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November 30, 2009

Restaurants with beautiful holiday decorations



My daughter and a couple of friends had drinks at Crush in Belvedere Square Friday night. (Drinks also meant lobster mac and cheese, which I kind of liked.)

She says it's already beautifully decorated for the holidays, and that made it very festive.

Decorations are important this time of year as people choose the restaurants where they want to have their office parties or meet friends for dinner. Faithful readers know that every year we meet friends at the Ambassador a few days before Christmas, specifically because the restaurant's enclosed terrace is so beautifully decorated with two fireplaces, fairy lights, greens, red ribbons and candles.

But other than that, when readers ask me for recommendations I can't be of much help. ...

I see this as a possible Top 10 Tuesday (which I don't have one of as yet for tomorrow) except that I only get to about four restaurants a year that have their holiday decorations up.

So now I've got two possibilities: Crush and the Ambassador. Anybody want to nominate any others? 

(Photo taken at Crush by Gailor)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:47 AM | | Comments (17)


As I recall, the Elkridge Furnace Inn is quite nice around the holidays...

I'd be just as happy to know who doesn't decorate for the holidays, and who doesn't play that horrible Christmas music.

And there's my second Top 10 list. EL

ditto, Lissa!

Angelo's on Keswick doesn't decorate, but it is just a couple of blocks from the "Miracle on 34th Street." My family always stops in for their ridiculously large slices of pizza after walking down 34th Street,

The Candlelight Inn in Catonsville always has beautiful decorations.

I'm a big fan of Cafe Hon / Hon Bar this time of year. Always very brightly decorated for the season, but cozy inside.

Lissa, Joyce, EL. all together now

Christmas is a Humbug!


Agree with the Candlelight, it's always nice.

P.S. Maybe just don't click on posts titled "Restaurants With Beautiful Holiday Decorations"?

Old Phil, I have a holiday this time of year, too. So does Joyce, a different one.

Neither of those holidays are included here. Neither is Id al Adha, which, while past, isn't long past.

Why say "holiday" when you mean Christmas? Be honest about taking over all public spaces for a month or two.

I was raised that public displays of religion are tacky. I still hold with that.

I'm too old and beyond hope! Go and redeem some younger, more promising creature, and leave me to keep Christmas in my own way!

Hmmmm, lobster mac and cheese? Sounds like another kind-a-sort-a exception to someone's vegetarianism.

Anyway, on decorations, the Farnsworth in Gettyburg does a really good job of decking the halls in a period decour way.

The 8:40 comment is spam.

I just watched a florist unload what looked like hundreds of poinsettias at Sullivans. It really got me in the Holiday spirit!

Lissa: I agree with one point; the title should have been "...Christmas Decorations." Most everybody has lots of holidays, and they come all throughout the year (and some would say they're all made-up). It happens that a few are observed by a heck of a lot of people, so they're the ones that get the play. Sorry, my advice still stands.

Old Phil, so it is valid to want to see Christmas decorations, but not to ask who isn't decorating? Because, yes, I would be more likely this time of year to go somewhere that isn't playing Christmas music for dinner.

We need a

"Festivus for the rest of us"

I would be more likely this time of year to go somewhere that isn't playing Christmas music for dinner

May I suggest Tov Pizza. I am pretty sure you won't hear any Christmas music there.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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