Cast-iron Crab Cake from Thames Street Oyster House

J.M. Giordano


$: Average entree price is at or below $10.
$$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
$$$: Average entree price is $20+.
B: Breakfast.
L: Lunch.
D: Dinner.
BR: Brunch on weekends.
BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.


Abbey Burger Bistro Fells Point

811 S. Broadway, (410) 522-1328,
$, L, D, 10 p.m.

The soccer-loving pub in Federal Hill opened this new location at the beginning of this year. Features the same build-a-burger checklist with unconventional meat options—kangaroo, anyone?

The Admiral’s Cup

1647 Thames St., (410) 534-5555,
$$, L, D, OUT

This waterfront restaurant pleases patrons with the seafood-centric menu that Fells Point tourists and locals alike are after. Check out the crabby mac and cheese and grilled tuna Cobb salad.

Ale Mary’s

1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044,
$$, D, BR, OUT

A dollar goes a long way on food here—huge entrees and lots of rib-sticking sides, including a wide array of tater tots. Lunch on weekends.

Alexander’s Tavern

710 S. Broadway, (410) 522-0000,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, 10 p.m.

The tater tot menu kills, but the full weight of the offerings—including burgers, steaks, and crab cakes—will satisfy a gourmand.


1629 Thames St., (410) 563-8800,
$$$, L, D, BR, OUT, 10 p.m.

Named Best Outdoor Dining by City Paper in 2014, Barcocina provides a great view of Broadway pier and across the water into Locust Point. The Mexican-inspired cuisine extends to unconventional, excellent dessert empanadas and tacos, including grilled lemon fish and mushroom tinga.


734 S. Broadway, (410) 327-5795,
$$$, L, D

Serving mussels for years, this place knows its way around a stick of butter, a bottle of sherry, and a spice rack—who knew chicken livers could be so good?

The Black Olive

814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141,
$$$, L, D, R

The specialty here is grilled whole fresh fish with the house sauce. Most diners select their own catch or go with the catch of the day. A recommended alternative is the kakavia, an amazing Greek stew.

Blue Moon Café

1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940,
$, B, L, D, BR

There’s a reason for the line out front whenever this place is open—it’s strictly breakfast food, done with delicious creativity. Especially known for its Captain Crunch French toast. Open 24 hours on the weekend.

Bond Street Social

901 S. Bond St., (443) 449-6234,
$$, D, BR, P, OUT, R

Shared dishes run the gamut, from spicy lobster rangoon and baked Brie pockets to pulled duck confit arepas and scallops. Cocktails get at least equal billing at this semi-swanky meet market.

Brick Oven Pizza

800 S. Broadway, (410) 563-1600,
$$, L, D, 10 p.m., DV

Outstanding pizza with a light crust, but this spot doesn’t slouch when it comes to wraps and pasta either.


1911 Aliceanna St., (410) 563-8008,
$$, L, D, P, DV

A destination for very good Indian food, from perennials such as chicken tikka masala and saag paneer to the more exotic, such as benghan aftab, a fried eggplant specialty.

Dogwatch Tavern

709 S. Broadway, (410) 276-6030,
$, L, D, OUT, 10 p.m.

Respectable pub grub, with excellent soups and a chicken pot pie that’ll bring you back.

Duda’s Tavern

1600 Thames St., (410) 276-9719,
$$, L, D, OUT, 10 p.m.

Crab cakes, yes, and a full gamut of tasty options (including Taylor pork roll!), but for those looking to drop some cash, try the stupendous “bay pilot seafood medley,” which is totally worth it.

The Greene Turtle

718-722 S. Broadway, (410) 342-4222,
$$, L, D, OUT, 10 p.m.

It’s a big menu from a big outfit (with almost 40 locations in four states and Washington, D.C.), so expect plentiful drinking grub.

Henninger’s Tavern

1812 Bank St., (410) 342-2172,
$$$, D

OK, so, Gruyere-and-leek bread pudding with a Cornish game hen and a side of jus-soaked haricot verte. Yum. Just go and see the rest yourself. The place is priceless.

Hungry Andy’s

629 S. Broadway, (410) 558-1869,
$, L, D, DV

Everything you expect from a deli—subs, wings, cheese steaks, hot dogs, barbecue—only tastier.

Jimmy’s Restaurant

801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273
$, B, L

Baltimore’s platonic ideal of a breakfast joint also offers T-bones and New York strips, a full menu of subs and sandwiches, and burgers and dogs. Plus, pretty darn cold beer.

Kali’s Court

1606 Thames St., (410) 276-4700,
$$$, D, R, OUT

Exquisite fish dishes, bouillabaisse, plus lamb. Fit for royalty.

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Johnny Rad's
2108 Eastern Ave., (443) 759-6464,
$$, L, D, BR, 10 p.m.

There are certain things required to qualify for this category: 1) It MUST be dark, 2) there must be the means to remain drunk, and 3) there must be hearty food to keep you from going over the edge. Johnny Rad’s has them all. A dark skater bar with a huge beer list (not to mention the killer mimosas and bloody marys) and greasy pizza with bready, booze-absorbent crust, Rad’s is the first place that comes to mind when, well, we’re still a bit out of our minds.

