By Lauren Cohen and Lydia Woolever
This article has been reproduced with permission from Baltimore magazine. You can find the original article here.
Set in a revamped industrial space in Woodberry, this Basque-inspired hangout boasts hanging lights and an 80-seat bar surrounding an open kitchen and a wood-fire grill. Nothing says love like plates meant for sharing, and chef Ben Lefenfeld’s V-Day menu offers plenty of tapas and pinxtos options like smoked salmon brioche, root vegetable gratin, and tuna crudo with saffron emulsion. Heavier entrees—including lamb shoulder, charred lemon cod, and duck leg confit—are also included in the prix-fixe options.
3600 Clipper Mill Road, $79-109, 443-708-3838
The vegan Valentine’s Day menu at this Howard County favorite includes creations like caramelized mushrooms with cauliflower puree, blood-orange arugula salad, parsnip soup topped with roasted artichokes, and beet tartar marinated in soy, ginger, and citrus.
5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, $60, 443-535-9400
Grab a seat in the dimly lit dining room to sample dishes by Tokyo-born chef Eiji Takase at this Japanese restaurant in Harbor East, which will feature eats such as miso-glazed eggplant, grilled octopus with sautéed vegetables, roasted chicken with an apple-tare reduction, and classic teriyaki salmon. An array of sushi rolls is also included on the chef’s menu.
725 Aliceanna St., 443-220-0477
B&O American Brasserie
This popular date-night spot inside downtown’s Hotel Monaco is known for its fancy furniture, pretty plating, and forward-thinking cocktail program. This year, the romantic restaurant will feature a three-course prix-fixe showcasing seaweed salad, Wagyu carpaccio, rice-crusted tuna, mushroom and squash risotto, and passionfruit semifreddo with banana-mint compote.
2 N. Charles St. $70, 443-692-6172
The Corner Pantry
Husband-and-wife owners Neill and Emily Howell opened this Mt. Washington spot on Valentine’s Day three years ago. In celebration of both the holiday and the anniversary, Neill has crafted a six-course menu that pays homage to tasting elements such as smoke, earth, land, and sea. The BYOB meal will highlight dishes including local oysters with ginger mignonette, beetroot tagliatelle, rockfish curry, and hazelnut ice cream with candied bacon bits.
6080 Falls Road, $96, 667-308-2331
Gunther & Co.
At this modern neighborhood spot in Brewers Hill, chef Jerry Trice has created a four-course tasting menu that can be customized to include wine pairings and an oyster or shellfish course. Enjoy worldly fare such as jumbo prawns in a passion-fruit sauce, Thai barbecue-glazed quail, wood oven-roasted rockfish, wild mushroom risotto, and bourbon bread pudding with apricot ice cream.
3650 Toone St. $75, 443-869-6874
While Joe Squared is known as an ideal pizza-and-beer destination, for Valentine’s Day the Station North standby is going all out with a fancy seven-course prix-fixe menu. Featured dishes will include everything from foie gras and arancini to cherry borscht and confit duck leg with Oaxacan mole sauce. Additional beer and wine pairings will also be available.
33 W. North Ave., $60-90, 410-545-0444
Wine Dinner at Old Westminster Winery
Set on a bucolic patch of land in Carroll County, this winery is an ideal setting for a memorable meal. Snag a candlelit table in the tasting room to indulge in a five-course dinner from chef Brooke Hagerty with curated wine pairings by Old Westminster winemaker Lisa Hinton. Don’t-miss dishes include roasted pear and arugula salad, wasabi tuna tartar, braised short ribs, and a nut-crusted chocolate torte.
1550 Old Westminster Road, Westminster, $130, 410-881-4656
This Bel Air destination exudes ambience with a modern dining room and its own wine shop onsite. Do as the name suggests and order a bottle of vino to pair with the special Valentine’s Day menu, which boasts dishes such as yellowfin tuna crudo, bone-in short ribs, a rack of lamb with honey-glazed Brussels sprouts, and flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
2105 Laurel Bush Road, Bel Air, $89, 410-569-5006
Take a trip to Paris by way of Roland Park at this elegant bistro that is equipped with warm fireplaces, nattily dressed waiters, and a top-notch wine program. The restaurant’s four-course prix-fixe includes options like oyster beignets, Parisian gnocchi, grilled ribeye, roasted chicken, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a raspberry tart with coulis and candied pistachios.
4800 Roland Ave., $79-119, 410-366-9393
Wit & Wisdom
Two fireplaces, twinkling chandeliers, and plenty of cozy lounge seating contribute to the romantic vibe that permeates throughout this trendy tavern inside the Four Seasons Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills will highlight a prix-fixe menu with dishes like Maine lobster bisque, roasted cauliflower steak, black truffle macaroni and cheese, and the restaurant’s signature chocolate bar served with coconut-lime ice cream.
200 International Drive, $95-154, 410-576-5800