Hubby and I decided to dine at VIN in Towson on a lark this past Saturday. I expected crowds due to the nearness of Valentine's day, but OpenTable provided us easy access to a table at prime dinner hour only hours before.
We were seated by a hostess who was far from professional and very young- and did not offer to take our coats nor help to pull the table away from the banquet. And awkward start to the meal... Then greeted by our server who was surprisingly candid about the menu (lobster thermador isn't worth the $48 price, in his opinion) and his recommendations. Strangely, as he recited the evenings specials to us, it was followed by the price in 'bucks', "Tonight's something-something appetizer is fifteen bucks." We shared a beef carpaccio which was ok, and each had a salad- my beet salad was just the right balance of sweet and tart- goat cheese, walnut, cider vinegar- just excellent. Hubby had a good looking salad with blue cheese and nuts and enjoyed it completely. At the recommendation of the server (and my sister) I ordered the bronzini fish which was outstanding. Light and cooked to perfection, served head and tail on (though there was an option without) and I would recommend that anyone dining there. Hubby ordered hanger steak and he must have been pleased because he ate most of it.
While I am very complimentary of the food, I must say that the service was strange. Not that I'm expecting formality at VIN, but the young, casual attitude was not something I expected given the prices they charge. The chef could get his name off the flat screen TVs in the bar and put up some more welcoming message, but hey, there is no accounting for ego.
I've heard they have outdoor patio dining in the summer- is there a lighter menu to go with the al-fresco atmosphere? Maybe I could stomach the chummy waiter if it was outdoors?