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Mar 8, 2011 03:58 PM


My husband and I shared a truly delightfuly meal at Meli's in Fells Point. We'd only dined there once previously during Restaurant Week, several years ago. We are not fans of dining out during Restaurant Week, so we didn't give much thought to our dinner at that time.

So, our dinner of recent time was an unexpected and favorable experience. The crusted goat cheese salad was huge and delicious. The accompanying light salad dressing was a perfect fit for the salad. The bread offerings were delicious, especially when enhanced with the honey infused whipped butter.

My hubby's duck/duck confit dinner was delectable. I also appreciate when a restaurant adds vegetables to the entree. My lamb shank was moist and fell off the bone. I loved the accompanying brussels sprouts (probably not a favorite vegetable with many), and the butternut squash. Very appropriate sides for a winter night.

Our waitress was very professional and friendly. But, most importantly, she was knowledgable in helping us to make our decisions when ordering.

The price points at this lovely dining establishment are conducive enough to enable us to return with some frequency and not just save it for our "Saturday Night Out Expensive Dining Time."

Hope that some of you Chowhounds will give this place a part of your next dining out night. FoiGras

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  1. I concur with FoiGras especially about the price point. This is my teenage daughter's favorite restaurant. The duck is always good and try the beef carpaccio and also the beef cheeks when offered. I have had gliches in the service, a little attitude, but that must depend on who your server is. Not so bad as to be a deal killer.

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    1. re: jfish

      So glad that you enjoyed the cuisine. But am sad that you had a negative experience with regards to service. Next time ask for Makara. She will make your dining out a true experience. She is pleasant and exceptionally knowledgable with regards to any items on the menu. We lucked out with our dining experience.

      I will definitely take your recommendations with ordering beef carpaccio and beef cheeks (they weren't on the menu the night we dined--unforunately}.

      The first time we dined there was during Restaurant Week 2008 (or 2009). I ordered the appetizer portion of sweetbreads (but doubled the portion to make an entree). They were fantastic.

      Thank you for your response. Your daughter must have a refined palate. Good for her and you, her parents. FoiGras

    2. Thanks for posting. It sounds great!

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      1. re: jvanderh

        jvanderh--just give the place a try. It won't break your bank account for some really good food.

        I hope that I don't recommend a place that will disappoint. But, I feel confident that you can enjoy a very good meal at Meli's. (Before you go, please Google the restaurant's menu to see if it is in line with the atmosphere and cuisine that would entice you to to dine there). Happy Dining. Foi Gras

        1. re: FoiGras

          I sure will! We've had some fairly expensive, very average meals lately (Cinghiale, Della Notte, Kali's) which is really frustrating. It would be nice to have some decent food for the money! We eat everything, so I'm not worried.

          1. re: jvanderh

            Wow, I wouldn't have picked any of those for decent food, although I had some good dishes at Cingiahle.

            1. re: JonParker

              I was actually really excited about Cinghiale. I thought it was the old chef from the Bicycle. Did I remember that wrong? We had some decent dishes too. My big complaint was that nothing was salted. I wouldn't have picked della notte either, athough it wasn't bad, just across-the-board average. I may have picked Kali's because it's pretty, so I guess I got what I deserved there.

              1. re: jvanderh

                Cinghiale can't figure out the whole salt thing. They have been ALL over the planet from the day they opened!

                822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                1. re: gregb

                  Interesting! So people have had oversalted food there also?

                2. re: jvanderh

                  the original owner/chef of the bicycle moved to Oregon. The new owner ran it into the ground. Sigh! miss that place

                  1. re: jvanderh

                    The more recent chef from Bicycle opened Ullswater - which didnt last long...

                    As for Meli, I went late on a weekend night for dessert & a drink. The place was deserted except for those surrounding an atrocious lounge act downstairs. The desserts were OK & overpriced.

                3. re: jvanderh

                  Note that Meli is owned by the same people who own Kali's, which I thought was really disappointing for the price.

                  Also, the name of the restaurant is Meli, not Meli's. There is no person named Meli. It's Greek for honey, which is a theme that runs through most of their dishes.

            2. I've had two very solid brunches there. The cocktail list is dangerous. The only think I don't care for is the upstairs dining room feels a bit like a hotel lobby.

              1. After eating there, I do not think Meli is overlooked. And, in the interest of gratitude for your taking the time to review it, I will leave it at that.

                1. The Baltimore Sun food blog reports that Patrick Morrow is leaving Bluegrass to take over as executive chef at Meli and the tapas place owned by the same people. it might be time to give them a try.

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                  1. re: JonParker

                    Well, I wish him good luck. He's going to need it.

                    1. re: jvanderh

                      I have a lot of faith in him. I don't know him except to say hi since I'm a regular at Bluegrass, but he does some great things there. Some things he does fail, but that's because he's not afraid to try new things. He will do just fine wherever he is.