Census: Places to Eat on the South Baltimore Peninsula

| May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

This article has been updated with the recent restaurant opening and closings this week

Ever wondered how many places there are to eat in South Baltimore? Us too.

SouthBMore.com has compiled an unofficial “census” of all the places to eat on the South Baltimore Peninsula. The census breaks these places into categories and also looks at new places that will be coming to the area. Also, as recent restaurant closures have become a common talking point in Baltimore, the census looks at the area’s vacancy rate too.

For this overview, SouthBMore.com focused on the South Baltimore Peninsula, starting at Conway St. to the north and I-395 to the west as the beginning points of the peninsula.

To qualify as a “place to eat,” a place must offer some kind of prepared food. This can be anything from full meals to a packaged sandwich, a dessert, or a shake. The census does not include places like liquor stores that only offer candy and bags of chips, for example, but does include convenience and grocery stores that offer prepared food. The census does not include any private places to eat which may exist within businesses or campuses.


The South Baltimore Peninsula has 152 places to eat. It currently has 13 vacant retail spaces that previously had restaurants or are built out for restaurants. In SouthBMore.com’s calculation, the South Baltimore Peninsula has a 92.1% occupancy rate for restaurant, food, and dining retail spaces. SouthBMore.com has been informed of upcoming announcements for new tenants in at least four of these currently vacant spaces, although final details have not yet been confirmed. This occupancy rate does not include retail spaces in newly-constructed buildings that are yet to have a retail tenant as they may not eventually be restaurants or places to eat.

With potentially 24 more places to eat coming to the redeveloped Cross Street Market, up to eight restaurants coming to the under-construction Stadium Square, three restaurants committed to 414 Light Street, and potentially a couple more at an available retail space at Anthem House and the 5,500 sq. ft. of retail at Wheelhouse, the South Baltimore Peninsula could have about 190 total places to eat in the near future. This would increase the total places to eat by 24.2%.

South Baltimore has 73 places where you can have an alcoholic beverage with food, 30 places serving daily breakfast, 27 places serving pizza-focused menus, 13 coffee shops, seven sushi restaurants, seven Mexican/Tex Mex restaurants, seven BYOB restaurants, three Indian/Nepalese restaurants, three Thai restaurants, and three places serving Chinese food.

South Baltimore has 21 places to eat that are national chains, making up 13.8% of the places to eat in South Baltimore.

The South Baltimore Peninsula has seven bars that do not serve prepared food.

Here is the breakdown:


P: Serves pizza
M: Serves Mexican/Tex Mex
S: Serves sushi
Sea: Seafood themed
A: Serves alcoholic beverages
C: Coffee shop (expansive collection of coffee drinks on a daily basis)
B: Serves daily breakfast
D: Dessert place
N: National chain
Ch: Serves Chinese food
UC: Under construction or opening soon
T: Serves Thai dood
I: Serves Indian or Nepalese food
BYOB: Bring your own beer/wine
Brew: Brewery

Federal Hill

Federal Hill – HarborView

  • DiPasquale’s. A, P, C, B, D
  • Tiki Barge: A
  • Tabrizi’s: A

Potentially coming soon: When talking to HarborView management earlier this year, the team expressed a desire to open a another floating restaurant. Raw Barge was once proposed, but not approved.

Federal Hill – Key Highway 

  • 3 Bean. C, B, D
  • Rusty Scupper. A, Sea
  • Encantada. A
  • Little Havana. A
  • Home Maid. A.
  • Order & Chaos. C, B

Vacant Spaces – 1: Former Sip at Ritz-Carlton Residences

Federal Hill – Light Street

  • Don’t Know Tavern. A
  • Sun Hing Chinese Food Carryout. Ch
  • Blooming Deli. B
  • Shoyou Sushi. A, S
  • Brewer’s Cask. A
  • Domino’s Pizza . P, N
  • Lucky Fortune. Ch
  • Dunkin Donuts. C, B, N, D
  • Light Street Cafe. B
  • 7-Eleven. P, N, B
  • El Pollo Real. M
  • Al Sham
  • Grilled Cheese & Co
  • Blue Agave. A, M
  • Diablo Doughnuts. B, D
  • Blue Moon Too. C, B
  • Himalayan Bistro. I, BYOB
  • Byblos. BYOB
  • Urban Deli. B
  • Thai Arroy. T, BYOB
  • Kiku Sushi. A
  • Brendali Italian Ristorante. P, BYOB
  • Maria D’s. P, A
  • Thai Yum. A, T
  • Sam’s Bagels. B
  • Berries by Quicha. D
  • Zeeba Lounge

