DINING

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Mo’s knows: how Old Bay sea­son­ing, at 75, still puts the zest to fresh catches.

A yel­low and blue tin hold­ing a se­cret mix of 18 spices and herbs, Old Bay sea­son­ing has graced the ta­bles of Bal­ti­more row­house kitchens and seafood restau­rants since 1939. At chef Mo Manocheh’s two Lit­tle Italy spots (see Mo’s, page 30), the spice sparks most uses of crab, from Mary­land soup and steam­ers to sautéed soft shells. Take home a can from McCormick World of Fla­vors (page 15); at 125, it’s even older than Old Bay.— JLC

GRAND CRU Wine Bar. Laid-back Belvedere Square spot for Al­sa­tian tartes flambé and “snacks”: cheeses, an­tipasto, poached shrimp and pheas­ant sausage. Cock­tails, (open daily) wine shop. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 1 a.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m. www.grand­crubal­ti­more.com. 527 E. Belvedere Ave., 410.464.1944 North of Map C1

SHOO "FLY" Amer­i­can. Spike Gjerde’s “farm­house diner” with butch­ery and lo­cal-source cook­ing: sour­dough pan­cakes, crab salad, chipped beef with gravy. Split-level space with ser­pen­tine counter, bar.Daily 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat.-Sun. brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Valet. To con­firm 410.464.8000. 510 E. Belvedere Ave. $$ North of Map D1

ANNABEL LEE Amer­i­can. Homage to lo­cal poet Edgar Al­lan Poe, a tavern for “up­scale com­fort” food: Jack Daniels baby back ribs, duck breast with honey grits, crab cakes. Darts. Watch the Os (on TV) by can­dle­light. “Lit­er­ary” cock­tails. Mon.-Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. www. annabellee­tav­ern.com. 601 S. Clin­ton St., 410.522.2929 $$ Map H7

CAN­TON DOCK­SIDE Seafood. Known for its “blues” (crabs, that is) served in­doors or on the shaded pa­tio at this pop­u­lar crab house. Seafood-topped pas­tas, “city wings,” sand­wiches, en­trée sal­ads, shrimp, ribs, crab cakes. Also crabs to go. Daily 11 a.m.-close. www.can­ton­dock­side.com. 3301 Bos­ton St., 410.276.8900 $$ Map G8

FORK & WRENCH Amer­i­can. “Work­ing class” vin­tage decor but “four-star at­ti­tudes,” an in­door court­yard and chef Cyrus Keefer putting global in­flu­ences to re­gional fare: char­cu­terie, cala­mari, crispy half duck, “Bar-B-Quail,” lamb chops with sa­vory broth, ve­gan tast­ings. Cock­tails. Mon.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m., Sun. brunch/sup­per 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Bar till 2 a.m. www. the­forkand­wrench.com. 2322 Bos­ton St., 443.759.9360 $$-$$$ Map G7

JACK’S BISTRO Amer­i­can. Chef haunt with coastal fare in French style. Buf­falo sweet­breads, sous vide duck breast curry, Guin­ness-braised steak and corv­ina fil­let. In­ter­na­tional wines, craft beers. Bar till 2 a.m. Wed.-Sun. 5-10 p.m. www.jacks­bistro.net. 3123 Elliott St., 410.878.6542 $$ Map H8

LANGERMANN’S South­ern. Chef Neal Langermann sends out beef medal­lions, shrimp and grits, yel­lowfin with spicy yel­low mole, can­died yams, mac and cheese, fried green toma­toes. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. till 11 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. www.langer­manns. com. 2400 Bos­ton St., 410.534.3287 $$-$$$ Map G7; 1542 Light St 410.528.1200 Map South of D8

MAMA’S ON THE HALF SHELL Seafood. Old-style bistro for chowder, au­then­tic Mary­land crab soup, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, oys­ter stew. Raw bar on the first floor, dining room up­stairs. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. 2901 O’Don­nell St., 410.276.3160 $$ Map G8

TAVERN ON THE SQUARE Amer­i­can. Fried oys­ters, BBQ brisket, pani­nis, sand­wiches (wild boar bur­rito), piz­zas, in­ter­na­tional en­trées. Drafts, cock­tails. Week­end p.m. DJs. Mon. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. www.tavern on­can­ton­square.com. 2903 O’Don­nell St., 410.675.1880 $$ Map G8

