Fancy birthday dinner - Baltimore
My dad is taking me out for my birthday next week and he's given me free reign to pick where I want to go. For some reason I can't come up with any ideas. I'd like to try something new (to me at least) and somewhere I wouldn't go on my own.
I've been to the whole Cindy Wolf enterprise, Salt, Nasu Blanco, Woodberry Kitchen, Corks, Bicycle, Ixia, Pazza Luna, Sotta Sopra, Blue Elephant...
I always wanted to try Abercrombie (sp?), but that's still closed. What other fancy restaurants are out there that I just have to try?? Anything goes pretty much except steak places, I'm just not that into steak.
It's not ultra fancy, but check out Peter's Inn (http://petersinn.com/) in Fells Pt. Their menu changes weekly and the food is wonderful. It's a small, cozy place, but definitely a treat.
I also like the Ambassador - definitely a more fancy place to eat, and the food is also great.
Two very different suggestions for you!
At the risk of sounding like their publicist, I can't say enough good things about Chameleon Cafe. The name is misleading; it makes me think of Southwestern cuisinewhen in reality it's New American with French techniques. I had my birthday dinner there last week.
Peter's is probably my favorite "go-to" place in Baltimore and we eat there pretty regularly...but I have to agree with the above post. If you haven't been to the Chameleon Cafe, I think it would be very worthy of your birthday celebration.
I also like the Bicycle but you've already been there...
Or...how about Timothy Dean's? Little more "fancy" French.
Boccacio or Aldo's in Little Italy are a bit more upscale than their neighbors.
If you are up for a ride out to Ellicott City there is Tersiguels or Cocoa Lane (there is a nice steak house out there, but you said you are not into that)
If you drive north, there is Oregon Grill or Milton Inn.
Brasserie Tatin near JHU is also a treat. The Spice Company in the Collanade hotel nearby is also becoming one of our favorite 'special occasion' places.
have you been to Aldo's in little italy? the beef carpacio is to die for as is the filet with foie gras. if you are a two top, ask to sit in the atrium. also request the complimentary homemade lemoncello after your meal. have it at the bar, & see if you can talk the bartender into showing you the wine cellar. this was my first experience there & i felt like a princess in a fairytale.
How about the Black Olive? The food is tasty and well prepared. I know people often pan it for poor service, but I've never had a problem. I've also recommended it to several people, and each time they've come back very happy.