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Frank & Nic’s West End Grille is Baltimore’s

newest casually elegant destination, found in

the base of the new Zenith luxury apartment

tower in the heart of downtown. Frank and

Nic’s West End Grille caters to all of your dining

needs. Open daily at 11:30am, we are the west

side’s answer for any occasion.

Whether you are looking to host your own

private function, have an outstanding meal

with that special someone, wanting to relax

late night in a hip and modern atmosphere, or

getting ready to tailgate in style before any

Raven’s or Oriole’s game, we can accommodate

your needs. Frank & Nic’s generously sized

private dining room is equipped with its own

bar and can facilitate private functions of any

nature with its state of the art audio/visual

capabilities. Frank & Nic’s provides a world

class meal with a service standard to match in

a hip and enthusiastic environment; the most

dynamic dining and entertainment experience

to enthrall Charm City in years.

FRANK & NIC’S WEST END GRILLE | 511 W. Pratt St. | Baltimore | www.frankandnics.com | 410.685.6800

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8 FirstlookImages of the life and landmarks of Charm City—from historic places and collections of fine art to mind-blowing museums and beloved playing fields

14 spiritoFplacePhotographer Bill McAllen asked a cross-section of Baltimoreans to pose at a site that, for each, holds special meaning.bylaureenMiles

20 annapolisMore than a bustling state capital, this historic city offers the charms of a seaport and the culture of a university town.byericateichert

24 JuMpstartWhen Marylanders gather for steeple-chases, they pack lavish picnics, dress to impress and celebrate the centuries-old sport of racing horses over hurdles.byrichardbrunelli

BalTimORE 28 neighborhoods

Fells Point and Mount Vernon, Hampden and the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Little Italy...every enclave tells a story.

32 shoppingDaring hats and stylin’ handbags plus retail details on apparel, accessories, home decor, art, jewelry and gifts

34 diningWorthy destinations by neighborood for crab cakes and steaks, pastas and pastries, tapas and tequila plus local brews

45 attractionsA basilica’s renewal confirms reverence for the past and a commitment to nourish the spirit. So too do Baltimore’s museums and mansions, parks and gardens.

48 partingshotBoaters dock for the evening as the skyline illuminates the after hours.

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Interior staircase of Patterson Park Pagoda

Photo by Laureen Miles

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Annapolis, page 20A freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The Contra Costa Times (California) as well as Brigham Young University Magazine and The Daily Universe (Utah), Erica Teichert has written for and contributed photographs to Where Magazine (Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.).

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Jump Start, page 24A journalist for more than 20 years, Richard Brunelli has written exten-sively on the arts, travel, business and Baltimore. A frequent contribu-tor to Where Baltimore magazine as well as Where GuestBook Baltimore, he has looked at the emerging music scene in the Inner Harbor, nightlife in O’Donnell Square, the city’s fleet of historic ships and the restoration of the Hippodrome Theatre.

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Spirit of Place, page 14Baltimore-born and -raised, Bill McAllen got his start as a medi-cal photographer at University of Maryland. Preferring to work with the living, McAllen launched a freelance career that has included photographing the construction and subsequent journeys of around-the-world schooner Pride of Baltimore II. He’s also spent a year shooting the changing seasons at Green Mount Cemetery and currently documents the coming and goings at the Port of Baltimore. See more of his work at www.mcallenphotography.com. laUreen mileS

First Look, page 8No other city (and there’ve been many) has ever felt as much like home to Miles as Baltimore. That makes her role as edi-tor of Where GuestBook Baltimore and Where Baltimore magazine a delight. In a recent Where Baltimore, Miles took read-ers on a tour of the Harbor East neigh-borhood, an emerging upscale shopping and dining district near the Inner Harbor.

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Baltimore enlightens its people and lifts their spirits

with fine art and fireworks, dinosaurs and dolphins

and, of course, the Beloved orioles

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National AquariumSupposedly Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, home to thousands of aquatic species, can be seen from space. That should

guarantee some coverage in Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, right?

Think again. Instead this current exhibit tells the story of Australia’s sun-parched Northern Territory, a region that can

turn from baked earth to swamp almost overnight. Baltimore’s world-renowned aquarium has always gone beyond

simple displays of sea creatures to tackle more crucial notions of conservation and habitat. But after an underwater

walkabout Down Under, visitors still enjoy traditional encounters—getting splashed by show-off dolphins, immersed

in the scents, mists, bumps and squirts of a 3D movie or just watching a mama and her baby swimming by.

501 E. Pratt Street, 410-576-3800, www.aqua.org

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Walters Art Museum A 19th-century liquor baron and his son acquired extraordinary artworks for

a collection spanning from antiquity to the 20th century. Three connected but

distinct buildings hold 28,000 objects known for their pristine condition and

rarity. The oldest section on Charles Street features a soaring sculpture court for

European art, while the modern Centre Street building holds Egyptian mummies

and reliquaries.

600 N. Charles Street, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org

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Fort McHenry The city comes to celebrate patriotic holidays at this star-shaped fort

that’s part of the urban landscape of South Baltimore. Citizens take

most seriously Defenders Day (September 12), the holiday that marks

the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. That naval

battle inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words to “The Star-Spangled

Banner.” Now the commemoration includes fireworks, parades, military

bands and more than 100 historical re-enactors, known as the Fort

McHenry Guard. In summer the re-enactors are on hand most week-

ends to give folks a glimpse of life at the fort in its glory days, but Fort

McHenry’s visitors center and exhibits stay open all year.

E. Fort Ave., 410-962-4290, www.nps.gov/fomc

Maryland Science Center Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs! Yes, climb into the craters of their

tracks on a visit to this venue’s life-size dinosaur models. Also here: a plan-

etarium, an observatory, an IMAX theater, the popular Kids Room, a cafe

and store plus red rocks brought from Mars. Perhaps the most disconcert-

ing encounter? The sight of bacteria that live in human bodies.

601 Light St., 410-685-5225, www.mdsci.org

Baltimore Museum of ArtThe BMA owns more than 90,000 works including the prestigious Cone Collection

acquired in the early 1900s by prescient Baltimore sisters Claribel and Etta Cone. They

visited the Paris studios of Henri Matisse (his “Purple Robe and Anemones” at right)

and Pablo Picasso, purchased masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh

and assembled an impressive collection of textiles, jewelry, furniture and art from

Africa, Asia and the Near East. In 2007, Matisse’s son gave 77 prints, bringing the

BMA holdings to more than 600 of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints,

and illustrated books and making it the largest Matisse collection in the world.

10 Art Museum Drive (near Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus),

443-573-1700, www.artbma.org

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Oriole Park at Camden YardsIt’s a grand slam at the city’s waterfront—an MLB ballpark that inspires special pride in the hearts of Baltimoreans. When

Camden Yards opened in April 1992, there was nothing else like it in the country. It set a trend by melding bygone architec-

tural charm with modern amenities and by choosing a downtown site when other cities were relocating their sports facilities

to the suburbs. Now more than 20 other new ballparks echo its design and its nod to nostalgia.

333 W. Camden Street, 888-848-BIRD, http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com.

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Washington MonumentBaltimore takes great pride in the fact that

its neoclassical tribute to George Washington

pre-dates the more famous one in D.C. by

50 years. Conceived by Robert Mills, who

also designed D.C.’s better known monolith,

Baltimore’s 178-foot version is topped by a

sculpture of the founding father in a toga.

Visitors climb the 228 steps for a view of

Mount Vernon and beyond.

600 Washington Pl., (410) 396-1049

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Spiritof place

Photos by bill mcallen text by laureen miles

every Picture has a story, every landmark a storyteller

There’s never one simple reason that a particular place becomes a favorite place. Credit some

alchemy of aesthetics, memories, history and other indefinable factors. But people develop rela-

tionships with places as real as their relationships with each other. To document these con-

nections, photographer Bill McAllen and writer Sara Achenbach produced Spirit of Place:

Baltimore’s Favorite Spaces, a soft-bound book of portraits—citizens at their chosen spots.

hiPPodrome theatre, built 1914 Tyler Gearhart, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland (facing page) An ornate but crumbling Vaudeville movie palace became the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in 2004. Preservation Maryland fought hard to save it and its two bank building neighbors. Today a half-million people each year flock to the block-long entertainment complex to see Broadway shows and admire the meticulous restoration.

