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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.

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  1. 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!

    1. 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.


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      1. re: PaulaG

        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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. If you've hit most of the usual suspects in Baltimore, perhaps heading a little off the beaten path could be a consideration. Antrim 1844 is uber-fancy with a historic lean and every time I go there I'm reminded how much faster the trip is then I anticipate. If dad drives, you can drink at will! The meal always begins with cocktails prior to the seating - lovely.


              Along those same lines, I'm a big fan of Elkridge Furnace Inn. Again, this is fancy and won't deliver on the more hip tilt of Salt, Bicycle, Pazo, etc. although, it certainly fits a nice dinner out with dad.


              Terisguel's in historic Ellicott City is wonderful.


              FYI - I've heard Corks is moving into Abacrombie's space. Can't wait!

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              1. re: SGI

                If you're not stuck on being in the city, I agree with the rec of Tersiguel's. My husband took me there for my last birthday. It was wonderful. I did the prix fixe menu and was thrilled. They grow all of their own produce (at least during the summer).

                1. re: SGI

                  Cork's is staying where they are. A new team is opening something where abacrombie was and Jerry Pellegrino is a partner.

                2. Chamelon Cafe, Salt, or Timothy Dean's. I['ve only had lunch at the Dogwood but the dinner menu looks fantastastic. It's BYOB.

                  1. Haven't been in two years or so, but based on my last experience I'd suggest Charleston. It was quite wonderful.

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                    1. re: GregJ

                      i think that would fall under the cindy wolf enterprise

                    2. Been awhile siince I've eaten there but Pierpoints on Aliceanna Street in Fells Pt. sounds like it might meet your needs!!!

                      1. Thanks for all the suggestions...lots will go on the list for the future :) Although I think I am the only person on chowhound that doesn't like Peter's.

                        We ended up at at the Chameleon Cafe, which was really great. So nice to see actually seasonal items. I got the venison for my entree, which was fabulous, my favorite item of the night - I highly recommend it. Everyone else liked their meals as well. The service was really wonderful too.

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                        1. re: pigtowner

                          So good to hear that you had a nice meal (and happy birthday!) I sure wish that the Chameleon Cafe wasn't on the opposite side of town from me...

                          1. re: sistereurope

                            If you live in the SW Baltimore metro area, Chameleon is a pretty easy drive. Just head through either B'more tunnel and take either the Erdman Ave (I-895) or Moravia Road (I-95) exits into NE Baltimore City.