This downtown restaurant serves elegant, yet simple, French-inspired Southern cuisine. Take the fried oysters, for instance, in their golden-brown cornmeal batter, or the crab soup that's as creamy as most bisques. These are true examples of gracious living. Add the tranquil, pastel-colored decor and the expert service and you come up with a most enjoyable dining experience at Charleston.
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.
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.
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.
Mick O'Shea's Irish Pub and Restaurant features live Irish music, five nights a week. Inside, you'll find a massive bar with wooden tables to complete the décor. Much of the food is standard bar fare, but heartier dishes are also available. Be sure to try the Celtic entrees like Shepherd's Pie, Irish Stew, and Corn Beef and Cabbage.
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.
A popular food court, Mt Vernon Marketplace serves as a host to sixteen eateries such as Indibowl, Aj's Deli, The Local Oyster, Taps Fill Station, Mi & Yu, Pinch, Fresh Monday's, Brown Rice and many more. Within its spacious interior, you can savor delights such as Charcuterie, Artisanal Burgers, Noodles, Bibimbap, BAO Sandwiches, Cupcakes and many more.
With its plush interiors, Topside is a rooftop restaurant that overlooks the Mount Vernon neighborhood. The eatery here consists of a bar right in the center which is surrounded by chairs facing the window. There is a specific section of this restaurant called The Garden Room, which is surrounded by lush green tropical plants, making it feel like a garden. The wooden decor and the seating arrangements give this place a modern upscale vibe. Topside is known for its finely curated list of craft beers that includes Thirstay (credited to Peabody Heights Brewery, one of Baltimore's earliest breweries). Other than that, the menu here is filled with recipes that use ingredients which are freshly sourced, which ensures quality. However, the best thing about Topside is its wide range of beer that can be found in thirteen taps and other containers including cans.
With its simple yet elegant decor, B&O American Brasserie adds comfort to the sophisticated Hotel Monaco, where it is located. The bar seating is comfortable and it makes for a great place to hang out with friends or colleagues. The upscale crowd frequents B&O American Brasserie for their delicious cocktails that go very well with the American delicacies they have on offer. Raw Oysters, Steamed Local Clams are among their must-haves. Being a great venue for business gatherings, B&O American Brasserie provides private dining and banquet gathering solutions. Check website for further details.