Both problems were rectified immediately. The Sam Adams was quickly swapped out for the stout, and the wine arrived with apologies (and no charge). As a result, they felt like blips in otherwise top-notch service.
Many restaurants make bread pudding in house. It's often quite good, but some restaurants make the mistake of reheating the pudding in the microwave, resulting in a dessert that is boiling hot in some spots but cold in others. Baldwin's Station's was better than most simply because it was heated properly — and evenly.
Having a good time, we considered prolonging our stay with a scotch — Baldwin's Station boasts an impressive selection — in the cozy, inviting bar.
But in the end, we decided to leave the bar for another night. Maybe for the next special occasion.
Back story: Fine-dining veteran Stewart Dearie opened Baldwin's Station in 1997 in a Sykesville railway station built in 1883.
Parking: Lot in front.
Signature dish: Short ribs, braised in apple cider until fork-tender and infused with sweet apple flavor, are served on top of chunky sweet potatoes, with a side of crisp green beans.
Where: 7618 Main St., Sykesville
Contact: 410-795-1041, baldwinstation.com
Open: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (lunch served until 3:30) Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (brunch/lunch served until 3:30) Sunday
Credit Cards: All major
[Key: Superlative: *****; Excellent: ****; Very Good: ***; Good: **; Promising: *]