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Mare Nostrum brings authentic Turkish and Mediterranean fare to Fells Point

Mare Nostrum restaurant
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Fells Point now has an authentic Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant with the opening of Mare Nostrum (716 S. Broadway, [410] 327-6173, marenostrumbaltimore.com), next door to Alexander's Tavern. The space—owned and operated by Murat Mercan and Merter Akbay (who also own the gourmet pizza shop Toss on York Road)—opened just after the new year and specializes in authentic kabobs, Mediterranean-style seafood, and cold and hot mezze plates.

Mercan, who's originally from Istanbul, says that their kabobs are cooked using the traditional method of roasting over oak wood charcoals and only use meat that's sourced from farms that have taken special steps to ensure their animals are not only grass-fed but also hormone- and antibiotic-free. The name Mare Nostrum—the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea that literally translates to "our sea"—also helped dictate their stance on the sourcing of their seafood. As Mercan says, "all of our fish is coming in fresh from the Aegean Sea. It's flown into Washington, D.C. and we get it delivered to us on a daily basis."

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Having recently taken a sneak peek into the (currently) BYOB space, we thought the stunning white marble tables and rustic dark wood walls adorned with nautically themed art created a vibe that, if the food matches the looks, could make for a nice break from these cold, dark months of winter.

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