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Good Eats By Tim Smith - Howard Magazine

A bucolic gem

 

At Iron Bridge Wine Co., wine, food and customers are treated with equal respect

 

When you encounter a really cool restaurant, you may end up selfishly hoping that other people won’t discover it so it can be some longtime secret shared only by a super-fortunate in-crowd.

 

I felt that way after my first visit to Iron Bridge Wine Co., until I realized I’ve never made it into an in-crowd before. So all the more reason to shout out the exceptional quality of this Howard County gem, where wine, food and customers are treated with equal respect.

 

Located across the road from a bucolic farm, Iron Bridge suggests the kind of tavern in classic black-and-white movies where the stars pull over for a bit of atmospheric plot development or droll repartee. The cozy first room holds tables, a bar and walls packed with wines. We sat in an airier space accented with stylish art and light fixtures (a divan-like corner spot must be the most requested location).

 

When brothers Rob and Steve Wecker started Iron Bridge 15 years ago, they said the aim was “to offer a world-class dining experience in an unassuming, unpretentious, casual atmosphere.” That sums up neatly the reaction our little party had during a vibrant dinner (lunch and brunch are also available).

 

The no-attitude approach was evident at every turn. Our server guided us through the meal with a winning blend of proficiency and downto- earth-ness (he didn’t hesitate to impart some