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Eat Special Issue

Downtown

Photo: Tim Hill, License: N/A, Created: 2002:01:01 02:19:52

Tim Hill

Luckie’s Tavern

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Frank Klein

Alewife


A GUIDE TO THE ICONS

$ = Inexpensive; “entrees” barely crack $10.
$$ = Entrees in the $10-$20 range, other than a few specials or the crab cakes.
$$$ Entrees $20 and up.
BYOB = The restaurant has no liquor license but allows you to bring your own booze. You may have heard of this.
P = On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
T = Valet parking (for most places, this is weekends-only).
Out = Outdoor dining in season. Note: It could be a lovely deck, but it may be just a couple of tables on the sidewalk.
10pm = Serves food after 10 p.m. Many local restaurants will serve until 11 p.m. on weekends, but spots bearing this icon go further somehow.
B = Breakfast.
L = Lunch.
D = Dinner.
Br = Brunch on weekends.
Vg = Specializes in vegetarian/vegan friendliness. Almost all restaurants these days offer vegetarian options, and when asked by someone compiling a dining guide, many restaurants say that they can accommodate vegans on request, but this icon indicates vegetarian/vegan friendliness as a primary mission.
Rsv = Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
Del = Delivery to a limited area, though many restaurants that don’t do phone-order delivery use web-based services such as carryout.com.

ALEWIFE

21 N. Eutaw, (410) 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com

$$ L D

Alewife’s biggest draw may be its 40 beer taps, but the newest pub to fill the space across from the Hippodrome offers decent gourmet sandwiches and entrees too. Look for various in-house smoked items on the menu from cheddar to chorizo to sweet potatoes.

ATTMAN’S AUTHENTIC NEW YORK DELICATESSEN

1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com

$$ P B L D

This Corned Beef Row relic is a local institution, and with good reason. The long, long, long deli counter serves up corned beef on rye, hot pastrami, Reubens, or kosher dogs, all as good as you’ll find in town.

B&O AMERICAN BRASSERIE

2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6172, bandorestaurant.com

$$$ Vg B L D Br

Dramatic décor, an award-winning chef, and a homey, yet inventive menu emphasizing seasonal and sustainable.

CAPITAL GRILLE

500 E. Pratt St., (443) 703-4064, thecapitalgrille.com

$$$ Vg Out L D Rsv

A classic steakhouse with perfectly turned out food in impressive portions. What distinguishes Capital Grille from competitors is lunch, including scaled-down versions of its evening fare, sandwiches, and salad entrées.

EDO SUSHI

201 E. Pratt St., (410) 843-9804, edosushimd.com

$$ Vg Out L D

Edo Sushi brings a quiet charm to tourist central, plus a wide variety of sushi from traditional rolls to the more artistic Tokyo and sweetheart maki.

DICK’S LAST RESORT

621 East Pratt St., (443) 453-5961, dickslastresort.com

$$ Out L D

This tourist-friendly national chain with its low-down-and-dirty shtick and menu crammed with burgers and fried stuff has dropped anchor in the Inner Harbor.

FOGO DE CHÄO CHURRASCARIA

600 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-9292, fogodechao.com

$$$ Vg L D

This Brazilian-style steakhouse offers 15 kinds of fire-roasted meat carved right at your table. It’s all you can eat brought to you until you either burst or cry uncle.

FRANK AND NIC’S WEST END GRILLE

511 W. Pratt St., (410) 685-6800

$$$ Vg Out L D

From its position on the first floor of the Zenith building, within walking distance of the Convention Center, Camden Yards, and the Hilton, Frank and Nic’s serves up burgers and other casual fare as well as pricier entrées.

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

601 E. Pratt St., (410) 347-7625, hardrockcafe.com

$$$ Out 10pm L D

The Inner Harbor location of this chain fills its cavernous Power Plant space with rock memorabilia, loud music, and burgers, ribs, and other hopped-up roadhouse fare.

J. PAUL’S

Harborplace, 301 Light St., (410) 659-1889

$$$ Out L D

A quintessential Georgetown pub reimagined for Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Big-boy food like steak and scallops come off best.

KONA GRILL

1 E. Pratt St, (410) 244-8994, konagrill.com

$$$ Vg Out L D

This upscale chain specializes in sushi and other Asian tastes, along with pizza and some other pubby faves.

