5 cozy Howard County restaurants for warm specials this winter
By Valerie Bonk
For Howard Magazine|
Jan 03, 2019 at 5:15 AM
As winter brings on the cold — and sometimes snowy — weather, we search for cozy places to go out and have a warm meal. From fireplaces and hot comfort foods to special drinks and inviting decor, these five restaurants should be at the top of your list this season.
The historic surroundings at Elkridge Furnace Inn may be more enjoyable than the food, but it's still a charming spot.
By Tim Smith
Oct 02, 2018 at 1:55 PM
Other winter dishes include house-made bacon, free-range eggs and local chicken and veal.
On Jan. 18, Elkridge Furnace Inn is planning a “gourmand gathering” with dishes from five countries influenced by France (among them, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain) with a special themed meal. Tickets are $100.
Their winter drink is a spiked apple cider with local ingredients.
“It’s a fun seasonal adult beverage with Captain Morgan, fresh local apple cider and spices including allspice, cinnamon and cloves,”said Nicholas Thompson, senior operations manager at Manor Hill Tavern.
With bars upstairs and downstairs, there’s plenty of space to bring a group of friends to catch up on a cold winter day and enjoy a warm Neapolitan-style pizza from Manor Hill’s custom-built brick oven.
Warm drink specials, prix-fixe meals and seasonal flights greet those strolling down Main Street at Pure Wine Cafe.
The cafe recently created $30 prix-fixe three-course meals, posting seasonal offerings on their social media accounts with appetizing pictures to get out the word.
“We started it after the last flood as a way to have a special seasonal menu out there,” said PJ Strain, owner of Pure Wine Cafe. “It’s been a struggle since the flood, but necessity builds invention and we’ve been really creative with our new specials.
These specials include meals such as short rib ragu with house-made pasta and braised kale and chicken and mushroom risotto with mushroom stock, exotic mushrooms and white wine.
On Historic Main Street Ellicott City, the cozy restaurant features an extensive wine list and a casual atmosphere where work from local artists adorns the walls with the artwork rotating quarterly, creating a unique and interesting space to spend time indoors.