Five South Baltimore Restaurants Honored by the Food Network

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Food Network recently published an article titled, “The Best Places to Eat in Baltimore.” Five restaurants with locations in South Baltimore made the list.

Sandwiches – DiPasquale’s

DiPasquale’s, which has its original location in Highlandtown, opened a second location last year at HarborView in Federal Hill. From the article:

DiPasquale is a famous Italian surname around Baltimore, for one easy-to-understand reason: This clan can cook, and they’ve been bringing it since 1914. Whether you’re in Highlandtown or Harborview, these hybridized grocery store-deli-casual restaurants have you covered, especially when what you’re craving comes between bread. Homemade meatball, chicken parm, pressed panini stuffed with mortadella and roasted peppers, and the house special Real Italian sub are but a few of the can’t-miss sandwich picks.

Burger – Abbey Burger Bistro

Abbey Burger Bistro first opened in Federal Hill. It also has locations in Fells Point and Ocean City. From the article:

A welcoming bar and grill in busy Federal Hill, the Abbey lures serious burger enthusiasts with its creative signature creations, including the Greek-inspired Lamb Burger dressed in feta and herbed yogurt; B’more-to-the-core patties bathed in homemade crab dip; and a duck served Korean-style with spicy gochujang. But ask for the build-a-burger checklist if you’d like to flex your inner grill jockey. Unconventional meat options (bison! shrimp!), a variety of roll alternatives (pitas, lettuce wraps, tortillas), and nearly 60 different cheeses, sauces and toppings offer plenty of ways to go custom in Charm City.

Kid-Friendly – Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread opened in Pigtown in 2015. From the article:

Caterer-turned-restaurateur Kimberly Ellis owns and operates Breaking Bread with her husband, Edward, and she’s also a mother and grandmother — so it’s no surprise that their Pigtown BYOB goes out of its way to make the entire family happy. In warm, sunny environs comfortable for all comers, they offer crowd-pleasing cooking prepared with a touch more flair than you’ll find in the average home kitchen — look for their signature sweet-and-spicy “stickywings,” plus burgers, salads, seafood and more. But there are also many thoughtful kid-friendly dishes designed to make things a little easier on parents. It’s the perfect menu to explore as you gather for one of their regular game nights, when the restaurant opens its tables up to families looking to spend some old-fashioned quality time together over board games and conversation

Local Hang – Idle Hour

Idle Hour is a longtime staple on Fort Ave. in Federal Hill/Riverside. From the article:

In a city dotted with dozens of well-worn tappies, Idle Hour stands out thanks to its insistence on being itself. The unassuming South Baltimore bar, plugging along since the early aughts, is dimly lit in the most-soothing sense of the term, its broken-in stools populated by easygoing locals listening to whatever’s spinning on the turntables (BYO records on nights without DJs). They’ve got all the stuff you’d expect from a quality hang (local drafts, local art), along with other stuff you wouldn’t — see the inexhaustible supply of Chartreuse, more commonly associated with high-end cocktail bars.

Barbecue – Smoke

Smoke, which began in Cockeysville, opened a stall at Cross Street Market. That stall is currently closed, but will reopen next year when the Cross Street Market renovation has been completed. From the article:

You’ll smell Josh White before you see him. Slinging out of a humble stall in soon-to-be-revamped Cross Street Market, the outgoing pitmaster is the meat man behind Smoke, which has grown into the city from its original outpost due north, in Cockeysville. If you see the sesame-studded Korean sticky ribs, get them before they sell out, but know that permanent menu items, like the Notorious P.I.G. (a Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich), won’t steer you wrong.

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