LUCKIE’S TAVERN

Power Plant Live, 10 Market Place, (410) 223-1105, luckiestavern.com

$$ Out L D

A Vegas theme animates a menu devoted to straightforward American lunch and dinner fare.

M&S GRILL

Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 547-9333

$$$ Out L D

The folks from McCormick and Schmick’s take on the grill concept, with a touch of swanky clubbiness. The menu features upscale comfort foods like chicken pot pie and pot roast.

MCCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S

711 Eastern Ave., (410) 234-1300, mccormickandschmicks.com

$$$ P Vg Out L D Rsv

If you must eat at the Inner Harbor, McCormick and Schmick’s is one of your best bets. The ever-changing menu features the freshest fish and crustaceans; we recommend anything planked or cashew-crusted.

MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE

300 S. Charles St.,(410) 547-8255, mortons.com/baltimore

$$$ P Vg d

As the name hints, Morton’s is a classic steakhouse, and it has the quality meat and myriad go-withs to match the upscale attitude.

PHILLIP’S SEAFOOD

Light Street Pavilion, 301 Light St., (410) 685-6600, phillipsseafood.com

$$$ Out L D

A little old Maryland seafood joint upscaled into a regional chain and a massive Inner Harbor location divided into a “menu” restaurant, a buffet, and a carryout, Any which way, Phillip’s still serves up crab cakes and crab soup.

PIZZAZZ TUSCAN GRILLE

711 Eastern Ave., (410) 528-7772, pizzazztuscangrille.com

$$$ Out L D

Look, it’s Italian food outside of Little Italy, and not only that, Pizzazz is dedicated to organic and sustainable ingredients and boasts vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free fare.

PRATT STREET ALE HOUSE

206 W. Pratt St., (410) 244-8900, prattstreetalehouse.com

$$ Out L D

If you’re looking for house-brewed beers in the heart of the Pratt Street corridor, the Ale House has you covered, along with an expansive menu of pub grub.

RUSTY SCUPPER

402 Key Hwy., (410) 727-3678, selectrestaurants.com/rusty

$$$ L D Br Rsv

This restaurant has the best view of the Inner Harbor. Although famous for crab cakes, cream of crab soup, steak, and martinis, the Scupp’s Sunday brunch is like climbing aboard a cruise ship for the afternoon.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

600 Water St., (410) 783-0033, ruthschris-waterst.com

$$$ Vg d

An evening at Ruth’s Chris is pure, luxurious indulgence: incredible steaks (seafood too), a 30,000-bottle wine cellar, and opulent atmosphere. Your only worry is waddling to the table and operating the utensils.

SULLIVAN’S OF BALTIMORE

1 E. Pratt St., (410) 962-5503, sullivansteakhouse.com

$$$ Out L D

This national chain does the traditional upscale steakhouse with all the trimmings and a serious bar.

LA TASCA SPANISH TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT

Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 209-2562, latascausa.com

$$$ Out L D

This chain offers an expansive menu of small plates amid the big-food mecca that is the Inner Harbor.

TATU ASIAN RESTAURANT

614 Water St., (410) 244-7385, tatuasianrestaurant.com

$$$ Vg D Rsv

Several Asian cuisines meet head-on at Tatu, with offerings ranging from sushi to curries to short ribs.

TIR NA NOG

Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 483-8968, tirnanogbaltimore.com

$$ Out 10pm L D

Irish favorites get New American cuisine twists at this expansive Harborplace pub—kohrabi remoulade heightens oak-smoked salmon, beet salad and wasabi oil update a duckling breast.

TWO BOOTS PIZZA

Power Plant live, 30 Market Place, (410) 625-2668, twoboots.com

$$ Out L D

This much-loved pizza joint has expanded from NYC’s Avenue A with a Baltimore location, featuring the same eclectic toppings (the Old Bay beast features crab, crawfish, Andouille sausage, and jalapenos).

WATERTABLE

Renaissance Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., (410) 685-8439

$$$ P Vg B L D

Sixth-floor views of the Inner Harbor accompanies a menu focused on Maryland cuisine, prepared with local ingredients (e.g. Springfield Farm chicken).

