The Bygone Restaurant

Harbor East 400 International Drive, 29th floor Baltimore Thebygonerestaurant.com For Nick’s birthday, I wanted to plan something special just for the two of us. A colleague of mine recommended The Bygone to me, as he had taken his wife there for her birthday. Knowing how much Nick enjoys the city, I thought dinner at The Bygone would be a wonderful surprise. Weeks ago, I had mentioned to Nick to keep the evening free, but never told him where we were going, keeping him in suspense for almost two months. Finally, the evening arrived, and as we drove closer to Harbor […]

The Manor Tavern

The Manor Tavern 15819 Old York Road Monkton, Maryland 410-771-8155 Themanortavern.com Spring is here for seven hours. You want to be outside enjoying nature. Take the leash off of your gimp, harness up your pooch, and head to the trails along 83. No matter which trail head you choose, you are a quick and scenic drive from the Manor Tavern. Nestled in the hills of Monkton is a true culinary gem where old favorites and new twists emerge on a menu that is almost as pornographic as the food itself. The first experience was so good, we ventured back a […]

Trinacria Cafe

111 West Centre Street, Baltimore 443-759-4082 Now that trolling on Craigslist personals has been outlawed, you’re probably looking for ways to pass the time during this last stretch of winter weather. Gather your gaggle and be ready to indulge in homemade Italian food that satisfies a range of culinary cravings. Welcome to Trinacria Cafe, a casual atmosphere that has a warm and inviting feel the moment you walk through the front door. The staff promptly seated my group and was quick to get us drinks. After making peace with Jesus on a Sunday morning, I felt him smiling back when […]

The Crackpot

8102 Loch Raven Boulevard, Towson Crackpotseafoodrestaurant.com 410-828-105 Given that it’s the season of Lent, we were looking for a nearby seafood restaurant on a Friday night. A quick Mapquest search pointed us in the direction of The Crackpot. While I’d never been there myself, Nick hadn’t been in many years, so off we went for something new (for me), and something old (for Nick). Walking into The Crackpot is definitely a step back in time. As one of my friends stated recently, it is “kitsch,” but in a fun sort of way. My better half noticed right away that a […]

Wet City

223 West Chase Street, Baltimore Wetcitybrewing.com We hadn’t returned to Wet City since the time of its opening. Our very good friends are die-hard craft beer enthusiasts and asked us to come along for dinner and drinks before hitting the Eagle. Sounded like fun to us, so we gladly accepted the invitation. I think the reason we had not been back to Wet City in so long is that we did not enjoy our last meal there, nor are we sophisticated beer drinkers. Nonetheless, it was time to throw caution to the wind and give it another whirl. If you […]