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Any road trip to Baltimore should include a few essentials: hit a crab deck, visit the city’s public food markets, and eat some cannoli at Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop. There’s also a requisite visit to the restaurants helmed by chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation: Charleston and Woodberry Kitchen.
In the past year, the city’s dining scene has been boosted by refreshed historic markets, more outdoor drinking spots, and new neighborhood restaurants. The centuries-old historic Broadway Market debuted its $3.2 million makeover in the spring. Station North gained two new restaurants: Orto, from a former partner of the Food Market, and Le Comptoir du Vin. New al fresco options include Ouzo Beach, the Fadensonnen beer garden, and the patio at Broadway Market. There have been recently some notable closures, too, including Bottega, Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons, Brewers Hill Mediterranean spot Gnocco, and vegetable-centric Encantada.
Visitors to Charm City should add the following spots to their next road trip.
Greek restaurant Ouzo Bay has been a fixture of the Harbor east upscale dining enclave for several years. In June, Atlas Restaurant Group debuted this outdoor bar and restaurant specializing in small seafood plates. Outfitted with palm trees, blue stone, and a wooden trellis, it’s designed to resemble a Mediterranean villa.
By Julekha Dash | August 13, 2019