 

Eat 2011 Contents
  • Pleased? Eat: City Paper's Annual Dining Guide | 3/2/2011
  • Federal Hill ABBEY BURGER BISTRO 1041 Marshall St., (443) 453-9698, abbeyburgerbistro.com $$ 10pm L D A bar devoted to gourmet burgers, not French fare. And we’re grateful, because who wouldn’t savor local Roseda beef topped with a drippy fried egg (or foie gra | 3/2/2011
  • South Baltimore BARRACUDAS: A LOCUST POINT TAVERN 1230 E. Fort Ave., (410) 685-2832, cudabarracuda.com $$ L D Br This small Locust Point neighborhood spot serves pubby standards with a few beachy twists (jerk chicken salad) and some serious local flavor (coddies). | 3/2/2011
  • Canton/Highlandtown ACROPOLIS 4714-4718 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-3384, acropolisbaltimore.com $$ L D There’s hearty and wholesome fare for Olympian appetites at this casual and cavernous Greektown mainstay. Lamb, seafood, and crab cakes are the house specialties, and al | 3/2/2011
  • Fells Point ALE MARY’S 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com $$ Out 10pm L D Br You can get tater tots as an appetizer or alongside any of the well-crafted sandwiches in various states of loaded-ness. The menu ranges from bar food standards to more ambi | 3/2/2011
  • Little Italy ALDO’S 306 S. High St., (410) 727-0700, aldositaly.com $$$ Vg d Rsv This Little Italy gem assembles choice ingredients in flawless preparations, nimbly negotiating the terrain between respectfulness for old-world tradition and mindfulness of contem | 3/2/2011
  • Harbor East BAGBY PIZZA CO. 1006 Fleet St., (410) 605-0444, bagbypizza.com $$ Out L D Bagby is the pizza place you wish was in your own neighborhood. Pie crusts are cracker thin, pastas and salads are homemade and generous, and service aims to please. CHARL | 3/2/2011
  • Downtown ALEWIFE 21 N. Eutaw, (410) 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com $$ L D Alewife’s biggest draw may be its 40 beer taps, but the newest pub to fill the space across from the Hippodrome offers decent gourmet sandwiches and entrees too. Look for various in-ho | 3/2/2011
  • Mount Vernon/Bolton Hill/Station North ABACROMBIE FINE FOODS AND ACCOMMODATIONS 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, abacrombie.net $$$ D B Rsv This basement spot has long held a culinary reputation that dwarfs its intimate size. It’s current menu of care-taken upscale comfort foods uphold | 3/2/2011
  • Charles Village/Waverly ALIZÉE 4 W. University Pkwy, (443) 449-6200, alizeebaltimore.com $$$ P Vg B L D Br Alizée has gone from fusion to high-concept comfort food. The menu changes seasonally, but look for bistro-inspired fare—roasted chicken, lamb confit, rabbit—all done | 3/2/2011
  • Roland Park/Mount Washington ALONSO’S 415 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433, alonsos.com $$ L D There’s been an upscale revamping and the pizzas have been gussied up. The immense burgers, though, are still here. BANSKY’S Cafe Lake Falls Village, 6080 Falls Road, (410) 377 | 3/2/2011
  • Hampden/Remington 13.5 WINE BAR 1117 W. 36th St., (410) 889–1064, 13.5winebar.com $$ Out 10pm D The Avenue gets a very well done wine list, along with a very well-turned-out menu of gourmet nibbles, pizzas, and entrees. ALCHEMY 1011 W. 36th St., (410) 366-1163, a | 3/2/2011
  • Belvedere Square ATWATER’S Belvedere Square Market 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396 (and various other locations); atwaters.biz $ P Out L D It sells home-style breads and tasty sandwiches at its multiple locations (and the cream puffs at the Belvedere Square ba | 3/2/2011
  • Hamilton BIG BAD WOLF’S HOUSE OF BARBECUE 5713 Harford Road, (410) 444-6422 $$ Out L D Hamilton carry-out joint dispenses tender animal parts in classic regional sauces—Kansas City sweet and spicy, Carolina mustard or vinegar, and Texas pit style, our favor | 3/2/2011
  • County ANDY NELSON’S BARBEQUE 11011 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com $$ P Out L D Everything is slow-smoked over hickory wood. Ribs are a must-eat, the pulled-pork sandwich is orgasmic, and all the homemade sides are fantastic. W | 3/2/2011
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