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sweetpotater Jul 29, 2007 09:17 AM

Yeah, really.

My brother is touring with one of the bands on the Virgin Festival and wants to break away for a birthday dinner. Any suggestions? He loves eating just about anything, and would love a nice meal (either bustling or relaxing), but he won't be dressed up and it has to be a place open Sunday. It doesn't have to be right near Pimlico (what is?) but can't be too far of a schlep.

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    jes Jul 29, 2007 11:16 AM

    Not fancy or really "celebratory" but a GREAT mexican restaurant is Mari Luna on Reisterstown Rd. at the corner of Seven Mile. BYOB and delicious.

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    Mari Luna's Mexican Grill
    102 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208

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      tartuffe Jul 29, 2007 12:06 PM

      The best resto in the area (and one of the best in B-more) is Linwood's, which I believe is open on Sundays (altho their website does not say).. Exc food, great atmosphere good service

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        jes Jul 29, 2007 12:17 PM

        I wasn't very impressed by Linwoods. Here's my review

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417594

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        Whitemarshjohn Jul 29, 2007 12:47 PM

        It's not very close to Pimlico (it's actually in Little Italy), but Amicci's (410-528-1096) is open on Sundays. Good Italian food for a modest price. Szechuan House (410-825-8181) is in Lutherville - they're open Sunday. I haven't been there in years, but they say their food is very good and it's moderately priced. Orchard Market (410 339-7700) is open on Sunday too. They're on Joppa Road in Towson. Dinner for 2 should run around $70+ - It's Iranian food. They're food is very good.

        1. foster Jul 29, 2007 04:01 PM

          How about Brewers Art? They serve dinner til 9 and a lot of light fare until 11. You donmt have to dress up - especially downstairs.

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            Whitemarshjohn Jul 29, 2007 04:08 PM

            I am not the origional poster, but I'm considering making a reservation at The Brewers Art in the very near future - possibly next weekend. I've never been there. Can you dress casually in the Fine Dining section of Brewer's Art or will I feel underdressed? Anything you recomend on the menu?

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              PaulaG Jul 29, 2007 08:53 PM

              I agree that Brewer's Art is a good idea. The menu changes seasonally, so it's tough to recommend a dish unless you've been there recently. A few things that don't change are the caesar salad (one of Baltimore's best, I think) and the steak frites. The rosemary garlic fries are awesome, and I've ordered them as an appetizer in the main dining room even though they're on the bar menu.

              As far as "dress casually" goes, I'd recommend "upscale casual"--not a t-shirt and old Levi's but maybe a button-down and some "nicer" jeans. I usually see a mix of styles there.

              Not to mention that the beers rock! Especially the Resurrection Ale...

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                aussiewonder Aug 1, 2007 04:05 PM

                I think the beauty of many places in midtown, and the Brewers Art in particular, is that you can sit there in a prom dress or tux and be seated next to a party wearing thier most worn in jeans and fav old t-shirt and nobody really cares. Brewer's caters to the big student (aka: individual and uniquely dressed MICA kids, preppy Hopkins crowd, diverse UB crowd) population as well as the non-profits and literary publications of Baltimore that are around them. As long as your comfortable in what you're wearing, no one is really going to notice. I've never thought of it as that kind of place.
                That's why the bar scene, both up and down is such a fantastic people-watching spot, it takes all sorts who are wooed by good beer :)

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              pamd Jul 29, 2007 05:33 PM

              If you want to travel into downtown, there are many options (Steakhouses or Little Italy), and it's really not that far (there is also a Ruths Chris in Pikesville which is not too far if he likes that). For something close, could try McCabes in Hampden. It's not fancy though- not sure how nice you're looking.

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                Denise Jul 29, 2007 05:45 PM

                Petit Louis is probably three miles away. Not sure it's what you are looking for, but it is the closest nice restaurant I can think of.

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                  sweetpotater Jul 30, 2007 05:24 AM

                  Ah, that's a good idea. I love Petit Louis. I don't want to come back downtown (where I live).

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                  Robearjr Jul 29, 2007 06:26 PM

                  Donna's at Cross Keys, Mount Washington Tavern and Ethel and Ramone's are all about two miles away.

                  Donna's at Cross Keys will be more relaxed but at the same time sophisticated. The food is Tuscan inspired, and it is on the light side.

                  Mount Washington Tavern is a good bet if your looking to do some drinking. They do a pretty good prime rib.

                  Ethel and Ramone's is a unique little creole place in a small house. They don't have a lot of tables, so you may need to call ahead.

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                    ericaw Jul 31, 2007 11:29 AM

                    Mt. Washington Tavern is a fun place. Also Crepe Du Jour is in Mt. Washington.

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                      JonParker Jul 31, 2007 11:57 AM

                      There's no way I'd recommend either of those. Mt. Washington Tavern is just bad, while Crepe du Jour is merely acceptable.

                      Agree with the first response -- Mari Luna is awesome.

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                        pamd Jul 31, 2007 02:03 PM

                        I agree- I would not go to Mt Wash for a birthday- or any dinner actually. I like it for the location if you want to meet people for a beer.

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                      gore Jul 31, 2007 11:49 AM

                      I think that the first reply was the best -- Mari Luna is where I'd want to go if I was touring with one of the bands at the Virgin Festival and needed to break away for a v. good meal without having to worry about dressing up, busting my friends' wallets, etc.

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                        frites Jul 31, 2007 12:37 PM

                        slightly ot but what band?

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                          sweetpotater Jul 31, 2007 06:45 PM

                          Matisyahu. As for busting wallets, I've never known my brother to care, once he knows I'm paying!

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                          elegantelliot Jul 31, 2007 02:48 PM

                          mari luna is good food, but i would hardly call it a "nice dinner". unfortunately i dont have any better suggestions.

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                            ericaw Aug 1, 2007 12:20 PM

                            You could do Taste or Zen West over at Belvedere Square. That's not far at all.

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                              bordeauxfan Aug 1, 2007 01:05 PM

                              Sorry -- I'd skip both of the above recs and head to Petit Louis on Roland Avenue for semi-casual but professional French brasserie fare. Also I hear their Sunday brunch is worthwhile.

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                                toro head Aug 1, 2007 01:57 PM

                                I would never do Taste or Zen West. IMO, both are well below average and Taste is waaay overpriced. Petit Louis is a great rec.

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                                travelbuff Aug 2, 2007 08:34 PM

                                Please don't ever go to Donna's. Except for a couple of items, that place just plain sucks. Ethel and Ramone's has been good the couple of times I've been there, and the people are really nice. They have huge steaks.

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