Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Raffy's Restaurant

8706 Belair Rd
Nottingham, MD 21236
Phone: (410) 529-4005

I had heard about this place somewhere and so I checked out their website and signed up for the email club. They sent me a belated birthday postcard for $10 off. So it was about to expire so we thought we would check it out.

Now my first impression as we walked in was nice. The dining room was very nicely decorated with the square mirrors and great colors with a very modern look. They had these 2 garage doors that open into the lounge and they have a separate banquet room.

They have a very large menu with lots of starters. We noticed someone's wings as they went by and thought we would try them. (They serve all their food on great shaped plates.) So we got the Raffy's Wings $7.99- buffalo style. they were very good and spicy!

For dinner I had the Chicken Raffaele $16.99 which was sauteed chicken topped with asparagus and lump crab meat in a sherry cream sauce. It was ok- my first bit the sauce was great but as I kept eating it turned out to be average and nothing to write home about. I am not sure if I would get it again- I was a bit disappointed with it. The hubby had the Blackened Chicken Pasta $14.99- Cajun Alfredo, blackened chicken over a bead of penne. They said it was served with garlic bread but when it came the garlic bread was very small. I didnt taste it but he said it was good- a bit above average.

Overall the food was average- I would give it 2.5/3 stars out of 5. I would go back another time to try something else and see if it was any better. The did have some nice sounding specials everyday for $9.99

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Olive Branch

1721 Reisterstown Rd
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
(410) 415-7880

I went here the other night- it is connected to a Hotel and is right off 695.

They start you out with the huge salad bowls just like Olive Garden and this great bread that is a mix between a stick and roll. The bread had a wonderful garlic butter flavor and was very strong (but not overbearing). You could just have a dinner of salad and bread and be content!

The portions are monstrous with very fair prices. A few of us got the Spaghetti Carbonara. The sauce was very thick and had tons of huge mushrooms and huge pieces of fresh bacon (not pieces where you have to search for)- it was about $11. I had enough leftovers for 2 other meals! The other dishes looked good and everyone said they were good- they ranged form crab-cakes to other pasta dishes

The service was good- there was a group of 5 of us and we talked a long time before we ordered and the waitress keep checking back in on us.

I would stop in an eat here again.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Gertrude's


10 Art Museum Dr
Baltimore, MD
21218-3898
Phone: (410) 889-3399

I went here with some friends for their Tuesday night special were they have $10 and $12 entrées from the regular dinner menu.

The place was very nice and the decor was perfect.

I started with the Cream of Crab Soup with lump crab and scented with sherry (normally $6 for a cup but Tuesdays it $4). I had the Portobella Crab Imperial-grilled marinated portobella mushroom piled high with crab imperial and served with savory rice (the rice needed more flavor) and vegetables (normally $24 but Tuesday it $12. For dessert we split the Bread Pudding which was the BEST I have ever had!

The other people tried:
The crabcake platter for $18 (they have a special platter for $12 on Tuesdays)
A Berry Good Salad $10- field greens, fresh berries, goat cheese, toasted pistachios & a berry vinaigrette

Turkey Meatloaf Platter (normally 16 but it was 10)-fresh ground turkey with red peppers, garlic & parmesan cheese, served with a roasted tomato sauce, mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies

Dinner was great and the outdoor seating was perfect looking. I really suggest making reservation (they are on opentable.com)

I will be going back! I suggest everyone to try it!

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Jordan's Steakhouse

8085 Main Street
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
410-461-9776


Their web-page says it all:
"Experience a steakhouse that doesn't feel like… a steakhouse. No jackets required. Just dress-up your expectations for superb food, and fine wine in a romantic setting."

Andy and I went here for our four year anniversary! Man on man was I impressed! First of all once were seated and opened our menu they pointed out something special- at the top of the first page of the menu is said "Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Lemmo!" Friday, July 13, 2007

This place is top notch- right away they ask you which type of water your want- ice water, spring water or sparkling water! Then once the water come she explains all the specials and his favorite. He was very informative but not over the top annoying!

We started with Grilled Caesar Salad: grilled hearts of romaine lettuce, drizzled with Jordan's Caesar dressing, julienne oven roasted tomatoes, pignoli nuts and Asiago Parmesan $8.00 They actually coat it with a bit of olive oil and grill it for about 10 seconds for this smoky flavor and grill marks! OUT OF THE WORLD!! We split it and it was still nice size and they served it on 2 plates for us!

For dinner we had the one special that was 2 4 oz filet mignon tordaoes with JUMBO lump crab-meat, asparagus, and mashed potatoes topped with a burmese sauce. The serving was HUGE. This thing was melt in your mouth to die for! It was $45 and was less than expected. I wish I coul eat like this every night!

For dessert we had the Creme Brulée. Larger than most you get. When they brought it out they put a candle in it and had this white chocolate sign that said Happy Anniversary.

The Jazz Band started around 7 and was very good. The seating is a bit different. They use a lot of arm chairs and love seats. They tend to be a bit lower then the other chairs but work out. The decor is so romantic with great lamps and candlers. Plus its in historic area to check out all the sights outside!

Jordan's Steakhouse in Ellicott City

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