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Vinous Table: Lorne – Meal Kit Dinner

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

Overall, Lorne’s meal kit was a great success, even more than expected. Not only did the meal kit break up the stultifying routine of lockdown, but I was doing a tiny bit to help an industry inextricably linked to mine.

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Vinous Table: New Year Lockdown

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2021

Surviving until the end of this wretched year felt like something worth celebrating, so we decided upon a Japanese-themed evening. Given that we were isolating in Guildford rather than Tokyo, we had to make some compromises on the food front.

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Vinous Table: Sunday Night Supper Club

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2020

After tasting hundreds of wines over the week, it was nice to spend some time with a few bottles and my closest inner circle, watch a little NFL football and forget about all the stresses of 2020, even if just for a little while.


Vinous Table: Grouse Club – Fourth Edition, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Nov 2020

Upholding the tradition of a proper lunch with all its bells and whistles is the informally titled Grouse Club, formed for no reason but to share the titular game bird after the Glorious Twelfth.

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Vinous Table: Pizza and The Original Hamburger in New Haven, CT

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Josh Raynolds, Nov 2020

I was recently passing through New Haven, outside the always hectic lunch and dinner hours, so made the not-difficult call to stop in Modern and also to swing into Louis’ Lunch, founded in 1895 and home of what many historians believe is the world’s original hamburger. As usual, both quick snacks were sublime, both for the food and the atmosphere.

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Vinous Table: Crabtowne USA, Glen Burnie, MD

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Josh Raynolds, Oct 2020

Readers visiting the D.C. or Baltimore area who love seafood and tradition owe it to themselves to hit a Maryland crab house or two. It’s a unique, timeless and comforting experience that I try to enjoy as often as possible.

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Vinous Table: St. John, Lodon, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Let’s put this on the record: St. John makes the best pies in the world. Don’t argue with me. Their pies are perfection. St. John is to pie what DRC is to Pinot Noir.

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Vinous Table: Endo At The Rotunda, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Endo At The Rotunda is the hottest ticket in town. Three friends already had reservations for the following fortnight when I visited in mid-February – word of mouth travels fast among epicures.

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Vinous Table: The Araki, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Don’t get me wrong: The Araki served a delicious meal and I must commend Lau for being chatty and personable when other sushi masters can either act imperious or ramble on so much that you feel you’re attending a lecture rather than dining out.

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Vinous Table: Elystan Street, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

Overall, I can understand exactly why Elystan Street has become a popular haunt for Chelsea residents.