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MICA Brown Center, built 2003 Jackie Hrabowski, Vice President T. Rowe Price (facing page) Maryland Institute College of Art or MICA, founded in 1826, is one of the country’s oldest art colleges. Its contemporary Brown Center stands out among retrofitted archi-tecture—a former firehouse, shoe factory, train station and cloth-ing plant. Hrabowski admires the juxtaposition of MICA’s 1908 Main Building and the Brown’s geometric glass pyramid.

green Mount CeMetery, dedicated 1839Fred Rasmussen, reporter The Baltimore Sun (above) Nine Maryland governors, eight congressmen and a half dozen Civil War generals rest here, but the most famous occu-pant Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth lies in an unmarked grave in his family plot. Rasmussen likes to amble the grounds, admiring the stones of Johns Hopkins, Sidney Lanier and Allen Dulles, the pathways designed by Benjamin Latrobe.

PABst CAstle, built 1897 David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire (right) David Simon, whose books and TV shows reveal the grittier side of Baltimore, sees this abandoned brewery on the outskirts of Federal Hill as a monument to manufacturing. He marvels that “someone bottling cheap, affordable beer had pride or vanity enough to tell their architect, their stonecutters, their masons to go the extra mile and create a little shard of Balmoral.”

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Walters art MuseuM, completed 1907 Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, editorial cartoonist The Economist (above) When he worked for The Baltimore Sun, Kallaugher observed much of “the ugly side of life.” So on his lunch hour he would often stroll the marble halls of the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon, studying the “beauty of humanity” in a collec-tion that spans of 55 centuries of art

BroMo-seltzer toWer, built 1911 Rowland Fontz, retired horologist (above, right) Commissioned by the inventor of Bromo-Seltzer, the four-faced clock tower at Eutaw and Lombard streets, was once crowned by a 51-foot, rotating replica of the elixir’s cobalt blue bottle. Though the bottle disappeared in the 1930s, the

clock faces still spell out the tonic’s name. The clocks’ caretaker for more than three decades, Fontz was sometimes tasked with removing snow and ice from the eight-foot long, wood hands.

GeorGe PeaBody liBrary, built 1878 Rebecca Swanston, principal, Swanston & Associates, Inc. (facing) The sign in the foyer makes a somewhat obvious state-ment referring to this magnificent structure as “a cathedral of books.” The Mount Vernon landmark holds more than 300,000 volumes on five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, all lit by a skylight 61 feet above the floor. Fells Point-based architect Swanston likes to bring visitors to the stacks where writer H. L. Mencken once kept a desk. For her, the majesty of the space “fills the soul, not just the mind.”

Look for sPirit of Place at LocaL bookstores Like book escape in federaL HiLL (805 LigHt st.) or

barnes & nobLe at inner Harbor (601 e. pratt street). to see more of mcaLLen’s pHotograpHy,

go onLine at www.cHarmcitypubLisHing.com.

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(FACING PAGE) NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATES TOSS THEIR HATS IN CELEBRATION

OF THEIR NEW COMMISSIONS. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, VISITORS COME FOR

DRESS PARADES AND FOR WEDDINGS AT A CHAPEL WITH TIFFANY WINDOWS.

(ABOVE) COBBLED STREETS CURVE FROM ST. ANNE’S CHURCH PAST HISTORIC

INNS, TAVERNS, SHOPS AND LIVE MUSIC VENUES DOWNHILL TO THE STATE HOUSE.

This city, often synonymous with the U.S. Naval Academy,has such a small town feel that many forget that it is also the capital of Maryland. It takes its name from two historic Annes—the wife of Lord Baltimore and a queen of England. But as visitors stroll the streets or arrive by cruisers and sailboats, they discover much more—performances by the Colonial Players theater company, a memorial to Kunta Kinte and Alex Haley, seafood restaurants and America’s third oldest institution of higher learning St. John’s College. Fortunately it’s all an easy day trip from Baltimore. BY ERICA TEICHERT

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the rails at shawan downs

in baltimore county.

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If such a thing existed as a pantheon of America’s mass-market sports, steeplechase horse racing would likely fall somewhere between curling and kite-flying. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those pastimes. But if there were a rat-ing system for sporting events, the ones that afford spectators unprecedented, up-close-and-personal experiences in charming,

bucolic settings, then the steeplechase might be near the top of the list. Fortunately there’s no better place than Maryland to see the action.

This brand of cross-country horse racing compares to the more widely followed, flat-course horse racing with one rather important difference: Someone has come along, without the prior consent of the horses them-selves, and put obstacles in the way—obstacles that they must jump over! With persons on their backs!

It’s all good fun, of course, unless a rider makes an infinitesimal miscalculation of balance and ends up crossing an obstacle through air, detached from a saddle rather than on the horse’s back. According to Bill Gallo, racing director for the National Steeplechase Association, that expains another part of the sport’s attraction. “Steeplechase is a colorful, exciting sport and a wonderful social scene, but there’s a certain element of danger to it,” he says. “Spectators get very close to the action. ”

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No doubt the social aspect wasn’t a prime consideration when, in 1752, two neighboring fox hunters in County Cork, Ireland, decided it would be good sport to race their horses from Buttevant Church to St. Mary’s Church. By the turn of the century, this steeple-to-steeple race had organized as a genu-ine sport and, in 1834, made its U.S. debut at the Washington Jockey Club in Washington, D.C.

In 1873, Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course hosted its first steeplechase and, for a variety of reasons, estab-lished Maryland as the epicenter of steeplechase horse racing. It still is, Marylanders like to think. They credit their claim to the state’s long history of fox hunting, particularly in the scenic,

farm-studded counties to the north and west of Baltimore.

Today riders choose one of two principal disciplines. Timber racing, in which horses must leap over wooden fences or posts, proves to be more “old-school.” Hurdle racing, which features portable, uniformly constructed obsta-cles, is the later, new-fangled variety.

Each year in April, Maryland hosts three events on successive weekends that form the triple crown of the timber racing circuit—the My Lady Manor, the Grand National and the Maryland Hunt Cup. The Hunt Cup, which dates to 1894, is considered the granddaddy of them all. Aficionados insist that its four-mile, 22-fence course is one of the sport’s most challenging.

The race also represents the pinnacle of timber racing’s social scene. It’s not uncommon for spectators—women in fashionable hats, men in bow ties and bowlers—to project a Great Gatsby-like vibe. And there’s tailgating—ele-gant spreads of food and drink, repasts decidedly more serene than picnics at Ravens Stadium. Guests no doubt weigh

It’s not uncommon for spectators—women in fashionable hats, men in bow ties and bowlers—to project a Great Gatsby-like vibe.

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Steeplechase 101since the sport of steeplechase horse

racing is not a national pastime and

may be unfamiliar, note a few terms.

Allowance: exceptions made to

jockey weights according to a horse’s

age, track record or gender.

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the pros and cons not of Bud versus Natty Boh but of Chardonnay versus Shiraz.

Joe Clancy agrees. He’s editor and publisher of The Steeplechase Times, headquartered like the National Steeplechase Association in Fair Hill, Maryland. “The emphasis at these events is enjoying a great day outdoors and catching up with people,” he says. “The crowd is usually well-heeled. But they don’t have to be. College students follow the sport, and it’s a great family atmosphere too.”

Beyond the loftier tone of the tail-gaters, other factors distinguish this from most mass-market sports. For one, fans are not assigned seats or cordoned off behind ropes (as at golf tourna-

ments). Steeplechase spectators pick their own spots—near a fence as the horses and riders thunder over it, by the finish line or any place in between.

