October | 2014 | GoodEats

This past Thursday, a few friends and I decided to try a nicer restaurant for one of our friend’s birthday. The choice was easy: Cunningham’s. Cunningham’s is relatively new to the Towson area and adds a more upscale feel to the community.

Located right off of York Road accessible from the roundabout, the restaurant is easily spotted from the street. The restaurant is beautiful, with a huge dining room and an open kitchen giving the diner a sneak peak at the magic. Cunningham’s menu is full of farm favorites, featuring menu items picked at the peak of their flavor, freshness and nutritional content.

The menu is broken down into four different main sections: table, appetizers, entrees and sides. Our waiter suggested the housemade charcuterie ($15), which features fresh cured meats and cheeses served to share. The Steak Tartare ($12) was unanimously decided by the table. The dish featured a tartare with chimichuri, quail egg and burgundy truffle, served with a few kettle chips to bring it all together. It was exquisite. Our table also tried the Pork Belly and Shrimp Dumplings (light dumplings with a salsa verde dipping sauce) ($9). These were by far the best starter. I also highly recommend taking a look at the flatbreads, they are huge and plenty to share. We went with a Housemade Chorizo ($12), featuring pickled shallots, grilled scallions and mozzarella.

Choosing a main course at a fancier restaurant is always tough. Cunningham’s entrée menu was refined and all looked delicious. The big decision was meat or fish. I personally like to try something a little different so the decision was between the Pan Roasted Halibut ($27) and Pan Seared Rockfish ($27). With some help from our server I went with the rockfish, which had a tomato, zucchini and squash puree served beneath it. The fish was tender, yet still had a perfectly crispy and seared skin. One of my friends treated himself to the 16oz Creekstone Farm Strip Steak ($42). It was a masterpiece, with huge strips of perfectly juicy meat fanned across a plate. Going a different route, my other friend tried the 14 oz. Pork Chop ($28) and was pleasantly surprised by the flavorful meat.

Pan Seared Rockfish. Photo by Taylor Seidel/ TU Student.

Pan Seared Rockfish. Photo by Taylor Seidel/ TU Student.

Cunningham’s also features a café/bakery around back, which serves breakfast sandwiches and breads, along with lunches. They also feature a full assortment of coffee and espresso drinks. The café is only open until 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends.

Cunningham’s also features a Sunday brunch prix fixe menu for $30 a person. Additionally, they feature a weekly happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, a half-price wine night on Tuesdays and Neighborhood Night on Sundays that has 20 percent off entrees and bottles of wine.

Whatever your reason for visiting Cunningham’s it’s sure to include some incredible food and fantastic service.

Until next time. I wish you GoodEats!

My friends and I enjoying Cunningham's. Photo by Taylor Seidel/ TU Student.

My friends and I enjoying Cunningham’s. Photo by Taylor Seidel/ TU Student.

—Edited by Jared Kurlander.

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