614 Water St., (410) 528-0200,
volt-aggio.com $$$, D, R
Former “Top Chef” contestant Bryan Voltaggio’s first Baltimore restaurant—which opened in 2014 to accompany his popular Washington, D.C. and Frederick joints—offers inventive Italian in a spiffy setting near Power Plant Live.
21 N. Eutaw St., (410) 545-5112, alewifebmore.com $$, L, D, R
Beer, hardwood, tin ceilings, and a very crowded blackboard listing all the beers make this the place to hit after a show at nearby Everyman Theatre. Or before. Nice chicken dishes, burgers, and French dip spring rolls that pair well with the ales.
7 N. Calvert St., (443) 869-2942, argosycafe.com $$, B, L, D, Br
A father-son duo operates this cafe in a lovely space that used to be a bank. Small dinner menu of classy American entrees, while the lunch menu has a more extensive collection of sandwiches, salads, and a daily soup.
Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen
1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com $$, L, P
Eat lunch here. There’s usually a long line. It’s for good reason, and the staff handles it quickly. Be ready to order: hot corned beef on rye, extra lean, with mustard. Or maybe the Reuben.
B&O American Brasserie
2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6172, bandorestaurant.com $$$, B, L, D, BR, R
Belly up to B&O’s gorgeously decorated bar and order something from its casual-yet-upscale menu. Or, enjoy a fancy sit down dinner of scallops or house-made pappardelle. Either way, enjoy your meal with something from their killer drink menu.
Brio Tuscan Grille
100 E. Pratt St., (410) 637-3440, brioitalian.com $$$, L, D, Br, P, R
Italian-style opulence in this chain. It has a nice veal Milanese, and the brunch is a thing. High marks for service and drink specials, too.