Celebratory dinner for 2 in Baltimore
My boyfriend is fininshing his Masters Thesis next week and I'd like to take him somewhere to celebrate. We'd be going out the weekend after next most likely Saturday the 12th. I live in Mt. Vernon, he lives in Pikesville so pretty much anywhere Baltimore or nothern suburbs is okay. Any type of food (except for a seafood place) is okay. Good food is most important but I'd like the whole night to be special (service, ambiance, decor, etc.). No set budget, willing to splurge for a meal thats worth it. Ideally we'd like to go someplace neither of us has been before. Right now we're leaning towards Corks but open for any suggestions.
I don't know the exact atmosphere you want hip or romantic or anything, but Ixia is really good and they have a great drink list so it is a fun place to hang out and they have great food. It is probably a little more hip than romantic though.
If you want to stay in the Mt. Vernon area, I would strongly suggest The Brewer's Art. You've probably been there if you're in the area. It's casual but the food is certainly upscale.
If you're interested in Cork's, then check out my recent review. I was there last Wednesday. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395532
But, my strong recommendation is Charlestons. This is the place for special occasions. By far, it is the best restaurant in Baltimore. Been there several times. Never have been disappointed. Looked for flaws or mistakes or even just an off night, and have never found that. Service is impeccable--they treat you like royalty. The food is amazing. Intricate ingredients plus lovely presentation equals deliciousness all around. You can't go wrong with this choice.
I have to agree- if price isn't a concern, Charleston is by FAR the best restaurant in Baltimore. Incredible food, great service. Can't be beat.
I'd recommend Abacrombie. You can walk there from Mt. Vernon, and the food and service are first-rate. I thought it to be cozy and romantic. But the food! Divine.