The monopoly tycoons of the late 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Linger at one of their former stomping grounds with today's deal: $30 for $65 worth of fine dining at The Milton Inn Restaurant in Sparks.
Housed in a quaint, 270-year-old fieldstone building, the award-winning restaurant's country manor setting is straight out of Beauty and the Beast. The dinner menu is a prestigious collection of carefully crafted cuisine. Appetizers include a selection of shellfish (oysters Rockefeller and clams prepared with garlic butter, bacon, and red peppers) and saucy morsels. The pan-seared foie gras ($18) drizzled with blackberry balsamic and sided with prosciutto and chive crispy polenta is mysterious and indulgent. Main courses include seafood andor ($36), a cluster of aquatic proteins (lobster, rockfish, crabmeat, mussels, and shrimp) tossed in a smooth dill sauce and sided with vegetables and wild-mushroom risotto; and an 8 oz. filet served with mushrooms, asparagus, and buttermild chive potatoes ($36).
The Milton Inn has been praised by notable glossies including Life and Time, and its wine cellar is among the region's most revered. Business-casual dress is preferred, and parking is complimentary at the Inn's private lot.
This Groupon is valid toward dinner only.
The Baltimore Sun says the Milton Inn is one of the Baltimore area's best bets:
- Spring may be the best time of year to visit the Milton Inn, Baltimore's favorite destination restaurant. The front dining room of the mid-18th-century fieldstone house has large windows on two sides and is filled with light as the sun sets. The apple-green walls and handsome period furnishings of this pretty room look their best this time of year. Its well-spaced tables beckon, set with white linen, sparkling stemware and fresh flowers. The effect is fresh and appealing. – Elizabeth Large
Gayot spotlights Milton Inn's intimate ambience:
- This grande dame of a stagecoach stop-turned-country inn (c. 1740) radiates care within a series of small rooms that make for intimate dining, and the manor house décor is striking. We like the red room, its crimson walls edged in white, its collections of prints and china plates artfully hung. But then there’s the hearth room to consider, with its massive stone fireplace, and the blue room, too, with its curtains in soft yellow chintz. Chef-partner Brian Boston is upholding its reputation as a bastion of fine dining. His seasonal menu nods to regional traditions while adding Southern touches… – Gayot
The Milton Inn Restaurant
Within a 272-year-old fieldstone building, the aroma of pan-seared seafood and glazed meat drifts through dining rooms as patrons clink together glasses of fine wines. The location didn't always have such a refined air; throughout its history it served as a rest area for travelers and a prestigious school for boys. It wasn't until 1947, when Ivan Drechsler purchased the location, that it was restored and established as a country inn.
Today, executive chef and owner Brian Boston, who was recently named 2011 Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, crafts upscale American dishes in the Inn's bustling kitchen. Plates of artisan cheeses and steaming bowls of fresh Maryland crab soup travel to the dining room, warming up stomachs for later courses more efficiently than a series of lunges beside one's table. Entrees such as the 12-ounce grilled rib-eye steak and wild-mushroom-stuffed phyllo star in the inventive, upscale menu next to sides of grilled summer vegetables.
Nearly 200 handpicked red and white wines age gracefully in an underground wine cellar, which rests beneath colonial-style dining rooms illumined by tabletop candles and crackling flames from a rustic stone fireplace. The Milton Inn Restaurant requests that male guests don jackets, a prerequisite that arose after the short-lived “shirtless cummerbund” fad of the late 1980s. Diners that commute via four-wheeled steed can deposit their vehicles in the eatery's free parking lot.