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Monday, January 30, 2012

On the Prowl: Baltimore, MD - Part 2

In part one of this special, we talked about a variety of locations including some appetizers at TEN TEN, classic pub food at James Joyce, and fine deserts at the Patiserrrie Poupon. Today we're wrapping up the special by hitting up Baltimore's night life and checking out a few bars and dinner locations around town, starting with The Owl Bar.

The Owl Bar
Located in the historic Belvedere hotel, the Owl Bar is a bit of a local secret. Dating back to the prohibition era, the bar and hotel retains a lot of the classic 20s characteristics, making for a pretty fascinating spot to lounge and wander briefly. It doesn't hurt that the food isn't bad either, the seafood etoufee pictured on the right being an example. It seems a bit light at first, but the dish grows on you and fills you up by the end. A large pizza oven also pushes out some pretty delicious pies, including a crab dip topping that's pretty killer. The winner of the evening though was definitely the chicken pot pie; a deliciously flaky hot dish filled to the brim with rich vegetables and chicken. A massive and wonderful pile of comfort, and easily one of the most enjoyable things I tried all weekend in Baltimore. They also have a large list of beer on tap and some interesting mixed drinks to try out. If you want a place to get away from it all, and for fairly decent prices, this might be the place for you.

Owl Bar on Urbanspoon

Liquid Earth

Located in the trendy Fell's Point section of Baltimore, Liquid Earth is the vegetarian/vegan haven of the city, featuring a host of grainy, vegetable-ish stuff that I'm not a giant fan of, but still admire and admittedly looked sensational for what it was. I am a fan of their juices and drinks, however, such as the frui tea, a mix of green tea and fruit juice that really hit the spot and made for a nice midday drink to get you through the grind of the afternoon and early evening. It's tough to beat fresh fruit juice made right in front of you. With a giant list of drink options, you'll be hard-pressed to find something that doesn't suit your tastes here any time of the day.

Liquid Earth on Urbanspoon

The Brewer's Art
Both a restaurant and bar, The Brewer's Art is a local brewery in Baltimore pushing out some nice artisan beer alongside some pretty elegant eats. Save a few dollars from the restaurant side and have a look at their bar menu for some great small dishes like this seasonal gnocchi dish. Sauteed with pumpkin and greens, it was a quaint little dish that went well with their microbrews. The small plates list also included some other great looking options like roasted pork belly, chipotle mac and cheese, a sweet bread dish for more adventurous eaters, a devastatingly decadent looking croque-monsieur, and a satisfying plate of rosemary garlic fries to for anyone in need of a savory retreat from all the late night drinking. It's a bit of a tight space, but if you can find a spot to get in and relax, it's definitely a place you'll find yourself spending hours upon hours in with friends.

Brewer's Art on Urbanspoon


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