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July 3, 2008

An elegant lunch on Saturday

EthelandRamones.jpgPamela just sent me this urgent plea, and I wasn't able to be of much use:

Help! I'd like to find some very memorable, distinct places for a weekend LUNCH (on saturday), and i'm coming up blank. Crabhouses are out of the question, and we'd like something chic but not stuffy. Some of the places i had in mind are either closed on saturday, or don't serve lunch! Do you have any recommendations for a somewhat elegant, fancy, gustatorily memorable lunch spot for entertaining an out of town guest? we'd like to do something nice for them!

The places that came to mind without my doing any research were the usual suspects: Gertrude's at the BMA and Donna's at Cross Keys for their outdoor eating spaces, maybe Brightons if she wants elegant (but it might be too stuffy for her). ... 

I'm drawing a blank otherwise because downtown restaurants that aren't tourist spots tend to be open for lunch only during the week.

I'm on deadline so I don't have time to call around or visit Web sites right now. Does anyone have any other ideas?

I have a feeling I wouldn't be able to sell her on a place like Ethel & Ramone's, pictured. Not chic enough. 

(Glenn Fawcett/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 10:48 AM | | Comments (11)


Kali's Mezze. They are open for lunch Sat and Sun. Excellent food, nice atmosphere.

Graystone in the Hunt Valley Shopping Center comes to mind as does Clyde's.

Watertable in the Renaissance Inner Harbor Hotel on Pratt Street opposite Harborplace. Nice, white table cloth restaurant with good food and great harbor view.

Helen's Garden in Canton.

Bluestone in Timonium is open and has a great lunch menu.

The Harryman House in Reisterstown. Nice summer menu. Personal favorite would be Donna's at CK though.

Mamas on the Half Shell

Seems to me Black Olive has a lunch as does Gia's in Little Italy

Clyde's in Columbia has outdoor dining with a view of Lake Kittamaqundi (say that three times, fast). Location was not mentioned and the view of the swans and other waterfowl, as well as the general lakefront atmoshpere would make for a nice lunch.

Sotto Sopra does lunch on Saturdays.

I love Miss Shirley's, although it's noisy. Try the corncake eggs benedict or the Hot Brown!


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