Summer Restaurant Week: A look at Points South Latin Kitchen (and some tips!)

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Baltimore’s Summer Restaurant Week is here! It’s time to visit some old favorites (perhaps for the last time…sob) and hit up some new gems! There is a formula to restaurant week that guarantees a satisfying meal. First you have to look at all three courses (menus are available online), do two of your three options bump you over the cost of dinner? If so, you hit a winner. If you’re just iffy on some of the courses or feel like you could go back and just have the app you have your eye on, cut it off the list. You don’t need three courses at a lot of great restaurants, and that’s ok.

So when we were invited to test out a restaurant week menu a little early, I got to researching.  I have always had good restaurant week experiences at Jack’s (never miss), Blue Hill (great for dressing up with a larger group), Jimmy’s Seafood (get the crab cake), and the Capitol Grille (yearly trip downtown). If anything, I tend to be a creature of habit. So with this, I’m going out of my shell. I’ve had my eye on Points South Latin for some time, but just never quite made it over. Once I saw their menu, it was a no brainer.

We took advantage of their $35 three course dinner, which would be about twice the price on a normal night. (Points South Latin is also gluten free)

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We started with a house bottled cocktail, the bourbon ginger pear. It was described as margarita-like and I wish all margaritas tasted like this. Sweet with a little kick, it went down quickly, too quickly?  No such thing.

I had previously looked at the menu so I was set with my order, M. took a bit longer, especially when I said we couldn’t order the same thing (mostly for my selfish ‘I want to try everything’ reasons).

If you’ve mocked the gluten-free trend in the past, you won’t be laughing here. Gluten was missing but wasn’t missed. The only time it was even mentioned was when we were trying to get that last bit of lobster sauce in the soft-shell crab dish off the plate. One might say, perhaps you don’t need to actually leave the plate sparkingly clean, but clearly they didn’t try the sauce.

You can check out our menu choices below. The restaurant week desserts weren’t ready yet, so we ordered the closest proximity. For restaurant week you have the option of Rice Pudding and Cream Cheese and Chocolate Cake. Points South will also be offering a wine pairing option to compliment your meal.

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Bourbon Ginger Pear cocktail
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Shrimp ceviche
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Sikil Pak – Roasted Pumpkin Seed Dip – Pepitas, Citrus, Sofrito, Patacones, Pickled Radish
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Soft-Shell Crab – One Crispy Fried Soft-Shell Crab – Mussels – Butternut Squash – Braised in Lobster Cream Sauce
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Fire Grilled NY Strip – Crispy Potatoes – Grilled Spring Onions – Malbec Butter – Chimichurri
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Pastel de Mármol – Flourless Marble Cake – Venezuelan Dark Chocolate, Dulce de Leche, Café au Lait Whipped Cream
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Tres Leches Bread Pudding – Tres Leches Anglaise, Grand Mariner Strawberries, Whipped Cream

All in all, a great meal with no gluten regrets. Service was attentive without overbearing. Our food came out with a nice rest period between (which was needed, restaurant week eating is a marathon, not a sprint). My only complaint would be that I felt like I needed to be rolled home afterwards, but I really have no one to blame but myself for that. I’m definitely adding Points South to my go to list and looking forward to trying their happy hour (half price small plates and nightly bar specials).

I had a few tips from Winter Restaurant week that still work, so I’m going to re-share for you here:

  • Make reservations! Some restaurants like Jack’s don’t normally take reservations. For restaurant week, exceptions are made. Take advantage.
  • Enjoy Canton restaurants, but leave the bubble.
  • Do your research. Check out the Baltimore Sun’s best restaurants for 2017.
  • Look for ambiance! Wow your date with the fireplaces at The Ambassador Dining Room, the living wall at Gunther & Co, or old school charm at Tio Pepe (get the sangria).
  • Double-check the details. Not all participating restaurants will offer BOTH lunch and dinner prix-fixe pricing, and some restaurants do exclude weekends.

Like posting food pics? Use the hashtag #DineBaltimore #BaltRW to give your restaurants a little love!

Enjoy!

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