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One night in Baltimore - Cinghiale Osteria, Bluegrass Tavern, Jack's Bistro, Pazo or Woodberry Kitchen?

Above are some recommendations received from friends. In town at the last minute for one night and interested in a good dinner. Priorities are great food and comfortable atmosphere (not necessarily posh, just not card table chairs in the church basement). Budget doesn't matter, just more interested in a good casual dinner. Thanks

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Jack's Bistro
3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

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

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Pazo Restaurant
1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. Good choices. I know nothing of the Annapolis place but have been to all of the others multiple times. If you are only choosing one then my rec would be Woodberry Kitchen. Bluegrass and Jack's Bistro have slightly more innovative food. However, Woodberry has nice ambience and great "vibe". We usually choose Woodberry for out of town guests and they all love it. If you have time for an extra meal I would go to Blue Grass or Salt Tavern.

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    Jack's Bistro
    3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

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

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    1. re: amaebi

      all of those are in Baltimore.

    2. Salt or Cinghiale hands down. The only one on the list I would not recommend is Woodberry Kitchen. It is so overrated I think they pay for PR

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

      Cinghiale
      822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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      1. re: sas

        I have to disagree with you. I've eaten at all of the above except Jack's Bistro, and Woodberry Kitchen would be my first pick of that list.

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        Jack's Bistro
        3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

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

        1. re: sas

          I think that Cinghiale "pays for PR." Haven't dined at Salt so I can't make a comment. Same with Jack's Bistro. But I would probably go with Jack's since it has been highly recommended many times over the past several "YEARS."

          Definitely scratch off Pazo. If you review past threads on this topic, you will see many more negative responses then positive ones.

          If "budget doesn't matter" then definitely go to Charleston. Best of Baltimore's offerings. Since I haven't as yet dined at B&O Brasserie, that may be another offering.

          So many choices. Good luck and great dining. FoiGras

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          Jack's Bistro
          3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

          Cinghiale
          822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

          Pazo Restaurant
          1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. re: FoiGras

            Has anyone been to Pazo since the recent chef change a few months back?

          2. re: sas

            Totally disagree. Woodberry Kitchen is desreving of the praise....paid for or not.

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

          3. Wine Market would be another good choice

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            Wine Market
            921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

            1. Cinghiale - haven't been there personally since they first opened but have recently heard good things.

              Bluegrass - good joint serving nicely done southern specialties in a warm environment.

              Jacks - the city's "sous vide" restaurant with interesting takes on steak, mac n cheese and guiness marinated burgers.

              Pazo - went there a couple of months ago and found the food to be "meh". If tapas are your interest, Centro in Fed Hill is the better choice.

              Woodberry - I go there all the time. Good food, rustic cuisine, nice setting.

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              Cinghiale
              822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

              Centro
              4838 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Pazo Restaurant
              1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

              1. Thanks everybody. Cracks me up how everyone's opinions can differ so much (that's what's great about food and wine - it's all about what you like). We ended up at Pazo as it was walking distance from the office where I was working.

                Agree with posts - it was "fine" and food was "pretty good" but service a little hokey and it's a little too night clubby for my taste (reminded me of Butter in NY). When I go to a restaurant, I go to eat not pose. I'll keep the others on my list and check them out if I'm back. Jack's looked interesting from a local perspective, when I looked at the menu, I just wasn't sure if they were trying too hard on some of the unique combos. As always, thanks for the advice.

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                Pazo Restaurant
                1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                1. I think the answer to your question is Woodberry Kitchen. If you were looking for something with less rustic food and a slightly fancier decor, I think one would make the argument for Cinghiale. I would also highly recommend Salt.

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

                  Cinghiale
                  822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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                  1. re: gregb

                    Sugar, too late!

                    Pazo stinks!

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                    Pazo Restaurant
                    1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                    1. re: gregb

                      YEP!! TOTALLY AGREE! How Charleston can be such a great restaurant and then.....The Cindy/Tom partnership should perhaps concentrate on a few lesser venues and make the fewer more spectacular. FoiGras

                  2. OK so we're back in Baltimore for a follow up project. Based upon the recs we're going to do Cinghiale (close to hotel so easy) and Woodberry Tavern. My question on Cinghiale, is it better to eat in the Enoteca or the Osteria? Not concerned about price just want comfortable but not too formal. Leaning towards Enoteca, but want to make sure it's still comfortable. Thanks

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                    Cinghiale
                    822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                    Osteria
                    177 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                    1. re: teejaymoore

                      The only advantage to the Enoteca is that bottles of wine are half-price on Tuesdays. The menus are the same in both.

                      1. re: Trip Klaus

                        Thanks Trip Klaus. Any view on which room you like better from a vibe perspective? Don't mind lively, but sometimes the bar scene is more of a nightclub than a restaurant.

                        1. re: teejaymoore

                          One person's lively is another person's noisy. The Enoteca can get quite noisy but not in a night club way. The tables in the enoteca are close and the walls, celings and booths are flat surfaced so noisy. On the other hand on weeknights the Osteria can be empty or almost empty. To call the Osteria seperate though is a misnomer. It consists of two rooms on either side of the Enoteca which are more enclosed but not truly seperate. Some like the softer seating and tablecloths, but it isn't really a seperate restaurant. I love enjoying weeknights (especially the Tuesday special) in the Enoteca but on a Friday or Saturday to book in the Osetria.

                      2. re: teejaymoore

                        Best two choices, altho Salt is a close thrd. the Enoteca is fine,and the dining room is nice and not too formal. cANT GO WRONG.

                        1. re: tartuffe

                          Thanks for the great response. Since we're going Friday after a difficult work week (project from hell) I think we'll book the Osteria. I typically would go more for the lively atmosphere, but since a Friday after a tough work week my thought is get out of the fray a bit.

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                          Osteria
                          177 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401