For one of my birthday dinners (yes, I have already had multiple celebrations and my birthday isn't until tomorrow!!!!), my in-laws took me to The Dogwood in Hampden. I couldn't WAIT to finally get to try this place (plus I used my Groupon!). I love their commitment to local and seasonal ingredients!
We started with their complimentary brown bread with mango butter. The brown bread almost had a cake consistency that I really enjoyed. The mango butter was good, though I was expecting more of a mango taste, but it's basically butter with chunks of mango in it. Overall - loved the freebie :)
For dessert I ordered the Carrot Cake ($7 pictured above) that had a wonderful orange cream cheese frosting. This WAS SO SUPERB. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Carrot Cake so much and I just couldn't get enough of this one. It was extremely rich and chock-full of raisins and I really loved the orange flavor of the icing. YUM. And because I was celebrating my birthday dinner - they didn't charge us for it! How lovely is that!!!! :)
Looking back, I had a spectacular meal and the restaurant itself was an absolute gem! This is one of those restaurants that make you love Baltimore a little more. It has the right amount of fun, chic-appeal, comfort, and local-ness to make it a wonderful Baltimore destination.
Oh yea, and I have to add that the service was spectacular. Our server's name was Jackie and she was fabulous! Also, they have their own parking lot behind the restaurant - so don't bother with street parking!