Wine Market

Location: 921 E Fort Ave Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 244-6166

Type of Restaurant: Wine Bar, Seafood, and French

Atmosphere: Semi-Formal to Formal

Price: $$$*

The Wine Selection

When you walk in you are consumed and mesmerized by the superb wine selection offered by this restaurant. The same wine manager here also manages/owns the Mt. Washington Wine Co, and the Chesapeake Wine Co. I personally do not know much about wines, but since turning 21 I have grown a liking to a drink for years I thought was bitter and horrid. Pairing the right wines, with the right food is key. Luckily this night I was being taken out my store’s owners to celebrate the opening of the companies new location in Locust Point. One of the owners used to own a wine store himself, so he knew what the best wines were, and man did he deliver.

To Start...

The Appetizers were amazing. The Wine Market had a splendid assortment of cheeses on their cheese plate while on the wooden block adjecent had rabbit pate, chicken liver pate, prosciutto, and pickled beat relish. The baguettes were smoked in a olive oil, garlic, rosemary extravaganza and were wonderfully crispy! Needless to say, the bread kept coming to keep up with our swift consuming.

Main Course

One word, amazing. The easiest way to explain dinner is to go from my left and explain what everyone had.

Starting on my left:

sliced grilled steak salad (mesclun greens, tomato, cucumber, egg, cherry glen goat cheese, avocado, roasted poblano dressing); carpaccio with a white spicy mustard and griddled haloumi (baby frisee, grilled stone fruits, warm pancetta vinaigrette); maple braised kurobuta pork tenderloin (parsnip tots, local apple butter, fava bean shoots, pickled asian pears);goat ricotta gnocchi (kabocha squash purée, toasted pumpkin seeds, dry jack,
balsamic brown butter); grilled wild caught swordfish (wild rice, butternut squash, leeks, roasted grapes, violet mustard broth); and onto me…pan roasted creekstone farms bistro steak (charred padron pepper, chimichurri butter, scalloped potatoes, turnip remoulade). Trust me, I tried everyone else’s dinner, and all of it was amazing. The carpaccio was to die for with that drizzle of mustard on top, yum! The goat cheese gnocci was a star at dinner as well.

...Deserts

I don’t think anyone would have said yes to a desert from the reactions on peoples’ faces when our waitress asked if we wanted any, but they were brought out anyhow. The owners insisted and the restaurant made us! (I know, I know, amazing) The three desserts were: Flourless Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake with Walnut Butter with a side of Beet Ice Cream; A Lemon Curd with a very airy viscosity (unusual but worked) and a Hot Bread Pudding with roasted asian pears inside and a pineapple basil sorbet to go along with it.

This was a splendid ending to a busy day!

Oh, shout out to dogma-life, with your pet for opening their new Locust Point location!

I recommend you go there ASAP. It’s great for a few delicious drinks or if you are hungry, they will not disappoint.

Bon Apetite,

Arex

 

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