Elkridge Furnace Inn--a MUST
My husband and I enjoyed one of the best meals at the Elkridge Furnace Inn the other evening.
First, let me say that the property is exquisitely landscaped this time of year. The restaurant environment is cozy, well-spaced tables and lovely linens, flatware and china. Much of which is missing at even the top-end restaurants in this day and age. (I guess I am giving away my age group based on my preference for fine dining accoutrements).
The wine list is exceptionally well rounded. The wines by the glass have a nice representation.
The food was outstanding!!! My husband's duck entree was the best preparation of any. The meat was moist, tender--the duck sausage was softly seasoned, so the duck meat wasn't overwhelmed with seasonings. The fig/cherry balsamic (I believe) reduction was an unique sauce for the duck--not the customary"a l'orange" treatment The polenta was scrumptious. Just a nearly perfect entree. Grilled onions were present and always my favorie.
My pork belly (first time for me--have been champing at the bit to try Jack's app version--haven't gotten there yet)--well, I was delighted with my initial taste of this fabulous pork product. To me, it is the foiegras of duck to pork. Creamy, melt in your mouth. The accompanying jicama, fennel salad was perfect along with the sweet potato gnocchi. A bit crunchy on the outside and soft inside, with a hint of (I believe) cardamon.
The dinner bread basket was filled with several different types of rolls (would have loved them to be warmed--I am a fanatic where bread needs to be warmed, unless on a sandwich). The butter was nicely whipped (something I truly appreciate since I don't have the skills or equipment to do so when I cook at home).
Our waiter was delightful, and very helpful in our choices for the evening. Initially he made a suggestion that almost made me change my choice off of the pork belly, but I am so glad that I finally got a taste of that wonderful meal. Next time I am opting to go for the lobster ravioli. If it's as scrumptious as our previous meal, then I'll be raving about it.
We were too full to explore the dessert menu. We rarely order desserts in restaurants. I can only imagine that they are fabulous and decadent.
Run, don't walk or hesitate, to visit this lovely restaurant/tavern. The tavern offers small plates, salads, etc. for a casual dining experience. One that Hubby and I would probably try on a weeknight for a casual dinner to avoid the heat of cooking at home. FoiGras
The Elkridge Furnace Inn
5745 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075
Furnace Inn is very small cozy and comfy place. The atmosphere is great and romantic. The food is pretty good. The french onion is pretty regular. The best part is cold crab in lemon juice. The portion of fish we got is on the larger side. The main dish itself is a lot of food to fill you up without appetizer. We thought the dessert and coffee part was the best and the most romantic. Service is excellent and the experience was great. If you are there for food only, it's pretty regular. We are going back!