Another difference is financial. Owners of horses know that prize money, if any, never covers expenses. (Maryland purses range from $75,000 to $50!) Riders, most non-professional and unpaid, are usually in the horse business, working at stables or tracks.

As for the fans, no one wagers (at least officially) on steeplechase racing. “There’s none of that,” Gallo says. “The people who follow steeplechase do it for only one reason, and that’s for the love of the sport. We don’t have a big following. But we have a passionate following.”

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Mount Vernon The small, leafy neighborhood of palatial homes, pristine public gardens, fountains and sculptures has always been an impres-sive address in Baltimore. Early in the 19th century, America’s first monument to George Washington and first basilica set the neighborhood apart. Later philanthropists Henry and William Walters, George Peabody and Enoch Pratt built institutions like the Walters Art Gallery, the Peabody Institute and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, making Mount Vernon the city’s center of culture and arts. Today the cultural legacy contin-ues with music at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Lyric Opera House as well as diversions like dining, boutiques, festivals and nightlife.

inner harborThe National Aquarium and Camden Yards are Baltimore landmarks today, but 30 years ago neither was part of the Inner Harbor’s cityscape. In fact, when the Inner Harbor’s revitalization began, residents scoffed at the idea that tourists (or anyone else) would come here. Until then, only sailors, dockworkers and other brave souls populated the waterfront. But city planners envisioned attractions, hotels, restaurants and a promenade in the decay-ing port zone just south of downtown. Today the Inner Harbor surprises even the visionaries.

haMPdenColorfully painted porches and rowhouse yards with miniature windmills and yard gnomes line the streets of Hampden, a favorite spot of campy filmmaker John Waters. Once a working-class neighbor-hood with a passion for kitsch, this free-spirited enclave a few miles north of downtown still loves anything retro, but meets the gentrification with an alterna-tive, eco-minded approach. The shops on Hampden’s main drag hawk items ranging from organic body lotions and Wiccan crystals to crab shell art and pink flamingos. Every December, people come from all over to see the “Miracle on 34th Street,” a single block decked out with so many lights it’s surely visible from space. And in June, Hampden throws a party to honor the “Baltimore Hon,” the big-haired, gum-cracking gal who greets friends and strangers with the endearment “hon.”

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LittLe itaLy Little Italy is like an Old World village, where the older men gather for a game of bocce, and the local church is the hub of the community. But for the visitor, there’s one clear thing to do here: Eat! The tiny enclave near the Inner Harbor has only a few shops and no hotels, but dozens of Italian restaurants line its narrow, crooked streets. The menus and atmospheres of each eatery paint slightly different culi-nary portraits—from stuffy to chic, from pizza to pastries. Locals fill up on cannoli and gelato from neighborhood stalwart Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop.

FeLLs Point In the last three centuries, this waterfront neighborhood has had nearly as many different incarnations as it has bars today. Founded in 1730, the area’s proxim-ity to farms and forests contributed to its growth as a seaport. In the 1830s, Fredrick Douglass toiled as a slave on its busy docks before escaping to freedom. Now the area has become steadily more prosperous, a dining and nightlife destination as well as a hip residential neighborhood. During the day, cobble-stone side streets seem quiet and genteel. But after dark, the district’s rowdy nature surfaces on the main streets until the early morning hours.

FederaL HiLL The designation “Federal Hill” could refer to a park, a historic site or the neighbor-hood, each with the same name. But the three are so intertwined that it hardly matters. Rising from the western bank of the waterfront the hill and park provide a stunning view of the Inner Harbor. Where 18th-century residents once gathered to celebrate the birth of a nation, a trendy urban enclave now spreads down a gentle incline. Here one finds the old-fashioned Cross Street Market selling wares from crabs to calla lilies. Though known for dining and nightlife, the neighborhood attracts many with its American Visionary Arts Museum. That mosaic-encrusted venue pays tribute to “outsider art,” objects by creative souls who work outside the academic tradition.

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811 Aliceanna St. (410) 685-1601 www.urbanchiconline.com Harbor East shop with rustic, beach-house theme carries fashions ranging from men’s to maternity, all with a bit of an edge. Plus pick up home items, or browse the expand-ed selection of denim.

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46 E. Cross St.(410) 625-2424Welcoming boutique in Federal Hill sells artisan jewelry, tapestry scarves, warm yet stylish hats and Votivo candles.

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660 S. Exeter Street(410) 244-6376www.arhaus.comConcentrating on the home, Arhouse’s artfully arranged furnishings are packed into a spa-cious corner storefront. Well-crafted furniture comes from Tuscany, Bali and Mexico as well as fine domestic sources.

aPPareL & aCCessOries

benJaMin LOVeLL sHOes

618 S. Exeter St.(410) 244-5359www.benjaminlovellshoes.comNamed Baltimore’s best shoe store, this emporium is tucked away in Harbor East and offers top men’s and women’s brands includ-ing Dansko, Donald Pliner, Cole Haan.

CuPCaKe sHOes and aPPareL

813-5 S. Broadway(410) 522-0441www.cupcake-shop.comA spacious shop amid Fells Point’s tiny bou-tiques, this store claims to stock everything the modern gal might need to fill her closet: shoes, jeans, dresses and more.

HandbaGs in THe CiTy

612 Exeter St.(410) 528-1443www.handbagsinthecity.comCan’t find a bag to match those shoes? Head to this boutique in the Harbor East neighbor-hood. Find everything from Isabella Fiore to Badgley Mischka.

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MerediTH GaLLery

805 N. Charles St.(800) 753-3575www.meredithgallery.comThis Mount Vernon gallery specializes in functional, funky American art-furniture, plus contemporary craft collectibles and accessories. Catalogues available as well.

su Casa

901 S. Bond St. (410) 522-7010www.esucasa.comStylish Fells Point furniture and home acces-sories boutique features an eclectic array of decorative arts, wine accessories, items for the kitchen and kids stuff.

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baLTiMOre CLayWOrKs

5707 Smith Ave.(410) 578-1919www.baltimoreclayworks.orgThis nonprofit gallery features functional, beautiful ceramics from local artists.

While Easter and Preakness are the most obvious times to don one-of-a-kind toppers, Hats in the Belfry encourages them for any occasion or season. The old-fashioned milliner in the Inner Harbor and Fells Point has sold the trad Preakness straw bonnet (think black-eyed Susan-decked) for 30 years. Any time, find styles classic, clever, even comical at 200 E. Pratt St., Inner Harbor, (410) 528-0060 or 813b S. Broadway, Fells Point, (410) 342-7480.

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C. GRIMALDIS GALLERY

523 N. Charles St.(410) 539-1080www.cgrimaldisgallery.comThe C. Grimaldis Gallery has promoted contemporary art in Baltimore for more than 25 years. The focus is on post-World War II art and representing artists of both local and international renown. The small storefront gallery, with its stark white walls and pale hardwood floors, provides changing shows.

ROBERT MCCLINTOCK STUDIO

GALLERY

1809 Thames St.(410) 814-2800www.robertmcclintock.comThis Fells Point gallery-studio exhibits vibrant works depicting the quirkiness and beauty of Baltimore. McClintock’s medium incorporates photography with digital paint-ing to create unique yet accessible art.

JEWELRY & GIFTS

2910 ON THE SQUARE

2910 O’Donnell St. (410) 675-8505www.2910onthesquare.comOn Canton’s O’Donnell Square, this diverse little shop features an extensive collection of artisan jewelry, accessories and Judaica as well as pet items and objects for the home.

AMARYLLIS

612 S. Exeter St. (410) 576-7622www.amaryllisjewelry.comServing the Inner Harbor for two decades, this locally owned and operated shop offers hand-crafted, fine jewelry. Located on the first level of the Gallery at Harborplace.

BEADAZZLED

501 N. Charles St. (410) 837-2323www.beadazzled.netCreate your own original jewelry, or buy something ready made. Either way the beads at this Mount Vernon shop are exquisite.