ALIZÉE South­ern. Bou­tique bistro and wine bar with dishes like banana, lob­ster and shrimp sushi, pan-seared duck and steak with charred edamame. Wine cel­lar with com­mu­nal tast­ing ta­ble. Light fare menu (sal­ads, en­trées $$). Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 11 p.m., Sun. till 9 p.m. Happy hour snacks 5-7 p.m. Inn at the Colonnade. www.al­izee­bal­ti­more.com. 4 West Univer­sity Pkwy., 443.449.6200 $$$ North of Map C3

CHARLES VIL­LAGE PUB Pubs & Tav­erns. Burg­ers, sand­wiches, cheese and pep­per pop­pers, Ca­jun tuna steak. Drink spe­cials, trivia, ladies night and col­lege nights. Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. www. charlesvil­lagepub.net. 3107 St. Paul St., 410.243.1611 $ North of Map D1

GERTRUDE’S Amer­i­can. In­side Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art, Ch­e­sa­peake crab cakes and steaks by celeb chef John Shields. Cock­tails, wines. Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. www.gertrudes bal­ti­more.com. 10 Art Mu­seum Dr., 410.889.3399 $$$ North of Map A1

BLUE AGAVE Mex­i­can. Spot named for the plant used in tequila. Mar­gar­i­tas, 100-plus Mex­i­can liquors. In­ven­tive tacos, re­gional and coastal dishes. Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m., 3-7 p.m. happy hour. www.bluea­gaver­estau­rant.com. 1032 Light St., 410.576.3938 $$ Map C8

BLUE­GRASS Amer­i­can. So­phis­ti­cated bistro-bar with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and Ray Kumm’s char­cu­terie, en­trées like rab­bit, kobe sir­loin and light fare ($$). Sus­tain­able in­gre­di­ents, herbs grown on-site. Mon.-Wed. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Thurs-Fri 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Sat.Sun. 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. www.blue grasstav­ern.com. 1500 S. Hanover St., 410.244.5101 $$$ South of Map C8

C&R PUB Pubs & Tav­erns. Coun­try­west­ern mu­sic, cat­tle horns and 15 flat screens for sports plus slid­ers, sand­wiches (crab cake, veg­gie burger), ginger soy tuna, shrimp ke­babs. Spe­cials: Mon. steaks, Tues. tacos, Wed. smoke­house BBQ. Beers, cock­tails, spir­its. Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. www.cnr pub.com. 1117 S. Charles St., Fed­eral Hill, 410.223.2269 $$ Map C8

SOBO CAFÉ Amer­i­can. Col­or­ful spot for com­fort food: poblano corn chowder, chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, shrimp and scal­lop risotto. Draft beer, cock­tails. Buy art by lo­cals off the walls. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m. www.sobo­cafe.net. 6 W. Cross St., 410.752.1518 $$ Map C8

THAI YUM Thai. Mrs. Chungka­soon cook­ing Thai with French in­flu­ences and Euro­pean dishes with Asian: tem­pura-bat­tered fried crab, yum­beef, os­trich medal­lion, rack of boar, frogs legs, curry hot pot. Wed.-Mon. 11:30 a.m-2 p.m. (closed Tues.), din­ner till close. www.thaiyum.com. 1006 Light St., 410.528.2146 $$ Map C8

BERTHA’S Seafood. Neigh­bor­hood spot with bar and in­ti­mate rooms. Tea (Mon.-Sat. 3- 4:30 p.m.), a dozen preps of mus­sels and seafood. Jazz or blues most evenings. www.berthas.com. 734 S. Broad­way, 410.327.5795 $$ Map F7

THE BLACK OLIVE Greek. On a cob­ble­stone street, hos­pi­tal­ity by the Spil­iadis fam­ily: seafood, rack of lamb, crab cakes, veg­e­tar­ian and small plates like stuffed cala­mari. Or­ganic in­gre­di­ents, sus­tain­able wines. Pri­vate wine cel­lar dining. Mon.-Fri. noon-2:30 p.m., nightly 5-10 p.m. Olive Room- rooftop for Greek and Turk­ish fare Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. www. the­black­o­live.com. 814 S. Bond St., 410.276.7141 $$$$ Map E8

BLUE MOON CAFE Amer­i­can. Pop­u­lar spot in the morn­ings, i.e., of­ten a wait for a ta­ble. Break­fast any­time. Reg­u­lars rave about house-made cin­na­mon rolls and Cap ’n Crunch French toast. Mon.Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 24 hours. www.blue­moon­bal­ti­more.com. 1621 Aliceanna St., 410.522.3940 $ Map E7

