Mr. Jefferson celebrates his birthday — part 1 — in Baltimore Petit Louis style [classic article]

Due to neighborhood rules in Roland Park, Petit Louis does not have outdoor seating. So, how to celebrate Mr. Jefferson’s 9th birthday in style? Get Petit Louis to do some carry out, which they gladly do! First, it was time to set a nice table on the patio, complete with Liberty of London outdoor ware from Target. Then, some nice candlesticks from Reed & Barton, utilizing pure beeswax candles. Outdoors, I have to admit, beeswax candles tend to drip a lot and get quite messy.

From Petit Louis, I ordered Pate’ Maison and Terrine a la mode Landaise (terrine of fois gras with soft egg yolk) as appetizers. I supplemented the pate with some extra sweet gerkins I had in the house. Jeffy had little, teeny bites of each and loved them.

Salad was made at home with packaged herb greens — I live the dill and cilantro in there! — blood orange olive oil, white wine vinegar, red onions sauteed dry with sugar and salt, a little Parmesan cheese. The salad just happened to match my bowls!

For entrees, there was the Saturday special of tender beef short ribs served with mashed potatoes and gravy. Jeffy had the container of leftover gravy as a kind of doggy shooter. They are mostly meat and very little bones, a good deal.

The sweetbreads are on the permanent menu now at Petit Louis — they used to just be Thursday’s special. They’re terrific! This week, they were served with mushrooms and cauliflower. I have to say, they were excellent! And yes, Jeffy had a bite. He approves.

I ordered some pomme frites on the side which – although not holding up so well as carryout, really went well with the sweetbreads’ sauce.

Dessert was ice cream from the house.

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