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Eat Special Issue

Fells Point

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Alexander’s Tavern

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Sonny Jorgensen

Nanami Café

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Sonny Jorgensen

V-No Wine Bar


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.

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 ambitious entrées.

ALEXANDER’S TAVERN

710 S. Broadway, (410) 522-0000, alexanderstavern.com

$$ Out 10pm L D Br

The menu ranges from familiar bar grub—tater tots in various stages of dress, wings, and above-average burgers and sandwiches—all the way up to steaks and crab cakes.

ARCOS

129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com

$$ Out 10pm L D

Arcos turns out mouth-watering tacos dorados, just-chunked guacamole, and the house masterpiece, the barbacoa de borrego’s slow-steamed hunks of lamb. The open courtyard proves a draw all its own.

BAY CAFÉ

2809 Boston St., (410) 522-3377, baycafeusa.com

$$ P L D Br

Pub grub, entrées, and seafood of the straight-ahead variety that always tastes best on, near, or looking at a boat.

BERTHA’S

734 S. Broadway, (410) 327-5795, berthas.com

$$ 10pm L D Br

Fells Point’s original seafood restaurant still draws locals with great service, sweaty live blues, authentic atmosphere, and its famed mussels. Go for the music, and for Sunday brunch..

BLACK OLIVE

814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141, theblackolive.com

$$$ P Vg Out L D Rsv

Black Olive is serious about fish. We love the stuffed baby calamari and the grilled octopus salad to start, then it’s right on to a whole prepared fish—whichever one our waiter looks most rapturous describing.

BLUE MOON CAFÉ

1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940

$$ BYOB b

Pretty much the place for leveled-up breakfast food in Fells Point. Homemade stuff includes tall, tender biscuits, intensely fruity jam, very good sausage, and amazing hash browns. There’s always a wait on weekend mornings.

DING HOW

631 S. Broadway (410) 327-8888

$$ L D

Solid American Chinese fare served up in a typical setting in the heart of Fells Point.

DUDA’S TAVERN

1600 Thames St., (410) 276-9719

$$ Out 10pm L D

This narrow, corner bar is locally famous for its excellent steamed shrimp, massive burgers, and generally superior pub grub.

THE GREENE TURTLE

722 S. Broadway, (410) 342-4222, thegreeneturtle.com

$$ Out L D Br

Ocean City’s hallowed party spot has a location has here in Baltimore too, with a bustling bar scene and a full complement of pub grub.

HENNINGER’S TAVERN

1812 Bank St, (410) 342-2172, henningerstavern.com

$$$ D

This small spot hasn’t slipped a notch over the years. Always recommended on the seasonally changing menu are the fried oysters with Pernod sauce and spinach, barbecued shrimp wrapped with bacon, and crab cakes.

JIMMY’S RESTAURANT

801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273

$$ B L D

Justifiably famous traditional breakfasts draw patrons to this Fells Point landmark, but afternoon and evening offerings have charms too.

JOHN STEVEN LTD.

1800 Thames St., (410) 327-5561, johnstevenltd.com

$$$ Out L D

The warm, patinaed hardwood throughout, the massive bar, the smell of steamed shrimp and Old Bay, the quiet dining room, the bustling outdoor patio. John Steven is a true Fells Point staple.

KALI’S COURT RESTAURANT

1606 Thames St., (410) 276-4700, kaliscourt.com

$$$ Vg Out D Rsv

Elegant dining with an ambitious menu has been the hallmark of this Thames Street spot since Harbor East was mostly bus parking, and the kitchen continues to turn out fine seafood with a Mediterranean accent and more.

KALI’S MEZZE

1606 Thames St., (410) 563-7600, kalismezze.com

$$$ Vg Out D Rsv

Kali’s Mezze still packs the house for authentic Mediterranean small plates. Looking for fatoush, horta, or pastirma? You’ll find it here along with savory cheese pies, moussaka, and a tarama that will make you wish you could lick your plate.

KOOPER’S TAVERN

1702 Thames St., (410) 563-5423, koopers.com

$$ Out 10pm L D Br

Kooper’s Tavern is the prototypical modern Fells Point bar, its menu a mix of classic bar food and slightly upscale cuisine. The burgers are semi-legendary, and with good reason.

LIQUID EARTH

1626 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-6606, liquidearth.com

$$ L D Vg

Vegan-friendly Liquid Earth offers a filly cheese phake, raw food like “tacos” made with collard green leaves filled with nuts and veggies, and smoothies made from whole-food ingredients, locally and organically sourced.

LOUISIANA

1708 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-2610, louisianarestaurant.com

$$$ P Vg d Rsv

The dining room is all Old World opulence and the Creole/French cuisine is equally decadent, from pecan-encrusted fish to an elegant take on seafood gumbo.

MELI

1636 Thames St., (410) 534-6354, kalismeli.com

$$ Vg Out L D Br Rsv

This two-level “patisserie and bistro” from the Kali’s Court people rocks yummy food at moderate prices. Lovely entrées like pistachio-encrusted lamb chops and hanger steak are priced below $20. The wine-list and service are spot-on.