DAR­BAR In­dian. Tan­doori kababs, birya­nis, thali and veg­e­tar­ian fare in an in­ti­mate dining room. Crab masala, goat curry, chicken 11 ways, lamb. Lunch buf­fet. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-3 p.m., Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m. www. dar­bar­balti­more.com. 1911 Aliceanna St., 410.563.8008 $$-$$$ Map F7

KOOPER’S TAVERN Pubs & Tav­erns. Neigh­bor­hood bar for slid­ers, sand­wiches, pizza, meat­loaf, pas­tas, short ribs, a dozen drafts. Spe­cials: Mon. fa­ji­tas, Tues. burg­ers, Wed. crab cakes, Thurs. Bel­gian beers, Fri. happy hour buf­fet, Sat.-Sun­day ca­sual brunch. Fri.-Sat. live mu­sic. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-mid­night, Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-1 a.m. www.koop­ers.com. 1702 Thames St., 410.563.5423 $$ Map E8

LIQ­UID EARTH Veg­e­tar­ian. Lo­cal ve­g­ans rate this a fa­vorite (“in­tel­li­gent nu­tri­tion”) spot. Sand­wiches, fresh­squeezed juices like ap­ple-le­mon­ade, sweets. No credit cards. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. till 7 p.m. www.liq­uidearth.com. 1626 Aliceanna St., 410.276.6606 $$ Map E7

MAX’S TAP­HOUSE Pubs & Tav­erns. With 102 beers and five casks on tap plus 1,200 bot­tled beers, brews rule here. But folks find sus­te­nance be­yond foamy elixirs— huge burg­ers, creative wraps and sal­ads. Pool ta­bles on the first floor, chill lounge up­stairs. Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. www.maxs.com. 737 S. Broad­way, 410.675.6297 $ Map F7

PIER­POINT RES­TAU­RANT Amer­i­can. Mary­land- and Ital­ian-ac­cented dishes by celebs’ chef Nancy Longo. Smoked crab cakes, ten­der­loin and oys­ters plus crème brûlée trio. Bar. Tues.-Thurs. 5-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10:30 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-9 p.m. www.pier­pointrestau­rant.com. 1822 Aliceanna St., 410.675.2080 $$$ Map F7

RED STAR BAR & GRILL Amer­i­can. Named for a long-ago (brothel!) sig­nal to sailors, now a wood- and brick-lined gath­er­ing place. Sand­wiches, sal­ads, desserts, mar­ti­nis and mar­gar­i­tas. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-mid­night, Fri. till 2 a.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. till mid­night. www.red­star­bar.us. 906 S. Wolfe St., 410.675.0212 $ Map F8

SLÁINTE IR­ISH PUB & RES­TAU­RANT Ir­ish. “Sláinte” is Gaelic for good health and pros­per­ity plus Guin­ness onion soup, bangers and mash, corned beef and cab­bage. Spe­cials: Mon. mus­sels, Tues. Ir­ish fare, Wed. lob­ster, Fri. fish n’ chips, oys­ters. Sports TVs, Tues. mu­sic. Daily from 7 a.m. break­fast, happy hours 4-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-close. www.slain­tepub.com. 1702 Thames St., 410.563.6600 $$ Map E8

WA­TER­FRONT KITCHEN Amer­i­can. At wa­ter taxi stop #8, spot with its own green­house for farm-sourced cook­ing: Jerry Pel­le­grino’s oys­ter stew, Mary­land rock­fish, Mar­cho Farm veal, steaks, Tues.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tues.Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-9 p.m. At Dou­glass-My­ers mu­seum. Valet p.m. www. wa­ter­fron­tk­itchen.com. 1417 Thames St., 443.681.5310 $$$-$$$$ Map E8

WIL­LOW Latin. Airy, two-story spot with bar and lounge plus “mod­ernist” (tapas-style) Mex­i­can fare (like de­con­structed tacos, adobo lamb que­sadil­las, Korean bbq) and cock­tail “in­fu­sions.” Ho­tel de­liv­ery. Mon.-Tues. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. www.wil­low­bal­ti­more.com. 811 S. Broad­way, 443.835.4086 $$ Map F7

13.5% Wine Bar. Cozy lounge with beer, cock­tails, pork belly tacos, PEI mus­sels, pork chops and pizza. Daily spe­cials. Wine flights, 40+ by the glass, 200 by the bot­tle. Mon. 4-10 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 4-11 p.m., Fri. till 2 a.m., Sat. 1 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar late. www.13.5winebar.com. 1117 W. 36th St., 410.889.1064 $$