MAJA

1744 Aliceanna St.(410) 327-9499Maja in Fells Point carries furniture, African and Asian artifacts and Harmony Kingdom, Rinconada and Maasa collectibles.

MUD & METAL

813 W. 36th St. (410) 467-8698www.mudandmetals.com With a mix of jewelry, American-made crafts and hardware, this Hampden boutique prob-ably has the largest collection of arty pulls and knobs in town. Pulls are in unusual shapes like insects or moons, and many knobs are formed into words that match function—like “junk” or “underwear.”

PERSONAL SERVICES

SPA SANTÉ

1429 Aliceanna St. (410) 534-0009www.spabaltimore.comUpstairs salon inside an old factory in trendy Harbor East offers touch therapy, facials, body treatments plus hair and nail salon ser-vices. Couples and VIP suites available.

H TOSCANA MEDISPA

202 S. Albemarle St. (410) 837-2262 www.toscanamedispa.comLittle Italy spa combines health and beau-ty services promising a brand new you. Smoking cessation and weigth loss sessions along with varicose vein and laser acne treat-ments provide the “medi,” while hair, nail, waxing, massage and facials reflect “spa.”

RETAIL CENTERS

CROSS STREET MARKET

Light & Cross Sts.; Federal Hillwww.bpmarkets.comOpened in 1846, Cross Street is part of Baltimore’s public market system, one of a few left in the country. Don’t just go for the history; go for the food. You’ll find anything from fresh crabs and seafood to wings, ice cream and pastries. A local favorite is the raw bar at Nick’s Seafood. Also available here are flowers, cheese, tobacco, fruit and fish.

HARBORPLACE & THE GALLERY

200 East Pratt St.(410) 332-4191www.harborplace.comWith many Baltimore-specific shops and specialty stalls, Harborplace encourages strolling, shopping and noshing. Pratt and Light Street Pavilions boast a wealth of

popular restaurants. Connected by a sky-walk across Pratt Street, the Gallery is the place for the big-name national retailers like Brooks Brothers, Gap, Godiva Chocolatier, and Victoria’s Secret, among the many shops at this vertical mall.

LEXINGTON MARKET

Lexington and Eutaw Sts.(410) 685-6169www.lexingtonmarket.comThe largest of Baltimore’s six old-fashioned market houses, this one opened in 1872. It’s home to Faidley’s Seafood, which serves “America’s best crabcake,” as rated by GQ. Shoppers find mounds of fresh produce, cases of assorted baked goods and an array of local meats from 130 merchants.

WINE/GOURMET FOODS

CHESAPEAKE WINE COMPANY

2400 Boston St.(410) 685-6169Canton establishment sells a vast and dis-cerning selection of vintages from around the globe and stocks a full selection of spirits.and Also home to one of Baltimore’s most pro-gressive wine bars. Sample a flight of various vintages, and enjoy a light-fare menu.

GLARUS CHOCOLATIER

644 S. Exeter St. (410) 727-6601 www.glaruschocolatier.comTraditional Swiss chocolate company offers handmade, fresh-cream truffles, Swiss-style assorted chocolates, and other specialties.

URBAN CELLARS

222 N. Charles St. (410) 524-8088www.urbancellarsmd.com“Local libations” in a boutique downtown space serving domestic and international fine wines, craft beers and premium liquors.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

1001 Fleet St. (410) 528-1640Within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, organic grocer offers prepared foods and has a café. Free parking in adjacent garage with validation. Café opens 7 a.m

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American cuisine and seasonal specials makes this Federal Hill eatery a dining des-tination as well.

esPn ZOne

601 E. Pratt St.(410) 685-3776Inside the Power Plant entertainment com-plex in the Inner Harbor, this 35,000-square-foot facility has an elaborate media room with restaurant seating, satellite television and sport and video games.

GerTruDe’s

10 Art Museum Dr.(410) 889-3399 www.gertrudesbaltimore.comInside the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gertrude’s serves classic Chesapeake fare. Acclaimed chef John Shields dazzles with signature crab cakes and steaks.

HArD rOCK CAFÉ

601 E. Pratt St.(410) 347-7625Founded in swinging London as an American “hamburger joint” with a rock ‘n roll motif, this location of the famous chain has been in

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1002 W. 36th St.(410) 243-1230Want to be in a John Waters movie? He scouts this quirky Hampden eatery, where the focus is on old-school Charm City cui-sine. Specialties include classic meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes, house lasagna, fresh-baked pies and bread pudding.

COBurn’s TAVern AnD GriLL

2921 O’Donnell St.(410) 342-0999www.coburnstavern.comComfortable, classy bar on Canton’s unof-ficial nightlife district, O’Donnell Square, Coburn’s offers dinner entrees a cut above tavern fare, including chicken, steak, rockfish Baltimore and a crab cake platter.

COrK’s

1026 S. Charles St.(410) 752-3810 www.corksrestaurant.comAs the name suggests, the wine list is the star attraction, but a menu of creative New

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Baltimore’s Power Plant in the Inner Harbor since 1997. No need for directions; you can’t miss the giant guitar.

HeLen’s GArDen

2908 O’Donnell St.(410) 276-2233 www.helensgarden.comThis Canton restaurant offers dishes with a Mediterranean flair in an arty, welcoming space. The bar is a popular hangout for wine lovers.

J. PAuL’s

301 Light Street, Harborplace(410) 659-1889 www.j-pauls.comHearty comfort food (pit burgers, jumbo lump crab cakes, ribs, and J. Paul’s unique cheddar soup) served amid turn-of-the-cen-tury saloon décor inside Harborplace.

KOOPer’s TAVern

1702 Thames St.(410) 563-5423www.koopers.comThis neighborhood bar in Fells Point wel-comes all with hearty seafood and thought-

The exterior of Baltimore’s McCormick & Schmick’s location matches the modern architecture of the Inner Harbor skyline. Yet its two levels of glass-and-steel and expansive waterfront patio belie a much more formal interior. Hand-crafted mahogany woodwork and stained glass create a din-ing ambiance reminiscent of bygone days. Traditional seafood dishes, each with something of a contemporary twist, mirror the stylistic dichotomy. 711 Eastern Ave. (410) 234-1300

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Come see history alive and well in Federal HillRopewalk is where revolutionary patriots twined and spindled ropes for war ships in the eighteenth century.

Dating back to the days of the founding fathers themselves, this cask and barrel warehouse was built to last with thick plank fl oors and brawny angular support beams held together with iron lag bolts. The two story pool room toward the north wall is protected by the pow-erful unity of the American national standard and ‘Don’t Tread On Me,’ the fi rst Navy Jack. The McFaul family proprietors have compli-mented these honest details with a fi ne collection of cigar store Indi-ans, making Ropewalk the only cigar friendly tavern on the Hill.

The tavern caters to non-smokers and smokers alike with six bars on three fl oors, the fi rst two fl oors are non-smoking, the third is the Smoke Easy Lounge, one of only two Taverns approved in Maryland for smoking inside an actual bar.

Ropewalk’s recent million dollar expansion added McFaul’s Irish themed pub rooms. So whether you want to try Irish fare, an award winning Maryland Crab cake, Happy Hour seven days a week, one of our 125 brews, $1 crabs on weekends in the summer, or just want to light up a fi ne cigar from our humidors, Ropewalk welcomes you as it has done throughout its history.

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fully prepared tavern fare: sandwiches, steaks and pasta dishes. On Sundays, it puts on a spread for a casual brunch.

M&S GRILL

201 E. Pratt St.(410) 547-9333The bar, known for co*cktails made with fresh squeezed juices, is an after-work hangout. The dining room in this Harborplace prop-erty offers regional seafood, steaks, prime chops, pot roast and roasted chicken.