Vacant Spaces – 3: In Bloom, Regi’s Bistro, Subway

Federal Hill – Charles Street

  • Mi & Yu. BYOB
  • Afters. C, B, D
  • Zataara. BYOB
  • Insomnia Cookies. N, D
  • Midnight Confections. D
  • Ruben’s. M
  • Brother’s Sushi. A, S
  • Nobles. A
  • MaGerk’s. A, S
  • Matsuri. A, S
  • The Charles. A
  • Mother’s. A
  • Wayward. A
  • Banditos. A, M
  • 101 Deli Bar. A
  • ZuZu’s. UC, D
  • &pizza. P, N (&pizza was started in Washington,D.C.)
  • Ropewalk. A, Sea
  • Delia Foley’s. A

Coming Soon: Wheelhouse will have 5,500 sq. ft. of retail space. It has not been announced if tenants will be restaurants.

Bars with no food: Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge

Vacant Spaces – 3: Metropolitan, Fat Larry’s, HarborQue

Federal Hill – Cross Street

  • One-Star Country Club. A
  • Abbey Burger Bistro. A
  • Spoons Cafe/Buzz. A, C, B
  • Pub Dog. P, A
  • Stalking Horse. P, A
  • Ryleigh’s. A, Sea
  • Crossbar. A
  • Pizza Boli’s. P
  • Pop Tacos. M
  • The Local Fry. BYOB
  • Ultimate Pizza. P
  • Social Pub. P, A
  • Bookmakers. A
  • SoBo Cafe. A

Bars with no food: 8×10

Vacant Spaces – 1: Boiler Room

Federal Hill – Cross Street Market 

  • Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood. A, S, Sea
  • Pretzel Twist
  • Smoke BBQ
  • Cheese Galore
  • The Sweet Shoppe. D
  • Prescription Chicken (temporarily relocated to Mount Vernon Marketplace)
  • Steve’s Lunch (temporarily closed). B

Butchers with no prepared food: Fenwick’s Choice Meats, Nunnally Brothers Choice Meats

Coming Soon: Cross Street Market is currently under renovation and will eventually have about 30 vendors

Federal Hill – Fort Avenue

  • Muir’s. A

Federal Hill – Riverside Avenue

  • The Outpost American Tavern. A
  • Pure Raw Juice. B

Federal Hill Totals: 

78 places to eat. That number could raise to above 100 with the completion of Cross Street Market and Wheelhouse.

There are 10 pizza places, five Mexican/Tex Mex places, seven coffee shops, six sushi places, 17 places serving daily breakfast, ten dessert places, six national chains, four seafood restaurants, two Thai restaurants, two Chinese carry-outs,  and five BYOB restaurants.

Federal Hill currently has seven vacant spaces that previously had restaurants or are built out for restaurants. In SouthBMore.com’s calculation that gives Federal Hill a 91.8% occupancy rate for restaurant, food, and dining retail spaces.

National chains make up 7.9% of places to eat in Federal Hill.

Locust Point

  • Ludlow Market, Bar, and Bottle Shop. A
  • Barracudas. A, P, Sea
  • LP Steamers. A, Sea
  • Dessert Fantasies. D
  • EarthShake. UC
  • Hoof Cafe. C, B ,UC
  • City Limits. A
  • Himalayan House. I
  • In Like Flynn. A
  • Our House. P, A
  • The Port. A
  • Hull Street Blues. A
  • Snug & Evil. A, P
  • Get it Inn. A
  • 1157 Bar + Kitchen. A
  • Royal Farms. B
  • 7-Eleven. P, N, B

