I had lunch today in the B&O Brasserie, the restaurant in the brand new Hotel Monaco in the B&O Railroad building in downtown Baltimore. The building appears to have been meticulously restored. The restaurant is a two-level, modern space -- the bar, an open kitchen, and a few tables on the first level; most of the seating is on the second. It's a beautiful spot with lots of dark colors, leather, and a mix of banquettes and tables. They don't have a menu posted online yet so I was a little in the dark until we got there.
The menu has both creative and traditional American-esque choices. I had some excellent gazpacho with crab meat; my companion had a very disappointing seafood "chowder" (though it lacked seafood and wasn't a chowder). The menu includes a list of flatbreads, which I had and really liked, and some routine and not-so-routine sandwiches (turkey club, burgers, chicken breasts).
I am anxious to go back and try some of the other things: some of the other small plate appetizers sound good, the salads look interesting, etc. I'd like to hear some other opinions.
Service was very attentive. Prices are on the high side.
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