It's restaurant week here in Baltimore (one of many throughout the year), and this year Dave was determined to go somewhere we would really "get a deal". He did a lot of research and found that many restaurant week menus add up to no savings at all, whereas others are a significant discount from the every day menu. He gave me three different suggestions and I picked B & O American Brasserie. Part of me picked this place since they claim to use "only sustainable seafood and local farmers' products" and that's something I find attractive in a restaurant. Another part of me had just heard that it was a fantastic place to eat - so there you go.
Here's what we had:
me: Hamachi Tartar with red Quinoa salad and sweet potato chips
(drink was citron vodka, kumquats, ginger and cardamom)
dlb: Crispy Pork Belly atop bread crumbs and vegetables
me: 24 hr. Vande Rose Pot Roast with Creamy polenta and braised vegetables
(plus mache and pickled red onions on top)
dlb: Crispy Duck Confit and Pappardelle with root vegetables (hmmm... just looked up the P word, and it's a type of fettuccine, which I don't remember there being on Dave's plate. maybe they subbed with mashed potatoes? I think so. There was also red cabbage braised in apple cider on the left there.)
me: "Wicked Pissa" Cupcakes
dlb: apple cobbler with creme fresh
I just realized how late it is (10:30) and I am still FULL. Such a yummy meal, and neither of us could clear our main course plates.
(my plate after eating dinner... no worries - I packed that up to go!)
I did take care of the dessert, however:
reminds me of a zen garden.
Oh, and the bread was good... definitely a mix of white and wheat flours, and it was served with butter topped with basil salt. That basil salt was extra tasty!
This dinner was def. a special treat. Beforehand, Dave was totally planning on trying another restaurant next week, but after the richness of tonight's meal, we thought we'd wait a couple weeks (or months) to go all out again. B&O gets my vote as a place to visit again!