Help Matt plan his first date
Earlier today, I got this e-mail from a reader named Matt:
I'm sure you get tons of email but I'm hoping(if you have time) you could give me a some ideas for tomorrow night. I would really like to show the girl a good time and I'm pretty new to the Baltimore nightlife scene.
I heard that the Brass Elephant on Charles Street was pretty good for dinner and I figured we'd check out Artscape afterwards since it is nearby. Being that Artscape ends at 10, I am having trouble thinking of ideas for what to do afterwards. Any ideas you could give me would be a huge help.
Matt, my first suggestion is not to go to the Brass Elephant. It's too formal -- especially if you're planning on strolling down to Artscape later tomorrow night. Plus, you're setting the bar really high for a first date with the Brass Elephant.
I'd say if you're set on Mount Vernon, then go to someplace like Iggie's Pizza (818 N. Calvert St., pictured). or maybe Akbar (if your date likes Indian food). I think Akbar has the best Indian food in the city, and my wife is Indian, so I've had a lot of Indian food.
Both those spots have great food and are casual enough that you can walk down to Artscape afterward and not be out of place (or sweating buckets from wearing dress pants).
After Artscape, I'd say hit up Joe Squared Pizza and Bar (133 W. North Ave.). They've got the best rum selection in the city, and this great turn-of-the-century New Orleans swing band Sac Au Lait is playing there for free. I believe their set starts at 11:30 p.m.
Keep in mind that, due to Artscape, traffic is going to be tied in a knot and restaurants are going to fill up quick.
Anybody have some other suggestions for Matt?
(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)