Somebody graduated. Somebody got married. Somebody stayed married. Your in-laws are in town. Buck up! Put on the tie. That's right, the conservative one. Wear that dress your mother loves you in. Settle in for a ride. Would we put you through all this for nothing?
Certainly not. Baldwin's offers a lovely, historic setting, with dining inside or out, polished service, and food that sounds, looks, and tastes great. Sauces hold pride of place here. Your calamari will come topped with cilantro-and-pistachio-nut pesto, your crab puff will ooze sherry-mornay, your duck will peek out from under a cascade of dark, tart cherries. You won't object after the first taste. Soups here are subtle. If your guests are from out of town, it's good to know the crab cakes are exemplary (fat white lumps, parsley, minced red pepper), cakes Marylanders can be proud of. Wines are reasonable, desserts are decadence itself. Your special-occasion evening stretches on and on. The train whistle sounds, reminding you that Baldwin's, when completed in 1883, was an actual railroad station. Yes, you can loosen that tie now. Your in-laws, stuffed and a bit giddy, won't mind.
Other Awards for Best Restaurant for Special Occasions: