Eat 2017: Downtown

Downtown

Aggio

614 Water St., (410) 528-0200,
volt-aggio.com $$$, D, R

Former “Top Chef” contestant Bryan Voltaggio’s first Baltimore restaurant—which opened in 2014 to accompany his popular Washington, D.C. and Frederick joints—offers inventive Italian in a spiffy setting near Power Plant Live.

Alewife

21 N. Eutaw St., (410) 545-5112, alewifebmore.com $$, L, D, R

Beer, hardwood, tin ceilings, and a very crowded blackboard listing all the beers make this the place to hit after a show at nearby Everyman Theatre. Or before. Nice chicken dishes, burgers, and French dip spring rolls that pair well with the ales.

Argosy Cafe

7 N. Calvert St., (443) 869-2942, argosycafe.com $$, B, L, D, Br

A father-son duo operates this cafe in a lovely space that used to be a bank. Small dinner menu of classy American entrees, while the lunch menu has a more extensive collection of sandwiches, salads, and a daily soup.

Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen

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

Eat lunch here. There’s usually a long line. It’s for good reason, and the staff handles it quickly. Be ready to order: hot corned beef on rye, extra lean, with mustard. Or maybe the Reuben.

B&O American Brasserie

2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6172, bandorestaurant.com $$$, B, L, D, BR, R

Belly up to B&O’s gorgeously decorated bar and order something from its casual-yet-upscale menu. Or, enjoy a fancy sit down dinner of scallops or house-made pappardelle. Either way, enjoy your meal with something from their killer drink menu.

Brio Tuscan Grille

100 E. Pratt St., (410) 637-3440, brioitalian.com $$$, L, D, Br, P, R

Italian-style opulence in this chain. It has a nice veal Milanese, and the brunch is a thing. High marks for service and drink specials, too.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

301 Light St., Suite 1405, (410) 244-0838, bubbagump.com $$, L, D, P, R

Plenty shrimp to eat—fried, broiled, stuffed, coconut-ed, scampi-ed, and drunken. Nonshrimp items available, plus a kids’ menu. Tell them all about Forrest as you enjoy the ambiance of this global brand.

Café Poupon

225 N. Charles St., (443) 573-4620, patisseriepoupon.net $, B, L, BR

Café Poupon is a decidedly French cafe, in the best sense. An offshoot of a Baltimore Street bakery—or pâtisserie, to be fancy—of the same name, Poupon’s bread is fresh, its coffee strong, its macarons delightful, and its chairs wicker, with blue stripes.

The Capital Grille

500 E. Pratt St., (443) 703-4064, thecapitalgrille.com $$$, L, D, P, R

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.

Chicken Rico

55 Market Place, (410) 244-5734, chicken-rico.com $, L, D

The larger location of the local Peruvian chain (the other Baltimore location is in Highlandtown). Rotisserie chicken is the focus at this fast-casual joint, but there are plenty of other Peruvian dishes on the menu, too.

Culture Caribbean Cuisine

512 Pennsylvania Ave., (410) 383-1914, facebook.com/culture512 $, B, L, D

Curry goat, brown stew chicken, a jerk chicken sandwich on coco bread and other Caribbean favorites at profoundly affordable prices (you can also swing by for a small bite and say, buy just a wing for a buck) between MLK Boulevard and Franklin Street. Don’t let its radically cheap price point deter you either—it consistently ranks at the top informal best Caribbean food lists in the city.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Delights by Mina

105 N. Charles St., (410) 637-3637, delightsbymina.com $$, L

The lunch buffet available Thursday and Friday is a good way to acquaint yourself with such dishes as tiebou yap and chicken yassa.

Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant

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 legend 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

If you’re ready to have fun while consuming the deep-fried goodness that made America great, drop by Dick’s in the Power Plant building.

Faidley Seafood

203 N. Paca St., (410) 727-4898, faidleyscrabcakes.com $$, L

If you’re craving seafood and you’ve never been to Faidley’s, drop everything you’re doing and go to Lexington Market to order one of Faidley’s crab cakes, which are, without a doubt, the best in town. If you have some room left afterward, slurp down a few of the enormous oysters.

