A while back, I asked everyone for suggestions on where to take my parents for dinner while they were visiting (and thanks, by the way!). I got so many wonderful suggestions, but I knew that I wanted to try somewhere new to us and fairly close by, so we decided to take the Circulator into Federal Hill and try Regi's American Bistro.
There were so many reasons that I wanted to try Regi's. It has great reviews. The chef often does farmers' market reports for Dining@Large because they do so much farm to table cooking. They have their own garden on their roof. I pass by it every time that we're in Federal Hill. Need I go on? We made reservations, but the restaurant wasn't too busy when we first got there around 6:30. By the time we left, they were crowded, though! The restaurant itself is fairly small and very cute. Typical of Federal Hill, it's in a renovated space that used to be a home, with cute decor and a nice view out onto Light Street.
We started out with AJ's tater tots, which are topped with brie and bacon. YUM! They were so delicious and amazingly simple. The portion was small, and three of us were sharing, but we were glad to have saved room for our entrees. I got a dinner special that consisted of cashew-crusted tilapia with a fruit topping, mashed potatoes, and veggies. They really aren't kidding about the farm-to-table! Everything was so fresh and good. My mom even said that she normally doesn't like tilapia and she liked this. G got the Eastern Shore pasta, which was huge and amazing. It consisted of shrimp, crab, corn, and tomatoes in a delicious butter sauce on top of pasta. This might have been the best out of all four entrees. My mom got the Asian salmon, which was sesame encrusted and had a soy-ginger glaze and the same veggies that my entree had. Also very yummy. My dad got the meatloaf, which was the most flavorful that I have ever tasted, but a tiny bit grainy.
I really can't wait to go back and try Regi's again. They are truly a gem of Federal Hill.