21 N. Eutaw St., (410) 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com
$$$, L, D, 10 p.m.
Beer, hardwood, tin ceilings, and a very crowded blackboard listing all the beers make this the place to hit after a show at Everyman Theatre. Or before. Nice chicken dishes, black-bean burgers, and gruyere-cheddar-Grana Padano mac and cheese pair well with the ales. Also, get the fries.
Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen
1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com
$$, L, D, P
Eat lunch here. There’s usually a long line. It’s for good reason, and they handle it fast. Be ready to order: hot corned beef and Swiss, extra lean. Or maybe the reuben. Smile.
Your old-time railroad-themed joint was never this good, with a Beaux Arts facade and boutique hotel-cool interior. The seasonal menu is not exotic but it’s tastefully done, with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.
Brio Tuscan Grille
100 E. Pratt St., (410) 637-3440, brioitalian.com
$$$, L, D, Br, out, R
Italian-style opulence in this chain. They do a nice veal scaloppini and the brunch is a thing. High marks for service and drink specials too.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
301 Light St., (410) 244-0838, bubbagump.com
$$, L, D, Out
Plenty shrimp to eat—fried, broiled, stuffed, coconut-ed, scampi-ed, and drunken. Non-shrimp items available, plus a kid’s menu. Tell them all about Forrest as you enjoy the ambiance of this global brand.
The Capital Grille
500 E. Pratt St., (443) 703-4064, thecapitalgrille.com
$$$, L, D, R, Out
Classy chain with the kind of menu you’ve come to expect of a classy joint. Chef suggests the sliced filet mignon with cipollini onions and wild mushrooms, but you might be more in the mood for the dry-aged steak au poivre with Courvoisier cream.
Dempsey’s in Camden Yards
333 W. Camden St., (410) 843-7901, dempseysbaltimore.com
$$, L, D
There are times when a full pint glass and a nice burger are a luxury. Game day can be such a time, especially if the Birds are on a good streak. Orioles Hall-of-Famer Rick Dempsey lent his name; food pros do the beer and vittles.
Dick’s Last Resort
621 E. Pratt St., (443) 453-5961, dickslastresort.com
$$, L, D, Out
If you’re ready to have “humor inflicted upon you” while consuming the deep-fried goodness that made America great, drop by Dick’s in the Power Plant building. Beer makes it even better!
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 843-9804, edosushimd.com
$$, L, D, Out
If you’re in the pavilion and you’ve just got to have sushi, dive in to this Inner Harbor outlet of a growing local chain. There’s a nice selection of “special makis” and regular sushi, plus the usual beer, saké, and gracious service.
Fogo de Chão Churrascaria
600 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-9292, fogodechao.com
$$$, L, D, R
Fogo builds a dining experience up from a salad-and-veggie bar worthy of a five-star cruise ship (to which you can limit yourself, if bargain shopping). But unless you’re a strict vegetarian (or you overdo the cheese bread—the urge will be there), you’ll want to flip your checker to the green side and savor the picanha, fraldinha, or the beef ancho, salted or garlicked-up.
Frank & Nic’s West End Grille
511 W. Pratt St., (410) 685-6800, frankandnics.com
$$$, L, D, Out
Come through the front door on Paca and discover pub grub in a sports-bar atmosphere at the luxe Zenith apartments. Then again, sports bars don’t usually offer white-chocolate martinis and stuffed salmon entrees.
Hard Rock Café
601 E. Pratt St., (410) 347-7625, hardrock.com/baltimore
$$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
Remember when the Hard Rock concept was new and exciting? Relive the glory in the Power Plant building. After a few signature cocktails, it will seem like 1987 all over again.
301 Light St., (410) 659-1889, j-pauls.capitalrestaurants.com/harbor
$$$, L, D, Br, Out, R
A raw bar plus a pub feel, courtesy of the house amber ale and pretzels. There’s also a wine thing on Wednesdays. Dining room has the usual ribs and burgers, plus mahi mahi tacos.
Power Plant Live, 30 Market Place, (410) 962-5566, joesquared.com
$$, L, D, 10 p.m.
The pizza is excellent and there are many activities at Joe Squared, the downtown spinoff of the homegrown Station North hot spot. Hipster meets tourist over rum, beer, risotto, and jazz.
1 E. Pratt St., (410) 244-8994, konagrill.com
$$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
There are more than 20 of these out in the world, so they must be doing something right on the steak-and-sushi front—mostly by having a lot more than that. Enjoy your flatbread pizza or noodles or meatloaf.
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 209-2562, latascausa.com
$$, L, D, Out, R
Traditional small plates, paella, and events like tapas and a movie keep the chain’s local outpost lively. Sangria is served.
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 230-0222, lennysdeli.com
$, B, L
A platter of roast beef or turkey for $9.99. A lean brisket sandwich for $8.99, etc. You can fill your gullet here with nice deli deliciousness for cheap and spend your money at the aquarium instead.
Power Plant Live, 10 Market Place, (410) 223-1105, luckiestavern.com
$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
The classic Vegas vibe in Power Plant Live. Sports on the (high-def) TV, wings in the baskets. No table games, yet. . .
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 547-9333, mccormickandschmicks.com
$$$, L, D, Out, R
Harborplace’s slightly more casual McCormick and Schmick’s spinoff is full of comfort seafood—like the fish and chips, crab cakes, and fried shrimp—priced for tourists.