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.
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.
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.
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.
Dining here is a pleasure, for the ambience and service complement the top notch flavors well. Ruth's Chris has tried to venture away from its usual steak menu, to be rewarded with satisfied, returning patrons. Step in and treat your taste buds to the eclectic creations on the menu: the Barbecued Shrimp is a good way to start, followed by a Steak House Salad. You can hop directly to the entrée section, where filets, T-bones, tuna, lobster and salmon dishes vie with each other, both in terms of taste and popularity. Each menu listing is accompanied by a brief, yet tantalizing description of its contents, which adds to the anticipation. Polish off your meal with a slice of Bread Pudding, Cheesecake or Crème Brulee.
For some of the most creative items of the American cuisine, Linwoods is the place to be at. The atmosphere may get a little too noisy, which is great for social gatherings. The service is much appreciated and the place may seem pricey. The unique collection of the menu features amazing steaks, duck, scallops, the crab soup, spinach and bacon salad, rock fish on risotto, and a lot more variety. And the burgers may just be the best in town. Accompany your meals with a drink from the extensive menu. Host your private and special occasions here and make them memorable ones.
Ethel's Creole Kitchen is a two-storeyed Cajun and Creole restaurant that has seating arrangements outside and also on the rooftop. From the outside, it gives an impression of a European bungalow and yellow and black colored walls and the plants adorning the railings only add credibility to the said impression. Once inside, you will come across a neatly arranged row of tables giving this place a pleasant atmosphere. The yellow walls with paintings and bright lightings give this eatery a welcoming feel, adding to its charm. However, it is not only the overall decor but also the promise of serving authentic Cajun and Creole food that brings people to Ethel's Creole Kitchen. Some of the restaurant's highlights include delicacies such as Nola Chicken, Creole Shrimp Boat, Fried Chesapeake Oysters, Mom's Crabcakes, Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs and many more. However, the one recipe that shouldn't be missed here is the Jambalaya, a dish which was described by The Baltimore Sun as one of the city's finest single-dish meals.
In an ideal world, every neighborhood would have a tavern like this. Set in a lovely old two-story home on a quiet tree-lined street, its two wood-paneled bars brim with hospitality, and its two dining rooms, an intimate non-smoking room with bare stone walls and a larger room designed like an indoor gazebo serve first-rate meals. The bars offer a buffet from 5pm-7pm weekdays and the kitchen's seafood specialties, such as Mahi-mahi topped with Lump Crab meat are both creative and flavorful.
This cafe style eatery is one of the best kabab joints in Baltimore. The tender chicken marinated in yogurt herb sauce, tandoori wings, savory kababs, flaky meat samosas and warm naan roti are simply divine. You can round off your meal with mango lassi or gulab jamun. The place has a warm family-oriented ambiance. Catering orders for parties are possible. This place is a must-visit if your tastebuds are craving for juicy flavorful meat dishes.
Located close to Green Spring Station, Tark's Grill is neighborhood favorite. Whether you want to come here for a casual and relaxed meal, or a romantic outing with a special someone, the American cuisine and ambiance will be a perfect choice. You may try their crab soup, chicken pot pie, pancakes, crab cakes, braised rib and not be disappointed. The wine collection, a variety of local and International is extensive. You may want to celebrate your special parties here and avail of their catering services. For more information, call ahead.