Leave it to near where I live to have a wining and dining excursion that wasn’t just authentic but felt as spontaneous as any night out I’ve had in some time. Based on that picture above, I would say that’s quite the understatement.
One Eleven Main Street, in well, Main Street, Bel Air, MD has been open for several months. I’m slightly embarrassed to have not this restaurant even existed. I live minutes away from historic Main Street and had passed through recently. I guess I just never noticed it. Shame on me but this is why you have good friends to steer you in the right direction.
In terms of unplanned, I had a peaceful night of doing nothing at home. Sometimes we need that. I had zero intention of going out. I was at peace with watching a cinema, eating some processed food, and calling it a night.
But you know, when you’re at peace with yourself and your plans for the evening, that’s when your friends want to hang out. And this is from one the more unlikely folks. It made my night.
I have a few friends who live near me, and when I do get a chance to hang out with them, I take full advantage. I initially met them at a one locale and thought this was perfect. It was a beautiful and brief encounter of dear friends I don’t see enough. I thought a good hour was just right. They had started earlier and looked like they were ready go to home.
This was organic in its own right. So many of our plans are constructed via invites and messaging feeds that this was a rarity that I missed. I was at peace. Fortunately, they wanted more and I was along for the ride. One Eleven Main was an inspired choice.
I just figured a glass of wine and small plate would do the job. So much for that. We got a little carried away. But it was a celebration of sorts. My dear friends’ were celebrating a wedding anniversary all week and I’m grateful to have been able to be a part of that.
After trying one or two wines, there was some hesitation on where to go. We all were in the mood for something medium bodied, and I noticed the Don David Reserve Malbec 2015.
Over a year ago, I reviewed the 2013 version and loved it.
After a bit of deliberation and sampling that’s what we went with. But as you can see, that’s not all that we went with.
The cheese and charcuterie board looked like it was good for six people. It took three of us to finish it. But we took our time. We savored this thing. Aside from taking few pictures, we enjoyed this moment for what it was, an organic experience.
In this instance, like many others, it doesn’t matter what was in the mind. You may get your darker fruits and earthy undertones, but none of this mattered. To me it tasted like a full on Malbec, and a full on great wine. For under $30 this was fantastic, but you can’t put a dollar amount on a great adventure.
I was blown away. This is a restaurant I may have not encountered for a long time, if it wasn’t for my friends. It’s good to have good friends. But it’s not about me. It was about all of us. It was an experience that will resonate with me for a long time.
And the staff was incredible. The cozy atmosphere lends itself to a sense of community, a sense of love, and a sense of friendship.
We were the only three people at the front bar. For a few moments it felt like we were the only people on Earth. I’m not exaggerating at all, but that’s the feeling I got at times. That’s when you know everything is going right and nothing can bring down this natural high.
For more on Don David, click here. I wish I could find a list of stores that carry the wine, but perhaps online ordering may work as well. Here’s one link where the price is listed at $17, which is a solid value, or maybe this link at $15, even better.
If you’re in the area or planning on travelling to the Harford County and Bel Air, MD area, here is One Eleven Main Street’s location and menus.
I will be back but this evening will be hard to top. You know when you have a great meal and vino that you’ll be talking about for a long time? Yeah this is that. I’ve had a few of those and I’m thrilled to have this join the list. I could talk about this forever but you know, some parts of an amazing memory should be kept internal.
How do I top this? No need to top it. More awesome experiences to come.