Fogo de Chão Churrascaria

600 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-9292, fogodechao.com $$$, L, D, P, 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.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Forno

17 N. Eutaw St., (443) 873-9427, fornobaltimore.com $$$, L, D, BR, P, R

Located between the Everyman and the Hippodrome, this elegant but casual restaurant is a great place for a pre-show dinner or post-show snacks. Upscale handmade pastas—think arugula maltagliati—and high-end pizzas populate most of the modern Italian menu.

Frank & Nic’s West End Grille

511 W. Pratt St., (410) 685-6800, frankandnics.com $$, L, D, P, R

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 a “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” cocktail and stuffed salmon entrees.

French Kitchen

20 W. Baltimore St., (410) 539-8400, lordbaltimorehotel.com/dining-en.html $$$, B, L, D, Br, R

Swankier than your usual hotel-restaurant fare. Contemporary takes on French bistro fare served in the Lord Baltimore Hotel’s elegant, mega-mirrored Versailles Room. Dinner Friday and Saturday only.

Hard Rock Cafe

601 E. Pratt St., (410) 347-7625, hardrock.com/cafes/baltimore $$$, L, D, P, R

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.

Joe Squared

Power Plant Live, 30 Market Place, (410) 962-5566, Joesquared.com $$, L, D

The pizza is excellent at Joe Squared, the downtown spin-off of the homegrown Station North hot spot. Hipster meets tourist over rum, beer, and risotto.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Kona Grill

1 E. Pratt St., (410) 244-8994, konagrill.com/locations/baltimore-md $$$, L, D, P, R

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.

Luckie’s Tavern

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

The classic Vegas vibe in Power Plant Live. Sports on the (high-def) TV, wings in the baskets. They even have a few table games . . .

Luna Del Sea

300 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-8383, lunadelsea.com $$$, L, D, R

Expensive, classic surf-and-turf options, located appropriately near the Baltimore Convention Center and Camden Yards.

M&S Grill

Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 547-9333, mccormickandschmicks.com $$$, L, D, P, R

Harborplace’s slightly more casual McCormick & Schmick’s spinoff is full of comfort seafood—like the fish and chips, crab cakes, and fried shrimp—priced for tourists.

Maiwand Grill

324 W. Baltimore St., (410) 685-0208, maiwand-grill.com $$, L, D

The Helmand no longer has a monopoly on Afghan food in Baltimore. This spacious restaurant’s menu mostly focuses on kabobs and vegetable side dishes.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Maiwand Kabob

40 South St., (410) 244-6810, maiwandkabob.com $$, L, D

Another Afghan counter-service restaurant, but no relation to the Maiwand Grill. This is the fifth and newest location for the Maryland chain that began in Howard County.

McCormick & Schmick’s

711 Eastern Ave., (410) 234-1300, mccormickandschmicks.com $$$, L, D, P, R

Steaks, seafood, and the patio overlooking the harbor and the USS Constellation means your attention will be split. Nice wine list here.

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

750 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-5373, missshirleys.com $$, B, L, BR, P

A high-end yet down-home soul-food joint famous for its brunch (and “Born on the Bay-o” bloody mary, garnished with shrimp and andouille sausage), Miss Shirley’s is tourist-friendly but not touristy, and popular with the locals, too. Additional location in Roland Park.

Morton’s the Steakhouse

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

Morton’s is coast-to-coast for a reason. It offers the steak and the sizzle, plus the private dining room for you and your guests so you can feel like the big shots you are.

Nando’s Peri-Peri

421 W. Baltimore St., (443) 681-3675, nandosperiperi.com $, L, D

Sure, it’s a chain, but it’s a good one. Get its Portuguese flame-grilled chicken either basted in your choice of sauce or in a sandwich. Veggie options, too. Other locations in Towson and Harbor East.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

New America

429 N. Eutaw St., (443) 388-8576, facebook.com/NewAM $, B, L

Daytime diner located in the old Charles Fish & Sons storefront. Breakfast, lunch, bar, and brunch. Bar and kitchen open later on Friday and Saturday.

Phillips Seafood

601 E. Pratt St., (410) 685-6600, phillipsseafood.com $$$, L, D, R

Phillips is the original Baltimore Inner Harbor restaurant. Its jazzed-up space in the Power Plant building offers all the crabs you could dream up.

