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plainheart Dec 21, 2012 08:16 AM

Hi all. My wife and I are currently living in Ellicott City, west to Baltimore. After moving to US a few years ago, we finally decide to open eyes to something non-Asian styles. Please recommend a few restaurants with wine in the region for a romantic dinner to celebrate the survival from the worldend -:)
Thanks

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    dining with doc RE: plainheart Dec 21, 2012 08:48 AM

    BISTRO BLANC IN HOWARD COUNTY IS A ROMANTIC FRENCH BISTRO WINE BAR IN WHICH YOU PUT MONEY ON CARD THEN USE THE CARD TO DISPENSE 2 OZ, 4 OZ OR 6 OZ POURS FROM A FANCY WINE DISPENSER OR YOU BUY A BOTTLE AND THEY SERVE IT. THE FOOD IS GOOD ALSO

    VICTORIA GASTROPUB IS ALSO A NICE PLACE WITH INTERESTING FOOD AND ONE OF THE BEST BURGERS AROUND

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      plainheart RE: dining with doc Dec 21, 2012 11:22 AM

      Wow. Terrified by so many capital letters

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        dining with doc RE: plainheart Dec 21, 2012 03:05 PM

        sorry. was on work pc and office software runs on capitals. suggestions are good however

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      Zevonista RE: plainheart Dec 21, 2012 11:07 AM

      Aida in Columbia has good Italian food and a nice wine selection, much of it on tap.

      Elkridge Furnace Inn is also quite nice and has an excellent wine list.

      Terisguel's in downtown EC also good for French food and wine...

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        plainheart RE: Zevonista Dec 21, 2012 11:26 AM

        Thanks for the suggestion. All these restaurants have excellent reviews according the website. Is parking to be an issue at EC downtown?

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          Zevonista RE: plainheart Dec 22, 2012 04:09 PM

          There is a large parking lot right behind Tersiguel's; I believe many spots are free (but i think they were planning on changing that).

          Aida and Elkridge Furnace Inn have their own lot, no problems parking.

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        Vidute RE: plainheart Dec 21, 2012 10:52 PM

        The howchow blog has many great reviews and recommendations of restaurants in the Howard County area.

        http://howchow.blogspot.com/

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          dzoey RE: plainheart Dec 22, 2012 07:51 PM

          You live in a good area for restaurants. In the past dozen years many restaurants have opened around Ellicott City. I can also recommend reading Howchow, especially his "tours of the county" postings.

          Many of the restaurants in the neighborhoods around Ellicott City are decent and casual - good places to go for tasty food without having to change clothes. I can recommend Tino's for Itallian, Rumor Mill in "downtown" EC for New American, and there are many Mexican restaurants, from the authentic-take-out of R&R Taqueria to the Americanized-with-Mexican Specials of Hidalgo and El Azteca

          There are business casual restaurants with wine (Iron Bridge Wine Company, Aida Bistro, Bistro Blanc) and less casual restaurants such as Tersiguels and Kings Contrivance for French (IMO, Tersiguels is better). My preference for a nice evening out is Bistro Blanc, but the others in that list are good as well. I rarely feel like dressing for dinner, and when I do, I tend to want to go to D.C.

          You mentioned you wanted to go outside of Asian food, but Sushi Sono on the lakefront in Columbia provides a nice romantic setting and good sushi (and other Japanese food).

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            plainheart RE: dzoey Dec 26, 2012 06:04 AM

            Thanks for all the warm-hearted reply. My wife and I did go to an Italian restaurant last weekend and had a wonderful dinner there. Expect more fun in future

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              Zevonista RE: plainheart Dec 26, 2012 09:43 AM

              Well, now you have to tell us where you went, plainheart!

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                plainheart RE: Zevonista Dec 27, 2012 08:44 AM

                Aida Bistro. (I would say it is a random choice among those suggested, non judgemental) The entree I ordered was lobster ravioli (spellings later checked and reassured-:) ) My wife ordered Tilapia blablabla. Salads and two glasses of Chardonney (all I can tell about it) were in additional. The food quality is good but remember we are newbies. Enviornment is great.
                Overall, a good start.

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