With TVs on the walls, in the booths and hanging from the ceiling, the Field House in Canton is a wonderful place to have a few beers and watch multiple games at once. On a recent visit, however, some of the food played third-string to the entertainment and libations.
The enormous space, which used to be Ray Lewis' Full Moon BBQ, gives off a steak house-meets-frat house vibe: High-backed leather booths and college banners abound.
Our first server was a bartender who, upon being asked whether the "local calamari" ($10) was in fact local, said jokingly that they were straight out of the harbor.
When it came out, the calamari was cooked flawlessly. It was simultaneously crispy and tender with one caveat: The batter was so salty it rendered the calamari almost inedible. Even the sweet Thai sauce and the pesto aioli that came as sides couldn't mask the calamari's saltiness. The only thing that stood up to it was my pint of one of Flying Dog's more colorfully named beers.
The standout of the appetizers were the crispy jumbo chicken wings ($10), which come in a variety of sauces and lived up to their name. We had the Buffalo and the blackberry barbecue sauces. The buffalo sauce was tangy and not as heavy as most Buffalo sauces, while the sweet and tangy blackberry sauce was a nice change of pace from the normal tomato-based versions.
The greasy, cheesy, deep-fried cheesesteak spring roll ($9) was satisfying in a way that only things that are greasy, cheesy and deep-fried can be. The only problem was, the side of ketchup had a good amount of sriracha in it. And when the already spicy wrap was dipped in the extra-spicy ketchup, it was too hot to handle. If the roll would have been served with an aioli or plain old ketchup, it would have been a solid appetizer.
Our entree orders were taken and delivered by a different server, who turned out to be much more helpful than the first. She steered me away from the entrees, explaining that since the Field House is a sports bar, few people order their entrees.
I settled on the jerk chicken wrap ($11) because apparently it was a favorite of the regulars. The wrap was bland to the point of fascination. Anything with jerk seasoning should have a good spice kick followed by a little heat. This had neither. The pineapple chunks were limp, and the chipotle aioli tasted like regular mayonnaise.
The pepperoni pizza ($13), however, couldn't have been better. Made with fresh dough, it was much thicker than the norm. It's a welcome sight. The puffy and chewy dough was caramelized on the bottom and topped with a light smear of tomato sauce and a generous amount of mozzarella and pepperoni.
The crab cake in the crab cake sandwich ($12) was dwarfed by its large, dense roll. The cake became lost in the roll, and there wasn't much crab to be seen or tasted amid all the filler.
Field House had two desserts the night we were there. Since cookie dough doesn't really scream summer dessert, we went for the funnel cake fries ($8). A favorite of carnivals, these sugar-powdered strips of fried dough had us reminiscing about summer days gone by. They were a novel take on a classic treat.
While some of the Field House's more ambitious dishes fall flat, the pizza and wings are top-notch. That makes sense — after all, Field House is a sports bar, first and foremost. Keep that in mind when ordering food, and you'll be set.
Back story: A year since moving into the former Ray Lewis Full Moon BBQ, Field House has become the place to go on Sundays in Canton to catch a game.
Parking: Free parking is available at the American Can Company Garage after 5 p.m., and there are parking lots and usually some street spots nearby as well.
Signature dish: Try the pepperoni pizza ($13), which is made with thick, fresh dough and topped with tomato sauce and generous portions of mozzarella and pepperoni.
Where: 2400 Boston St., Baltimore
Contact: 410-800-4004, fieldhousebaltimore.com
Open: 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 .m. Saturday-Sunday; food served until 11 p.m. daily
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
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