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Nice dinner between Baltimore and DC

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My husband and I will be meeting friends who live near Baltimore. We live in Chevy Chase. Can anyone suggest a Saturday night dinner restaurant somewhere in between. Is there anything good in or near Columbia? Thanks.

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  1. Cafe de Paris. French Bistro food, reasonably priced, right near 100 and 95.


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    1. re: JonParker

      I agree with JonParker - Cafe de Paris is in Columbia and definitely a perfect in between location for you all to meet.

      Other restaurants in the Columbia area for you all to consider are:

      - Iron Bridge Wine Co.
      - Victoria Gastro Pub

    2. Jordan's Steakhouse in Ellicott City is very good. There is also a few options in a new development called Maple Lawn:

      1. Tersiguels in Ellicott City is also great (and also French...)


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        1. re: Rosco1

          I went to the OZ chophouse in Maple lawn and was pleasantly surprised. they also have a few other restaurants in the area that are supposed to be good, trapeze? and ranazul? its actually more in the middle than Columbia.

        2. Iron Bridge Wine Company. It's great food, great atmosphere.


          1. Right off 95 is the beautiful, historic Elkridge Furnace Inn. I've never had dinner there but have had very good experiences at wedding receptions and afternoon tea. http://www.elkridgefurnaceinn.com/abo...

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            1. re: BlueSwimmer

              Dined at Elkridge Furnace Inn years ago and it was quite lovely, but I believe that it would be a bit out of way, not halfway. You'd be best to consider the options in Columbia/Ellicott City or Maple Lawn. Tersiguels and Jordans are very good. Haven't as yet been to OZ Chophouse or Iron Bridge Wine Company. Many CHer's recommend Cafe de Paris. (Columbia area).

              By the way, no one speaks of King's Contrivance in Columbia. Haven't dined there in over ten years. Is it an 'Old cow?" FoiGras

            2. Start with Iron Bridge Wine Company, Trapeze, oZ Chophouse or Ranazul because they're good and easy access off Rte 29.

              Iron Bridge is on Rte 108. The others are in Fulton just off Rte 29. That is the Maple Lawn development mentioned by "Bmar." They're classy places, and you can get reservations at anywhere except Iron Bridge.

              If you want to explore more, try Mango Grove or An Loi Pho in Columbia. They're a few turns from Rte 29, but very close. Mango Grove is excellent Indian food. Try the masala dosa. An Loi is a small, casual Vietnamese place, but excellent food. Try the salted plum soda and/or the "French" coffee.

              There is more here: http://howchow.blogspot.com/2008/06/p... OR http://howchow.blogspot.com/2008/05/m... OR http://howchow.blogspot.com/search/la...

              OZ Chophouse
              8191 Maple Lawn Blvd, Suite A, Fulton, MD 20759

              8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, MD

              Iron Bridge Wine Co
              10435 State Route 108, Columbia, MD 21044

              8171 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, MD 20759

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              1. re: HowChowBlog

                On Aug 4, Iron Bridge will now be accepting reservations.

                1. re: Sop

                  Thanks for the info--now I will give it a try. Although, I was planning to go about 5:30 on a weekday, figuring there wouldn't be a long wait. But, RESERVATIONS! YES!. FoiGras