Friday, December 30, 2005

Iron Bridge Wine Company

The Iron Bridge Wine Company
10435 State Route 108
Columbia, Maryland 21044

410-997-3456 Phone
410-997-3807 Fax

For a Google map, click here.

I have also written a more recent review here.

Columbia, Maryland, is not the best place for restaurants. There are too many chains. I was so excited when the Iron Bridge Wine Company opened a couple of years ago. The only problem with it is that it is so popular that it often really difficult to get a table. (If this account sounds a little too enthusiastic, please know that I am not connected with this place in any way.) They don't take reservations.

One of the best things about this place is that they sell wonderful wine. Many places sell good wine, but how many seek out interesting undiscovered wines? South African Chenin Blanc, for example. Modern Greek wines. Well priced wines from Spain. They sell many of the high priced, popular wines too, but whenever I go to the Iron Bridge, I feel I am going to learn something new and discover a new wine. Best of all, they put a bottle on your table for just $5.00 above retail -- I love that! They also have a variety of "wines of the month" at around $10.

The next best thing is that they have a short menu. They do a few things well. Tonight I had a Venison and Foie Gras Pate, which came with a nice little salad with walnuts and balsamic vinegar. The main course was rack of lamb ($16), which I ordered rare. I could not stop chewing away at those bones! It came in a delicious Hollandaise/Beaujolais sauce.

Dessert was a pumpkin panacotta. Very rich and delicately spiced with cinnamon and vanilla and a silky texture.

My only caveat about this place is that you need to get there early because it fills up. It just shows what happens when someone decides to offer excellent food and wine at a reasonable price -- none of the main courses cost more than $16! I also find their lunch a little disappointing -- the menu is mostly sandwiches, which is OK when you are working, but sometimes you feel like a "real meal."

For readers, looking for other reviews, notice that Iron Bridge is written as two words. Many people searching for this restaurant seem to write "Ironbridge." I have also noticed that a lot of people are searching for the "Ironbridge Winery." The Iron Bridge Wine Company does not make wine -- it is just a wine bar, restaurant, and an outstanding retailer of wine.


Anonymous said...

And if you like a wine, they are happy to sell you a case at the case price (one free bottle) typically for $5 below the "table price." and even lug it to the car for you. They serve breakfast, too, but I haven't tried it. Have you

Moyey said...

I have had brunch there on a Saturday, and it was wonderful. People who lug wine to my trunk always make me feel very grateful!

Anonymous said...

I'm from the UK and have visited Ellicott City twice and this is my favourite the world! They love wine and they know their stuff. They recommended fabulous bottles for us every time we visited and the food was terrific. The ambience is what makes it though. It's so relaxed and yet you still feel special. I'll be there this year again and wouldn't miss it.

Anonymous said...

I was really delighted and surprised when I went to visit my sister and she took me to this place. We had both had a heavy couple of days before and wanted to catch up over some good wine. We did - then close to the end of our meal and several glasses of wine later - THEY ASKED US TO LEAVE?!? HUH? I was so shocked and disturbed - we were not loud, nor doing anything but eating and drinking. HOW RUDE!!! I will not return there and do not recommend it. SNOBS!