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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.
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.
Tucked away in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, the Thai Arroy restaurant is known for its authentic and budget friendly Thai cuisine. With a crowd on the weekends, this popular establishment doesn't take weekend reservations. Crispy spring rolls, pad Thai, and curry pups are some of the local favorites.
Situated in Fells Point, Thames Street Oyster Bar is any seafood lover's dream come true. A charming restaurant affording lovely views of the water, it serves some fantastic Maryland and Mid-Atlantic cuisine. Sit at one of the three dining areas and gorge on treats like lobster mac n' cheese, grilled New Bedford swordfish and seared Block Island scallops. House specialties include stuffed Maine lobster and New England clam and lobster boil. Enhance the seafood extravaganza with a cocktail or wine from the bar.
With a seasonal menu with options like savory peach tarts, pork belly banh mi, cherry tomato and watermelon salad and steamed mussels, it's easy to see why this tavern is a local favorite. However one item that never leaves the menu is their famed crosstown burger, with add-on options like a fried egg and bacon. Located in the Hamilton neighborhood of Baltimore, this aptly named establishment features the dim lighting, exposed brick and elbow-touching, close knit wooden tables associated with taverns. The beer selection is on the smaller side, but is filled with quality brews.