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Columbia MD area romantic lunch spot needed!

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I am from Baltimore but have been living in New Jersey for a decade. Thus, I'm out of touch with Balto area restaurants. I met someone very intriguing over the internet (he lives in D.C.) and we are planning to get together for a lunch date next week. Since I'll be visiting people in Balto, the Columbia MD area seemed like a good area to meet in. Laurel could also work... I anticipate that we will (I hope!) want to spend a long time over lunch, and to be in a place with very nice and comfy atmosphere, and of course good food. I seem to recall an elegant old place outside Columbia many many years ago; they had a fireplace, I think. (A fireplace would be nice!) Can chowhounds please come to my rescue with some suggestions? I promise to report back about the blind date and the food afterwards. :)

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  1. I think you're thinking of the King's Contrivance -- I was there once years ago for dinner and quite enjoyed it, but don't recall it well.

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    1. re: jill m

      There is a restaurant near Columbia in Elkridge near Balt. County called the Elkridge Furnace Inn, I worked there for over two years. It is located on Furnace Ave. off route 1. The menue is changed every week for dinner and every two weeks for lunch. Very romantic, good eclectic food and wine list. I recommend reservations for dinner.

    2. Columbia is restaurant hell. Nothing really shows much staying power except chains.

      Side Streets in Ellicott City is quaint and charming. I've only been there once for lunch quite some time ago, so I can't speak to the food, but the ambiance is probably close to what you're looking for.

      1. Tersiguel's in Ellicot City (www.Tersiguels.com) may have what you're looking for, although it is pretty pricey. It has a great reputation both for ambiance and food. It's also located in a historic district with antiques and other things to do. Finally, it's about halfway between Baltimore and Washington (slightly closer to Baltimore).

        1. I'll give a second vote to Tersiguel's in Ellicott City. (www.tersiguels.com) Wonderful French food, in a beautifully rennovated old home. It's right on Main St. in Ellicott City, and after lunch, it's a nice place for a stroll.

          Also in old Ellicott City is Cacao Lane. Several fireplaces there! It's a basically contemporary American food menu, but not boring.

          Good Luck with your date!