The charm of our city is that you never know what you’ll find and where. My daughter, cousin and I stopped in to fill our bellies and were met with a great experience all around. Heres the roundup.
Although there is a lot of street work on the Federal Hill side of Charles Street, parking was still easy. You seat yourself upon entry of this clean and spacious restaurant. We were there for lunch on a weekday so it was far from crowded (which we loved). The music was good and while it wasn’t live, they have a space carved out for a live dj. so that may be cool to check out one day. We were immediately greeted by Luis, our waiter with an all around cool demeanor. He was “on time” attentive. You know not in your face too much but apparently paying attention from across the room kind of attentive.
The bar is extensive. While I didn’t participate in the libations, the shelf looks like it had the capability to offer mostly anything one could request. Cousin had the Hibiscus Mule and said it was refreshing. She loved it (I could tell by the way she refused to leave any of it behind when we were ready to leave. lol).
So as an 80s baby who was born and breed to love hip hop…I was not about to ignore the Biggie mural. Luis explained that a painter came in last Sunday and hand painted this entire wall and some in one night.
I love a good plate of food – I love even more when the people supplying that plate of food does it with a code of ethics behind it. In this case 101 Baltimore’s food is all locally sourced and made from scratch in their kitchen. Luis seemed to take great pride in this…the value of what this means doesn’t always flow through the entire staff so I enjoyed his excitement.
I can attest to the buffalo cauliflower, the chicken tenders, fries and fried calamari. All of it was great to me. Cousin wasn’t impressed with the sauce that came with the Calamari – said it wasn’t savory enough for her liking and left an aftertaste. However it tasted amazing to me. I’m a sauce girl though. Like a REAL sauce girl. No listen, I am a – I only get food so I can have a way to eat sauces without looking crazy by just eating them off of a spoon or my fingers – kind of sauce girl. Yep. Thats me.
I don’t know of it was the fact that the food is fresh or if their chef just knows how to put a twist on things well, but none of the food tasted typical to how Im use to tasting them, yet they didn’t taste like he was back there trying to make the dishes something they were not. It was like he said “you’ve had this before, but you haven’t had MINE”.
Overall this spot is a spot. If you’re looking for somewhere that to get a good meal and you’re in Fed Hill, this is a suggestion of mine.
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