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The silky smooth Afghan dishes you've come to love uptown at the Helmand--aushak, mantwo, boulawani--are yours for the ordering at this modest and very sunny downtown eat-in/carryout joint. Kebabs skewer expertly grilled meat, and the beloved kaddo (pan-fried baked baby pumpkin) is done justice. But go on weekends to avoid the business crowds.
Classic pizza delivered to your door.
For a city with few Cuban immigrants and thus little by way of comparison, Little Havana is a reasonably good Cuban restaurant. The paella is flavorful and the Cuban sandwich is as it should be, though neither these nor the rest of the menu will likely satisfy Cuban-cuisine cognoscenti. But since people don't flock here for the food, that all seems beside the point. Little Havana is much more of a bar than a restaurant; Sunday brunch is more popular for its all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bloody Marys by the pitcher than its huevos habaneros.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is one of those multitasking spots that can be a hit if you arrive at the right time in the proper mood or a miss if your timing's off. The ebb-and-flow between Metropolitan's wine-bar and coffeehouse identities requires some experience, but it's worth the trouble. The cool woody interior (formerly the original One World Café) attracts laptop users by day, and the wine bar has become an oasis for Federal Hill residents wanting to avoid the frat-house atmosphere that pervades neighboring spots. The regular menu comprises adult fare like sesame-coated salmon fillets and light fare like quesadillas and Reubens.
In addition to its permanent collection, this gallery, which was formerly located in Portland but has moved to Baltimore's Federal Hill, presents monthly changing exhibitions of solo artists' work and group shows. The artists range from local talents to internationally known. Montage also offers a spring lecture series on modern art by guest artists.
A reliable source of seafood and libations with a spacious deck for nice weather.
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.
"A local neighborhood corner bar where the beer is cold & cheap! $2 domestic bottles every day all day.
Karaoke every Saturday hosted by kj DandaMan with over 50,000 song selections."
Federal Hill residents are lucky to have such a dark and cozy corner bar. On a recent visit, though, entrèes and sandwiches were spotty, though the fries were terrific. Find one or two more decent menu items, and you've got yourself a hangout.
Dog-friendly neighborhood pub with a rich tap selection and excellent pizzas.
Cigar and college bar with pool tables, golf games, and a large selection of beer and single malt scotches. The pub grub menu offers huge burgers, sandwiches, hearty salads, and appetizers.
This restaurant has the best view of the Inner Harbor. Although famous for crab cakes, cream of crab soup, steak, and martinis, the Scupp's Sunday brunch is like climbing aboard a cruise ship for the afternoon.
SoBo Café serves classic American cuisine smack dab in the middle of Federal Hill's drinking district. The menu changes faster than the pH level in the harbor, with nightly renditions of traditional Yankee staples like mac 'n' cheese and chicken pot pie. Sobo regularly offers more creative choices, as well, like the seared duck breast with maple chipotle cream, asparagus, and Gorgonzola polenta and the blackened grouper with crab imperial and covered with a honey white wine coulis. The ambiance is intimate and inviting--a great way to kick off a first date before venturing into the local nightlife.
Indian classics and a lunch buffet.
"Welcome to Taps Baltimore. We have 17 beers on tap with over 50 more planned which range from international brands to local microbrews. Currently, we have the best happy hour in all of Baltimore, which includes a $9 all you can drink rails and domestics. Additionally, we are a live entertainment establishment and have plenty of floor space to book your next party or private event. Check out our extensive menu and drink options in our 'menu' section."
Thai Arroy is the prettiest little storefront Thai restaurant you ever did meet. The smartly costumed servers and decorative touches, like elaborate cloths placed under glass-topped tables, help distract from the reality that the food is just shy of greatness. The vegetables are pleasurably crisp, and the larb, a cold peppery beef salad finished off with fresh mint, is excellent, but meals are often too mild. Still, Thai Arroy is a favorite spot for affordable lunch specials. For dinner, try the ped chu-chee, perfect duck topped with chile paste in coconut milk. BYOB.
Nice space with good, solid fare.
This little gallery in Federal Hill exhibits works by contemporary Russian artists, primarily oil or watercolor paintings, prints and lacquer boxes. The gift shop also carries hand-made Russian crafts including icons and nesting dolls.
"Better Taste! Better Quality! All kinds of pizza, pastas, strombolis and subs! Order delivery or takeout today on our website!"
Baltimore's first hookah lounge has a gorgeous den with rich terra cotta-painted walls lined with plush sofas, low tables and ottomans. Zeeba's serves exceptional Mediterranean tapas and desserts.
501 N. Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21278
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