Baltimore Recs for Post-Graduation Dinner?
My husband is graduating from University of Baltimore in a few weeks, and I am looking for a restaurant for dinner after the ceremony for five people. We live near DC and I am not familiar with Baltimore--any recommendations for a moderate ( two $$) restaurant that is not too exotic? (His parents will also be there, visiting from the midwest, and they prefer more 'traditional' food.)
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I too am graduating from the U of Baltimore at the end of the month. I am taking my parents to little Italy as they love real italian. There are a few nice places within walking distance of the Lyric where the ceremony will be. Brewers Art is good and has a number of local and imported beers. Just across the street is NeoViccino, they are also American and have a very reasonable menu. Abacrombie is also very good and walking distance from campus. They all have websites and will come up when you google the names.
Gertrude's @ the Balto Museum of Art is always a good, safe bet. It's close to UB, has a great outdoor area or a very nice dinning room; parking is easy and there is a good variety on the menu from sandwiches and salads to MD Crabcakes, none of which is too 'exotic' while still being 'exotic'/innovative. It's reasonably priced and open for both lunch and dinner.
If the graduation is actually AT U of B, then I highly recommend Abacrombie. It's only a few blocks from the campus. Excellent "new American" cuisine. Small rotating menu but there's always a beef, chicken, pork/veal, and a few good seafood entrees. And the service is quite professional. Check out their website.
Where exactly is the graduation being held, what day and what time? Those could all influence our recommendations.
But, off the top of my mind, assuming it's at Univ of Baltimore, which is near Mt. Vernon, and if it's in the afternoon/early evening, you may want to check our The Brewer's Art. It's fairly relaxed but not overly casual. The food is moderately priced, and it's quite good. Try their home brewed beer, as well. My favorite is the Resurrection.
If you're looking for something a little bit more intricate, I would recommend Petit Louis. It's a French Bistro in Roland Park. Also, you could go to Pazo, its sister restaurant, which is a tapas place near Fells Point, close to downtown. This is a popular place for groups (but usually large groups).
A couple of my other favorites include The Bicycle in Federal Hill, Corks in Federal Hill, La Scala in Little Italy, and Birches in Canton.
All of the above-mentioned restaurants have web sites, which you can find through google. Hope this helps!