Charleston Restaurant, Baltimore, Maryland
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Charleston is the anchor of chef Cindy Wolf and husband Tony Foreman's restaurant empire, which also includes the nouveau Spanish Pazo. Located between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point in Harbor East, Charleston's menu of earthy Lowcountry cuisine with a sophisticated French influence changes daily. In summer, you'll find dishes like roasted sweet corn, bacon, and tasso chowder or grilled sea scallops with zucchini-flower beignets. Colder temperatures bring hearty fare, such as buffalo tenderloin with crispy grit cakes. Diners choose from three to six items to build their own tasting menus, including selections from the 600-label wine cellar. This is very much a grown-up place in cuisine, price (the prix-fixe menu starts at $74), and attire (jacket and tie recommended). The top-notch staff creates a charming sense of occasion, seamlessly laying out the procession of new flatware between courses and discreetly changing napkins when you step away from the table. The decor similarly mixes class with comfort, with cozy booths and cranberry-colored chairs setting off the dark wood and low lighting. Free valet parking is available.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 to 10 pm.
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