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I have mixed feelings about restaurant weeks. I know they are designed to bring people into the independently owned restaurants but why do we need an incentive to avoid the chain restaurants and their prepackaged reheated meals.

I love our local small restaurants. Our three favorites these days include Bistro Blanc, Iron Bridge and Elkridge Furnace. All locally owned. All making things using the local farms and cooking from scratch.

I wandered up to Bistro Blanc tonight all by my lonesome as my husband had a club dinner in Frederick. I sit at the bar and talk to Andy or Warren, whoever is bartending. I also get to converse with the locals who frequent the bar as a very casual place to enjoy a meal.

Don’t come here if you are in a hurry. Food here is cooked from scratch. Your burgers are made to order from fresh local meats and nothing beats fresh lamb cooked medium rare, juicy and served on a brioche bun.

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The lamb burger was amazing, but so are the frites. Garlicky, with whole roasted cloves of garlic hidden in the bowl. Sprinkled with parmigiano and rosemary. Served with an aioli that is also rich and garlicky. I love my burgers medium rare and it drives me nuts to go to a place that will only incinerate and dry out a burger. But, they usually have premade patties of questionable origin, so maybe incineration is a good thing for them.

I paired the burger with a lovely Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier. Tuesday is half price wine night. This is a good deal for wines. I brought half of it home for my husband to savor with some cheese later this evening.

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Their restaurant week menu looks great. We will be there some night next week for it.

Check out your local Howard County restaurants for their special menus, but more importantly, support them all year long.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

2 responses »

  1. That lamb burger looks really good. But what is even more tempting, the frites sound very much like the frites I had at a restaurant on the French side in St. Martin. I am still drooling over them. I am just going to have to head over to Bistro Blanc to see if theirs come close!! (cheaper than flying back to St. Martin!)

    I am not a fan at all of Restaurant Week. It is like going out to dinner on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants are packed, staff is rushed, food is very mediocre. For me, my experience does NOT entice me to try the restaurant again. I’m not talking about Bistro Blanc, have not been there during Restaurant Week !

  2. We too are big fans of Aida, BB and Iron Bridge is my go to…I think one hindrance is price-point, and RW helps with that a lot. We need to make a fundamental change in how we as a nation decide where and when to go out to dinner…why stop at a chain location 5x a week when you could make your own dinner 4x and go out once? Laziness is a likely factor. My husband and I made that change many years ago but it’s something you have to say out loud…or the change won’t happen.


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