Justin needs our help!
Got this email from Midnight Sun reader Justin yesterday:
I'm not sure if you get this a lot, but I need help with something. Friday is my 1 year anniversary with my lady.
I want to do something special, insanely special, but I’m drawing blanks.
For our first date together, we went to Bistro Romano in Philly and dined in the private wine cellar, so it’s been somewhat hard to top that.
What I’m looking for is some place with great food, a modern atmosphere, and somewhat intimate. I know the combination is hard. I want to go somewhere nice, but at the same time up beat. Any help would be great.
So, who has some suggestions for Justin? First off, Justin, I'm going to chide you for setting the bar too high on your first date.
Consider yourself chided.
Now, onto business ...
Since I'm more of a bar/lounge/club writer than a restaurant critic, I can offer you cocktail/lounge spots for after dinner, if you want. I'd suggest Red Maple (930 N. Charles St.), Mosaic (Power Plant Live), Ixia (518 N. Charles St.) and maybe even the bar/lounge at Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St.).
(Sun photo by Algerina Perna)