BIRROTECA Ital­ian. In an 1883 struc­ture, new fam­ily-style trattoria whose name means “nice place for beer” but also for br­uschetta, pas­tas, sa­lumi and ar­ti­san pizza (duck con­fit, es­car­got, mus­sels). Cock­tails, wine plus 24 taps and 25+ craft beers. Lively bar. Mon.Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. noon-11 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m. www. bmore­bir­roteca.com. 1520 Clip­per Rd., 443.708.1934 $$

THE FOOD MAR­KET Amer­i­can. New, in­dus­trial-chic space with open kitchen for chef Chad Gauss and his fried oys­ters, lob­ster fin­gers, bi­son hanger steak, wagyu rib eye, crab cake, truf­fle fries. Sun.-Thurs. 5-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till mid­night, Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free valet. www.the­food­mar­ket­bal­ti­more. com. 1017 W. 36th St., 410.366.0606 $$$-$$$$

WOOD­BERRY KITCHEN Amer­i­can. Beard nom­i­nee chef Spike Gjerde in rus­tic spa­ces with farm-to-ta­ble dev­iled eggs, trout salad, short ribs, brick-oven chicken, soft shells, Ch­e­sa­peake oys­ters. Mez­za­nine for peo­ple watch­ing. Kids menu. Mon.-Thurs 5-10 p.m., Fri.Sat. 5-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m. www.wood­ber­ryk­itchen.com. 2010 Clip­per Park Rd., 410.464.8000 $$$

CHARLESTON Amer­i­can. Cindy Wolf’s cui­sine with a South­ern ac­cent (corn­meal-fried oys­ters, smoked sal­mon, lamb or buf­falo ten­der­loin) in three to six cour­ses ($76-$111). Wine pair­ings by Tony Fore­man. Mon.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. www.charleston­restau­rant. com. 1000 Lan­caster St., Syl­van Bldg., 410.332.7373 $$$$ Map E8

CHAZZ: A BRONX ORIG­I­NAL Ital­ian. Coowned by the Vi­tales and ac­tor Chazz Palminteri, a stop in­spired by Chazz’s movie “A Bronx Tale.” Pas­tas, risot­tos, moz­zarella and an­tipasto bar. Osso bucco, veal, filet mignon. At the “pizza al­tar,” see pies prepped in the coal oven. Wine and house­made limon­cello. Mon.-Tues. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Wed.Thurs. till 11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till mid­night, Sun. 5-10 p.m. www.chazzbronx­o­rig­i­nal. com. 1415 Aliceanna St., 410.522.5511 $$$ Map E7

CHIU’S SUSHI Ja­panese. Qual­ity sushi and sashimi (plus tem­pura and teriyaki) served by ki­mono-clad wait­resses. Sushi counter chefs. Lunch spe­cials. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. noon-11 p.m., Sun. 3-10 p.m. www.chius­sushi.com. 608 S. Ex­eter St., 410.752.9666 $$ Map E7

JAMES JOYCE Ir­ish. Wel­com­ing res­tau­rant and pub, in­te­ri­ors shipped from Eire. Clas­sic fare with Amer­i­can twist: shep­herd’s pie, mus­sels, sand­wiches, rack of lamb, beef and Guin­ness stew, Bai­ley’s choco­late cake. Live mu­sic from 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ma­jor spir­its and cigars. Pa­tio deck. Ir­ish decor and Joyce tee-shirts. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. www.the

for nightly live rock. “Fire­cracker” sal­mon, fried shrimp and scal­lops, “crabby” cakes and (served in steel buck­ets) ribs, other “grub and booze.” www.dick­slas­tre­sort.com. 621 E. Pratt St., 443.453.5961 $ Map D6

FOGO DE CHÃO Brazil­ian. Steak house or “chur­ras­caria” with 15 slow-roast cuts (all-you-can-eat) of pork, beef and chicken by gaucho chefs. Salad bar. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri. 5-10:30 p.m., Sat. 4-10:30 p.m., Sun. 3:30-9 p.m. www. fogo.com. 600 E. Pratt St., 410.528.9292 $$$ Map D6

FRANK & NIC’S Amer­i­can. Near Camden Yards, “West End Grille” draws sports fans with 15 TVs. Scal­lops, crab cakes, chops, filet and lo mein. Kids menu, game day spe­cials, happy hours. Some nights DJ, live mu­sic. Daily 11:30 a.m. till clos­ing. www.frankand­nics. com. 511 W. Pratt St., 410.685.6800 $$ Map B6

