Rainy day restaurants
Last night as we were driving to Washington in the rain to take my mother-in-law out to dinner at her favorite restaurant, Clyde's in Friendship Heights, I was fantasizing about my perfect rainy day restaurant.
The cozy pubs where we sat around the fireplace in Ireland were the first thing that popped into my mind, only I want them to serve something else besides Irish pub food.
If my rainy day restaurant was in Baltimore, it would need to have cozy, comfortable booths you could snuggle up in and be warm -- probably warmer than 90 percent of you would like. And if it was a pub, it would have to be a pub where everyone was talking in low voices, and if there was music, it would have to be playing softly. ...
Maybe it would be better to think in terms of afternoon tea on a rainy day. It occurred to me that Teavolve in Harbor East might be a good rainy day restaurant, although I've never been there and it might be too contemporary for these purposes. But it might be nice to have big windows so you can look out at the rain if you're warm and cozy.
Actually one of the best (summer) rainy day restaurant experiences I've had recently was on the second-floor porch of Sanders' Corner near the Loch Raven Reservoir. We watched the storm approach, and there were awnings so we didn't get wet.
It turned out Clyde's wasn't a bad rainy day restaurant. The booths were comfortable and for once it wasn't too loud. And the place was still running its $18.95 lobster dinner special. (My mother-in-law had a glass of pinot grigio, the Saltines from my husband' s soup and part of a hot fudge sundae. When you're 94 you get to eat like that.) The only downside was we had to drive an hour in the rain to get there. I want my rainy day restaurant to appear next door like Brigadoon when I need it.