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Hopkins graduation 5/26&27

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  • elle Mar 27, 2010 12:58 PM
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Looking for recommendations for 2 fairly upscale dinners for a group of 6-8. Does not have to be in the immediate area as we'll have a car.. 2 of the party are vegetarians and two others do not like ethnic other than European. Thanks for all your help!

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  1. Woodberry Kitchen has a rustic but elegant setting, and great food. I think vegetarians would be happy there. It's not too far from the Homewood campus, if that's where you'll be.

    I don't know if Spanish tapas is too exotic for your traditionalists (it might be for some of my conservative relatives!), but Pazo near Fells Point is great and festive and has stuff to keep the veggies happy. They also have some group packages (dinner for 6, dinner for 12, etc) so you might be able to order in advance and see if they can make the selection more veggie friendly than it usually is.

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    Woodberry Kitchen
    2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

    Pazo Restaurant
    1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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    1. re: pomme de terre

      Woodberry sounds great and, yes, it's at Homewood. Sadly, tapas would be too exotic for the 80 somethings. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

    2. One good option near JHU is the Italian restaurant, La Famiglia. We've always enjoyed our meals there (my mouth still waters when I think about the tuna I had there).

      1. Elle- I recommend Petit Louis, not far from Homewood campus. The chef would likely put together special plates for your veggies in the group. La Familigia is nice, but the parking can be tricky. Tark's in Green Spring Station is also a nice alternative. Please take my suggestion- where ever you decide to go you should make reservations- JHU graduation tends to bring tons of people to the area, and many students do not think ahead to make arrangements. Congratulations on your graduation from a fellow alum!

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        Petit Louis
        4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

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        1. re: maddogg280

          All of the above suggestions are good ones, particularly Petit Louis. I must respectfully disagree on Tark's, which charges premium prices for food of only average quality. Places like P. Louis and Woodberry Kitchen are really cooking at a much higher level.

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          Petit Louis
          4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

          Woodberry Kitchen
          2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

          1. re: maddogg280

            La Famiglia has free valet parking. You can also park in the lot across the street, and the restaurant will validate your parking ticket so you don't have to pay there either.

          2. Petit Louis would be perfect and I can't think of a better place to be on a warm spring day than in Roland Park with all the leaves and flowers in bloom.

            Woodberry Kitchen is excellent but I find the portions to be a bit too small. While the older folks will certainly find food they enjoy at Woodberry Kitchen, the traditional French cooking of Petit Louis will be more endearing.

            If you are not familiar with Baltimore, finding Woodberry Kitchen will be tricky. It's only a few miles from Hopkins as the crow flies, but requires navigating through neighborhood streets and finding the road that goes under the Jones Falls expressway. Petit Louis is just a few minutes' drive up University Parkway (which automatically turns into Roland Avenue) from the Homewood campus.

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            Petit Louis
            4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

            Woodberry Kitchen
            2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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            1. re: Roland Parker

              Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. I'll get working on final decisions/reservations.

            2. When my d graduated from Hopkins a few years ago, we had a great time at Mama's on the Half Shell; Definitely not upscale but her friends who were going to more upscale were all jealous. Gram and Gramp had a great time and so did usually cranky brother. We don't know when we will be returning to Baltimore and it was a great way to say goodbye. They take reservations for larger parties

              1. Woodberry Kitchen, Cinghiale, Charleston...when I graduated we went to Oceanaire, which my 90 year old grandfather chose. I found the food at Oceanaire to not really be very daring, but still delicious.

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                Woodberry Kitchen
                2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

                Cinghiale
                822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                1. The other Chowhounder's have made suitable recommendations.

                  Since you are looking for somewhat upscale, then Charleston in downtown Baltimore would be an excellent choice (it may even be a bit too pricey for your specifications). Actually, it's quite "upscale." The restaurant can be very accommodating for specific dietary limitations.

                  As you don't have any limitations on a wee bit of travel, venture out to the Towson area (not very far from the JHU) and dine at Cafe Troia. A lovely restaurant--family owned and excellent Italian-type cuisine.

                  For a very lovely atmosphere and Mediterrean -type cuisine, head on to downtown Baltimore to Tabrizzi's. The food is delicious and the view and atmosphere are fantastic. They offer soft jazz music and can easily accommodate your guest. The owner/chef is very friendly and will honor reasonable requests. Congrats to the Grads. FoiGras

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                  Cafe Troia
                  31 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD 21204