Monday, June 4, 2012

Appetite Adventure - The Wine Market, Locust Point

if you are just joining me for my appetite adventure and aren't really sure what it is, find out about it here. you can see the full list of reviews so far here or by clicking the appetite adventure tab at the top of this page - right next to "home" and "about PW".

The Wine Market is one of the 10 restaurants I have attended prior to this appetite adventure and I was looking forward to going again. It is a little out of the way in Locust Point but the trip is well worth it. One of the perks of eating at The Wine Market is a discount on wines in their attached wine shop on the way out. It's a small but well-stocked space.

We decided to take E's mom on mother's day to their mothers day brunch. The regular menu is small and changes frequently. The brunch menu highlighted fresh spring ingredients (like garden peas, strawberries, and asparagus) and we were able to chose a starter, main course, and dessert. We all started with a cocktail (pink prosecco for the girls and a beer for E) and delved into the menu.

My mother-in-law chose the Chilled English Pea Soup to start and was warned by our server that it was very earthy. She bravely still ordered it. It tasted exactly like young peas but was thicker than expected. The sea beans garnishing the soup were a pleasant surprise as none of us had ever tried them but we all enjoyed them.

E and I both had the Arugula Strawberry Salad and loved every bite. I was surprised to see roasted duck in the salad but somehow the smokey flavor of the duck worked with the sweet strawberries, peppery arugula, and creamy goat cheese.

Mimi and I both enjoyed the Fried Oyster Benedict for our main course. I had imagined the fried oysters would be the base of the eggs benedict instead of bread, but they were placed on the side instead. The oysters were perfectly fried (I ordered them the last time we were here and loved them) and the Worcestershire sauce in the hollandaise sauce was a wonderful addition topping the perfectly poached eggs. Despite Mimi ordering her eggs poached hard and them arriving a bit runny none-the-less, she still enjoyed the dish.

E ordered the Country Fried Steak that arrived similar to an eggs benedict dish. A buttermilk biscuit was the base for the country fried steak with a fried egg on top. A duck gravy topped the entire dish and E said he loved every bite even though he isn't usually a "sauce" fan.

The menu featured three different desserts and we each ordered a different one. Mimi got the Mixed Berry Crumble with fresh berries, a light crumble topping, and a dollop of whipped cream.

I ordered the Strawberry Shortcake that tasted fresh and surprisingly light after a heavy main course.

E enjoyed Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding with chocolate ice cream and crumbled oreos.

Overall, the meals there are consistently delicious with pleasant surprises and new spins on old favorites. You are sure to enjoy your meal and the atmosphere and you will be well taken care of by their friendly staff. Be sure to enjoy the wine discount or at least leave some time to browse their selection.

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