21 N. Eutaw, (410) 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com
$$, L, D, 10 p.m.Alewife’s biggest draw may be its 40 beer taps, but the newest pub to fill the space across from the Hippodrome offers decent gourmet sandwiches and entrées too. Look for various in-house smoked items on the menu from cheddar to chorizo to sweet potatoes.
Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen
1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com
$$, B, L, D,PThis 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, and kosher dogs, all as good as you’ll find in town. Know what you want when they get to you.
B&O American Brasserie
2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6172, bandorestaurant.com
$$$, B, L, D, BrDramatic décor, an award-winning chef, and a homey yet inventive menu emphasizing seasonal and sustainable. Top notch.
the CAPITAL GRILLE
500 E. PRATT ST., (443) 703-4064, THECAPITALGRILLE.COM
$$$, L, D, R, OutA 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.
Dick’s Last Resort
621 E. Pratt St., (443) 453-5961, dickslastresort.com
$$, L, D, OutThis tourist-friendly national chain with its low-down-and-dirty shtick and menu crammed with burgers and fried stuff has dropped anchor in the Inner Harbor.
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 843-9804, edosushimd.com
$$, L, D, OutEdo 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.
Fogo De Chão Churrascaria
600 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-9292, fogodechao.com
$$$, L, DThis Brazilian-style steakhouse offers 15 kinds of fire-roasted meat carved right at your table. It’s all you can eat brought to you until you either burst or cry uncle.
Frank and Nic’s West End Grille
511 W. Pratt St., (410) 685-6800, frankandnics.com
$$$, L, D, OutFrom 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
$$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.The Inner Harbor location of this chain fills its cavernous Power Plant space with rock memorabilia, loud music, and burgers, ribs, and other hopped-up roadhouse fare.
Power Plant Live!, 30 Market Place, (410) 962-5566, joesquared.com
$$, L, DIt seems like the entire city of Baltimore eats at Joe Squared. And why not? The coal-fired square pies available with a mess of toppings, from bacon and clam to corned beef to just about any seafood you can think of, never fail to satisfy. A decent beer list and the best wine and cocktail list of any pizza joint in town.
1 E. Pratt St., (410) 244-8994, konagrill.com
$$$, L, D, OutThis upscale chain specializes in sushi and other Asian tastes, along with pizza and some other pubby faves.
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 230-0222, lennysdeli.com/harborplace
$, B, lThe Baltimore deli/carryout writ large for Harborplace, with a full slate of deli sandwiches, chicken (baked or fried), and breakfast all day.
Power Plant Live!, 10 Market Place, (410) 223-1105, luckiestavern.com
$$, L, D, OutA Vegas theme animates a menu devoted to straightforward American lunch and dinner fare, all smack in the middle of the Power Plant Live! entertainment complex.
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 547-9333
$$$, L, D, OutThe folks from McCormick and Schmick’s take on the grill concept, with a touch of swanky clubbiness. The menu features upscale comfort foods like chicken potpie and pot roast.
McCormick and Schmick’s
711 Eastern Ave., (410) 234-1300, mccormickandschmicks.com
$$$, L, D, R, P, OutIf you’re eating 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.
Miss Shirley’s Café
750 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-5373, missshirleys.com
$$, B, L, OutTerrific service and a voluminous menu make Miss Shirley’s Café the breakfast spot du jour. Eggs abound—poached, in omelets, on sandwiches—but don’t miss gourmet takes on homey specialties like benne seed chicken ‘n’ waffles or mascarpone grits.
300 S. Charles St., (410) 547-8255, mortons.com/baltimore
$$$, l, D, PAs the name hints, Morton’s is a classic steakhouse, and it has the quality meat and myriad go-withs to match the upscale attitude.
601 E. Pratt St., (410) 685-6600, phillipsseafood.com
$$$, L, D, OutA little old Maryland seafood joint upscaled into a regional chain and a massive Inner Harbor location divided into a “menu” restaurant, a buffet, and a carryout. Any which way, Phillip’s still serves up crab cakes and crab soup.
Pratt Street Ale House
206 W. Pratt St., (410) 244-8900, prattstreetalehouse.com
$$, L, D, OutIf 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.
402 Key Highway., (410) 727-3678, selectrestaurants.com/rusty
$$$, L, D, Br, RThis restaurant has the best view of the Inner Harbor. Although famous for crab cakes, cream of crab soup, steak, and martinis, the Scupp’s Sunday brunch is like climbing aboard a cruise ship for the afternoon.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
600 Water St., (410) 783-0033, ruthschris-waterst.com
$$$, DAn evening at Ruth’s Chris is pure, luxurious indulgence: incredible steaks (seafood too), a wine cellar with hundreds of bottles, 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
$$$, L, D, OutThis national chain does the traditional upscale steakhouse with all the trimmings and a serious bar.
La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 209-2562, latascausa.com
$$$, L, D, OutThis 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
$$$, D, RSeveral Asian cuisines meet head-on at Tatu, with offerings ranging from sushi to curries to short ribs.
Tir Na Nog
Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 483-8968, tirnanogbaltimore.com
$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.Irish favorites twist with New American cuisine at this expansive Harborplace pub—chili and Jameson heighten plump Irish sausages, musses get the Irish treatment with Irish ale and sausage.