Dining Guide - Page 25 - 100 Eats and Drinks (14)

Dining Guide
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100 Eats and Drinks (14)

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get inspired in the garden roomat topside

 

You can see the whole city from the Topside bar, which sits on the top floor of the newly renovated Hotel Revival. The George Washington statue atop the Washington monument is practically eye level.

 

For an intimate drink and nosh, the tucked-away Garden Room, a midcentury modern, tropical-themed alcove, provides a bit of privacy. Tropical planters were designed by local florist B. Willow, which also hosts a regular botanical lecture series in the space.

 

The cocktail menu offers cheekily named beer-and-a-shot combinations like “cure for the common writers block,” which pairs an IPA with a tiny cocktail called the “Hemingway snaquiri,” made with “Naval strength rum.” Let us know how it works.

 

612 Cathedral St., Mount Vernon. 410-727-0065. jdvhotels.com/hotels/maryland/baltimore/hotel-revival-baltimore

 

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dine by lake kittamaQundi at lupa

 

Formerly home to Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia, this Foreman Wolf spot was transformed into the Rome-inspired trattoria and gelateria named Lupa (meaning “she-wolf” in Italian) last year. The lakefront views are as lovely as ever. Start off with the suppli al telefono — balls of fried risotto filled with house-made mozzarella and lemon-garlic mayonnaise.

 

10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. 410-964-9999. lupacolumbia.com

 

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esChewveganism at jimmy’s famous seafood

 

Here’s a story that tells you a little bit about Baltimore’s relationship with crabs. Last summer, PETA posted a billboard near Baltimore’s Shot Tower featuring a still-living crab and the message: “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the individual. Go vegan.” In response, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a proudly family-run operation that opened in 1974, took out a billboard of its own, near I-295. Printed alongside the photo of a ready-for-eating crustacean: “SteaMEd crabs. Here to stay.” At Jimmy’s, get them soft-shell, in crab imperial, steamed or in cake form.

 

6526 Holabird Ave., Dundalk. 410-633-4040. jimmysfamousseafood.com

 

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dine on greek food at the original samos

It’s BYOB and cash-only, but it’s hard to beat the charmand old-world ambience at Samos, which opened in 1977 and remains one of the last fixtures of Greektown. Regulars rave about the gyro and pita bread.

 

600 Oldham St., Greektown. 410-675-5292. samosrestaurant.com

 

The garden Room at Topside, the bar at the top level of Hotel Revival in Mount Vernon.
photo by ulysses muñoz