Recently, my Mom came to visit and wanted to go someplace nice in Federal Hill. When she’s in town, we don’t often explore the area and she wants to get a feel for the whole city, including the neighborhood where I live. in 2013, Liv2Eat was voted best new restaurant by the Baltimore City Paper. I knew my Mom was looking for something local because she wanted a true taste of Maryland crab so I figured this was the perfect spot for dinner.
When we sat down, we started with the Butternut Squash Soup. The soup was incredibly creamy and then topped with bacon bits which added a nice saltiness to the dish. While it was pretty straightforward in terms of flavor, it was delicious nonetheless.
My Mom and I also decided to share the Brussels Sprout Salad. It came with shaved brussel sprouts, toasted hazelnuts, granny smith apples, bacon, pecorino cheese. The dressing on this was nice and light and made the salad very refreshing, it complimented the bacon wonderfully.
As I mentioned earlier, my Mom was looking for a true taste of Maryland and decided to order a Crabcake. The crabcake came with potato puree, dijon creme fraiche, pickled cabbage. When my Mom ordered she asked the waitress if it was ‘very crabby’ apparently that’s New Yorker for ‘is there a lot of filler.’ The crabcake had minimal filler and a nice crust on the outside making it a true Maryland crabcake.
I decided to order the Creekstone Flatiron. It came with a potato puree, sauteed spinach, and bordelaise sauce. I swapped my spinach for brussels sprouts because I had a craving. The steak was well cooked and perfectly tender and I really liked the sauce. This wasn’t the best steak I’ve ever had, but it was still a very good, filling meal.
Liv2Eat‘s menu highlights local and seasonal products and they do a great job rotating the menu to offer fresh and delicious options that truly showcases the best of the region.
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