It’s easy to fall in love with any number of Charm City’s restaurants and their cuisine, particularly when it’s solidly and consistently exactly what we’re hoping to see on our plates each and every time. But there is a little magic involved when some of our established favorites come up with some new ideas. Here are some of the best and most exciting new food and concepts around Baltimore.
Known by all who love to watch the O’s play ball at Camden Yards, Sliders is a mainstay only 771 feet from the stadium. While they certainly have a captive audience, already, Sliders has hit a home run by updating their regular and game day menus to reflect a revised concept of using all house made, fresh products. Want standards like crab dip, wings, fries, or chili cheese dogs while watching the O’s crush the Yanks? They have all of those. But if you want to get a little more exciting, Sliders can do that too. Think gyro sliders made with lamb, beef, or chicken with fresh tzatziki sauce, feta, tomatoes and onions or a bourbon bacon wrap with chicken cooked in house-made bourbon sauce with all the right toppings. Those who savor seafood won’t be disappointed either, with crab cakes and shrimp salad gracing the menu as well.
Regardless of your choice, owner Rachel Sheubrooks guarantees that every item on the menu is of top notch quality, made right in the Slider’s kitchen.
Tip: that same fresh food concept can be found in the breakfast and brunch buffet on Raven’s game day, alongside a Bloody Mary Bar. Is there anything for a sports fan not to love about this place?
Tapas Adela’s Chef Gerardo Gonzales recently served up some captivating cuisine that propelled him to the semifinals of a local Master Chef tournament. Now, back in the Tapas Adela kitchen, Chef Gonzales is heating things up with a new and exciting menu, combining some of the known favorites with new elements that reflect his own flare. While we absolutely adore the spicy Patatas Bravas and the meaty Albondigas already on the menu (thanks for keeping them!) we absolutely can’t wait to bite into some Pimientos Rellenos (piquillo peppers stuffed with herbed goat cheese) or the Bunuelos (crabmeat fritters with a spicy aioli), just a few of the tasty new tapas on the revamped menu.
Ze Mean Bean
This Eastern European bar and restaurant has been one of Fell’s Point’s gems since 1995. Originally a coffee house, the quaint and cozy favorite turned into a full service restaurant just a few years after opening. While the traditional pierogies and holupki are incredibly authentic and will always grace the traditional side of this menu, manager Todd is making some seriously exciting changes in terms of the other offerings from the kitchen. The menu is currently still in transition, so each day may bring a new savory or sweet dish to the table, and after recently tasting some of the chef’s experimentation with holushki, as well as sampling some dessert bites, we can say that we embrace the kind of change Todd is bringing to Ze Mean Bean.
Tip: The cocktail menu is revamped too! Don’t miss out on some of Todd’s “spirit forward” beverages like the insanely innovative and delicious take on a mimosa (hint: beet juice like you’ve never imagined it) or the perfectly balanced President Poroshenko Rickey.
Known for its interesting meats and quality preparation, Corner BYOB is offering quite the new treat to entice you out on Monday night. For just $25 the prix fixe menu features a starter, entree, and dessert. Choose to start with the likes of seafood corn bisque or port marinated grilled beef heart while entree choices can include the likes of an herb infused lobster and corn risotto, pan seared trout fillet, or a beer braised pork belly. Finish off with a pot au chocolate for two, or chase away those Monday blues with a Moody Blues Blueberry Foster. Corner BYOB appears to know just how to cure that “case of the Mondays,” and at the right price.
Just a little outside of the city, the Milton Inn is a long time favorite of many for an upscale dinner or celebration. Now, you can celebrate that you made it through Monday (or Tuesday!) with a lobster, champagne, and chocolate prix fixe dinner. For just $32, dine on a 1 ½ lb Maine lobster, two sides, one glass of Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut and a chocolate truffle. While we loved Milton Inn just as it was, this is most definitely the kind of change we can get behind!
Tip: Currently, it looks as though this prix fixe dinner is only available through September, so check it out sooner rather than later!
Myth and Moonshine
Housed on Boston Street in Canton, Myth and Moonshine is known for the obvious: their extensive selection of moonshine, of course. However, they are attracting new fame for their updated brunch concept. Each Saturday and Sunday Myth and Moonshine’s chef is heading to the local farmer’s market and using the most seasonal ingredients to add updates and completely new dishes to the menu. The result? One of the most innovative and freshest brunches around. We’re excited to see what Chef has in store as the new concept is rolled out.