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Ideas for birthday dining in Columbia/Ellicott City?

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gritshunter Feb 18, 2007 01:24 PM

We're looking for a nice spot for an adult family birthday dinner (about 10 people) in the Columbia/Ellicott City area. Any ideas?

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    jes RE: gritshunter Feb 18, 2007 02:12 PM

    Ellicott City Brew Pub. Not fancy but can be a good time. They have tables upstairs that can easily seat that a group that size.

    1. pagoda girl RE: gritshunter Feb 18, 2007 02:25 PM

      Aida in Columbia has really nice Italian food - the family that runs it is very friendly, and the food is better than any I've had in Little Italy. They recently changed to add a wine bar section & usually have good wines availible by the glass - but the prices went up a bit with that change.
      www.aidabistro.com

      1. JonParker RE: gritshunter Feb 18, 2007 02:32 PM

        Expensive: Tersiguel's or Jordan's Steakhouse

        Moderate: Cafe de Paris of Sushi King (or Sushi Sono)

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          elgringoviejo RE: JonParker Feb 19, 2007 08:05 AM

          Cafe de Paris.

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          JAC13 RE: gritshunter Feb 18, 2007 06:39 PM

          The Iron Bridge Wine Company is a great restaurant/wine bar and one of the only non-chain restaurants in the area. I second Sushi King as well. If you are willing to venture to Laurel, there is a great Italian restaurant called Pasta Plus- it is a storefront and doesn't look like much from the outside but it is delicious and reasonably priced (it was even featured on the food network).

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            artcampb RE: gritshunter Feb 19, 2007 08:22 AM

            I highly recommend Cafe de Paris in Columbia as an excellent setting with good food and service for your birthday dinner. I like the Iron Bridge Wine Company also but they tend to seve small portions. Sushi King is my favorite in the area for sushi if that is your interest. Tersiguel's is excellent for authentic French food in the classy setting of an old house with excellent service but the food is both good and rich.

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              foodcheck RE: gritshunter Feb 19, 2007 10:04 AM

              Only ate there once, but I thought Tersiguel's ambience (nice, romantic) an service was better than the food (decent).
              The Brew Pub across the street looked like fun.
              My opinion: Depends on the ages of the birthday boy/girl and attendees - Tersiguel's for women, especially those over 50 not on a budget, Brew Pub for others.
              (Never ate at the Cafe de Paris, but sounds good.)

              1. BmoreHound RE: gritshunter Feb 19, 2007 01:21 PM

                I'm surprised that no one's mentioned the Rooster Cafe -- is that because it closed? This review seems to have been published last month, so hopefully not: http://mdnightlife.com/maryland_event...

                Very very well prepared french food, organic ingredients. The sauces and flavours were (at least when I had been going) somewhat subtle, but everything is cooked superbly.

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