Saturday, April 16, 2011

B&O American Brasserie

Went to dinner tonight at the B&O American Brasserie.  I have been home for about an hour now, and the temporary food coma has just now worn off enough to allow me to write this post.  The food was so good that i couldn't wait to let everyone in on this excellent farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Baltimore.

 B&O occupies the original Baltimore & Ohio Railway headquarters, a beautiful structure that epitomizes the Beaux-Arts School of architecture.  They feature New American Cuisine that changes with the season, and features local ingredients. Some of the delicious offerings include:  charcuterie, artisan cheeses, brick-oven-fired pizzas, steaks, seafood and a variety of delicious small plates with all manner of special creations.  At the bar, they have handcrafted cocktails, good quality imports, craft beers, and a well put together wine list. 

We started out with the B&O Oysters, raw on the half shell, with cocktail sauce and some kind of cucumber cilantro relish.  I am not really sure what kind of oysters they were, a little salty for my taste, but they were really tender and juicy and the cocktail sauce was delicious.

The next course was the House Made Duck Chorizo Flatbread and Duck Fat French Fries, need i say more... ok, i will.  This amazing flatbread was loaded with Duck Chorizo, Gouda Cheese, Pearl Onions, candied turnips, mustard greens, topped with an over easy egg, and cooked in a wood fired oven.  Let me just say now, that this might have been one of the best things i have ever eaten in my life.  The sweetness of the Pearl Onions went perfectly with the spiciness of the Chorizo, then you have Gouda, with an egg cooked right in the middle, i mean come on, does it really get any better than that?

Then you have Fries that are cooked in duck fat.  Personally, i think you could cook a leather boot in duck fat and it would probably taste amazing, so you know the fries are going to be good.

My final course was the Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Saffron Potatoes, Pearl Onions, Chorizo, and a Serrano Chili Glaze.  It seems like that within the past year or two, every nice restaurant i go to has Pork Belly on the menu, and i order it almost every time.  It's almost like eating pork flavored butter with little bits of pork mixed in for protein.  This wasn't as good as the Pork Belly dish from The Brewers Art, but it was well worth the money.

To drink, i started with a Sidecar, a classic cocktail traditionally made with Cognac, Grand Marnier, and fresh squeezed lemon juice, then had a Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale, and finished with a free glass of Champagne for checking in on Foursquare.

I have been to the B&O twice now and both times the food and drinks have all been amazing.  It's not cheap, but also not expensive, just depends on how hungry you are and how much you like to drink, so if you haven't been there, it is definitely worth a look.

Everyone who was not there is now permitted to be jealous!

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