This small Afghani restaurant in the midtown Mount Vernon neighborhood features an intimate, candle-lit dining room decorated in shades of rose. Traditional Afghani robes adorn the bare brick walls. The food is equally lovely. A typical meal would include the pureed pumpkin appetizer, followed by grilled chicken with mushrooms in a yogurt and sour cream sauce, and ice cream with mango, figs and dates for dessert. The Helmand is four-star dining in a lovely setting, all at affordable prices.
One of Baltimore's largest breweries, The Brewer's Art is set in a grand townhouse on North Charles Street. Spread out over two levels, the bar and dining room lies on the ground floor and the lounge and smaller bar area can be found on the lower level. House brews include the strong Beazly, Birdhouse Ale and the flavorful Resurrection. They also offer an extensive wine list, wide selection of whiskey and other spirits. Their reasonably priced food menu features delicious pubfare (sandwiches, small plates), intriguing entrées, continental cuisine and desserts. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available. With its happy hours, plenty of seating options, impeccable service and guided tours (every other Saturday), The Brewer's Art offers guests a unique dining experience.
For more than 30 years, this downtown restaurant has been Baltimore's benchmark for upscale steakhouses. The signature dish shows why. The Prime Rib Steak is a tender 24-ounce behemoth, a full three inches thick. The rest of the offerings, including several fine seafood dishes, are just as good, if not as weighty. It's hard to believe, but the decor - black walls, gold curtains and leopard-print carpet - is somehow just right. Side dishes are a la carte, and the wine list is great.
One expects Italian restaurants to be romantic, and this Little Italy favorite certainly delivers. Dalesio's Of Little Italy's intimate dinning rooms are candle-lit and filled with fresh flowers, and the outdoor balcony seating is a near perfect setting for romance. The menu features many low-calorie and low-cholesterol entrées, like grilled shrimp and penne piemontese, which are perfectly healthy, yet still pack enough flavor to be worthy of Little Italy.
Searching for a great seafood joint in Baltimore was a hard feat before 2003. Since then, Mama's On the Half Shell has risen to be the city's all-time favorite restaurant for those seafood delicacies everyone loves. Located in the Canton area of Baltimore, this crustacean focused establishment is perfect for dining out with the family, friends or that special someone. Their raw bar selection changes daily, but their crab cakes with mustard are almost always available.
Nestled in the Canton area of Baltimore, Annabel Lee Tavern is a local favorite named after a well known poem by the city's own Edgar Allen Poe. The cuisine is a level above the usual tavern fare, with mouth-watering dishes like the goat cheese fruit plate, pan seared duck breast, rosemary beef tenderloin gyro and a select number of gourmet desserts. According to some, the best part of their menu is the Poe themed cocktail list and variety of local brews. Whether you're coming here for a date with that special someone or just to grab a bite to eat with friends, Annabel Lee Tavern is sure to hit the spot.
This elegant restaurant features floor-to-ceiling murals of cafe scenes and gilded mirrors. The owners redecorated the dining room in the mid-90s; only the cracked tile floor is original. To start, try a half-order of the gnocchi in red pepper sauce or sample from the tapas Bar. For a main course, the thin-crusted pizza is a nice choice. Made with homemade sauce and topped with mozzarella, it is a gourmet delight. For dessert, choose from truffles, fresh fruit served with ice cream and Profiteroles with chocolate sauce.
This friendly little place called David & Dad's is great if you're looking for breakfast on the go. They offer a wide range of fresh-baked muffins; everything from blueberry to chocolate chip; as well as a good variety of breakfast sandwiches. They also do lunch, offering a large menu of deli and specialty sandwiches. Their Reuben is especially good - plenty of dressing and sauerkraut, without being too wet. There are a few tables, but most of the business is take out. Be sure to try a brownie.
This trendy coffee shop boasts an enormous selection of coffee accouterments and beans, as well as a fine selection of pastries and snacks. Come in for a tasty breakfast croissant or a tempting sandwich. There is a wide variety of pita wraps sporting tasty combinations of ham, turkey and cheese with alfalfa sprouts and avocado. Each sandwich is named for a prominent Baltimore street or neighborhood. For dessert, sink your teeth into a homemade pastry.
Established in 1962, The Center Club is a premium club and dining space. The venue has served as a meeting space for political leaders of the city. The club also serves as a banquet hall and is available for weddings and small events. The venue is divided into the main dining room, Grill Room and the Bar 100 with an extensive list of carefully curated preparations. You can relish their crab cakes and cobb salad with blood orange martini, enjoying a great view of the city. Please refer the website for dress code and other details.
Customers welcome the glass ceiling here as it gives them the feeling of outdoors even when they are indoors, there is plenty of outdoor seating too for balmy summer nights. Leinenkugels Beer is available in 30 different specialty draft brews. Heated floors and a fireplace and the retractable roof make the restaurant a choice venue for all weathers. Its location at the entertainment venue Power Plant Live is an added advantage.