciting.

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