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Need Baltimore Rec for Monday night dinner

pigtowner Dec 1, 2008 10:07 AM

I always forget how many restaurants are closed on Monday nights. I'm planning a dinner for 6 for next Monday and was thinking of the Bicycle or Ixia, but both are closed on Mondays. For some reason I'm blanking on other options of similar deliciousness and price range. I'd prefer to stay downtown, but I guess we could go north if I can't come up with something.

Any ideas?

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    pigtowner Dec 3, 2008 04:29 PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    I think we're going to go with Corks, which I haven't been to since the make-over.

    Next time Woodberry Kitchen or Dogwood!

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    1. re: pigtowner
      pigtowner Dec 9, 2008 10:01 AM

      We ate at Corks last night. It was really fantastic. I hadn't been since the re-model and it was so much nicer looking inside.

      The menu was a great mix of low and high priced items I thought. We got two of the fondues, which were delicious. We got the bison meatballs and mushrooms for dipping. The meatballs had fantastic flavor, the mushrooms I thought were pretty boring. The only problem with the fondues, was that they don't have a little light under them, so they got cool and too solid for dipping before we were finished eating them.

      We got a mix of main courses. Two salads: the shrimp, which was very good but standard and the caesar, which was really quite good and to my little sister who orders caesar salad at every restaurant - the best she's ever had. A sandwich - the BLT, I didn't try, but the fries that came with it were great. Two regular entrees - a duck breast special, which was very good and perfectly cooked, but I didn't like the lentils that came on the side and the braised beef on the menu, probably my favorite of all the dinners that came with wonderful mashed sweet potatoes.

      Desserts were pretty standard. Creme brulee and chocolate mousse that I can make better. Very good apple cinnamon bread pudding.

      Our server was great. The overall experience was very good except for the very large table of women next to us who were cackling all night. Is it every alright for restaurants to tell a table to please hush up?

      Thanks for the rec!

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      hotel Dec 2, 2008 04:30 AM

      I would second Woodberry Kitchen or Corks. I was slightly let down by Dogwood's atmosphere two weeks ago. My wife and I were the youngest people there by 35 - 45 years... easily. It looked like an early bird special seating but our reservation was at 8:30. Nothing against senior citizens, but I was expecting a fun environment to go with their inventive dishes (which were excellent, and fairly priced). I actually asked the hostess in a round about manner if the crowd was always in this age group, and she said it was typical.

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      1. re: hotel
        pmody Dec 2, 2008 05:56 PM

        Hm... I'm 24, and I didn't get that impression at all. But, to each their own.

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        LGood Dec 1, 2008 10:11 PM

        The Wine Market runs good specials on Mondays. They call it neighborhood night, but you don't have to live in the 'hood to get the discounts.

        1. Treva Dec 1, 2008 06:01 PM

          Salt Tavern on Pratt Street near Patterson Park. Easily accessible from downtown. Cozy and inviting ambience. Attentive staff. The foie gras and kobe beef sliders are unforgettably sublime. I've heard good things about the Lamb Stroganaff. The entire menu appeals.

          2127 E Pratt St Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21231

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            charmedgirl Dec 1, 2008 05:52 PM

            All open Mondays:

            Kali's Court or Mezze
            Sotto Sopra
            The Helmand

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              Hue Dec 1, 2008 01:05 PM

              Samos and Ikaros in are both open Monday

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              1. re: Hue
                crowsonguy Dec 1, 2008 03:08 PM

                It sounds like what Pigtowner is looking for is somewhat classy, modern, but not ultra expensive. I think Woodberry Kitchen fits the bill. I know it's north of downtown, but if you go up I 83 to the Falls Road exit, it won't take long, and you'll be rewarded with good food in a pleasant, rehabbed place.

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                maddogg280 Dec 1, 2008 12:16 PM

                Lots of places in Little Italy are open on Mondays. Opentable.com could save you lots of time on this research.

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                  pmody Dec 1, 2008 10:47 AM

                  If you're willing to go to Hampden, then I'd recommend Dogwood. They have a gnocchi special on Mondays.

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