Hotel Dining in Baltimore
Ann Marie Brokmeier
There are so many restaurants in Baltimore that sometimes hotel restaurants tend to get overlooked. While they usually run on the more pricey side, there are still quite a few hotel restaurants that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Wit & Wisdom, while the most expensive restaurant on this list, is one of the highest quality ones as well. They are always hosting events (currently, they have a Fourth of July Celebration, Wit on the Water event and a Wine Tasting event listed on their event page). Not to mention, they have Happy Hour every day from 4-7pm, half-price wine on Sundays, and an all-inclusive weekend brunch buffet. You can enjoy your fare sitting in their restaurant, in their lounge or at the bar, all of which overlook the harbor. Their Twitter and Facebook are both very active; usually working to make my stomach growl with their delicious photos. My recommendation: anything on their lounge menu is great during happy hour, but I say get the Old Bay chips with caramelized onion dip paired with a Sticky Wicket cocktail.
The Diamond Tavern opened about five years ago and their quality of food has risen dramatically since then. While they are a convention hotel restaurant, they have the perfect location for the sports crowd (Diamond Tavern is across the street from Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium) and the annual Grand Prix crowd to enjoy their menu. They host a weekday happy hour from 4-7pm and specials during baseball and football games. Check their Facebook page for updated specials and events. My recommendation: the delicious homemade hummus & flatbread paired with a local beer on tap, and don’t forget to ask for their house bread when you sit down; it’s the best.
Bistro 300 is a casual restaurant located inside of the Hyatt, offering local Baltimore fare. Note the numerous crab dishes that they offer (crab soup, crab cakes, crab salad, crab cakes benedict!) and you’d have to agree with me. They are always offering discounts for baseball game attendees or holiday prix-fixe specials. Check their Twitter for updates, specials, and discounts. My recommendation: homemade Twinkies (I’m not kidding – they are so much better than the prepackaged processed treats) paired with one of their recommended wines.
B&O is always having a fun event or a good deal on their food & drink. In fact, their “3-4-5 or 6 for $6 Happy Hour” is one of the best in the city, and it is served Monday through Friday, 4:30-6:30pm. Stop over there on a Monday for their Bohs and O’s special to enjoy a 50-cent Natty Boh with your discounted fare. They are quick to respond on social media, so if you have any questions or want updates, be sure to follow them on Twitter. My recommendations: any of their brunch items (so good) or their fried green tomatoes, paired with any of their handcrafted cocktails that they’re always winning awards for.
So what do you think? Did I miss any notable hotel restaurants? Do you agree with my picks?
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