Saturday, November 22, 2008

We just tried Cafe Troia in Towson

My mom is in town so last night my husband and I thought we'd take advantage of the free babysitter and go out for a drink. Grand Cru was packed, so we didn't go in. I wanted to stay close to home so we decided to try downtown Towson. I've never been to the Kent, but my husband has and he says it's OK but might be a bit college-y. We happened to drive by Cafe Troia on Allegheny and decided to give it a try. We didn't have dinner, just drinks and an appetizer and then dessert.

As it happens, the restaurant had moved to a new location, across the street from its old one, just 10 days earlier. Our waitress, who was friendly and attentive, said the former bar was just six seats but this new one has a decent sized bar and then a bunch of tables along the wall. We didn't even look at the dining room. Our martinis were great (I highly recommend the Harvest martini there) and our mozarella caprese was good -- it's pretty basic. My husband got creme brulee and I took a few bites and it was good, too.

The atmosphere was warm and nice. I wasn't in love with the drop ceiling that looked like an office building, but you can't have everything. There was nice dark woodwork and good lighting.

As entertainment, aside from the piano player, were two women in their maybe late 30s or early 40s who were getting totally hammered and couldn't keep their hands off each other. What was really interesting to watch was not the women, but that everyone in the bar couldn't take their eyes off of them. It was almost like performance art.

Anyway, are there other good upscale places in Towson to try? And when I say upscale, I don't mean snooty, but I really also don't want a sports bar or college hang out. We used to like Vin, but of course they closed. Any suggestions?

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