Hubby and I have attempted to broaden our dining out horizons and deliver ourselves from our comfort zone of eating at restaurants that we frequent.
Previously I wrote about our experience at Woodberry Kitchen. My other-half was totally under-whelmed. I wasn't as enthusiastic as I had anticipated, but must say, the chicken liver "pate" was out of this world--more mousse like, creamy, ethereal velvet.
Then, recently we tried Catonsville Gourmet on a Sunday evening and was quite pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, service, atmosphere. The salads were exceptionally fresh. My dinner came with a salad and fresh fruit which was a nice addition. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
Our next newest addition was the Dogwood Cafe. We were seated at a tiny table in a corner bumped up against a wall. We were early, 5p.m. or so. We should have requested a more comfortable table. We ordered drinks. My Merlot was good, but priced a bit high considering I order the particular wine at a much higher end restaurant and the price point is more acceptable. My husband's iced tea tasted like dishwater. Certain herbal teas DO NOT go well with ice and should remain hot and brewed.
The green salad was large but non inspired. Just greens, no onions, fruit, tomatoes. Albeit the balsamic infused dressing was good.
The in-house bread was without taste, as the mango butter.
My sweetbread special was disappointing on account of the fact that the acorn squash that the sweetbreads were served upon was very undercooked. The sweetbreads themselves were excellent. The other "stuff" that was on the squash was nothing to write home about. I don't even remember what the other ingredients composed the meal were.
Now, there are a few other restaurants we want to try, but are now a bit gun shy. We are going to spend the rest of this year, hopefully, dining out at our regular stand-bys--Prime Rib, Oregon Grill, Sunset, Sotto Sopra, Tio Pepe's, Tabrizi's, Flemings, etc.
Perhaps we will revive ourselves and delve into the new year with a reprised attitude. I want to try Tapas Adela, Milan, Alizee, Peerce's Grill and Chameleon. Oh, and we have yet to dine at Jack's Bistro and Mama's on the Half Shell.
Am interested in any and all opinions. Dining out always presents the position of right-time, right-place. I have dined at some of the most spectacularly restaurants in this country--some were fabulous, others quite underwhelming. But, I must confess, I could have just had a bad day or overly high expectations. Then again, I could have been thrilled because I dined without a preconceived attitude.
In any event--as I always say--"it's only food and one meal." Hope all of you Chowhounds have a festive Thanksgiving. Happily, I don't have to cook and clean up--going out to a family celebration. Bless all of you. FoiGras
3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224
829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228
Sotto Sopra Restaurant
405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD
500 Harborview Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230