Dining Guide - Page 14 - 100 Eats and Drinks (4)

Dining Guide
- Page 14
100 Eats and Drinks (4)

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witness the reinvention of soul food at ida b’s table

 

Chef David Thomas’ eyes brighten when he talks about the black culinary experience. “We’re ushering in a new era of Southern cuisine and going back to our roots,” he told The Sun in 2017. That passion comes through with each thoughtful, flavorful bite at Ida B’s Table. Opened in 2017, the downtown restaurant serves classic soul dishes with modern twists. Case in point: the dirty south frittata, served at brunch and spiced up with blackened chicken breast, kale and smoked gouda. Liberian greens are a mouthwatering accompaniment to entrees like fried chicken and shrimp and grits.

 

The restaurant is named after Ida B. Wells, a 19th-century African-American journalist and civil rights activist whose portrait, by Baltimore artist Ernest Shaw Jr., hangs prominently in the dining room. In a nod to Wells’ career, the menu is divided into sections by journalistic terms, like leads (appetizers), features (entrees) and final edits (desserts).

 

235 Holliday St., Downtown. 410-844-0444. idabstable.com

 

9

buy a bean pie from kt’s kitChen

 

Bean pies have an important history and symbolism for black Muslims, who traditionally ate them as a healthier alternative to sweet potato pie. Today, the dish remains one of the most popular offerings at Park Heights’ KT’s Kitchen, owned by Baltimore resident Kevin Thomas.

 

5410 Park Heights Ave., Park Heights. 410-578-9555. facebook.com/ktskitcheninc

 

10

lunCh alone at petit louis

 

One of the glorious aspects of eating at a restaurant in Paris is the feeling that one can sit by oneself without being judged. The same is true at Petit Louis, a restaurant that has set the bar for French cuisine in Baltimore since it opened in Roland Park nearly 20 years ago. Bask in the warmth of the fire, the attentive service and the always-on-point French food. Don’t miss the French onion soup, made from the house veal stock, stuffed with caramelized onions and topped with Gruyere cheese.

 

4800 Roland Ave., Roland Park. 410-366-9393. petitlouis.com