Dining Guide - Page 16 - 100 Eats and Drinks (6)

Dining Guide
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100 Eats and Drinks (6)

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soak in the views from the bygone

 

Gorgeously plated food competes for attention with the view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at this sought-after destination on the 29th floor of the Four Seasons. Classics like lobster Newburg, Dover sole meuniere and baked Alaska pay tribute to yesteryear, but with a take that’s strictly 2019.

 

400 International Drive, 29th floor, Harbor East. 443-343-8200. thebygonerestaurant.com

 

18

play bocce before Dinner at la scala

 

La Scala is old fashioned, but it’s not static. Chef-owner Nino Germano started the restaurant in 1995 on High Street and moved the business around the corner to Eastern Avenue when he outgrew the original space. Over the years, he has added an indoor bocce court. Work up an appetite with a round of the old Italian pastime before chowing on garlic-imbued shrimp scampi or cannoli prepared by the chef’s mother.

 

1012 Eastern Ave., Little Italy. 410-783-9209. lascaladining.com

 

19

slurp a bivalve at the local oyster

 

Though crabs get all the attention nowadays, for much of Maryland’s history, oysters played a central role in the local economy. In the 1800s, Crisfield was the self-styled Seafood Capital of the World — when the Pennsylvania Railroad carried oysters by the trainload from Maryland to the rest of the United States. At the Local Oyster stand in the Mount Vernon Marketplace, you can contemplate the oyster’s evolution while slurping down a skinny dipper, farmed in Southern Maryland. New locations are planned for South Baltimore and Northern Virginia.

 

520 Park Ave., Mount Vernon. 844-748-2537. thelocaloyster.com

 

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eat all you can at royaltaj

 

From the outside, Royal Taj looks like another nondescript suburban restaurant in Columbia. But when you step in the door, it’s hard not to gawk. The place is gorgeous. And when you find out the space used to be an Applebee’s, you shake your head in wonder. The service is impeccable, and delectable food matches the sophisticated space. Go for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet to ensure you don’t miss anything.

 

8335 Benson Drive, Columbia. 410-381-1111. royaltajmd.com