DC/Baltimore Area Chowhounds:
Friends of ours, a recently married couple, are making the move down to Odenton, MD from Boston. We were thinking of buying them a gift certificate to a nice restaurant in the area as a going away present. We will need help to pick a suitable restaurant. They say that the town is also near DC and Annapolis, so those cities are options too.
Now about their tastes in food: somewhat adventurous, pretty urban, don't frequent chowhound boards but their tastes tend to be chowish. I know the Mrs. tends to like Thai, Vietmanese, and Indian food, the Mr. I think likes these plus brewpub restaurants with microbrews. They seem to like anything as long as it is good. What restaurant do you think they might frequent as residents of Odenton? I guess we are looking for a great, mid-priced place that is reliable in quality. Romantic wouldn't hurt.
Also, I was thinking about buying them a DC Zagat guide. I know that for the Boston edition, ratings can be suspect, but I find it to be good resource for addresses, phone #s, and to get a general sense if the restaurant is on the fine dining radar. Would you recommend a DC Zagat guide?
Thanks in advance for any help!