Went to Brewer's Art (1106 N. Charles Street in Baltimore) on Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary. It was the best mean I have had yet in Baltimore (and we have lived here 5 years!).
I started with the Chilled Spring Pea Soup with a Grilled Corn and Crab Salad. It was a beautiful green color with big lumps of crab. It tasted so fresh and spring-like, and the grilled corn was a nice contrast. My husband had the Caesar salad and pronounced it one of the best he's ever had, I think due to the great, Parmesan-y, peppery dressing and the Parmesan crisps.
For my entree, I got the pan-seared lamb loin (as recommended by our great waitress) with sweet pea and country ham stone grits, grilled radicchio and natural jus. I ordered the lamb cooked medium, and it came out perfectly done. The first bite I took nearly brought tears to my eyes and my husband laughed at my reaction - it was so delicious. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the side dishes, not because they weren't good, but because I wanted to concentrate on the lamb. Every time I took a bite I made my husband stop talking because I didn't think I could handle the sensory overload! Ha!
My husband had the steak frites. You should have seen the steak. It was about 2 inches thick and as big as my hand, and also perfectly cooked (medium, per his specifications). If I hadn't had the lamb I would have thought the steak was the most delicious, juicy, tender thing ever. The rosemary garlic fries were also done perfectly, crispy and flavorful.
Even after all that food we decided to have dessert (it was a special occasion, you know). I chose the chocolate cake made with Valrhona cocoa and drizzled with pistachio sauce. Hubby got the 'chocolate malt.' Mine was good, but sort of your typical molten-chocolate cake, or it might have been that I was too full to enjoy it thoroughly. The chocolate malt, however, was creamy and cool, a sort of thick, mousse-like consistency. It was served with a vanilla wafer cookie and a brandied cherry. I ended up eating most of his dessert, but he was fine with eating the cake.
After that great mean, we decided we had overlooked Brewer's Art for far too long! This will definitely be one of our new go-to restaurants for special occasions from now on!
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