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Monthly Comedy Showcase on the fourth Friday of every month. Hosted by Ricky Bordeaux.
2640 is a community events center managed by the Red Emma's Bookstore collective and located in St. John's Church
Korean lunch joint popular with Hopkins students and Charles Village denizens.
One of the city's most consistently excellent restaurants for many years, the Ambassador Dining Room serves elegant, sophisticated Indian food in an equally elegant and opulent setting. Classic Indian cookery--curries, vindaloos, biryanis--are always terrific, but the real dazzlers reside under the Chef's Recommendations section of the menu, where out-of-the-ordinary dishes like shrimp adrak feature a tightrope walk between green chile heat and restrained acerbic lime and sweet tamarind. The vegetarian menu is large and varied, and offerings like the outstanding Bengan bhartha (cumin and coriander-roasted eggplant) are skillfully prepared. The Ambassador's popular lunchtime buffet, served seven days a week, is a terrific deal.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to the renowned Cone Collection, and its permanent collection also includes American Painting and Decorative Arts, European Painting and Sculpture, Arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania, Modern and Contemporary Art, Prints, Drawings and Photographs and a stunning sculpture garden. The museum also hosts several special exhibitions, which rotate throughout the year.
"Nestled in the side of a building on 32nd street is the best coffee you will ever drink. Seriously, it's not just us that think so, they have won Best Coffee, Best Sandwiches, Best Fresh Yogurt… the list goes on, from all sorts of Baltimore papers. With a cool staff, bottomless cups of fresh brewed coffee, and outdoor tables great for studying or hanging out, Carma's Cafe might just be the best coffee house in the country. We may be biased, but you will be too after biting into any of their homemade sandwiches and goodies (many made by Carma herself!) Since space is at a premium in this popular shop, order in advance online, walk over, skip the line and pick up under the FetchFood sign. If only everything in life were this easy."
It's a college bar. No, it's a sports bar. No, it's a cop bar. No, it's a neighborhood bar. Different folks see CVP differently, but its pub-grub fare suits them all. Burgers and fries, chili in a bread bowl, an array of cheekily named club sandwiches, ribs, wings, nachos, hearty salads, and more fill out a menu that has changed over the years about as much as table salt. And that's a good thing.
With the some of the best Maryland crab soup anywhere, Gertrude's is the spot for Free State foodies, thanks to celebrity chef John Shields' artfully prepared seasonal menu, which is heavy on the seafood and easy on the eyes. The build-your-own entrées are popular here, as are the gorgeous crab cakes. Rivaling the food for tasteful flair is the outdoor patio, which overlooks the Baltimore Museum of Art's meandering sculpture garden. A perfect place to impress out-of-towners without breaking the bank; also ideal for a quiet lunch among the academic cognoscenti of adjacent Johns Hopkins University.
"Old-school Italian-American. reliable seafood preparations, like clams casino or zuppa di pesce, satisfy.
Purveyors of fine desserts and teas, and known for their gourmet dipped Granny Smith apples.
Don't make the mistake of coming to New Wyman Park for dinner or at all on Sundays. This is strictly a meat and potatoes, breakfast and lunch for the working masses type of diner. Wyman Park's seriously cheap and good food, however, is worth shaping a schedule around; it's all cooked with care from scratch, the way diner food is supposed to be but so seldom actually is. Homemade soups are always great, and the turkey club is carved from an actual bird; a good rule of thumb for selecting from Wyman's menu is gravy equals good.
Besides the cheap tuna steak sandwich and spinach salad, the menu at this café/bar near Homewood includes vegan and vegetarian food outside of the hummus and black-bean burrito world (though they also have both) with a tempeh Reuben and a Philly cheese “steak-less” made with seitan. It's easy to find a favorite dish and stick with it, but try one of the specials--the occasional veggie sloppy Joes and pretty pasta combos are money. Breakfast offerings of eggs, fake sausages, and bagels go well with a Bloody Mary from their full bar, and organic/fair trade coffee and espresso complements a full dessert case.
Pete's Grille has three drawbacks. It's small, so finding a seat at the counter--and there are only counter seats at Pete's--is nigh impossible during the lunch rush or any time on weekends. They only serve breakfast and lunch, and close early even for a breakfast-lunch-only joint. Otherwise, Pete's is a darn near flawless restaurant. Prices are terrifically cheap, and the food is homemade and excellent. Tenderly supervised long-cooked home fries reach Platonic perfection here, and the thick, thick, thick shakes are made with old-fashioned milk-shake mixers.
Milk shakes and burgers and lamb saag and naan? Somehow it works at this chrome-spangled but otherwise unflashy neighborhood diner/Indian joint. Hot fudge sundaes, lemon meringue pie, and Tamber's Brownie, topped with ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry complete the faux '50s picture. Recently reopened after renovations and expansion.
The Ottobar rocks nightly with local and national bands ranging from hard-core, punk, and art rock to rockabilly, acoustic, and all ages shows. Nights without a booked band reach entertainment heights with special events, DJ dance parties, performance art, and karaoke.
Corner convenience market serves sandwiches and Middle Eastern fare.
The Village Learning Place is a nonprofit library, learning center, and community garden in Charles Village. We provide free cultural and educational programming for all ages, from talks and lectures to concerts and GED classes.
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