Nick had always told me about his memories of The Brass Elephant. He was excited to see renovations heralding its reopening as The Elephant after more than five years of closure. We’d received a gift card to dine there for our wedding and were looking forward to the visit. The idea was to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner for two, and spend some quality time as a couple.
Last time we had ventured over to the mall in Towson, we noticed a new restaurant coming in, Nando’s Peri-Peri. While it’s now been open quite a while, we hadn’t ventured inside until last week, mainly because on weekends it’s so busy. We were lucky last week and found a quiet time on a weekday evening. Nando’s plays in that space between a fast-food joint and a full table-service restaurant. Much like Pei Wei, ordering is done at the register and a server brings your meals when ready. For those unfamiliar, Nando’s serves South African cuisine, and is mostly known for chicken, with a other offerings as well.
As a pedestrian walking through historic Mount Vernon, it was exciting to see the restoration of the old fire station on the corner of Read and Calvert. It had stood abandoned for quite some time before the Hummel family decided to renovate and open the Brew House. Neighbors are excited to have a new dining establishment in the neighborhood. For one reason or another, we hadn’t been able to get over there for more than a beer since the grand opening, but we decided to meet some friends there for dinner last week.
Having lived in the Belvedere Square area for a little bit of time, I must have walked past Jerry’s Tavern many, many times, and just never went inside. On a night where we were looking to eat out, our original destination was fully booked with reservations, so Jerry’s turned out to be our “Plan B”. I had no idea what to expect, but when we walked in, it felt like a step back in time, maybe the 1970’s era? Picture the paneled walls, well-worn carpet, and sort of a darkish ambiance. But, I was ready to roll with it. We were seating in the dining room. Other than a large table of 10, it was just us and maybe another table or two of patrons there for a Thursday night dinner out. Adjacent to us was the bar area. While I never did walk into it, it certainly sounded much livelier.
The Starlight Diner is located in the former location of the Shoofly Diner, across from the Belvedere Square market. Living nearby, I had been able to watch the renovations as they occurred over the course of several months. I was anxious to see the finished result, and of course, to give the place a try. We decided to take advantage of a beautiful day, and sit outside on the front porch to enjoy a late breakfast. If I recall correctly, we arrived in the late afternoon, so it was in between the lunch and dinner time rushes. For us, this meant we were able to relax outdoors, without much hustle and bustle.
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