I finally made it to Del Merei Grille on Saturday night and LOVED it.
My parents were in town and we had planned to head up to Baltimore for the afternoon/evening, but the weather prevented us from doing that, so we stuck around. We got a very last minute reservation at the Del Merei (literally called at 7:40 and got an 8:00 seating) and rushed over there.
We started with an order of the Frickles and the Fried cheese. The Frickles were absolutely to die for! These paper thin dill pickles with the very slightest of batter are fried crisp and served with a tangy and salty dipping sauce. The fried cheese was also fabulous - real, fresh mozzarella dipped in a beer batter, fried crisp and served with a delicious tomato dipping sauce.
One house garden salad with the classic vinegarette dressing was enough for the table to munch on and feel we had gotten our veggie fix.
For our entrees, we had full variety. I had the tenderloin and it was perfectly tender and juicy. My husband devoured his grilled pork chop. My mother loved her cut of flank steak. And, my dad cleaned his plate of buffalo hanger steak. We also all ordered a different dipping sauce so we could try a variety. Our favorite was the teriyaki bacon. The peppercorn brandy was also quite good. The DMG sauce and the bernaise were both good too. For sides, the mashed potatoes "your way" were good, but could have been hotter when they got to the table. I also had to try the fresh cut fries and they were fantastic! My parents loved the grilled asparagus. And, my husband said the creamed spinach was second only to Emeril's (quite a compliment).
The food combined with a really nice atmosphere and excellent service make it so we think we will find ourselves becoming regulars at the Del Merei! I love finding places like this and especially when I can remember postings by other "Hounds" and know I am not going in blind!
I highly recommend the Del Merei Grille to my fellow Chowhounds!
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