H MOTHER’S FEDERAL HILL GRILLE

1113 S. Charles St.(410) 244-8686www.mothersgrille.comMother’s is a Federal Hill institution and, with a recent renovation, it’s even bigger and better. Walk in to find 17 TVs, pool tables and a dance floor for times DJs set up on the weekends. Crab cakes, burgers and colossal salads are on the menu.

REGI’S AMERICAN BISTRO

1002 Light St.(410) 539-7344 www.regisamericanbistro.comContemporary American classics at this popular spot draws accolades from Federal Hill visitors and residents alike For sports fanatics, Regi’s opens an hour early on football Sundays.

H ROPEWALK TAVERN

1209 S Charles St. (410) 727-1298 www.ropewalktavern.comOne of a few Maryland bars exempt from the indoor smoking ban. Pre-prohibition tavern with pre-colonial history. Sample steamed shrimp with rush sauce while sip-ping a chilled beer.

SASCHA’S 527

527 N. Charles St.(410) 539-8880During the day, cuisine is served cafeteria style, but don’t get the wrong impression of this elegant Mount Vernon eatery. After the sun goes down, servers hit the floor with sophisticated fare like roasted turkey with cucumbers and country mustard or smoked turkey with cheddar quiche.

BREW PUBS

BREWER’S ART

1106 N. Charles St.(410) 547-6925www.thebrewersart.com

Innovative, contemporary fare and house-made Belgian-style ales are on the menu in this opulent turn-of-the-century Mount Vernon mansion. Seasonal menus feature meat, seafood and vegetarian items, plus a wide array of fine wines, spirits and inter- national beers that complement the house brews.

DUCLAW BREWING COMPANy

901 S. Bond St.410-563-3400www.duclaw.com

Fells Point brew pub in rehabbed water-front warehouse takes beer seriously, and it shows. The local brews run the gamut from amber ales to porters with many delicious stops in between.

CAJUN AND CREOLE

LOUISIANA

1708 Aliceanna St.(410) 327-2610www.louisianasrestaurant.comElegant Fells Point eatery takes the down-home cuisine of its namesake and elevates it to high style both in presentation and taste. On the innovative menu, traditional Creole staples like andouille sausage and collard greens appear alongside dishes like roasted beets with goat cheese and apples.

CHINESE

DING HOW

631 S. Broadway(410) 327-8888Traditional Chinese fare conveniently locat-ed in the heart of Fells Point offers both a comfortable dine-in area and free delivery to the surrounding areas and hotels.

COFFEE SHOPS AND CAFÉS

A COMMON GROUND

819 W. 36th St.(410) 235-5533This Hampden coffee shop starts folks off with bagels, muffins and croissants in the

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morning and then for lunch fills tanks with hearty turkey, ham and tuna sandwiches and wraps plus homemade soup daily.

THE DAILy GRIND

1720 Thames St.(410) 558-0399www.grind.comBegun on a shoe-string budget more than a decade ago, this relaxed spot in Fells Point is the place for hearty cups of java, enjoyed with simple coffee-house fare. Additional locations are at Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus and in Roland Park.

DONNA’S CAFE & COFFEE BAR

800 N. Charles St.(410) 385-0180Stop in for fresh croissants, scones and muf-fins in the morning or decadent desserts in the evening. A bright menu of light fare comple-ments the extensive beverage selection, includ-ing beer and a modestly priced wine list.

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1019 E. Lombard St.(410) 563-2666The name says it all. Hot corned beef, New York hot pastrami and award-winning kosher hot dogs are on the menu. Bagels and lox, knishes and matzo ball soup. Baltimoreans head to this spot just east of downtown when seeking authentic Jewish-deli food.

FRENCH

CREPE DU JOUR

1609 Sulgrave Ave.(410) 542-900www.crepedujour.comCome at lunchtime for all types of crepes, including sugar and lemon, plus ratatouille, and walnuts and blue cheese. At dinnertime find various French-inspired entrées.

PETIT LOUIS BISTRO

4800 Roland Ave.(410) 366-9393www.petitlouis.comPopular casual French restaurant proves that French food doesn’t have to be fancy to be good. The always changing, moderately priced menu offers traditional bistro fare such as mussels Provencale, pate maison and bistro steak with frites.

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Serving the Freshest, Finest Seafood

PHILLIPSSEAFOOD.COM

BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR LIGHT STREET PAVILION 410.685.6600

RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED

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Greek

Black Olive

814 S Bond St.(410) 276-7141www.theblackolive.com Acclaimed Greek seafood restaurant on a cobblestone side street in Fells Point offers organic winners such as grilled octopus salad and sushi grade tuna steak. Land options include rack of lamb.

ikarOs

4805 Eastern Ave.(410) 633-3750It’s worth the trip to Greektown for the hearty and filling taramasalata, a smooth blend of cod roe infused with garlic, or the lamb kapama, a heap of slow-baked young lamb nestled in rice pilaf and topped with tomato sauce.

samOs

600 S. Oldham St.(410) 675-5292www.samosrestaurant.comVisitors exploring Southeast Baltimore should look for Samos, a tiny, off-the-beaten-path place with Formica tables and authentic Greek food. Enjoy their salads, a boundless supply of pita bread, moussaka, gyros, dol-mas, and shish kabob.

HaWaiiaN FUsiON

rOY’s

720-B Aliceanna St.(410) 659-0099No, Hawaiian fusion cuisine is not typical Baltimore fare. Yes, this popular location of an upscale national chain sits right in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Harbor East, where diners select dishes like jumbo lump crab cakes, blackened-island ahi, macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi and Japanese-style, misoyaki-seared butterfish.

irisH

claDDaGH PUB

2918 O’Donnell St.(410) 522-4220At this Canton tavern the fish & chips are battered in beer and every entrée comes with a side of “mashers.” Upstairs is late-night water-ing hole; downstairs elegant pub dining.

DiNiNG

IT’S MORE FUN IN THE RA.

Serving fresh sushi, Japanese-fusion cuisine and signature dishes so good that you can’t stop thinking about next time. Great food and casual fun–perfectly mixed.

We’ll show you a good time. Come see why it’s more fun in the RA.

Voted Best Sushi in Baltimore magazine’s 2009 Readers Poll

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tÍo pepeConsistently rated as one of the area’s best restaurants, Tío Pepe has

been captivating its extensive clientele since 1968—not surprising, since

the infinite beauty and enchantment of Spain permeate its romantic

dining rooms and cozy alcoves. The menu at Tío Pepe clearly focuses on

traditional Spanish specialties and continental dishes with a Spanish fla-

vor. The freshest seafood and perfectly cooked aged meats complement

perennial favorites such as sautéed chicken and lobster or roast suckling

pig. To accompany discerning diners’ meals, Tío Pepe’s award-winning

cellar offers one of the nation’s premier selections of Spanish wines.

These many charms add up to a thoroughly memorable occasion any

time you dine at Tío Pepe. Open for lunch weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30

p.m. Dinner Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,

until 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V

10 E. Franklin St., Baltimore

410.539.4675

edo sushiRecognized as “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore magazine every year since

1997, Edo Sushi is the place to go for outstanding authentic Japanese

food. Check out their sushi bar for a fresh assortment of seafood. From

their kitchen, you can choose from an exciting array of hot noodle soups,

fresh salads, tasty appetizers, crispy tempura dishes, teriyaki platters, and

more. Unlike other sushi restaurants, Edo Sushi offers a yakitori grill, more

than 10 varieties of Sake, a complete selection of Japanese beers, and

unique specialty co*cktails. Try Edo Sushi’s signature maki rolls such as the

Harbor Maki, shrimp tempura roll with avocado and jumbo lump crab-

meat on top, drizzled with a special sweet citrus sauce. If you would like

to try some of the very best sushi and Japanese cuisine in the Baltimore

area, be sure to visit one of the several excellent Edo Sushi restaurants.

You’re in for a rare treat. Edo Sushi offers four locations in the Baltimore

area, all open daily for lunch and dinner. Major credit cards are accepted.

Explore their website at www.edosushimd.com for details.

