Baltimore , Maryland
Tel: 410 534 7296
Concierge.com's insider take:
In a city noted for its ethnic restaurants, this Fells Point place is the sweet spot for tapas. With the help of architect Patrick Sutton, restaurateurs Cindy Wolf and husband Tony Foreman of Charleston fame have remade a large Civil War–era machine shop into a 350-seat Iberian lounge. They've kept the original post-and-beam construction and evoked a hip, baroque style with exposed-brick walls, a second-floor balcony ringed with a wrought-iron balustrade, and immense candelabras. The result is romantic but not reserved: The room can handle a tête-à-tête or a girls' night out for 12. Executive chef Michael Costa's rustic, regional approach is on full display in the tapas menu: everything from fried calamari with lime salt, chili, cilantro, and aïoli to Manchego cheese with apples and walnuts to spiced veal-and-pork empanadas with a salsa verde. If the choices seem overwhelming, try the prix fixe table menus; groups of six or more can order Costa's signature arroz "La Bomba,'' a hearty rice dish with spit-roasted chicken, chorizo, saffron, and fresh rosemary. Complimentary valet parking.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 5 pm to 1 am, Fridays and Saturdays 5 pm to 2 am, Sundays 5 to 11 pm.
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