NANAMI CAFÉ

907 S. Ann St. (410) 327-9400

$$ Out L D

A friendly, casual, and intimate waterfront space for raw-fish enjoyment. The sushi chefs fillet up sterling examples of tuna, yellowtail, and, especially, fatty salmon.

PETER’S INN

504 S. Ann St., (410) 675-7313, petersinn.com

$$$ D

Tiny Peter’s Inn is never the same place twice, though you can reliably count on thoughtful and shifting entrées, the filet, great wines by the glass, and the opening salad and garlic bread.

PIERPOINT RESTAURANT

1822 Aliceanna St., (410) 675-2080, pierpointrestaurant.com

$$$ P D Br

Pierpoint continues to deliver high-quality regional dishes with a focus on Maryland classics. Don’t miss the awesome Balto box, an appetizer that includes its famous smoked crab cakes plus refined iterations of coddies, fried oysters, and clams casino.

THE POINT IN FELLS

1738 Thames St. (410) 327-7264, thepointinfells.com

$$$ Vg Out L D Br Rsv

Creative food in a formal dining room with slightly more informal service. Don’t miss the woodsy mushroom salad served with udon noodles or the seared monkfish that floats in a lovely pool of carbonara-inspired sauce.

RED STAR

906 S. Wolfe St., (410) 675-0212, redstarbar.us

$$ P L D Br

This neighborhood joint has gotten a makeover, and there’s enough innovation now to elevate the fare beyond pub grub. Pizzas are excellent, the salads satisfy, and the Roma sausage sandwich is the best panini in town.

SALT

2127 E. Pratt St., (410) 276-5480, salttavern.com

$$$ d Rsv

When Salt opened in 2006, people just couldn’t stop raving about the foie-gras-topped sliders and fries cooked in duck fat. Now that fancy comfort food has flooded the city, Salt has settled in to being a charming neighborhood joint with the kind of food that keeps neighbors very, very happy.

SAM’S KID

811 S. Broadway, (410) 522-3663

$$ Out 10pm L D

This funky Fells Point storefront offers a pan-Asian take on tapas, and the choices are many (including sushi), the quality high. Try earthy sautéed green beans or dan dan, an embarrassment of ground pork napped in peanut sauce and a broth.

SHUCKER’S

1629 Thames St., (410) 522-5820, shuckersoffellspoint.com

$$$ Out L D

What goes better with a harbor view than all manner of raw, steamed, and prepared-otherwise seafood, which highlights what this gregarious spot dishes out.

SIP AND BITE

2200 Boston St., (410) 675-7077

$$ 10pm B L D

It’s hard not to order breakfast at what may be Baltimore’s best 24-hour diner, but the Sip and Bite’s American and Greek classics rock too.

SLAINTE IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT

1700 Thames St., (410) 563-6600, slaintepub.com

$$ Out 10pm B L D

This sprawling Fells Point spot has enough self-identity to avoid the Irish-pub-in-a-box trap. Watch real football and rugby matches on TV, relax with real, honest-to-god Irish people (and your American pals), drink expert pours of Guinness, and eat excellent sandwiches, burgers, and respectable shepherd’s pie.

STICKY RICE

1634 Aliceanna St., (443) 682-8243, bmoresticky.com

$ Out 10pm L D Br

The first Maryland outpost of this pan-Asian bar/eatery offers a little something for the whole family, from its signature pail of tater tots to noodles to sushi. Chicken stuffed pot stickers are hits, and many dishes can be made vegan/vegetarian.

TAPAS ADELA

814 S. Broadway, (410) 534-6262, tapasadela.com

$$$ Vg Out 10pm d

The Kali’s Court folks succeed at tapas as well, with a sampling of moderately authentic Spanish small plates offered up in a handsome space.

TODD CONNER’S

700 S. Broadway, (410) 537-5005, toddconners.com

$$ Out 10pm L D Br

Pub grub served in a friendly atmosphere, with the occasional curveball (e.g. a deep-fried PBJ sandwich).

V-NO WINE BAR

905 S. Ann St., (410) 342-8466, v-nowinebar.com

$$ Out L D

A clean, unfussy place to hang that offers a thoughtful, tasty assortment of bottled grape, as well as some nice varieties available by the glass at reasonable prices and a smattering of pleasant nibbles.

WATERFRONT HOTEL

1710 Thames St., (410) 537-5055, waterfronthotel.us

$$ L D

The Waterfront Hotel boasts some of the best pub grub Baltimore has to offer. The menu handily balances outstanding meat/mac ‘n’ cheese/potatoes-style fare (don’t miss the fry bucket) with more refined plates (in particular, its creative salads).

WOODY’S RUM BAR

1700 Thames St., (410) 563-4000, woodysrumbar.com

$$ Out 10pm L D

Look, it’s an Irish pub (Slainte) with a tropical-themed bar on the roof. Year-round outdoor drinking and dining.

ZE MEAN BEAN

1739 Fleet St., (410) 675-5999, zemeanbean.com

$$$ Out L D Br

Long-running Fells Point café has evolved into a full-fledged dining establishment, with a smart wine list and chef’s specials augmenting the original menu of Eastern European fare. Day-long dining, and an early-risers’ weekend brunch.

 

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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