Locust Point – McHenry Row

  • Iron Rooster. A, B
  • Dunkin Donuts. C, B, D, N
  • Ruby 8. A, S, T, Ch
  • Samos. A
  • Jimmy John’s. N
  • World of Beer. P, A, N
  • Harris Teeter/Cellars. S, A, D, N
  • Starbucks. C, B, N
  • South Baltimore Little League Concession Stand​.
  • Diamondback Brewing Company/ ShareKitchen. A, Brew (Diamonback partners on food orders with ShareKitchen next door, which does not have a daily dining room)

Locust Point – Anthem House

  • Amber. A, B, C
  • Jazz + Soju. A
  • Limoncello. UC, A, P

Vacant spaces – 1: Former Quizno’s at BP

Bar with no food: Harry’s of Locust Point

Potentially coming soon: One retail space remains available at Anthem House; it has not been announced if this will be a restaurant or not.

Locust Point Totals: 

30 places to eat.

There are seven places serving daily breakfast, five national chains, four coffee shops, five pizza places, and two places serving sushi.

There is one vacant space. In SouthBMore.com’s calculation, Locust Point 96.9% occupancy rate for restaurant, food, and dining retail spaces.

Otterbein/Inner Harbor

  • Explorers Harbor Court. A
  • Rita’s Italian Ice. N, D
  • UMBC Choice Program. D
  • Elements Cafe

Otterbein/Inner Harbor Totals:

4 places to eat

Coming soon: Three restaurants coming to 414 Light Street


  • Park Bench. P, A, S
  • Mikie’s. P
  • Lucky’s
  • Hilltop. P
  • Captain Larry’s. A, Sea
  • Barfly’s. A, P
  • Koba Cafe. C, D, B
  • Shotti’s. A, Sea
  • Southside Saloon. A
  • Baba’s. BYOB
  • Bar Liqourice. A
  • Wiley Gunter’s. A
  • Machado’s. P, B, D, M
  • HomeSlyce, P, A
  • Hersh’s. P, A
  • Jack’s Market & Carryout. B
  • Garden Restaurant. B

Southside Marketplace – Riverside

  • Chipotle. M, N
  • Starbucks. C, B, N
  • McDonald’s. B, N, D
  • Southside Diner. B
  • Shopper’s. P, N
  • Smoothie King. N
  • Kumari. I, BYOB
  • Subway. B, N
  • Ledo’s. P, BYOB, N (Ledo’s was started in Maryland but has more than 100 locations in the U.S.)

Riverside Totals:

26 places to eat

Bars with no food:  VFW, Idle Hour

Vacant spaces – 3: Former Chinese carryout and former Popeye’s at Southside Marketplace, Former Rachel

South Baltimore Neighborhood (For this study, this is the area south of Fort Ave.; north of Fort Ave. is included in the Federal Hill Business District)

  • Minnow. A, Sea
  • Baltimore Soup Company
  • Hair of the Dog. A
  • Ronnie’s. B
  • SoBo Market. A
  • Das Bier Haus. A
  • Fornicolli’s. P, UC
  • Schaefers Bar & Grill. A

South Baltimore Neighborhood Totals:

8 places to eat

Vacant spaces – 1: Bluegrass (closed)

Bars with no food: Rowan Tree

Sharp-Leadenhall/Spring Garden

  • Checkerspot Brewing Company. A, UC, Brew
  • Papa John’s. P, N
  • 7-Eleven. P, N

Sharp-Leadenhall/Spring Garden Totals:

3 places to eat

Bars with no food: Mum’s

Coming Soon: Stadium Square is currently under construction and leasing retail spaces, but could have up to eight restaurants in the future.

Port Covington

  1. Nick’s Fish House. A, Sea
  2. Rye Street Tavern. A, Sea

Port Covington Totals:

2 places to eat.

Port Covington also has the Sagamore Spirit Distillery which offers whiskey tastings.

Coming Soon: A 235-acre redevelopment by Sagamore Development Company and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group is under construction and will be completed in phases. It is expected to have many places to eat.

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About the Author:

Founder and Publisher of SouthBmore.com, longtime resident of South Baltimore, and a graduate of Towson University. Diehard Ravens and O's fan, father of three, amateur pizza chef, skateboarder, and "bar food" foodie. Email me at Kevin@InceptMM.com and follow me on Twitter at @SoBoKevin.