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 Groupon: for $30, you get $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 idyllically complements its savory, upscale eats. The dinner menu is a prestigious collection of carefully crafted cuisine, such as the seafood martini appetizer with its sophisticated selection of jumbo shrimp, crabmeat, lobster claw, and mussels gently swaying atop a citrus slaw of veggies ($18), or the artisan cheese plate bursting with delectable dairy discs, fruit, and baguettes ($16). Doff dinner hats at entrees such as the roasted Hudson Valley duck, which sizzles and sings sweet flavors in a pan before meshing with pear gastrique and a buttery brown-sugar acorn squash alongside walnut and golden raisin wild rice ($35). The 8-ounce grilled beef fillet can be a carnivore's celebration blanketed with horseradish potato pave and roasted cauliflower, tucked in by dragon carrots and asparagus, and lullabied by a smoked tomato compound butter ($37).
The Milton Inn has been praised by notable glossies including Life and Time, and its wine cellar is among the region's most revered. Parking is complimentary at The Milton Inn's private lot, and suit jackets and business-casual dress are preferred, though briefcases and deadline stress are best left back at the office or in your hovercraft workstation.
This Groupon is valid toward dinner only.
- 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, Baltimore Sun
- 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. Throughout its history, the building 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.
Executive chef and owner Brian Boston, who was named 2011 Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, crafts upscale American dishes in the Inn's bustling kitchen. To complement its food, the Inn boasts a wine cellar that includes more than 200 handpicked selections, which rest beneath colonial-style dining rooms illumined by tabletop candles and crackling flames from a rustic stone fireplace. The restaurant's romantic ambience and open-air garden terrace have drawn diners celebrating momentous occasions for many years.
14833 York Rd.
Sparks, Maryland 21152Get Directions