Places to Eat

If walking distance from Embassy Suites, indicated after address.

 

Stacks Bar & Grill ($$) and B’more Bistro—located on the second floor of the Embassy Suites.

 

Pho Viet ($)—decent Vietnamese

110 St. Paul Street (449 feet!)

 

David and Dad’s Café ($)—deli and café fare, coffee

115 N. Charles Street (0.1 miles)

 

Mick O’Shea’s ($$)—Irish bar with decent burgers and other food

328 N. Charles St (0.1 miles)

 

Home Slyce 336 ($$)—pizza

336 N. Charles Street (0.1 miles)

 

Maisy’s ($$)—American, seafood, pizza

313 N. Charles Street (0.1 miles)

 

Cazbar ($$)—Turkish, Middle Eastern

316 N. Charles

0.1 miles

 

Ida B’s Table ($$)—contemporary soul food

235 Holliday Street (0.2 miles)

Ida B’s may well be the world’s first restaurant named after Ida B. Wells!

 

B & O American Brasserie ($$-$$$)—new American, cocktails

2 North Charles Street (0.2 miles)

Conveniently for business historians, it’s located in the historic former headquarters of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

 

Water Street Tavern ($-$$)—casual side street bar with bar fare, seafood

102 Water Street (0.2 miles)

 

Argosy Café ($$)—Café fare, new American

7 N. Calvert St. (0.2 miles)

 

Charles Center Food Court ($)—varied

222 N. Charles Street (0.2 miles)

Includes several surprisingly good food court stalls open at lunch, including Mekong Delta Café serving Vietnamese and WOW Food Cafe serving Chinese and bubble tea.

 

Nalley Fresh ($)—healthy sandwiches and salads

120 E. Baltimore Street (0.2 miles)

 

Puerto 511 ($$)—Peruvian, seafood

102 W. Clay Street

0.2 miles

 

Werner’s Restaurant ($)—old-school diner serving breakfast and lunch

231 E. Redwood Street (0.3 miles)

 

Maiwand Kabob ($-$$)—Afghan, middle eastern

40 South Street (0.4 miles)

 

Shake Shack ($)—burgers, fries, and shakes

400 E. Pratt Street (0.4 miles)

In the author’s humble opinion, possibly the only restaurant worth its salt at the Inner Harbor.

 

Faidley Seafood ($-$$)

204 N. Paca Street (0.5 miles)

Many claim this lunch spot has Baltimore’s best lump crab cake. Located in historic Lexington Market, which is one of Baltimore’s great landmarks and also home to countless lunch stalls selling Chinese food, soul food, the iconic Berger cookies, Jamaican food, and more.

 

Mount Vernon Marketplace ($-$$)—restaurant hall, varied

520 Park Avenue (0.5 miles)

Restaurant hall with lots of options, including ramen, burgers, pasta, Korean, crepes, and several bars

 

Owl Bar ($)—pizza, burgers, sandwiches

1 East Chase Street (0.8 miles)

Former 1920s speakeasy decked out with owl-themed stained glass in one of Baltimore’s former luxury hotels.

 

Brewer’s Art ($$)—New American fare

1106 N. Charles Street (0.8 miles)

Has decent beers brewed in-house, located in a beautiful brownstone

 

LITTLE ITALY (one mile from the hotel)

Historic neighborhood about half a mile east of the Inner Harbor with lots of Italian restaurants.

Isabella’s Brick Oven ($-$$)—brick-oven pizza, subs, and salads; homemade cheeses and breads

221 S. High St.

 

Joe Benny’s Focacceria ($-$$)—small plates, panini, and focaccia; known for their meatballs

313 S. High St.

 

Osteria Da Amedeo ($$-$$$)—wine bar; light fare including antipasti, salads, panini, soup, bruschetta, and chicken dishes

301 S. Exeter St. 

 

Ozra ($$-$$$)—Mediterranean and Persian cuisine; lamb, chicken, beef, and seafood entrees

806 Stiles St.

 

Sabatino’s ($$-$$$)—pasta, poultry, veal, beef, pork, and seafood entrees; gluten-free menu available

901 Fawn St.

Family-style dining option for groups of 20 or more

 

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop ($)—panini and salads along with an extensive offering of Italian desserts, hot drinks, and cocktails

222 Albemarle St.

Their motto is “Life is short; eat dessert first!”

 

FELLS POINT (1.5 miles from the hotel)

 

Historic port neighborhood about one mile east of the Inner Harbor with cobblestone streets, independent shops and bars, and some of the city’s oldest buildings.

 

Thames Street Oyster House ($$-$$$)—Mid-Atlantic and New England seafood and raw bar

1728 Thames St.

Upstairs dining with view of the water available. Happy Hour drink specials Mon-Fri. Reliably crowded and hard to get into but also has some of the best seafood in the city.

 

Tortilleria Sinalos ($)—lunch spot that makes its own tortillas serving delicious tamales and tacos, etc.

1716 Eastern Avenue

Open at 7 am for breakfast.

 

The Black Olive ($$$)—Greek small plates, entrees, and dishes to share.  

814 S. Bond St.

Private dining in the wine cellar or dining room also available.

 

Henningers Tavern ($$-$$$)—cozy local favorite with eclectic décor known for their fresh seafood and relaxed bar

1812 Bank Street

After your meal, take a two-block stroll north to visit the Billie Holliday Arts Project. http:// www.upperfellspoint.org/committees- projects/billie-holiday-project/

 

Peter’s Inn ($$)—Menu changes weekly; typical offerings include soup, seafood, and steak.

504 S. Ann St.

Funky tavern in a former biker bar that gets crowded early

 

IF YOU REALLY WANT A LOCAL DELICACY ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND OUTSIDE MARYLAND:

Chap’s Charcoal Restaurant ($)  

5801 Pulaski Hwy (4 miles, 20-minute drive from hotel)

This is a trek from the hotel, but one that rarely disappoints. Chap’s serves pit beef, one of the world’s great grilled meats, a hybrid of pit barbecue and roast beef. Dressed with red pepper sauce and tiger sauce, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try as much horseradish as Wee-Bey from The Wire put on his sandwich.