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Wit and Wisdom review

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Wit and Wisdom restaurant

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Wit and Wisdom is approached through the stunning modern lobby of the new Four Seasons Baltimore. Despite its tucked away position to the south of the main lobby, the hotel's friendly staff is all too eager to help patrons find Wit and Wisdom, or for that matter find whatever they are looking for in the Four Seasons.

A lot of thought has gone into the decor at Wit and Wisdom. Wit and Wisdom is warm, handsome, and modern. Brand new painted brick walls look as though they could have been degenerating in a Baltimore rowhouse for a century, while the stunningly simple solid oak table tops don't distract from the food, but remain artwork all to themselves. Both the Edison lighting and the fireplaces peppered throughout the flowing dining space give off a warm, organic glow.

A tall ceilinged, spacious common space, is visually subdivided into unique sections. At the restaurant’s entry is the impressive, sleek oval bar. To the right of the entrance sits a dapper lounge area that looks as though it could be the living room of one of the hotel’s moneyed, beguiling guests. The dining area merges seamlessly with the lounge and abuts the bar. The roomy space contains both sensible tables and chairs and attractive and comfy booth seating. An open kitchen quietly shines and flickers with the light emanating from a wood burning oven. Diners watch while the kitchen staff prepares food with calm meticulousness and grace.

The restaurant emphasizes local ingredients and the menu specifies where many of the products the restaurant uses come from. The menu options at Wit and Wisdom are divided into four categories based upon kitchen preparation. Your entree may be either Oak Fire Grilled, Griddled in a Cast Iron Skillet, Rotisseried, or Slow Cooked and Braised. For appetizers, the restaurant has chilled oysters from various locations, depending on the day. The lobster corn dogs are well cooked, but a little heavy on the batter. For entrees, the skate wing is delicately prepared with a perfectly light and thin crust surrounding the delicate flesh of the pieces of skate. Several side dishes are offered on the menu. The Brussels sprouts are roasted to perfection with a sorghum and cider glaze that works with rather than over powers the bitterness of the vegetables. With respect to dessert, the red velvet cake is deconstructed and inspiringly strewn upon a plate with homemade ice cream and pieces of chocolate and nuts. Michael Mina may not be on hand to cook your dinner when you are at the restaurant, but rest assured, the kitchen staff to whom he has left the restaurant are more than aptly prepared for the task.

The view of the harbor is spectacular, although oddly, partially obstructed by a wood fence. Enjoying the view with a cup of coffee (or one of the well crafted cocktails from the bar, the sticky wicket in particular) and good company might be the perfect end to a meal at Wit and Wisdom. But be ware, the soft, warm atmosphere may make you want to stay longer than you anticipate.

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