The Admiral’s Cup1647 Thames St., (410) 534-5555, theadmiralscup.com$$, L, D, BR
This waterfront newcomer pleases patrons with the seafood-centric menu that Fells Point tourists and locals alike are after. Crab mac and cheese, tuna cobb salad, and jambalaya.
Ale Mary’s1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com$$, D, BR, Out
A dollar goes a long way on food here—huge entrees and lots of rib-sticking sides, including a wide array of tater tots. Lunch on weekends.
Alexander’s Tavern710 S. Broadway, (410) 522-0000, alexanderstavern.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m.
The tater tot menu kills, but the full weight of the offerings—including burgers, steaks, and crab cakes—will satisfy a gourmand.
Arcos129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com$$, L, D, Br, Out
Possibly the most romantic outdoor dining available in Baltimore, made spicier by the fine Latin cuisine, particularly the tacos dorados and barbacoa de borrego.
Bertha’s734 S. Broadway, (410) 327-5795, berthas.com$$$, L, D, BR
Maybe it’s the long and famous experience gained from serving mussels, but this place knows its way around a stick of butter, a bottle of sherry, and a spice rack—who knew chicken livers could be so good?
The Black Olive814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141, theblackolive.com$$$, L, D, R
The specialty here is grilled whole fresh fish with the house sauce, and diners select their own catch or go with the catch of the day. A recommended alternative is the kakavia, an amazing Greek stew.
Blue Moon Café1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940, bluemoonbaltimore.com$, B, L, D, 10 p.m.
There’s a reason for the line out front whenever this place is open—it’s strictly breakfast food, done with delicious creativity. Nice to find potato cakes with applesauce and sour cream on the same menu with sausage-gravy biscuits.
Bond Street Social901 S. Bond St., (443) 449-6234, bondstreetsocial.com$$, D, BR, P, Out, R
Shared dishes run the gamut, from saffron arancini and fancy grilled cheese to Moroccan lamb chops and scallops. Cocktails get at least equal billing at this semi-swanky meet market.
Brick Oven Pizza800 S. Broadway, (410) 563-1600, boppizza.com$$, L, D, 10 p.m.
Outstanding pizza with a light crust, but they’re no slouches when it comes to wraps and pasta either.
Darbar 1911 Aliceanna St., (410) 563-8008, darbarbaltimore.com$$, L, D, P
A destination for very good Indian food, from perennials like chicken tikka masala and saag paneer, to the more exotic, like benghan aftab, a fried eggplant specialty.
Ding How631 S. Broadway, (410) 327-8888, dinghowbaltimore.com$, L, D, DV
Known for its lo mein and white-meat General Tso’s chicken, this is an old faithful for Chinese dining.
Dogwatch Tavern709 S. Broadway, (410) 276-6030, dogwatchtavern.com$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
Respectable pub grub, with excellent soups and a chicken pot pie that’ll bring you back.
Duda’s Tavern1600 Thames St., (410) 276-9719, dudastavern.com$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
Crab cakes, yes, and a full gamut of tasty options (including Taylor pork roll!), but for those looking to drop some cash, try the stupendous “bay pilot seafood medley,” which is totally worth it.
The Greene Turtle718-722 S. Broadway, (410) 342-4222, thegreeneturtle.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m.
It’s a big menu from a big outfit (franchises available, with almost 40 locations in four states and D.C., including outlets in Towson and at BWI airport), so expect plentiful drinking grub.
Henninger’s Tavern1812 Bank St., (410) 342-2172, henningerstavern.com$$$, D
OK, so, gruyere-and-leek bread pudding with a Cornish game hen and a side of jus-soaked haricot verte. Yum. Just go and see the rest yourself. The place is priceless.
Hungry Andy’s629 S. Broadway, (410) 558-1869, hungryandys.com$, L, D, DV
Everything you expect from a deli—subs, wings, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, barbecue—only tastier.
Jimmy’s Restaurant801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273$, B, L
Baltimore’s Platonic ideal of a breakfast joint also offers T-bones and New York strips, a full menu of subs and sandwiches, and burgers and dogs. Plus, pretty darn cold beer.
John Steven Ltd.1800 Thames St., (410) 327-5561, johnstevenstavern.com$$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m., R
Boasting about its bounteous seafood offerings is the John Steven way, and it tries mightily to live up to the expectations.
Johnny Rad’s2108 Eastern Ave., (443) 759-6464, johnnyrads.com$$, L, D, 10 p.m.
People are drawn in by its imaginative thin-crust pizzas and awesome beer list; they stay for the Skee-Ball lanes; and they come back for the friendly service.
Kali’s Court1606 Thames St., (410) 276-4700, kaliscourt.com$$$, D, R, Out
Exquisite fish dishes, from bouillabaisse to monkfish osso bucco, plus lamb and filet mignon. Fit for royalty.
Kali’s Mezze1606 Thames St., (410) 563-7600, kalismezze.com$$, D, R, Out, 10 p.m.
Mediterranean tapas, strategically selected, can fill you up without emptying your wallet and will leave you wanting to come back soon.
Kooper’s Tavern 1702 Thames St., (410) 563-5423, kooperstavern.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m.
A wide variety of good burgers every day, and don’t miss the Belgian beers paired with a mussels-and-fries menu on Thursdays.
Max’s Taphouse737 S. Broadway, (410) 675-6297, maxs.com$$, L, D, Out
The place is all about the beer and has easily the widest selection in town, with 140 taps and more than 1,200 bottled varieties. They serve what goes well with it: dense burgers, wraps, chicken, and deep-fried delectables with dips.
