Um. So, I did say that I really wasn't going to do any more restaurant reviews and yet here I am again. I guess what I really meant is that I will no longer be doing standard restaurant reviews. There will be references to what I thought of the food and/or drink but it won't necessarily be a review/recommendation. For instance, I'm writing about Rye Street Tavern today because it's one of two new restaurants plunked down in Baltimore (with help from Kevin Plank) by a famous and Michelin-starred New York City Chef, Andrew Carmellini.
Imagine going to a brand spanking new bar hoping to get a few drinks but getting surprised by sneakily good food. It's the best kind of surprise and not one I've experienced a lot in Baltimore. Enter Wet City, yet another great indication of how food is moving in the right direction in Charm City. When I first heard about Wet City, it was touted as a haven for beer but I wasn't sure if it was one of those places that just had a ginormous beer selection, which is sometimes not all that appealing, or was a it place that truly curated it's beer (and drink) selection?
Encantada was one of my first pleasant surprises since I had been back in Baltimore. I love Charm City but the food scene has always lagged a bit behind other cities I've lived in. General opinion may be that it's still lagging (or even lacking) but things seem to be progressing at a rapid pace. Encantada, with it's hip location, fantastic vibe and skillfully made food, is one of the places helping B'more make it's mark. Don't forget that balcony when you go.