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It's quite simple: Steamed crabs taste better when eaten while looking at the water, Bo Brooks offers reliably large, meaty (and, alas, pricey) crustaceans at a primo waterfront location with stellar harbor views in both summer (on the spacious outdoor deck) and winter (from the comfortable heated dining room). The crabs are always excellent here. The only other menu items you need concern yourself with are the crab soups--Maryland is spicy and veggie-laden, the cream of crab thick and lumpy with back fin--and the house special gargantuan onion rings. OK, you can also have the soft-shell crab sandwich.
For a city heavily settled by German immigrants, Baltimore has few German restaurants. Eichenkranz is the last outpost of hasenpfeffer and schweinkoteletten mit apfeln, not to mention four kinds of schnitzel. There's also the wurst platte with knockwurst, bratwurst, and baurenwurst. If you have a yen for such a sausagefest but your dining companions shy away from sauerbraten, Eichenkranz also serves up old-school items like lumpy crab cakes and fried soft-shell crabs, as well as steaks and chops, chicken, and pasta. The black forest cake and apple strudel are worth saving room for.
A little bit of Margaritaville in Canton, this tropical-themed bar and grill serves up pub grub with a special bent toward seafood.
This committed, urbane Canton restaurant deploys a comfortable but stylish date-place vibe, an affordable wine list, and well-rehearsed bistro dishes like pan-seared pecan-encrusted trout, blackened beef salad, and lamb brined and sauteed with honey, grapes, and feta. Regulars avoid the packed half-price entree night on Wednesday, a victim of its own success. Impromptu trivia games erupt at the street-level wine bar, home of the self-proclaimed "Baltimore's longest happy hour" and a favorite retreat for more settled Cantonites.
Trendy restaurants are popping up all over East Baltimore, but oblivious Ikaros just keeps on doing what it has done so well for so long: classic Greek fare served in a simple whitewashed dining room. Home to Baltimore's best moussaka, Ikaros also serves a standout taramasalata and gargantuan kebabs. And we are reasonably sure that this is the only restaurant in town that serves flaming cheese.
"Step inside Jack’s Bistro for a delightful “coastal” experience that is serious about taste buds, and cozy in atmosphere. Nestled in the quaint Canton neighborhood centrally located in downtown Baltimore, Jack’s Bistro boasts a unique menu including food you wont find anywhere else. Jack’s Bistro turns everyday ingredients into culinary masterpiece combinations. Sophisticated with a sense of humor, Jack’s Bistro humbly possesses a modern feel with retro tinges including earth toned painted walls, Jetson-style art, and booths made up of church pews on a brick tile platform. Chef/Owner Ted Stelzenmuller combines prime world flavors with a creative flare that ROCKS! We are sure you will find the staff warm and welcoming as they help guide you through the tempting menu items, rousing wine list, and innovative cocktails. Jack’s Bistro assures passion for detail in a casual atmosphere where the food speaks for itself."
"A new night club in Canton with daily all-u-can-drink specials, dj's and live music every night. Lounge area, pool tables and beer pong set up."
Just outside of Canton this bar offers parking, dance floor, live entertainment, friendly staff, and food that is reasoably priced.
Herb Schwartz, owner of this tiny Canton gallery, specializes in capturing Baltimore neighborhoods and street scenes in pen-and-ink sketches and watercolors.
Homey Looney's Pub is one of our favorite chill out spots. It's relatively cheap, it has good food and beer, and you can catch a baseball game, a football game, or whatever sport is in season on one of the TVs. The crab cakes outstrip the usual pub-grub versions, and there's a scrumptious wing and shrimp special on Saturday afternoons and Sunday and Monday nights that goes down good with a bottle of beer. We have just one request--bring back the Thursday night lobster and mussels special for under $20.
This Highlandtown institution, conveniently across the street from the Creative Alliance, has been offering up the thickest, most tempting pizza in town since before we were born. Matthew's offers thin-crust pizza as well, but the deep-dish pies are the way to go. Show up early; they tend to run out of ingredients later in the evening.
This double-duty restaurant serves both Thai and Japanese cuisine (including sushi), which is great if you're open to inspiration but a bit of a chore if you're trying to make up your mind. Located in a Canton strip mall, the restaurant does most things passably well--Thai food feels freshly spiced (if a bit sugary and short on chile fire), and the sushi combinations display some obvious skill--but it's hard to find one thing that it does with excellence. Photos of grateful, smiling regulars testify that persistent diners find their way, but newcomers will have to grasp around a little. Low prices and the free-and-ready parking help tip the scales in its favor.
This entertaining spot does its best work with meat: a perfect espresso-rubbed flatiron steak, braised short ribs. The bar downstairs offers hamburgers, beer-battered onion rings, and sports on TV.
812 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
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