FRENCH KITCHEN French. In Lord Bal­ti­more Ho­tel’s Ver­sailles Room, bistro over­seen by chef Jor­dan Miller. Char­cu­terie, onion soup, mus­sels, monk­fish, beef bour­guignon, duck and steak frites. Tues,-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 5:30-9 p.m. www.lord bal­ti­moreho­tel.com. 20 W. Bal­ti­more St., 410.539.8400 $$-$$$ Map C5

HAR­BOR MAR­KET KITCHEN Amer­i­can. The Na­tional Aquar­ium’s main cafe with farm-to-ta­ble cook­ing by Joseph Cot­ton. Ar­ti­sanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, sus­tain­able seafood (like crab­stuffed oys­ters). www.aqua.org. 501 E. Pratt St., 410.576.3800 Map D6

HARD ROCK CAFÉ Amer­i­can. Lon­don­born “ham­burger joint” with rock n’ roll mo­tif, sounds and mem­o­ra­bilia (rocker gear) in Power Plant Live! Fa­ji­tas, steaks, smoke­house ribs and chicken. Kids menu, Rock Shop merch. Sun.Thurs. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till mid­night, bar late. www.hardrock­cafe. com. 601 E. Pratt St., 410.347.7625 $$ Map D6

M&S GRILL Amer­i­can. From pa­tio, views of the USS Con­stel­la­tion; in clubby dining room, sand­wiches, seafood, aged steaks, crab cake or soft shells plat­ter, rich sides. Good wines, bar. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till mid­night, Sun. till 9 p.m. www.mc cormickand­schmicks.com. 201 E. Pratt St., 410.547.9333 $$ Map D6; 711 Eastern Ave., 410.234.1300 Map D6

a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 11 p.m., Sun. 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m. www.rusty-scup­per. com. 402 Key Hwy., 410.727.3678 $$$ Map D7

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Steak­house. Two lo­ca­tions within blocks of each other, serv­ing up­scale prime cuts and rich sides with a New Or­leans touch. Mon.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m., Sun. 4-9 p.m. www.ruth­schris. com. Pier V Ho­tel, 711 Eastern Ave., 410.230.0033 Map D7; 600 Wa­ter St., 410.783.0033 $$$ Map D6

SUL­LI­VAN’S STEAK­HOUSE Steak & Seafood. Sully’s meat­loaf, chili-crusted rib eye, Pi­catta chicken and lob­ster tail in an Art Deco-in­spired space. Three cour­ses $39. Ex­ten­sive wines, cock­tails, hand-shaken mar­ti­nis. Pa­tio with cigar hu­mi­dor. Lounge with live jazz late. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon.Sat. 5-11 p.m., Sun. 4-10 p.m. www. sul­li­vansteak­house.com. 1 E. Pratt St., 410.962.5503 $$$ Map C6

UNO CHICAGO GRILL Amer­i­can. At Har­bor­place, pop­u­lar spot for deep­dish and thin-crust pizza, pasta, steak, seafood, burg­ers, beers and wines plus sun­daes and “dou­ble deal” spe­cials. Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. till 11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till mid­night. Also Columbia and El­li­cott City. www.unos.com. 201 E. Pratt St., 410.625.5900 Map D6

CHIAPPARELLI’S Ital­ian. Since 1940, a beloved Lit­tle Italy des­ti­na­tion. Rus­tic brick walls, white table­cloth ser­vice. Gen­er­ous pas­tas ($$), clas­sic veal dishes, fa­mous salad, mus­sels in white wine, crab cake Castillo. Wine bar. Sun.Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 10 p.m. www.chi­ap­par­el­lis.com. 237 S. High St., 410.837.0309 $$$ Map E6

HEAVY SEAS ALE­HOUSE Pubs & Tav­erns. For­mer Con­fed­er­ate hos­pi­tal and tack fac­tory, now beer lover’s haven with bold “vict­uals” to match the name­sake drafts and other ales. Raw bar, wines, rum and “pi­rate” cock­tails. Lo­cal oys­ters, small plates or crab cakes, short rib, mus­sels. Mon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-clos­ing, Fri.-Sun. from noon. www. heavy­seasale­house.com. 1300 Bank St., 410.522.0850 $$$ Map E6

