True: I’ve been to Baltimore twice. Also true: I’ve never stepped foot outside the Four Seasons. A few years ago, Becca and I journeyed to Baltimore on a cold winter’s day to visit the pristine spa and enjoy brunch at Wit & Wisdom, the hotel’s restaurant from acclaimed chef Michael Mina. It was cold, and we were exhausted, so we pulled in to the parking lot. We visited the spa, enjoyed brunch, and exited the hotel from the underground parking garage—never having stepped foot outside into the fresh Maryland air.
Wit & Wisdom serves a delightful brunch, which was just refreshed with a new format—as a full buffet—and so the Bitches journeyed back to Baltimore. We were invited by the Four Seasons yet again. So, on this occasion, I opted for an overnight stay and brought my friend Lauren, my co-pilot on many brunch and travel adventures, along for the trip.
Cold, tired, and in need of a little R&R, we managed to spend the weekend indoors—again not leaving the hotel property. It’s a shame, as I’m sure Baltimore is lovely. But then again, so is the Four Seasons.
We checked into the stunning hotel and made our way to our room, which had a beautiful view of the Baltimore Harbor. We enjoyed a spectacular dinner at Azumi, which is a high-end sushi spot adjacent to the hotel. A dark, sexy spot that’s perfect for date night, Azumi’s sushi is flown in fresh from around the world—much of it from Japan—daily. And, you could tell in the quality. We loved the sashimi, the Kanpachi crudo with truffle oil and yucca fries, and the Waygu beef fried rice. Definitely recommend this spot if you’re a sushi buff.
The next morning, we went down to the pristine spa for massages followed by a solid, much-needed hour of relaxation in the sauna and hot tubs. Then, we put on comfy but brunch appropriate clothes and made our way to Wit & Wisdom for brunch.
Turns out, we were sorely under dressed, as brunch at Wit & Wisdom is the place to be on Sundays in Baltimore. There were multiple large birthday parties with ladies dressed in their Sunday best and snapchatting and instagramming up a storm.
We nestled into a booth for two by the window and perused the menu—only to discover the brunch was entirely a buffet. Now, I loathe buffets so I was skeptical. Our waiter was OK—he didn’t explain anything, disappeared for long periods of time, and brought us the wrong lattes. So, I guess he was less than OK but we didn’t need him that much anyway.
Side note: once we had the right lattes they were delicious. I had a mocha latte and Lauren had a honey latte, both made with almond milk.
We set out for the buffet, which was expansive, and set to the tunes of a live jazz trio.
Buffets do sweets well and this one was no exception. There was a beautiful pastry station, with chocolate, almond, chocolate-almond, raspberry, traditional, and whole wheat croissants. Yep, that’s a whole lot of options for croissants. There were also beautiful, two-bite tartlets: s’mores, key lime, blueberry, and a raspberry gluten-free variety that was delightful.
In addition to the darling bite-sized pastries and decadent desserts, there were three stations devoted to sugar: a make-your-own crepe station, a make-your-own s’mores station, and a make-your-own parfait station. The Four Seasons has taken its DIY breakfasts to heart.
The s’mores station was loads of fun—perfect for the kid in all of us.
It’s worth noting that I was pretty disappointed by the fruit selection over by the make-your-own bagels and schmear. One of my favorite things about buffets is being able to load a delicious plate of fresh fruit and there was no such option at the Four Seasons brunch.
As a Bitch cannot survive on sugar alone, I was pleased that there were plenty of healthy and hearty options at brunch. The long savory hot buffet bar offered scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, savory potatoes, French toast, fresh baked rock fish, and more.
Worth noting is the savory leek bread pudding, which was a unique and delicious option. The roasted root vegetables—parsnips and sweet potatoes—were seasoned with olive oil, basil, and Parmesan and were absolutely spectacular.
In addition to the sweets and savories, there were also cold stations and a kid stations. That’s the thing about buffets, there are always a lot of stations. The cheese and charcuterie station was more than satisfactory, and Wit & Wisdom also offers poached shrimp and fresh oysters—both were fresh and local. The cheese and charcuterie options were alright—but nothing jaw-dropping like you’d expect from the Four Seasons.
As far as buffets go, this one was top-notch—and the setting is pristine. I would add that I would have preferred a little less sugar and a little more substance. There was a kids station, with grilled cheeses, chicken fingers and more sugar-y treats that looked delicious for adults!
There was also a live jazz band playing great covers of popular tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Last but not least, the dessert bar had a caramel bread pudding—bread pudding is my favorite—that was spectacular.
The Bitches say: B+ for a top-notch buffet with only a few minor kinks. Wit & Wisdom is a spectacular place for groups, families, and special occasions. It’s certainly the spot for Sunday brunch in Baltimore—and we can see why.