Top 10 Places for Restaurant Week
I don't do Restaurant Week(s), but I still get lots of requests from readers asking where they should go.
I can't answer them from personal experience, so I decided to make up a list of commenter recommendations from the last year. (If I knew there had been been a major change at a restaurant, such as a chef leaving, I didn't include it.)
Most of them are pretty obvious -- a good restaurant is a good restaurant -- but a couple you may not have thought of.
Obviously there are no guarantees. The mini-reviews by commenters are all six months or a year old. Use them as guidelines, and let us know if your experience differs.
These are the places Dining@Large commenters think you'll get the most bang for your buck during Restaurant Week(s). They are also all places where I've had a good meal.
If you want to read full mini-reviews, just type "restaurant week" into the search function (use the quotation marks or you'll get too many choices).
Also, please take a minute to vote in the Restaurant Week poll. ...
* Alizee near the Homewood Campus. "Overall we had a great time, the food was good to very good, the atmosphere was very nice and comfortable."
* Blue Hill Tavern in Brewers Hill. "It was one of the best meals we have had in a long time."
* Brewer's Art in Mount Vernon. "It was a good excuse to eat in the dining room for once!"
* Capital Grille in the Inner Harbor. "Our dinners were outstanding, service was impeccable."
* Helmand in Mount Vernon. "We weren't rushed at all, and we went right to our table, even though it was full."
* Meli in Fells Point. "They let you choose any appetizer, entree and dessert off of their menu."
* Oceanaire Seafood Room in Harbor East. "Enjoyed it quite a bit, and compared to the regular menu, it was very much a bargain."
* Pazza Luna in Locust Point. "Everyone praised the quality of the food....The one weakness was a martini not cold enough."
* Prime Rib downtown. "The service was smoothly professional, the signature prime rib succulent." [But there was a $4 surcharge for it. EL]
* Salt Tavern in East Baltimore. "Overall a great dinner, one which succeeds from a restaurant week standpoint, as before this was a place i wasn't sure about going to during a non-restaurant week."
Bonus tip: No one reviewed Fogo de Chao last time, but a couple of people said they were trying it this time because it seemed to be the same menu for $35 instead of $49.
For more info on these and other restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, check out Editor Amanda's photo gallery.
(Photo of Blue Hill Tavern food by Kenneth K. Lam/Sun photographer)