The Rumor Mill
Fantastic!So impressed with the Rumor Mill, from start to finish. The food is well-crafted and interesting; it's easy to tell that everything is done from scratch, and with care. Drinks were great. And the people were so friendly: our server was enthusiastic and helpful, but it wasn't just her that made us feel cared for. The hostesses were nice, patient as we got our group together, and both the chef and his wife came out personally (at separate times) to make sure that everything was good. They didn't just stop by the table, either - they seemed really interested to hear about our experience there. We took our time, had everything from appetizers to dessert (homemade ice creams were awesome) and will definitely be back soon!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Mother's Day lunch!I brought my mom here for Mother's Day. We started w/ the yellow beets. The blue cheese medallions added a nice kick. Next we had the calamari blt - our fave dish. The calamari was cooked perfectly w/ a nice, light breading. We followed w/ the fried oysters. The sauces really brought out the flavors.
We ended w/ the baked brie & the choice of spicy bacon marmalade or peach compote. We requested half/half, but were told that wasn't possible. When it came out the topping was just spread on; so they could have easily accommodated our request. We ended up going w/ the bacon. It was good, but we would have enjoyed a taste of both.
Our server was friendly and the pace of the meal was perfect. We really enjoyed our experience & will visit again.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAn Unexpected GemWe had seen The Rumor Mill many times while walking up Main Street in Ellicott City, but always thought it was a just small bistro. Were we ever wrong! It's very spacious and has lots of charm and character. Food is OUTSTANDING. We had a tomato puree tartlet that was out of this world. For the tipsy they also have a great selection of infused vodkas - I had a Bloody Mary with jalepeno infused vodka. The closest I can come to a complaint - they don't have ketchup if you order something with fries (or at least didn't that day). However, by time our waitress came back to us with that news, we had already eaten all of the fries, which are really delicious...5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMService and food excellent.Try the cilantro beef or if daring the BLT calamari.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMLovelyThe tapas was spectacular! Also loved the dessert.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic foodThis restaurant was a wonderful find. Great infused vodkas and wonderful tapas style meals. We'll be back.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food menu set upWonderful food menu set up by the chef, the only downfall was some items were unavailable because they were switching their menu over. I had the lamb t-bone special an it was complexly delicious. The server seemed a little frazzled and forgot a thing or two, but she was very attentive and friendly. Food was delivered whenever it was ready which was kind of neat! Will definitely be returning here to sample the new menu, cheers!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe infused vodka bar is amazingThe infused vodka bar is amazing and creative. In addition to the delicious food, you won't want to miss it.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't wait to go back!My group of 4 was celebrating a big birthday, and we were treated like rock stars! I can't say enough about the service or the food. We loved everything we ordered (and we ordered A LOT!) and had such a great time that we closed the place down at midnight... and our reservation was for 7:30! Chef Matt spent time with us at the end of the night and explained a bit about how our food was prepared, and he was very excited about some new things he has planned. You can tell this man truly loves what he does, and it shows in his food.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed the tapas style meal.Enjoyed the tapas style meal. Interesting novelties along with some solid comfort food. The french fries were a surprising hit with my family.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything we ate had so muchEverything we ate had so much flavor! Combinations I never would have thought of were amazing. All 3 in our group loved the food, ambience and service. The owner even came to the table to make sure all was good. Definitely recommend this place.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious gem!My husband and I dined here for NYE and the food and drink concoctions are to die for! So happy to find a "foodie" restaurant in historic EC. Great place to go too if you're just looking for a unique drinking experience - they specialize in infused house-made vodkas!12/31/2012 12:00:00 AM