Hey Balto Hounds,
I've been living in Central Asia for nearly 6 months and this site is where I come when I need a taste of "home." :)
I am now counting the days to my return to Baltimore. Since it's going to be my first meal in an industrialized country since my departure, I am already dreaming about gourmet meals, good service, great wine, and my man at my side.
So where should I go on my first night back?
Guidelines: Anything goes, and price is not a consideration. We can do Balto city proper or 'Burbs. I would prefer romantic, but food is the most important consideration.
Our favorites include Trattoria Alberto (it was my last meal out before I left), Abacrombie, Timothy Dean's, Zodiac, Helmand, Kali's Mezze, Red Fish, Minato. Our first date was at John Stevens (back when it was good). We love seafood especially, but will eat anything.
I'm wavering between trying someplace I've never been to (a la Cinghale or Charleston or Louisiana) or going back to an old, comfortable favorite. Then I considering doing something uber-Baltimore, like Mr. Bill's for crabs and beer in a plastic cup.....And I haven't had a dirty martini in ages, so a place that makes a mean one would be welcome.
As a former waitress, crappy service makes me crazy while servers in the weeds make me anxious. So please consider places where the service should not be an issue for me. I fly in on a Friday night, so it's going to be a Saturday or Sunday night dinner, depending on how well/how poorly I deal with jet lag.
My conundrum is that I have too many choices, and am not entirely sure what I am going to want. So I could really use your help in making my first meal back a happy, memorable, and special one.
Looking forward to hearing your recommendations! TIA for sharing your Chow-pertise.