Looking for a dinner rec in the Ellicott City/Columbia area.
mdfoodlover's trio would make you pretty happy -- and different people recommend B Garden and B Delight so it is really four good ideas. I used to love B Delight, but I haven't been in a while. And Ironbridge is classy and fun.
If you're going to be here a week, you could try some other places too. In the good flavors at a local restaurant category, I would throw out these other ideas -- Maiwand Kabob in Columbia for casual Afghan kabobs and great appetizers like mantwo, aushak, and pumpkin, Mango Grove in Columbia for vegetarian Indian especially the masala dosas, Victoria Gastropub in Columbia for a great burger and a craft beer (it's Baltimore Beer Week), Sushi Sono in Columbia for unique sushi rolls on the lakeside, and Shin Chon Garden or Honey Pig in Ellicott City for Korean barbecue.
If you're here doing business, there are at least two great casual lunch spots worth checking out -- Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery in Columbia for sandwiches and the R&R Deli for takeout tacos in Elkridge. R&R is inside the Shell station at Rte 175 and U.S. 1. Superb tacos, soup and even ceviche. It's a takeout with 2-3 stools, so you need to want the food, not the ambiance. But the food is great.
8801 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD
6365 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD 21045
10215 Wincopin Cir Ste 101, Columbia, MD 21044
Ironbridge Wine Company has a fun casual atmosphere and their food is excellent. We went last week and had the pumpkin bisque, tuna tacos, foie gras chip and dip, and a mushroom pasta. The mushroom pasta was outstanding, and clearly the best dish of the night. I loved both the bisque and the tacos. The dip was OK, but nothing to write home about. Wine selections were interesting and there were a few flights available to give you a nice tasting.
I'm in Highland, closer to Clarksville than Columbia.
We've tried a bunch of Columbia dining spots in the last 5 years, and have only come up with a few we like as 'regulars'.
#1 El Azteca in Clarkesville. Daily specials are almost always good. Rainbow Trout Montequilla or Plato Placero with Chicken are my standbys. My wife almost always has shrimp fajitas. The "Corazone Ultra" margarita on the rocks, no salt, is superb.
#2 Bangkok Garden just off 100, 1 mile or so east of 29. Went tonight & had an excellent seafood combo with a moderately spicy sauce of the daily specials list. There is almost always several good options on the daily specials page. be sure to get the pepper condiment tray to jazz up whatever you are eating. Includes 3 forms of hot pepper condiments.
#3 House of India off Broken Land Parkway. It's been reviewed & commented on many times hear & at my favorite food blog, Howchow:
Though neither my wife nor I can eat Pizza anymore, we used to love El Tratorria de enrique in King's Contrivance, in front of the Harris Teeter.
EDIT Well, it's not Bangkok Garden I'm trying to recommend, the exact name slips my mind this minute.
I'll edit again when my brain cells reboot.
5810 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045
House of India
9350 Snowden River Pkwy Ste F2, Columbia, MD 21045
12210 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029