Pratt Street Ale House

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

Great little brewpub scene with requisite big burgers and various ales on tap. Bonus: You can keep your glass if you pay a little more.

Puerto 511

102 W. Clay St., (410) 244-8837, puerto511.com $$, D, R

Jose Victorio Alarcon seems more like an artist than a businessman. This micro restaurant has unbelievable ceviche that will make you forget about your favorite sushi joint.

Rusty Scupper

402 Key Highway, (410) 727-3678, rusty-scupper.com $$$, L, D, BR, P, R

The Scup still brings it with pro service and excellent, if mostly traditional, food. Views can’t be beat either.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

1 E. Pratt St., (410) 962-5503, sullivanssteakhouse.com $$$, L, D, P, R

With 18 locations from Anchorage to Houston, this place has the formula for success with plenty of winners, from the steakhouse salad to shrimp-and-lobster bisque, to the filet or the giant 16-ounce rib-eye.

Supano’s Prime Steakhouse

110 Water St., (410) 986-4445, supanosprimesteakhousemd.com $$$, D, R

Old-school joint with pricey steaks but reasonably priced sandwiches, pizza, and house-made pastas.

Tabor Ethiopian Restaurant

328 Park Drive, (410) 528-7234, facebook.com/Taborbaltimore $$, L, D, R

Ethiopian cuisine is characterized by complex spice mixes and plenty of vegetable dishes, including spiced lentils, yellow peas, collard greens, potatoes, beets, and more. Get that in spades here. There’s plenty to satisfy your more carnivorous side, too. Order lega tibs (lean lamb chunks), key wot (spicy lamb stew), or kitfo (Ethiopian beef tartare).

Tin Roof

32 Market Place, (443) 873-8137, tinroofbaltimore.com $$, L, D, P

If you go drinking at Power Plant Live, you’ve got to eat, and this Nashville-based chain offers you the chance to chow on some pub grub with a slight Mexican spin while you listen to live music.

Tír na nÓg

Harborplace, 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 483-8968, tirnanogbaltimore.com $$, L, D, P, R

The usual pub grub served up by friendly pros in an Irish-pub interior with views of the Inner Harbor. Happy hours, bands, beer, and decent fish and chips—served with mustard sauce, if you want an alternative to malt vinegar. Locations in Philly, New York City, and New Jersey as well.

Key

  • $: Average entree price is at or below $10.
  • $$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
  • $$$: Average entree price is $20+.
  • B: Breakfast.
  • L: Lunch.
  • D: Dinner.
  • BR: Brunch on weekends.
  • BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
  • P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
  • OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
  • 10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
  • R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
  • DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Trinacria

406 N. Paca St., (410) 685-7285, trinacriabaltimore.com $, B, L

A treasure on Paca Street for more than 100 years, Trinacria boasts some of the best imported meats and cheeses in town, which the staff will happily prepare in a delicious sandwich like the muffaletto, which includes enough Italian meats to pack lunches for a week. Find their supplementary sit-down outpost, Trinacria Ristorante & Bar, on Park Avenue and Centre Street.

The Yard

110 S. Eutaw St., (410) 209-2853, $$$, B, L, D, R

The menu at The Yard is peppered with Baltimore flavors—an Old Bay-rimmed bloody mary, crab cakes, crab pretzels—and covers the bases of locally sourced and sustainable seafood.

West Madison Craft Beer & Wine Bar

311 W. Madison St., (443) 938-9109, 311westmadison.com $$, D

The casual hangout serves popular bar favorites such as fries, burgers, and pizzas, as well as street food with an international flavor. For drinks, there are more than a dozen cocktails and a long list of beers to choose from.

WOW Food Café

222 N. Charles St., (667) 213-0043, facebook.com/WOWFOODBOBA $, L, D

Situated in a food court near Charles Towers, this vendor booth offers traditional Chinese food, bubble tea, and more.

Zhongshan Chinese Restaurant

323 Park Ave., (410) 223-1881, zhongshanchinese.com $, L, D

The only Chinese joint left in what used to be Baltimore’s Chinatown, Zhongshan is also one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in Baltimore.

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