Edo Sushi Inner Harbor, 201

E. Pratt St., Ste. 2075, Baltimore

410.843.9804 Edo Sushi, 53 E. Padonia Rd.,

Lutherville Timonium

410.667.9200

Edo Sushi II, 10347

Reisterstown Rd., Owings Mills

410.363.7720Edo Mae Sushi, 10995 Owings

Mills Blvd., Owings Mills

410.356.6818

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rusty scupperBalTimORE HaS a

BEaUTy all iTS OWnFor lunch, for dinner or for drinks after work.

Enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of the

Inner Harbor from every table. Our fine chef

and personable staff will thrill you with our

exciting cuisine, wonderful selections of local

seafood and fine wines. Voted “the Best View

of Balitmore” by Baltimore Magazine, the Rusty

Scupper also offers a fabulous Sunday Jazz

Brunch, private function space, Happy Hour

and live piano entertainment. Complimentary

shuttle is available.

402 Key Hwy, Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore

410.727.3678www.rusty-scupper.com

sotto sopraThe restaurant is housed in a beautiful 19th

century building just seven blocks north of

Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street, at

the gateway to the city’s cultural center. Sotto

Sopra specializes in true contemporary Italian

cuisine. We’ve been voted Baltimore’s Best

Italian Restaurant numerous years and listed

in Zagat’s Top 1000 Italian Restaurants. There

is something for everyone’s pocket from our

happy hour $10 pastas, special pre-fixe menus

and wine tastings. The perfect risotto, hand-

made pastas, roasted meats, local seafood and

regional produce are here for your total enjoy-

ment. We welcome you to dine with us for

lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner

every evening.

Learn more about Sotto Sopra and our special

events at our website, Facebook and Twitter.

405 N. Charles St., Baltimore

410.625.0534www.sottosoprainc.com

Blog: www.sottosoprainc.blogspot.com

Night of the cookers

Night of the Cookers, new Baltimore restaurant

features local favorites such as our homemade

6 oz crab cakes; southern favorites e.g. Sweet

Georgia Brown salad, Meat and Three entrees,

appetizers such as Angus Sliders and Fried

Calamari; desserts such as homemade Banana

Pudding. Mention WhereMagazine and get a

free appetizer for 2 purchased entrees. Private

parties welcome (up to 50ppl)

Hours of Operation WEDNESDAY 5PM-12AM,

THURSDAY 5PM -12 AM, FRIDAY 5PM-1AM,

SATURDAY 5PM -1AM, SUNDAY 11AM- 4PM. For

reservations call 410.383.2095.

885 N. Howard St., Baltimore

410.383.2095www.nightofthecookers.com

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LATIN

BABALU GRILL

32 Market Pl.(410) 234-9898www.babalugrill.comIn the Power Plant Live complex, a stone’s throw from Inner Harbor, rustic and mod-ern designs with hints of pre-Castro and modern-day Cuba mirror the menu, which offers both a traditional and modern taste of the island.

BLUE AGAVE

1032 Light St.(410) 576-3938www.blueagaverestaurant.comNamed for the plant harvested to make tequila, this upscale Latin restaurant in Federal Hill features more than 100 types of the Mexican liquor. Rich, hearty dishes incorporate staples like masa, beans, rice and huitlacoche.

NACHO MAMA’S

2907 O’Donnell St.(410) 675-0898Eclectic eatery’s dishes have a south-of-the-border flair if not true Mexican authenticity. But with dishes like portobello and spinach quesadillas, who cares? Margaritas served in hubcaps are made for sharing with friends. This Canton tavern is small but popular, making it a rather chummy spot.

H TALARA

1615 S. President St.(410) 528-9883www.talarabaltimore.comSouth Beach atmosphere and pulsing Latin music are what first catch diners’ attention at the slick Harbor East hot spot. But artfully presented small plates such as Peruvian-style sashimi or ahi tuna sliders are what they remember.

MEDITERRANEAN

PAZO

1425 Aliceanna St.(410) 534-7296 www.pazorestaurant.comStraddling the line between Fells Point and Harbor East, this chic restaurant and lounge has cavernous digs and a see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Sample Mediterranean tapas, larger plates and pizzas along with a bottle or glass from the extensive wine list.

JAMES JOYCE IRISH PUB

616 S. President St.(410) 727-5107The menu of classic Irish fare has a distinctly American twist. If shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage aren’t appealing, try chick-en club or the steak sandwich. However, the décor is all Irish. In fact, the entire interior of the pub was shipped from the Emerald Isle.

SLAINTE IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

1702 Thames St.(410) 563-6600www.slaintepub.comSlainte (pronounced slan-cha) is Gaelic for good health and prosperity. At this Fells Point pub that means Guinness onion soup made gooey with cheddar, Irish stew, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie piled high with whipped mashed potatoes.

ITALIAN

ALDO’S

306 S. High St.(410) 727-0700www.aldositaly.comNestled amid the narrow streets of Little Italy, the hallmark of Aldo’s fine dining is its excellent southern-influenced regional dishes with house-made ingredients like pancetta and soppressata or pickled vegetables.

H CHIAPPARELLI’S

237 S. High St.(410) 837-0309www.chiapparellis.comOne of Little Italy’s largest and most beloved restaurants, Chiapparelli’s serves heaping portions of pasta, classic veal dishes and a great house salad.

CIAO BELLA

236 S. High St.(410) 685-7733Charming Little Italy eatery with pasta dish-es, veal saltimbocca and seafood entrées, Ciao Bella’s owner-chef Tony Gambino serves classics plus his own inventions.

H DELLA NOTTE

801 Eastern Ave.(410) 837-5500Classically-inspired, contemporary Italian cuisine in a Mediterranean villa-style setting, this Little Italy landmark has originals like gnocchi alla Romana baked with Taleggio cheese finished with a white truffle oil. Save room for one of the sumptuous desserts.

GERMANO’S

300 S. High St.(410) 752-4515The three attractive and spacious dining rooms are suffused with the sun of Tuscany. Try crêpes with spinach and ricotta or taglierini in a veal sauce.

H SOTTO SOPRA

405 N. Charles St.(410) 625-0534www.sottosoprainc.comJust what diners want in an Italian restau-rant: efficient and friendly service, classic dishes and a few culinary surprises. The lamb chops in panko and mustard on a bed of gorgonzola polenta is popular. So is the gnocchi di ricotta. But save room for dessert: The crepes are great.

VACCARO’S

222 Albemarle St. (410) 685-4905 www.vaccarospastry.comModestly dubbing itself “the place for des-serts,” it doesn’t take long inside this Little Italy pastry shop to see what an understate-ment that is. More than two dozen varieties fill its cases: cookies, plus rum cake, six kinds of cheesecake, tiramisu, sfogliatelli, pasticiotti, eclairs, gelati, Napoleons, mini cream puffs and—crowning achievement—cannoli.

JAPANESE

H EDO SUSHI

201 East Pratt St.(410) 843-9804A tranquil oasis amid the activity in Harborplace, this eatery offers sushi, noodle dishes salads and teriyaki.

MINATO

800 N. Charles St.(410) 332-0332www.minatosushibar.comContemporary Japanese cuisine and an extensive sushi bar have made this Mount Vernon restaurant a local favorite for nearly two decades.

H RA SUSHI

701 S Eden St.410-522-3200www.rasushi.comArizona-based chain of casual sushi bars popped up in Harbor East, where it attracts a hip crowd with rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere as well as a creative menu.

DINING

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rusty scupperBalTimORE HaS a

BEaUTy all iTS OWnFor lunch, for dinner or for drinks after work.

Enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of the

Inner Harbor from every table. Our fine chef

and personable staff will thrill you with our

exciting cuisine, wonderful selections of local

seafood and fine wines. Voted “the Best View

of Balitmore” by Baltimore Magazine, the Rusty

Scupper also offers a fabulous Sunday Jazz

Brunch, private function space, Happy Hour

and live piano entertainment. Complimentary

shuttle is available.

