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Baltimore restaurant suggestions for a soon-to-be bride?

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Hi there,

A few of us are looking to take our friend out to a nice restaurant in Baltimore (preferred), Elicott City (2nd) and DC area (3rd) to celebrate our friend's final single days.

Criteria: quality of food, nice ambiance and cost. we are all graduate students - we should be able to spend up to $40 a person, so that still rules out places like the Charleston. The restaurant should be quiet enough so that we don't have to shout through dinner, but it also needn't be super formal and plays only classical music. A decent wine list is helpful.

Does any chow hound have good suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!

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  1. Consider Bluegrass Tavern in Fed Hill. I had a wonderful mid-sized group (think 6-8 people) birthday dinner there last year. JonParker has posted frequently on the menu, which changes. When I was there, we split a collection of small and large plates as well as a sampling of the charcuterie. My other suggestion, food-wise, would be Salt, but I haven't been in a couple years.

    1. You can do close to $40 a person at Petit Louis Bistro in Roland Park, a sister restaurant of Charleston. Tends to be a bit crowded though so I'm not sure about the noise level. Great wine list with lots of choices.

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      Petit Louis Bistro
      4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

      1. I agree with the suggestions others have offered. The Wine Market would also be a good choice. And they have a parking lot which gets major bonus points in my book. I'm also a big fan of Chameleon. Street parking is easy near Chameleon.

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        Wine Market
        921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

        1. Gertrudes at the BMA is another good choice, especially if the weather is good and you can sit outside overlooking the sculpture garden.

          1. If, for some reason, you decide that you do want to dine in Ellicott City, just cuz you mention it, Tersiguel's is a lovely French restaurant in an old rambling house with many rooms and lovely wines. Monsieur Tersiguel is a terrific old-fashioned gentleman with a twinkle in his eye who will probably make the guest of honor feel like an esteemed guest. You could probably put together some sort of tasting menu with them or something if you talk to them in advance.

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            Tersiguel's
            8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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            1. re: kukubura

              Good response. I, too, like Terfiguel's, but my hubby doesn't. But, to be fair, we dined there about two years ago on Thanksgiving Day. I've learned to never judge a restaurant's capabilities on a holiday.

              I also agree with kukubura's recommendation of Gertrude's at the BMA. It is a lovely dining room and outdoor garden.

              I would not recommend Petit Louis Bistro--only on account of the fact that the tables are extremely closely situated and you would have to literally scream to be heard. Not for a group.

              Tabrizi's off of Key Highway has a nice atmosphere and reasonable prices and are accustomed to parties of all sorts. Outdoor dining would be a bonus at this time of year.

              Federal Hill restaurants may be an option, but parking could really be an issue--there really isn't any place to park that I know of. If other Chowhounders can convince me otherwise, I am eager to try the options that have been posted with good reviews.

              Elkridge Furnace Inn specializes in weddings, etc. The location is beautiful, the food exceptional with fairly reasonable prices, plenty of parking, etc.

              Hope some of these suggestions help a bit. FoiGras

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              The Elkridge Furnace Inn
              5745 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075

              Petit Louis
              4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

              Tabrizi's
              500 Harborview Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230

              1. re: FoiGras

                Thanks for all the suggestions and advice! I'll take these suggestions back to our group. Have a great summer, all!