Whining and Dining

Randi Rom


The Casual Cup Tea Room at 13820 Jarrettsville Pike in Phoenix celebrates its third anniversary in October. The Casual Cup is ranked #12 out of 61 registered tearooms in Maryland byTeaMap.com and Tea Time Magazine touted them as "entirely warm and hospitable." Great place to take the edge off during a busy workday, perfect for relaxing on the weekend. And an excellent place for special events-including a way cool Children's Tea Service featuring PBJ or turkey tea sandwiches, scones or tea cookies and a teacup ice cream sundae with a pot of herbal children's tea. How much do I love this? Excellent sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. Can you say, "scone served with homemade lemon curd and clotted crème?" Dare I mention the Berger Bliss - The famous and fabulous Baltimore Berger's cookie - warmed and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate drizzle and whipped cream?? Do yourself a favor and do the cup experience. Call 410-667-3606 or go to TheCasualCup.com.

If you're looking for a fine dining experience at a one-of-a-kind destination-- visit Baldwin's Station. It's located at 7618 Main Street in Sykesville's Historic 1883 Train Station - overlooking the scenic Patapsco River--on The Old Main Line, the oldest railway in the country. Did I mention the wrap around deck, exposed brick and 20-foot ceilings? And--it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The menu includes mouth watering dishes including Blackened Shrimp with Cajun spice rubbed jumbo prawns, English pea puree and Old Bay vinaigrette; Crab Parfait with jumbo lump crab, mango chutney, chopped frisée, tangy Dijon, scallion and fresh dill and Lobster Ravioli -squid ink, bell peppers, sweet corn, spinach and sherry cream. Baldwin's Station has received numerous accolades including an Award of Distinction from Zagat. Not surprising-owner Stewart Dearie has 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including stints at some of THE most prestigious dining establishments --including the 4 star, 4 diamond Conservatory Restaurant atop the Peabody Court Hotel and Antrim 1844 in Taneytown. Call 410-795-1041 or go to BaldwinsStation.com. Can you hear the whistle blowing and the train rumbling by???

And..if you're looking to cut loose and just enjoy yourself-go downtown to Market Place and Howl at the Moon. It's a bar and sing-a-long with two baby grand pianos centered on audience participation. In other words it's a singin' clappin', stompin', dance on the piano, rock n roll dueling piano show. Where else can you drink, dance and sing Proud Mary? Call 410-783-5111 or go to HowlAtTheMoon.com.



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