402 Key Hwy, Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore

410.727.3678www.rusty-scupper.com

sotto sopraThe restaurant is housed in a beautiful 19th

century building just seven blocks north of

Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street, at

the gateway to the city’s cultural center. Sotto

Sopra specializes in true contemporary Italian

cuisine. We’ve been voted Baltimore’s Best

Italian Restaurant numerous years and listed

in Zagat’s Top 1000 Italian Restaurants. There

is something for everyone’s pocket from our

happy hour $10 pastas, special pre-fixe menus

and wine tastings. The perfect risotto, hand-

made pastas, roasted meats, local seafood and

regional produce are here for your total enjoy-

ment. We welcome you to dine with us for

lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner

every evening.

Learn more about Sotto Sopra and our special

events at our website, Facebook and Twitter.

405 N. Charles St., Baltimore

410.625.0534www.sottosoprainc.com

Blog: www.sottosoprainc.blogspot.com

Night of the cookers

Night of the Cookers, new Baltimore restaurant

features local favorites such as our homemade

6 oz crab cakes; southern favorites e.g. Sweet

Georgia Brown salad, Meat and Three entrees,

appetizers such as Angus Sliders and Fried

Calamari; desserts such as homemade Banana

Pudding. Mention WhereMagazine and get a

free appetizer for 2 purchased entrees. Private

parties welcome (up to 50ppl)

Hours of Operation WEDNESDAY 5PM-12AM,

THURSDAY 5PM -12 AM, FRIDAY 5PM-1AM,

SATURDAY 5PM -1AM, SUNDAY 11AM- 4PM. For

reservations call 410.383.2095.

885 N. Howard St., Baltimore

410.383.2095www.nightofthecookers.com

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MIDDLE EASTERN

LEBANESE TAVERNA

719 S. President St.(410) 244-5533www.lebanesetaverna.comAuthentic Middle Eastern food from the Abi-Najem family that has proved so successful in the Washington, D.C., now available in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor East neighbor-hood.

SEAFOOD

BO BROOKS RESTAURANT

2701 Boston St.(410) 558-0202 www.bobrooks.comOld-school crab house has classic seafood with a view of the Canton waterfront. Be sure to try the cream of crab soup. If sunny, pick crabs on the waterfront deck or in the floating cabana.

CANTON DOCKSIDE

3301 Boston St.(410) 276-8900www.cantondockside.comEat indoors or out on the deck at this sea-food and steamed crabs restaurant. Or stopin the adjacent takeout operation and get crabs to go.

MAMA’S ON THE HALF SHELL

2901 O’Donnell St.(410) 276-3160The menu at this old-style bistro in Canton is reminiscent of seafood houses of the past. Chowder, authentic Maryland crab soup, crab cakes, steamed shrimp and oyster stew. Grab a stool at the raw bar on the first floor or settle in comfort in the dining room upstairs.

H MO’S FISHERMAN’S WHARF

219 S. President St.(410) 837-8600www.mosseafood.comOne of Little Italy’s rare departures from exclusively Italian cuisine, this seafood res-taurant with its own wholesale market touts freshness. But diners find a few Italian (as well as Cajun) dishes on the menu along with poultry and beef entrees.

OBRyCKI’S

1727 E. Pratt St.(410) 732-6399No-nonsense crab emporium in Fells Point features the favorite crab cake of former

DININg

Baltimore newscaster Oprah Winfrey. Grab a mallet and get to work. Open seasonally, mid-March through mid-November.

H PHILLIPS

301 Light St.Light Street Pavilion, Harborplace(410) 685-6600 www.phillipsseafood.comBustling spot known for its broad array of fresh seafood and prime waterfront location, Phillips is both casual and convenient.

H RUSTy SCUPPER

402 Key Hwy.(410) 727-3678www.selectrestaurants.com/rustyEnjoy fresh catch of the day and shellfish prepared in numerous ways while taking in a fabulous view of the Inner Harbor from the rooftop deck and promenade at this marina café. Come for dinner, co*cktails, light fare or steamed crabs.

SOUTHERN

B10 SOUTH

10 S. Calvert St. (410) 528-8994 Downtown eatery’s menu features truly down-home Southern dishes like chicken and waffles as well as more inventive ones like the “Down Home Eggroll,” which wraps up smoked shrimp and collard greens and tops it with a Hennessy BBQ sauce.

CHARLESTON

1000 Lancaster St., Sylvan Building(410) 332-7373www.charlestonrestaurant.comIn the Harbor East long before the area became trendy, Charleston’s American cui-sine with a Southern accent sports more than just a twist of French finesse. Take for instance the grilled pork tenderloin with roasted butternut squash and andouille sau-sage risotto with bourbon-pecan sauce.

H NIgHT OF THE COOKERS

885 N. Howard St.(410) 383-2095www.nightofthecookers.comBrooklyn-born fusion of continental bistro fare and contemporary cuisine from the American South now meet in Baltimore.

SPANISH

LA TASCA SPANISH TAPAS BAR &

RESTAURANT

201 E. Pratt St.(410) 209-2563www.latasca.usa.comSmall plates and pitchers of sangria amid colorful textiles and pottery bring a dose of sunny Spain to Harborplace. Grilled chorizo on red cabbage, several paellas and desserts like flan or meringue tarts all come in tapas portions.

H TIO PEPE

10 E. Franklin St.(410) 539-4675A Baltimore institution since 1968, this below-ground bistro in Mount Vernon is famous for its sangria. Entrees on its hearty menu mostly hail from Spain’s Catalan region. Reservations a must on weekends.

STEAKS

CAPITAL gRILLE

500 East Pratt(443)703-4064Look for more than just steaks here. Look for everything from chops to seafood plus an award-winning selection of 400 wines.

FLEMINg’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE

AND WINE BAR

720 Aliceanna St.(410) 332-1666www.flemingssteakhouse.comHarbor East steakhouse serves prime cuts of beef, pork, and poultry and grilled fish along with 100 wines by the glass, plus another 100 on the bottle-only list.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

711 Eastern Ave. 600 Water St.(410) 230-0033With two Inner Harbor-area locations within blocks of each other, this upscale steak house, part of a national chain serving New Orleans-style cuisine, makes its mark in Baltimore.

SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE

101 W. Fayette St.(410) 385-6630 www.donshula.comNFL-size beef, seafood, chops plus great sides served amid Miami Dolphins memora-bilia at this downtown Baltimore location of a national chain.

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art mUseUms

american visionary

art mUseUm 800 Key Hwy.; (410) 244-1900 www.avam.orgLike a glittering beacon to “self-taught” artists and other free thinkers, this mosaic-encrusted art institution showcases the stub-born (sometimes bizarre) visions of society’s outsiders. This includes anything from a 16-foot model of the Lusitania made of tooth-picks to a family of sci fi-inspired robots.

baltimore mUseUm of art

10 Art Museum Dr.; (443) 573-1700www.artbma.orgPlease see page 11 in First Look. contemPorary mUseUm of art

100 W. Centre St.; (410) 783-5720 www.contemporary.orgOnce dubbed “museum without walls,” the

see first look that opens on page 8 for

national aquarium, maryland science

center, bma, Walters art museum, fort

mcHenry and camden yards.

toP of tHe WorlD

observation level 401 E. Pratt St.; (410) 837-VIEWwww.viewbaltimore.org Baltimore’s World Trade Center, which stands 423 feet high, is the tallest pentagonal build-ing in the world. Designed by I.M. Pei, the 27th floor offers a 360-degree view.

marylanD Zoo in baltimore

Druid Hill Park; (410) 366-LIONwww.marylandzoo.orgHome to more than 2,000 animals represent-ing life on all seven continents, this 180-acre facility offers exciting exhibits, including the top-rated children’s zoo, the Raptor Garden, the Polar Bear Watch underwater viewing area and the Chimpanzee Forest exhibit.

venue now has a permanent home in Mount Vernon, where you will find exhibits of art-work by artists from all around the world.

marylanD art Place

8 Market Place, Suite 100; (410) 962-8565www.mdartplace.orgNon-profit gallery features the work of local and regional artists, with a focus on contem-porary art. The gallery includes an artists’ registry with 1,600-plus regional artists.