Order a large format Rodenbach sour beer to share, rounds of coffee (and keep ’em coming), and the breakfast pizza and it won’t be long before you forget you’re eating brunch and not late-night grub. That breakfast pizza deserves a visit in and of itself: Loaded with sharp cheddar cheese, pancetta (!!) bacon, a house-made hollandaise sauce, and then topped with bright yellow over-easy eggs, it’s the perfect mix of brunch and pizza ingredients. And then the maple sausage that’s hidden throughout the pizza hits you in the face and silence washes over the table. It’s enough to make me wanna get drunk right now so I have an excuse to go. (Ryan Detter)

Kali’s Mezze

1606 Thames St., (410) 563-7600,
$$, D, R, OUT

Mediterranean tapas that, strategically selected, can fill you up without emptying your wallet and will leave you wanting to come back soon.

Kooper’s Tavern

1702 Thames St., (410) 563-5423,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, 10 p.m.

A wide variety of good burgers every day, and don’t miss the Belgian beers paired with a mussels-and-fries menu on Thursdays.


1900 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0303,
$$, L, D, 10 p.m.

This relaxing neighborhood spot offers lots of snacking by way of a variety of soups, salads, charcuterie, sandwiches, and desserts. Also offers up an extensive beer list and cocktail options.

Louisiana Restaurant

1708 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-2610,
$$$, D

An old-school white-tablecloth vibe with cuisine that brings a little bit of New Orleans to Fells Point.

Mare Nostrum Restaurant

716 S. Broadway, (410) 327-6173,
$$, D, BYOB

The fish at this Mediterranean and Turkish restaurant is about as fresh as you can get: Mare Nostrum has it flown in from the Aegean Sea. Environmentally friendly? Not exactly. Divinely fresh? Oh yeah. One of CP’s top 10 new restaurants of 2015.

Max’s Taphouse

737 S. Broadway, (410) 675-6297,
$, L, D, OUT

The place is all about the beer and has easily the widest selection in town, with 140 taps and more than 1,200 bottled varieties. It serves what goes well with it: dense burgers, wraps, chicken, and deep-fried delectables with dips.

Nanami Café

907 S. Ann St., (410) 327-9400,
$$, L, D, OUT

Fresh, bountiful, and comparably affordable—three good reasons why this is a destination for sushi-philes, the fourth being that it has outdoor seating overlooking the harbor.

No. 1 Taste

224 S. Broadway, (410) 732-2288,
$, L, D, DV

Plain ol’ Chinese takeout for sure, though it’s the best of that sort in Fells and the portions are more than generous.

The Olive Room at the Inn at the Black Olive

803 S. Caroline St., (443) 681-6316,
$$$, D, BR, OUT

The same exacting sensibility as the Black Olive, only a more diverse and affordable menu—plus an exceptional view of the harbor from atop a waterfront inn.

One-Eyed Mike’s

708 S. Bond St., (410) 327-0445,
$$$, L, D, BR, OUT

Separate from the boozing boom of Fells bars, One-Eyed Mike’s hides among some rowhouses on Bond and offers up an unexpected selection of wines and interesting bar food like potato pancakes and Thai shrimp.

Papi’s Tacos

1703 Aliceanna St., (410) 299-8480,
$, L, D, BR, OUT

Started by Charlie Gjerde, this is a hip-enough riff on Mexican with options like lobster or chorizo tacos and a “mission” style burrito.

Peter’s Inn

504 S. Ann St., (410) 675-7313,
$$$, D

The remarkably creative and adventurous menu (the things one can do with a parsnip!) changes weekly, but some things—the filet mignon/New York strip option, and the famously delicious salad-and-garlic-bread combo—are staples. Among the best bets in Baltimore dining.

Pierpoint Restaurant

1822 Aliceanna St., (410) 675-2080,
$$$, D, BR, P

Into the locavore thing way before it became cool, Pierpoint has Maryland cuisine with an imaginative, contemporary twist.

The Point in Fells

1738 Thames St., (410) 327-7264,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, R

The kitchen knows what it’s doing here and serves its eclectic menu to both the fancy and the grubby with style.

Points South Latin Kitchen

1640 Thames St.,
$$$, L, D, BR, OUT

Replacing the Italian restaurant and nightclub Anastasia, Points South serves upscale Latin American fare, including ceviche and arepas.

Red Star

906 S. Wolfe St., (410) 675-0212,
$$, L, D, BR, P

Burgers, pizza, wraps, and a huge selection of creative, filling salads, all done with a flair that pairs well with the smartly curated wines, beers, and specialty cocktails.

Riptide By the Bay

1718 Thames St., (410) 732-3474,
$$$, L, D, OUT

This noted crab house has a loud and boozy downstairs and a more pleasant upstairs, so everybody’s welcome. Make sure you try the seafood chowder.


