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Baltimore B-day Dinner

jes Nov 27, 2006 11:23 PM

Wednesday is my birthday and were going out to celebrate. It's just gonna be two of us. Want somewhere nice but not expensive. I'm out of ideas.

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    pamd Nov 27, 2006 11:28 PM

    Henningers in Fells Point or Pazo

    1. JonParker Nov 28, 2006 11:50 AM

      Saffron in Mt. Vernon.

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      1. re: JonParker
        Lowbar Nov 29, 2006 04:43 AM

        This raises the question of what the OP considers expensive? I would consider Saffron expensive and a special occasion sort of place, but someone of greater means with a world of fine dining at his/her disposal would likely find it a bargain. As a frame of reference, I spent $275 on party of four on a recent visit...4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 2 bottles of wine in the $35 range, 1 dessert, tax and tip. From what I recall, the appetizers were around $10 each, the entrees $25-$30, and the dessert (skip it) around $8. The wild rockfish dish was great but would have been better without the potatos straws.

        1. re: Lowbar
          JonParker Nov 29, 2006 11:22 AM

          I am definitely not someone of greater means with a world of fine dining at my disposal at all. Saffron had at least three entrees under $20 on my last visit, appetizers from $8 to 12. Yes, it's possible to blow a lot of money there, but it's also possible to eat very reasonably. Even your $275 is under $70 a person, and if we subtract the wine it's closer to $50. I consider that very reasonable for a better than decent dining experience. It's possible to spend a whole lot more for food that's a whole lot worse.

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        tartuffe Nov 28, 2006 06:49 PM

        Pazo definitely; could also try La Tavola in Little Italy--less noisy but not as nice a room.

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          maddogg280 Nov 28, 2006 09:01 PM

          Lots of places have half priced wine on wednesday nights. Taste restaurant in the Belevedere Square offers that- and they have a "light side" menu in their lounge which is also light on price. Happy birthday to you!

          1. ko1 Nov 28, 2006 11:48 PM

            Chameleon Cafe on Harford Rd. The most bang for your buck in B-more. Check out the menu. http://thechameleoncafe.com/
            I think Wednesdays are 1/2 price wine nights.

            1. Lowbar Nov 29, 2006 04:31 AM

              I asked a similar question about a year ago and after many helpful responses I decided somehow on Birches. Unfortunately I fell ill and never made it. So I will go ahead and recommend adding Birches to your short list and hope you don't suffer the same fate as I did.

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