For those looking to avoid constant, awkward lapdance inquiries, Fantasies Nightclub offers the closest experience to a typical Baltimore sports bar, with plenty of seating, a larger-than-necessary menu and many TVs. Plus, the minimal neon lighting was a welcome change. Dancers work the main stage in the middle, but walk around the large circular bar for tips like it's a racetrack. Fantasies is a low-pressure spot, and it's where I enjoyed my meal most comfortably. Every Wednesday is "Steak and Babes" night, which sounds like a rejected skit idea from "The Man Show." Lapdances are half-price, day and night, but this trip was about the USDA Grade A prime rib (only offered on Wednesdays, $12.95). Despite it not being cooked how I asked (the request was medium, but results were at least medium-well), the steak was tender and just as enjoyable as a prime rib from a more expensive chain restaurant. A quick tip to the chef: The cranberry BBQ sauce gave the meat a tangy finish, but it also overpowered the dish. Serve it on the side and let the meat shine. Our appetizer that stole the show, though. Bavarian pretzel sticks ($4.49, add cheese for $0.95 more) ... at a strip club? It may sound like a kitchen over-reaching, but besides the Tony Luke's roast pork sandwich, these simple pretzels were the item I'd order again first. The plump, doughy sticks were drenched in butter, sprinkled with sea salt and worked perfectly with the not-too-thick Parmesan and cheddar cheese sauce. It was decadent and delicious, in the same way an Auntie Anne's pretzel solves a salty craving.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun