It appears, a lot can change in two years because Baltimore has turned into a bit of a destination. The food scene is changing. Restaurants focused on local, seasonal, regional cooking are beginning to pop-up and the restaurant that seems to be spearheading these changes is Woodbury Kitchen. I first read about them in a post that popped up in my Instagram feed about a year ago. They were making the kind of food I love (seasonally focused small plates) and for that reason it was added to my ever-growing list of places to visit.
I took myself to dinner there last Monday, and for a Monday evening, in the middle of August, during a torrential summer rain, this restaurant was packed. They hype and fervor around the restaurant is worth it. They are doing some pretty incredible things - looking at the history of food native to the area (Crab! Rice!) and making it modern.
But, there was one dish that below me away - their eggplant caponata. A whole baby eggplant was roasted until tender and topped with tomatoes and roasted garlic. It didn't mess with the classic too much - instead it elevated it and made it something new and incredibly memorable. It made me wonder what else the kitchen is capable of.
I will be back because I need to eat more of the menu (which is why Tyler will be coming) and really dive into what they are doing, but what I saw, I liked a lot. Baltimore, I have a feeling we will be seeing more of each other.