Nanami Café907 S. Ann St., (410) 327-9400, nanamicafe907.com$$, L, D, Out
Fresh, bountiful, and comparably affordable—three good reasons why this is a destination for sushi-philes, the fourth being that it has outdoor seating overlooking the harbor.
The Olive Room at the Inn at the Black Olive803 S. Caroline St., (443) 681-6316, theblackolive.com$$$, D, Br, Out
The same exacting sensibility as the Olive Room, only a more diverse and affordable menu—plus an exceptional view of the harbor from atop a waterfront inn.
Peter’s Inn504 S. Ann St., (410) 675-7313, petersinn.com$$$, D
The remarkably creative and adventurous menu (the things one can do with a parsnip!) changes weekly, but some things—the filet mignon/New York strip option, and the famously delicious salad-and-garlic-bread combo—are staples. Among the best bets in Baltimore dining.
Pierpoint Restaurant1822 Aliceanna St., (410) 675-2080, pierpointrestaurant.com$$$, D, BR, P
Into the locavore thing way before it became cool, this is Maryland cuisine with an imaginative, contemporary twist.
The Point in Fells1738 Thames St., (410) 327-7264, thepointinfells.com$$$, L, D, BR, Out, R
The kitchen knows what it’s doing here and serves its eclectic menu to both the fancy and the grubby with style.
Red Star906 S. Wolfe St., (410) 675-0212, redstarbar.us$$, L, D, BR, P
Burgers, pizza, wraps, and a huge selection of creative, filling salads, all done with a flair that pairs well with the smartly curated wines, beers, and specialty cocktails.
Salt2127 E. Pratt St., (410) 276-5480, salttavern.com$$$, D, R
Always nice to see rabbit on a menu around Easter, but the duck fat fries are also something to write home about.
Sip & Bite2200 Boston St., (410) 675-7077, sipandbite.com$, B, L, D, 10 p.m.
Round-the-clock dining with a rock ’n’ roll attitude and possibly Mobtown’s most extensive menu—favoring, of course, Greek-leaning tastes.
SlÁinte1700 Thames St., (410) 563-6600, slaintepub.com$$, B, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m.
The Irish aren’t known for the quality of their food (well, maybe except for breakfast, if you’re into those puddings), but Sláinte is. And if you’re a fan of rest-of-the-world football or rugby, you’ll find yourself here to watch matches anyway.
Sticky Rice1634 Aliceanna St., (443) 682-8243, bmoresticky.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m., R
The sushi/sashimi experience is worth the visit, but fill out the meal with those extra-special sticky balls and tater tots.
Stuggy’s809 S. Broadway, (410) 327-0228, stuggys.com$, L, D
The best-dressed dogs in town, hands down, and superior hand-cut fries to boot.
Tapas Adela 814 S. Broadway, (410) 534-6262, tapasadela.com$$, L, D, BR, Out
Smartly presented Spanish small dishes are as yummy on the plate as in the belly, with outdoor seating pleasingly shaded from the afternoon sun in summer.
Thames Street Oyster House1728 Thames St., (443) 449-7726, thamesstreetoysterhouse.com$$$, L, D, Out, R
Truly exquisite, impeccably fresh seafood dishes in a relaxed atmosphere with primo, knowledgeable service. Raw bar open late.
Todd Conner’s700 S. Broadway, (410) 537-5005, toddconners.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m.
Plenty of good options here, but the spinach—cooked in mushroom-garlic oil with bleu cheese—would make Popeye proud.
Tortilleria Sinaloa1716 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-3741, tortilleria-sinaloa.com$, B, L, D
Easily the best corn tortillas in town, and once those tortillas are filled with perfectly seasoned fresh fish, fresh chunky guacamole, and salsa, possibly the best tacos in the world.
Bar905 S. Ann St., (410) 342-8466, v-nowinebar.com$, L, D, Out
Nuts, cheeses, pâtés, and cured meats to complement the wine—all while cozying up in the year-round (with blankets) outdoor seating.
Waterfront Hotel1710 Thames St., (410) 537-5055, waterfronthotel.us$$, L, D, BR, Out
The pub-like atmosphere belies the quality of the food, which is a considerable cut above your average Fells Point bar fare, especially the pork-belly tacos and barbecue.
Waterfront Kitchen 1417 Thames St., (443) 681-5310, waterfrontkitchen.com$$$, L, D, BR
Very special farm-to-table surf and turf, served with a spectacular view overlooking the harbor. Also, the meatloaf is deliciously affordable.
Rat801 S. Ann St., (410) 276-8304, thewharfrat.com$, L, D, 10 p.m.
Pretty impressive food spread given that the bartenders cook right there behind the bar. Recommended: the fish and chips.
Willow811 S. Broadway, (443) 835-4086, willowbaltimore.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, R
By “Tex-mex,” they mean tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, plus burgers and pizza, with an extra measure of cocktail pride.
Rum Bar821 S. Broadway, (410) 563-6800, woodysrumbar.com$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
Tacos, wraps, and pub grub with a fantastic view of the harbor, but this place—as the name suggests—is really about the drinks.
Ze Mean Bean Café1739 Fleet St., (410) 675-5999, zemeanbean.com$$, L, D, BR, Out, R
Slaves to Slavic cuisine, look no further, and don’t forget the Sunday jazz brunches.Copyright © 2015, Baltimore City Paper