807 S. Broadway, (443) 438-3296,
$$, D, 10 p.m.

Named one of America’s best bars by Esquire magazine in 2014 (do not sleep on the cocktail list and Sazaracs), Rye has a tapas-style menu that’s worthy of praise too.

Where to take your out-of-town parents to dinner

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2127 E. Pratt St., (410) 276-5480,
$$$, D, R

Your folks are in town. You’ve gone to ballgames and the Baltimore Museum of Art. You’ve made them breakfast and taken them to your favorite local. Now they want to treat you to dinner.

Take them to Salt. The setting is cosmopolitan but not pretentious. Ditto for the food which offers sophistication without preciousness. Salt’s evergreen menu items—the duck fat frites, the beef sliders with foie gras, the coriander and pepper-crusted tuna with those little crispy gems of potstickers—may nod to past food fads, but the excellence of both the ingredients and the execution makes us return to them again and again. Your folks are footing the bill: Give them the opportunity to host an evening out that will feel fancy and grown-up without breaking the bank. (Mary Zajac)

Sip & Bite

2200 Boston St., (410) 675-7077,
$, B, L, D, 10 p.m., DV

Round-the-clock dining with a rock ’n’ roll attitude and possibly Mobtown’s most extensive menu.


1700 Thames St., (410) 563-6600,
$$, B, L, D, OUT, 10 p.m., DV

The Irish aren’t known for the quality of their food (well, maybe except for breakfast, if you’re into those puddings), but Sláinte is. And if you’re a fan of rest-of-the-world football or rugby, you’ll find yourself here to watch matches anyway.

Sticky Rice

1634 Aliceanna St., (443) 682-8243,
$$, L, D, OUT, DV

The sushi/sashimi experience is worth the visit, but fill out the meal with those extra-special sticky balls and tater tots.


809 S. Broadway, (410) 327-0228,
$, L, D

The best-dressed dogs in town, hands down, and superior hand-cut fries to boot.

Thames Street Oyster House

1728 Thames St., (443) 449-7726,
$$$, L, D, OUT, R

Fresh seafood dishes done in a New England style, with a relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable service. The Maryland-style crab soup with short rib is not to be missed. Raw bar open late.

Tortilleria Sinaloa

1716 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-3741,
$, B, L, D

Easily the best corn tortillas in town, and once those tortillas are filled with perfectly seasoned fresh fish, fresh chunky guacamole, and salsa, possibly the best tacos in the world.


723 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4000,
$$, B, L, D, BR, OUT, BYOB, 10 p.m.

Twist says it’s Mediterranean, but the American sandwiches are really the highlight of its menu. Also has a huge list of all-day breakfast options.

V-No Wine Bar

905 S. Ann St., (410) 342-8466,
$, D, OUT

Nuts, cheeses, pâté, and cured meats to complement the wine—all while cozying up in the year-round (with blankets) outdoor seating. Lunch Friday-Sunday.

Water for Chocolate

1841 E. Lombard St., (410) 675-7778,
$$, B, L, D, BR, OUT, DV

This cozy Upper Fells spot suffered from a fire early last year, but residents and frequent customers banded together to raise money to restore the business—a testament to how loved its Southern comfort food is.

Waterfront Hotel

1710 Thames St., (410) 537-5055,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT

The publike atmosphere belies the quality of the food, which is a considerable cut above your average Fells Point bar fare, especially the pork-belly tacos and barbecue.

Waterfront Kitchen

1417 Thames St., (443) 681-5310,
$$$, L, D, BR, OUT

Very special farm-to-table surf and turf with plenty of vegetarian options too. It’s all served with a spectacular view overlooking the harbor.

The Wharf Rat

801 S. Ann St., (410) 276-8304,
$, L, D, 10 p.m.

Pretty impressive food spread, given that the bartenders cook right there behind the bar. Recommended: the fish and chips.

Woody’s Rum Bar

821 S. Broadway, (410) 563-6800,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, 10 p.m.

Tacos, sandwiches, and pub grub with a fantastic view of the harbor, but this place—as the name suggests—is really about the drinks. Closed for the winter, but it’ll be back Opening Day.

Ze Mean Bean Café

1739 Fleet St., (410) 675-5999,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, R

If you know and love Slavic cuisine, look no further—and don’t forget the Sunday jazz brunches.

Where to root for the Steelers and not get booed out of the bar

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Todd Conner's
700 S. Broadway, (410) 537-5005,
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, 10 p.m., DV

There are few better ways to make yourself an instant enemy of Ravens fans in most Baltimore bars than to show up in black and gold, Terrible Towel in hand. While some Steeler fans may embrace the opportunity for banter with those in purple and black, those who want to watch among like-minded fans can settle in at Fells Point’s corner bar Todd Conner’s without fear of retribution for their team allegiance. TC’s runs drink specials for every game and has chef’s specials every day in addition to its regular menu that ranges from such standards as wings and cheesesteaks to more creative snacks like boudin balls and its popular fried goat cheese. Fans that get there early enough (before 2 p.m.) can score brunch specials as well. As an added bonus, if the game turns out to be dull, the staff is always entertaining. (Jennifer Waldera)