Restaurants & Bars 3

recently in Baltimore

Fritz | Apr 21, 2006 09:45 AM

Oceanaire 801 Aliceanna near the inner harbor.
same idea as Schmick & McCormick and every bit as good and expensive.
6 of us went and everyone was quite happy with the results.

Babalu Grill 34 Market St, near the inner harbor.
Maybe it's nouvelle Cuban or Latino, but it's really good. Where many Cuban eateries suffer from too much salt, this didn't. 6 again and no complaints, other then my misguided walk to find it. A couple of nice bottles of wine too. The mojitos were good, but perhaps a little sweet.
I very much enjoyed ceviche, ribs and flan.

The Wharf Rat on West Pratt.
Yea it's only bar food for lunch, but it's pretty darn good and reasonably priced.

Sotta Sopra 405 N Charles
Excellent "modern" yet traditional Italian out of Little Italy. No heavy sauces here.
Calamari Saltati, Prosciutto Parma, Pizza Sotta Sopra, were great apps. Forget what the meals were, but 4 of us that went were quite happy with the results.

Ban Thai N Charles
Inexpensive and good Thai. Perhaps not as good as what we get in NYC, but certainly not bad.

Kalis Mezze in Fells Point on Thames.
Every bit as good as it was last year, but the menu seemed to be missing a few items from our memory. Sidewalk service on a warm night.

The Bicycle 1444 Light St on Federal Hill
A kind of Asian fusion flavor. We had one weak Spanish bottle that opened up after a fashion and another that was quite good from the get go. 1998 Marques De Caceras Red Rioja Reserva.
Corn and crab soup was awesome. Pear salad with gorgonzola and walnuts on mixed baby greens. The 3 of us had the east Asian Red Snapper baked in banana leaves with a Spicy green curry, papaya chutney, black sticky rice + pickled Savoy cabbage. Meyer lemon tart in almond pastry was quite tart and delicious. I wish the pastry had a little more flavor. But it didn't suck. The Bicycle was our fave from this trip.

service was very good and better everywhere we went, but we always go off nights or off hours.

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