“Baltimore (yeah, Baltimore) can now make rightful claim to having the sexiest third-date spot in America,” Esquire’s Food & Drinks editor Jeff Gordinier wrote of the bistro helmed by chef Will Mester and co-owner Rosemary Liss.
But Le Comptoir du Vin wasn’t the only spot to get singled out for accolades. Chelsea Gregoire, of the True Chesapeake Oyster Co. was named “beverage director of the year." Gordinier praised Gregoire’s “radical, generous-spirited approach to inclusiveness" and called her a “game changer" for the industry.
Previously, Baltimore (yeah, Baltimore) establishments the Elk Room, Rye, the Brewer’s Art and Bad Decisions have been featured on Esquire’s Best Bars lists.