By Meghan Norville
Editor's Note: While Suzanne is recuperating from knee surgery, several In Good Taste readers have agreed to share their food thoughts and experiences.
I went to Tabrizi’s the other night when it was unseasonably warm in search of outdoor seating and great water views. I wasn’t disappointed.
You have to know that Tabrizi’s exists behind the Pier Homes community off of Key Highway. I prefer to get there by strolling the new promenade that wraps around the Rusty Scupper and hugs the Ritz Carlton residences on the Inner Harbor side. It’s a beautiful, well-lit walk with incredible ambience leading up to a restaurant that promises more of the same.
On this particular night, a trio of musicians was performing – vocals, acoustic guitar and piano – and I was swept away. I learned that this trio is there every Thursday, and they love requests! I threw out some Eva Cassidy songs and my boyfriend even challenged them with Jodeci. They knew them all and rocked each one. We were having our own sing-along from our corner table with a view!
Speaking of view, floor to ceiling windows line the back walls that face the Inner Harbor, so you’re looking directly out at a marina. Beautiful boats are my kind of eye candy. The walls are a cool gold and pale blue to make the space feel bright and airy. A long island with stools is set up near the open kitchen for people who don’t want to sit at a formal table but also don’t want to eat at the bar. The group of diners at that island looked like they were visiting someone’s kitchen. It was like watching a dinner party in your neighbor’s kitchen – albeit your neighbor’s very nice kitchen!
Our server for the night was extremely personable and funny and nailed the balance between catering to our every whim without being overbearing. They want you to have a great time in a beautiful setting. No need to act stuffy.
They had a great selection of small plates, so we ordered the Mozzarella Caprice Napolean, Baba Ghanoush and Stuffed Wine Leaves, which I paired with a light Rose. All were delicious.
The live music and social atmosphere kept us there for three hours. We literally were the last people to leave. It struck me as I looked around at my fellow diners that they all seemed to recognize one another. Apparently people return frequently.
I can see why.