bill_keksz wrote:And there's a couple decent places to eat, IIRC.
That's true, there are some really great places that are reasonable as well (there are also a number of really EXPENSIVE places in Ellicott City that you can really hurt your wallet) I used to teach school at St. Paul in Catonsville and because Ellicott City is so close, generally the hubby would come get me at work and we would have dinner in historic E.C.....P.M. (Pre Miata) Some really neat ideas if you don't know or have never been to E.C. would be:
The Trolley Stop/Furnace Inn....this is a real gem if you are coming in from Catonsville. It is on the right near the public parking before you go under the railroad bridge. The Furnace Inn is upstairs from the Trolley Stop (which is a bar atmosphere, does have food though and killer breakfast!) and they are only open on the weekends. Atmosphere is casual. Many specials and food is very good! Looks like a fru fru restaurant when you walk in to the foyer, but it really isn't.
Phoenix Emporium....ok bar food, great place to get a drink.
Cacao Lane....great food, romantic atmosphere, little more expensive than most of the other restaurants on the block, HOWEVER, having drinks here when Ellicott City has "Christmas on Main Street" is very happening! Be sure to get your server to sit you upstairs!
La Papala....great Mexican food (not better than mine, but HEY your out
), fun atmosphere, really good Margherita's!
Ellicott City Brewing Company.....no doubt about it, we have had some really great microbrews here! Food is typical bar food but tasty.....we like them more for their beer. Busy on the weekends!
Judge's Bench....good food...personally though, we have never been wild about the atmosphere.
Side Streets Cafe...We used to love this restaurant, but it had changed some the last time we were there and sad to say we haven't been back. It is a nice place on the inside, but there were a lot of changes with service, menu and so forth.
The one really expensive place in Ellicott City is Jordan's Steakhouse which is close to the Phoenix Emporium. We have NOT been there but our best friends are friends with the owners. Prices are in line with Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Very romantic looking place, but if you are just out for a fun ride, probably the kind of restaurant you want to not go into after driving with the top down....bring your wallet with lots of green or plastic. Our friends said it was great....I took her word for it, but then they ate for nothing, so I guess it DID taste good!
For the prices they charge, I would go to Trueth's Meat in Oella, buy two really good steaks (they have the BEST!) and take them home and whip up a good meal myself! You would still have about $75 smackers left over to fill the Miata almost 5 times!