Gertrude's Restaurant, Baltimore
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore , Maryland
Tel: 410 889 3399
Concierge.com's insider take:
Institutional cooking rarely gets raves, unless that institution is the Baltimore Museum of Art, where chef and cookbook author John Shields has run this elegant, relaxed space since 1998. Despite the serious surroundings, the white-linen tablecloths wink at stuffiness—they're covered with butcher's paper and accessorized with crayon-filled cups. Shields, a Baltimore native, has created a regional seasonal menu with heaps of Chesapeake seafood and Eastern Shore produce. Down-home entrées include pulled pork in a citrusy barbecue sauce with sweet-potato fries, rockfish stuffed with crab and topped with toasted-pecan butter, and, of course, crab cakes, which come with a choice of sauces, such as orangeૻchipotle pepper or mango-chutney aîoli. In fair weather, outdoor tables are set up overlooking the BMA's Sculpture Garden, which holds works by Alexander Calder and Henry Mooreૼthe place to be for a weekend brunch of crab-cake eggs Benedict. Reservations recommended.
Open Tuesdays through Fridays 11:30 am to 9 pm, Saturdays 10:30 am to 9 pm, Sundays 10:30 am to 8 pm.