Historic/ reliGioUs sites

lloyD street synaGoGUe

15 Lloyd St.;(410) 732-6400The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation began building Maryland’s first synagogue in 1845. Now this handsome building is part of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, which adjoins it and includes a gift shop and library.

Let There be Light

attractions

Designed by the U. S. Capitol’s architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the Baltimore Basilica, (offi-cially known as Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is a splendid example of neo-classical architecture. Completed in 1821, the light-filled cathedral in Mount Vernon makes a break from its ostentatious European counterparts. However, subsequent additions and renovations added ornamentation and darkened the cathedral. Even the skylights, sug-gested by Thomas Jefferson, were covered. But in 2006, after a two-year renovation, the Basilica reopened with a new look closer to the original vision plus a gift shop and tours that grant access to the crypt. Cathedral and Mulberry sts., (410) 727-3564, www.baltimorebasilica.org

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H ST. JUDE SHRINE

308 N Paca St; (410) 685-6026Nationally known shrine dedicated to St. Jude, dubbed the patron saint of desperate cases, offers Perpetual Novena Services.

CLUBS

H CAT’S EYE PUB

1730 Thames St.; (410) 276-9866Classic old-salt watering hole in Fells Point features live music and 30 brews on tap.

FLETCHER’S

701 S. Bond St.; (410) 558-1889 www.fletcherbar.comGet two-for-one entertainment at this Fells Point institution: upstairs a live music venue hosting national acts and downstairs a typi-cal corner bar with a full menu.

H HOWL AT THE MOON

22 Market Place; (410) 783-5111www.howlatthemoon.comPower Plant Live! institution features a rock ‘n’ roll piano bar, happy hours and themed nights. Call to find out what’s on.

OTTOBAR

2549 N. Howard St.; (410) 662-0069www.theottobar.com In Charles Village, nightly national and local live music ranges from hard-core punk and art rock to acoustic and rockabilly.

THE OWL BAR

1 E.Chase St.; (410) 347-0888Settle in cozy quarters with friendly staff for a yard of beer at this Baltimore landmark inside the Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon.

RAMS HEAD LIVE!

20 Market Place; (410) 244-1131www.ramsheadlive.com Power Plant Live! venue near the Inner Harbor features top touring acts plus popu-lar locals as well as a bar and restaurant.

TOURS & TRANSPORTATION

RIDE THE DUCKS

Light St. and Conway St. (410) 727-DUCK (3825); baltimoreducks.com. These amphibious sightseeing vehicles pro-vide a land tour throughout Baltimore’s historic and cultural neighborhoods before plunging into the water for a floating tour of the Inner Harbor.

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WATER TAXI

(410) 563-3901; www.thewatertaxi.com This form of transit is as much about the journey as the destination. The fleet of cano-pied craft crisscrosses the harbor, making stops in Canton, Fells Point, Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Fort McHenry.

MUSEUMS

GEPPI’S ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM

216 Emory St.; (410) 427-9438www.geppismuseum.comFollow the history of pop culture through the chronologically arranged displays of col-lectibles, toys and music near Camden Yards. The collection reveals the impact of comic books, TV and movies.

REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM OF

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY &

CULTURE

830 E. Pratt St.; (443) 263-1800www.africanamericanculture.orgDedicated to sharing African-Americans’ journeys toward freedom and self-deter-mination and the largest of its kind on the East Coast, the 82,000-square-foot museum includes three galleries, a two-level theater, an oral history recording studio, classrooms and a café.

SPORTS LEGENDS AT CAMDEN YARDS

216 Emory Street; (410) 727-1539www.sportslegendsatcamdenyards.comLook into the history of Baltimore’s Orioles, Ravens, Colts and Blast, as well as the Negro League’s Baltimore Black Sox, collegiate sports and alternative Baltimore sports such as jousting and duckpin bowling. With more than 10,000 artifacts, this comprehensive museum near Camden Yards pays tribute to a rich sports heritage.

U.S.S. CONSTELLATION

Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St. (410) 530-1797www.constellation.orgThis great all-sail warship is the last Civil War-era vessel that was built by the U.S. Navy in 1854. The 1,400-ton, 179-foot ship returned to Inner Harbor in 1999 after years of restoration. Options: tours of three other ships in Inner Harbor—Taney, a Coast Guard Cutter that saw action at Pearl Harbor; Torsk, a submarine from World War II; and Chesapeake, a lightship that guided mariners through the Chesapeake Bay.

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HistoricallySignifi cant

to Baltimore... our Nation and… people of faith!

Our Nation’s First Catholic Seminary

Founded in 1791

St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Historic Site

600 N. Paca Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Tour hours: Monday to Friday, 12:00-3:30 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The site is owned and operated by the Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the U.S.

www.stmarysspiritualcenter.orgFor further information about the site

phone 410-728-6464

Home of the FirstU.S. born Saint

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton -1808

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Complete your visit with a visit to St. Jude Shrine, conveniently

located at Paca and Saratoga streets in Downtown Baltimore, a fewblocks from Harbor Place.

ST. JUDE SHRINEPaca and Saratoga Streets, (410) 685-6026

attenD maSSat St.JuDe SHrine

Daily Masses:mon-Fri: 7 am, noonSaturday: 7:45, noon

Vigil mass: Saturday, 4:30

Sunday Masses8 am, 9 am, 11:30 am

Perpetual Novena Services Every Wednesday:7:45 am, noon

5:45 pm & 7:45 pm

Sunday Perpetual Novena Services after the 9 am & 11:30 am masses

Handicapped AccessibleGift Shop on Premises

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AttrActionsMaryland science center ................................................4national Aquarium in Baltimore ...................................5

churches & religious sitesBaltimore Basilica ...........................................................47shrine of st. Jude ...........................................................47saint Mary’s spiritual center and historic site ...........47

Diningalizée .................................................................................... 3chiapparelli’s .....................................................................6Della notta .......................................................................35edo sushi .......................................................................... 41Frank & nic’s .......................................................................1Mo’s Fisherman’s Wharf ...............................Back coverMother’s grille .................................................................36night of the cookers .....................................................43Phillips seafood ..............................................................39rA sushi ........................................................................... 40ropewalk tavern .............................................................37rusty scupper .................................................................43sotto sopra ......................................................................43talara....................................................inside Front covertio Pepe ............................................................................ 41

nightliFecat’s eye Pub .................................................................. 46greene turtle .....................................................................6howl at the Moon .......................................................... 46Mother’s grille .................................................................36ropewalk tavern .............................................................37 stalking horse .................................................................37

sPA toscana Medispa ............................................................ 46

trAnsPortAtion Maryland transit Administration ...................................4

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• 25 carieties of Fresh Fish

• Shrimp, Scallops

• Maryland Blue Crab all year

• Maryland Soft Crab

• Lobster

• King Crab Legs

• Maryland Crab Cakes

• Oysters, Clams, Mussels

• Pasta, Fettuccine

• Lasagna, Tortellini

• New York Strip

• Filet Mignon

• Chicken

• Pasta and Seafood Salad

• Homemade Soups & Desserts

Mo’s Crab & Pasta Factory(410) 837-1600

Mo’s Fish Market & Carryout(410) 837-5511

Next to Mo’s Fisherman’s Wharf

Mo’s Fisherman’s Wharf(410) 837-8600

Inner Harbor Locations:

“Best Bang for the Buck—USA Today

“A good value and... a good time”—Anthony Bourdain

“Best crab cake in Baltimore”—Rachael Ray

“2008 Best of Baltimore”—AOL Citysbest

FREE DELIVERY!

www.mosseafood.com

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Mo’s Famous Stuffed Lobster Tail Imperial

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