LA SCALA Ital­ian. Chef-owner Nino’s shell­fish, veal (cut­lets, chops, herbed or stuffed with pro­sciutto and fontina), steaks, sa­lumi, 17 pas­tas ($$), Cae­sar

GE­ORGE’S Amer­i­can. An el­e­gant set­ting for French-ac­cented cui­sine, its name hon­or­ing three Georges ( Wash­ing­ton, Pe­abody and Babe Ruth). Mus­sels, seafood, steaks, sand­wiches. Daily 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In Pe­abody Court ho­tel. www. peabody­courtho­tel.com. 101 W. Mon­u­ment St., 410.727.1314 $$$. Map C3

THE HEL­MAND Afghan. Sur­rounded by tex­tiles (on the wall), dine on tra­di­tional fare (cal­low, kababs) in this res­tau­rant (open since 1989) owned by the brother of the pres­i­dent of Afghanistan. Lamb and veg­e­tar­ian dishes, tea ser­vice. Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m. www.hel­mand.com. 806 N. Charles St., 410.752.0311 $$ Map C3

PRIME RIB Steak­house. Since 1965, an el­e­gant sup­per club for lob­ster, filet mignon, chops, Im­pe­rial crab. Busi­ness ca­sual, jack­ets (pre­ferred) for men (more ca­sual lounge or pa­tio). Pian­ist. Bar. Com­pli­men­tary valet. Mon.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 11 p.m., Sun. 4-9 p.m. www.thep­rimerib.com. 1101 N. Calvert St., 410.539.1804 $$$$ Map C2

SAMMY’S TRATTORIA Ital­ian. In tur­ret

ed town house, many pas­tas, chicken, veal, shrimp. Also fam­ily-style din­ner ($30), all South­ern Ital­ian. Cal­i­for­nia and Ital­ian wines. Mon. 5-9 p.m. Tues.-Wed. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. till 11 p.m., Sat. 5-11 p.m., Sun. 4-9 p.m. www.sam­mys­trat­to­ria.com. 1200 N. Charles St., 410.837.9999 $$-$$$ Map C2

SOTTO SO­PRA Ital­ian. High ceil­ings, mu­rals and mo­saic floors set a scene for Ri­cardo Bo­sio’s gigli pasta with hal­ibut, speck tiro­lesse, bre­saola, wild boar cac­cia­torini. Opera din­ners one Sun. a month (call). Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Tues.-Wed. till 10:30 pm., Thurs. till mid­night, Fri.Sat. till 11:30 p.m., Sun. 5-9 p.m. www. sot­toso­prainc.com. 405 N. Charles St., 410.625.0534 $$$ Map C4

TIO PEPE Span­ish. Since 1968, softly lit, sub­ter­ranean bistro known for its san­gria, paella and zarzuela. Cata­lan wines plus seafood bisque, Se­govia suck­ling pig, Serrano with melon, red snap­per, beef tourne­dos with sherry sauce. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. till 11:30 p.m., Sat. 5-11:30 p.m., Sun. 4-10 p.m. www.tiopepe­bal­ti­more.com. 10 E. Franklin St., 410.539.4675 $$$ Map C4

WOMAN’S IN­DUS­TRIAL KITCHEN Amer­i­can. Home cook­ing here for 130 years: sweet potato casse­role, Flo’s chili, tuna melt, pot pies, char­lotte russe. So­das, le­mon­ade, tea and cof­fee. Mon.-Fri. and Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. www. wom­ansin­dus­tri­alk­itchen.com. 333 N. Charles St., 410.244.6450 $ Map C4

BOT­TEGA Ital­ian. In­ti­mate, can­dlelit 15seater with Tus­can-sim­ple pork shank, hanger steak, roast chicken, beef cheeks, house­made pas­tas, blue­berry cus­tard. BYOB. Reser­va­tion rec­om­mended. Tues.-Wed. 5-10:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 5-11 p.m. www.bot­tega1729. com. 1729 Mary­land Ave., 443.708.5709 $$$ North of Map C1

JOE SQUARED Ital­ian. Coal-fired piz­zas, sand­wiches, risot­tos (clam and zuc­chini or arugula and veni­son) and 16 drafts on tap. Weekly spe­cials. Nightly live mu­sic, art shows. Week­end brunches. Sun.-Mon. 11 a.m.-mid­night, Tues.-Sat. till 2 a.m. www.joesquared. com. 133 W. North Ave., 410.545.0444 $$ North of Map C1; 30 Mar­ket Place, 410.962.5566 Map D5

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