Dining Guide - Page 29 - 100 Eats and Drinks (18)

Dining Guide
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100 Eats and Drinks (18)


snag a spot for rooftop Crab piCking at lp steamers


Featured on shows like Man V. Food, the classic crab house has become a South Baltimore treasure. Hot steamed crabs are served year-round, but the best time to go is on a summer afternoon, sitting on the third-story rooftop deck overlooking the harbor. Come early to get a coveted spot — the restaurant doesn’t take reservations— or wait at a neighboring bar until a seat opens up.


1100 E. Fort Ave., Locust Point. 410-576-9294; locustpointsteamers.com



aCCept the hot wings Challenge at roCket to venus


The hot wings challenge held Tuesday nights at Hampden’s retro- fabulous sci-fi eatery Rocket to Venus requires diners to eat chicken wings seasoned with some of the spiciest peppers in the world. Those who succeed in scarfing down the lot in five minutes without sipping a beverage afterward get a T-shirt, bragging rights and the mild hallucinations that come from eating something so freakishly spicy.


3360 Chestnut Ave., Hampden. 410-235-7887. rockettovenus.com



take shelter in doveCote Cafe


Housed inside a beautifully redecorated former pharmacy in Reservoir Hill, Dovecote Cafe invites residents and office workers to heal themselves from everyday woes with delicious coffee, baked goods and sandwiches. The name comes from a birdhouse, and, according to the shop’s website, the name “is meant to evoke a sense of communal nesting.”


2501 Madison Ave., Reservoir Hill. 443-961-8677. dovecotecafe.com



gorge yourself on Cannoli from vaCCaro’s


Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry shop opened in Little Italy in 1956 and has been selling some of the city’s best cannoli ever since. The deep-fried, Sicilian-style pastry shells retain their crispiness against the ricotta filling. Order one or three in the cafe — there are now several locations in the area — or a few to take home and fill yourself.


222 Albemarle St., Little Italy. 410-685-4905. vaccarospastry.com



visit the new iCe Cream faCtory for the Charmery


Most of the former mills and factories of the Jones Falls area have been re-purposed into restaurants and apartments. But a new type of factory has returned. Last year, Baltimore ice cream company The Charmery opened its largest facility, known as “The Ice Cream Factory,” at Union Collective in Medfield.


The new 5,000-square-foot space includes 2,000 square feet for retail and seating, while the rest will house its new production facility, where flavors like Tell Tale Chocolate, Old Bay Caramel, and Otterbein Sugar Cookie get made.


Look for more tenants at Union Collective, a massive manufacturing/retail project anchored by Union Craft Brewing Co., to open their doors to the public this year. Earth Treks and Union Craft Brewing opened in 2018, while local businesses including the Baltimore Whiskey Co. and Vent Coffee Roasters, plan to open in the near future.


1700 W. 41st St., #400, Medfield. 443-759-4905. thecharmery.com/ice-cream-factory