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Classic Cuban food--ropa vieja, pollo adobado--shares space with adventuresome Nuevo Latino dishes like grilled ahi tuna in a spicy orange-chile glaze on Babalu's brief but entertaining menu. It's a fun and energetic restaurant, featuring an enormous portrait of Ricky Ricardo smiling down on diners who perch atop conga-drum bar stools to sip the best mojitos in town.
Live Music Wednesdays-Saturdays, International Sunday Brunch $15, bar and dance floor, and
Centro offers a variety of Spanish and South American tapas dishes. Extensive list of wine, sherry and port from Spain and South America.
Dance and live music venue with a Latin restaurant, tapas bar, salsa dance lessons, and V.I.P. treatment for members.
"Delicious Argentine Cuisine located in the heart of Little Italy. Gourmet coffee shop/Carry specializes in Gourmet
Empanadas (over 15 differents flavors), Argentine Tartas, Delightful Pastries and Desserts, Chimichurries dressings and others. Argentine Wines, Beers and other products. Wi-fi and wine tastings also makes this place full of adventures. Holidays specials: Office Lunch, Business Buffet, Private and Public parties."
This lively Federal Hill cantina remains merrily unfazed by growing awareness of authentic Mexican cuisine. Arriving with the first wave of Mexican restaurants in Baltimore, the alleyside restaurant still whips up those heaping plates of enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and (their best effort) super tacos. Menu mentionable: hot hot hot habanero-style chicken wings.
Full-size entrees now grace this small-plates menu, although the tapas remain the key draw: beef tartare and seafood carpaccio are very beautiful.
Eclectic cuisine at bargain prices.
"TapaBar is a tapas restaurant and lounge nestled in the Little Italy section of Baltimore City. The restaurant caters to individuals who are looking for a Mediterranean/Spanish experience with a cozy atmosphere featuring flavorful authentic Spanish and Argentina dishes. The slogan of the restaurant is “Tempting Flavor on Small Plates - Straight from the Farm to your Table”. All dishes are made with fresh ingredients that come from local farms in Maryland.
Wine tasting every Wednesday!"
The Kali's Court folkd succeed at tapas as well, with a sampling of moderately authentic Spanish small plates offered up in a handsome space.
Tapas Teatro should get big credit for ushering in the era of small-plate dining to Baltimore. Happily, there is now a plethora of local places slinging small plates of everything from pan-Asian fusion to Mediterranean tidbits, but we keep coming back to the Teatro for its classic Spanish tapas. There are plenty of garlicky, spicy treats, and most of the meats benefit from char-grilling over a wood fire. Sangría is the classic tapas companion, and when it is enjoyed by the pitcher (surrounded by stacks of recently emptied plates of grilled calamari or skewered tenderloin or roasted eggplant) at one of the eatery's sidewalk tables, life is good, indeed.
Arguably Baltimore's first great restaurant, Tio Pepe invites heated debate among the citizenry, some of whom think it's slipped, most of whom find things just as they were when the restaurant opened in 1968. The candlelit whitewashed grottolike interior still stimulates romantic feelings, and the brightly dressed waiters still ruthlessly run the show. Prepare to spend a long, leisurely meal, and clear up some room on your credit card allowance. Tio Pepe is really expensive, best left for special occasions (or try it for lunch sometime). Always start with the shrimp in garlic sauce, follow with the fillet of sole with bananas, and try to persuade your dining companion to splurge on the suckling pig or, failing that, the slow-cooked paella. Jackets are required.
"Venegas Prime Filet offers the best USDA Prime Steaks paired with superb wine and unmatched hospitality. It is a place where friends and lovers meet to enjoy great food, great wine and share great times in a sophisticated and truly romantic setting. No jackets required - just dress up your expectations!"
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The Black Eyed Susan authentic Mississippi river boat hosts a murder mystery and dinner cruise, with a different mystery with each cruise.
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