Dining Guide - Page 15 - 100 Eats and Drinks (5)

Dining Guide
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100 Eats and Drinks (5)

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nosh on the Cap’n CrunCh frenCh toast at the blue moon Cafe

 

Cap’n Crunch french toast is the signature dish at this all-day breakfast spot in Fells Point (a Federal Hill location, Blue Moon Too, was added in 2015). Topped with fruit, whipped cream and a dusting of sugar, it’s also one of the most photogenic foods around.

 

1621 Aliceanna St., Fells Point. 410- 522-3940. bluemoonbaltimore.com

 

12

try lumbee sweet potato pie from rose’s bakery

 

James Bowen migrated to Baltimore in the 1950s, along with thousands of Lumbee Indians who left North Carolina in search of work. He purchased a bakery in Northeast Market, today run by Bowen’s daughter, Rosie. She uses sweet potatoes from Lumbee lands in every sweet potato pie.

 

2101 E. Monument St., CARE. 410-675-8411.

 

13

eat riCh at the alexander brown restaurant

 

Opened in February, the Alexander Brown Restaurant has a way of making diners feel as though they have arrived.

 

The building’s Florida-based owners worked with a Baltimore developer to restore this 1901-era bank building, including a grand Tiffany-style dome skylight, to its original Edwardian splendor. Modern decor brings a twist to the bank theme: A painting of George Washington in drag hangs in the women’s bathroom, pink and elegantly tiled.

 

Despite its opulence, “AB” (as it’s nicknamed) feels hip and welcoming. On a visit during its opening week, Swedish pop music played, and hostesses wearing fashionably frumpy green dresses were friendly and accommodating.

 

The food is at turns high and low: At the bar, you can order both Ossetra caviar and a $5 version of Baltimore’s famous chicken box. For dinner, those with big bank accounts can order Wagyu beef for two. The rest of us will enjoy the homey simplicity of roasted chicken served with milk bread, potatoes au gratin and kale, all in cast iron skillets. It’s not necessarily food you expect to be eating in a former bank—but it’s certainly rich.

 

135 E. Baltimore St., downtown. 443-438-4540. alexanderbrownrestaurant.com

 

14

splurge on the tasting menu at Charleston

 

The prix-fixe tasting menu at Charleston provides a thoughtful and delicious dining experience — the unhurried type you don’t soon forget. Critics and patrons alike argue the full six courses prepared by Chef Cindy Wolf and wine pairings are well worth the $222 price tag.

 

1000 Lancaster St., Harbor East. 410-332-7373. charlestonrestaurant.com

 

15

order a pit beef sandwiCh from Chaps

 

Some of the area’s best beef is found right next to a strip club, which to many Baltimoreans is a joke that never gets old. At Chaps Pit Beef on Pulaski Highway, meat comes thinly sliced, smoky, charcoal-cooked, served with spicy tiger sauce. There are other, strip club-free locations in Aberdeen and Frederick, and another coming to Rehoboth, Del.

 

5801 Pulaski Highway, Armistead Gardens. 410-483-2379. chapspitbeef.com