Ravens bar of the week: The Americana
Handsome Canton corner spot has vintage décor, well-informed service
The Americana is the Ravens bar of the week. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / January 12, 2012)
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The Americana replaced Clutch, which ostentatiously billed itself as "Baltimore's premier sports bar," with a low-key attitude. For decor, the owners have peppered the bar with some vintage knick-knacks and framed covers of the Saturday Evening Post. The staff is attentive and well-informed, not just about the beer but the cocktails, too. Overall, it might remind some people of Fells Point's Waterfront Hotel.
The Americana has built a following with Giants fans — members of the fan group The Big Blue Wrecking Crew are regulars — but it also caters to Ravens fans. On Sunday, with both the Giants and the Ravens playing, owner Alex van Breukelen expects it to be "packed."
Drinks: The Americana has 29 beers by the bottle, including Flying Dog, Harpoon IPA and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, plus the usual domestics. There aren't as many drafts — just six brands, including Yuengling, Natty Boh and Stella. All beers are less than $7. On Sunday, Miller Lites are $2 all day. The bar also has a modest wine list: seven reds and six whites.
Food: The dinner menu consists of burgers, sandwiches, some vegan dishes and traditional American entrees — New York strip, pork tenderloin, etc. The bar also has a brunch menu — prices range from $9.99 (Belgian waffles) to $14.95 (crab cakes and eggs Benedict). Brunch is usually served until 2 p.m., but this Sunday it will end sooner because van Breukelen anticipates the bar will be extra crowded. On Sundays, a pound of wings is $6.50 and chicken skewers are $5.
Decor: As its name implies, the bar is going for a classic American look — both the first floor bar and the dining room upstairs are clean-cut polished. This makes it a comfortable brunch destination. The upstairs, in particular, is brightly lit. There is also an open-air terrace on the second floor that is heated during the winter. On Sunday, the Ravens game will be on all eight flat-screens, as will the Giants game that comes on later in the afternoon.
Distance from stadium: About 16 minutes by car.
Parking: On-street metered parking is available on a limited basis.
If you go
The Americana, at 900 Kenwood Ave., is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 443-708-8466 or go to americanacanton.com.