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On the Menu: 10 Baltimore Restaurants to Savour

Here’s where to eat in Baltimore, a city whose dining scene goes beyond crabs and Italian food for a full range of culinary experiences.

Oct 13, 2011
  • Charleston Restaurant, Baltimore
  • Downstairs in Kali's Court, Baltimore
  • Bo Brooks Restaurant, Baltimore
  • Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano, Baltimore
Charleston Restaurant in Harbor East offers exceptional Southern cuisine.
Photography courtesy Charleston
Kali's Court in Fells Point is a Mediterranean hot spot.
Photography courtesy Kali's Court
Bo Brooks Restaurant in Canton is a popular place for crabs.
Photography courtesy Ray Studios/Baltimore CVA
For great Italian, try Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano in Little Italy.
Photography courtesy Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano

When visitors come to Baltimore, they often have one food in mind—crabs. And given the city’s waterfront location, these crustaceans are found in all their glory on many menus—from hot steamed crabs to roly-poly crab cakes. Or, diners may be drawn to one of the many excellent Italian restaurants, as they should be. But Baltimore has another culinary side, too, one that has spawned several Top Chef contestants and James Beard finalists, creating a range of dining experiences whether you’re looking for luxe or laid-back. All you really need to do is bring your appetite to town.

Fine Dining: Charleston and Kali’s Court

Chef Cindy Wolf and partner Tony Foreman are local powerhouse restaurateurs with a growing empire. Their restaurant Charleston in Harbor East offers an exquisite dining experience in plush surroundings with tasting menus focusing on upscale Southern cuisine. The food is expertly paired with wines from a carefully composed list.

The romantic Kali’s Court in Fells Point seduces guests with its softly lit dining room and stellar service. This Mediterranean hot spot with a mostly seafood menu also has a charming brick courtyard with seating.

Celebrated Chef: Michael Mina at Four Seasons

It took a world-class facility—Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore in the Inner Harbor—to lure award-winning chef Michael Mina to the city. Today, the celebrated restaurant maestro sits at the helm of the Hotel’s Wit & Wisdom. A contemporary take on traditional tavern food, the menu here (filled with dishes such as lobster pot pie and a tasting trio of Maryland crab) gets its unique flavour from its Eastern seaboard sensibility.    

Locavore: Woodberry Kitchen

No one has embraced the farm-to-table movement like Woodberry Kitchen a fashionably rustic space in an industrial mill just north of downtown. Chef/owner Spike Gjerde contracts with local vendors for seasonal produce, locally raised meats, homemade cheeses, and fresh seafood to produce creative dishes that reflect the Chesapeake region.

Italian: Aldo’s and Da Mimmo’s

Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano in Little Italy adds elegance to its signature cuisine with dishes like butter-poached lobster risotto and a veal chop with wild-mushroom polenta, all served in a beautiful formal setting. Actor Chazz Palminteri was so pleased with his visit there that he became partners with Aldo’s owners to open a nearby pizzeria. Down the street, Da Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant holds court with the stars, too, with its fine fare and gorgeous bar.

Crab Houses: Canton Dockside and Bo Brooks

There’s no lack of crab houses in Baltimore, but some take you through the hands-on, unique experience better than others. Canton Dockside is one of those. Sit indoors or outside at picnic tables (this is how locals do it!) with a view of the harbour. Longtime favourite Bo Brooks Restaurant in Canton is another popular place to crack crabs. (Tip: Beer is the beverage of choice to wash down the spicy crabs.)


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