Who knew? A new chef has taken over the kitchen at one of Baltimore’s grand dames, The Brass Elephant, and unveiled a menu for our times—entrées for $25 and less. Chef Marcus Olson, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon, and worked in London, Paris, and New York, calls himself a neo-classic chef, a "modern guy," he says.
Now, you’ll find creative dishes like native American mixed grill, braised pork shank, and an American shellfish quartet for reasonable prices. And being a modern guy, Marcus insists on fresh, made-in-house products. Plus you get to dine in the wonderfully romantic atmosphere of the charming 1850 townhouse with architectural details like carved fireplaces, Teak wood, and stained glass. There’s free valet parking, too.
Marcus also has a great menu planned for Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Jan. 23-Feb. 1) and Valentine’s Day. He calls his Feb. 14 spread, "Love It, Hate It!" The folks who love Valentine’s Day enjoy a feast in the dining room. The people who hate all that mushy stuff can pig out in the bar. "I’m a quirky guy," the chef says. Sounds like he’ll fit right into Charm City.