On the third floor of the Hyatt, the team at Bistro 300 has worked wonders with Twinkies and tomato soup. They prepare their own version of the doughy dessert with chocolate dip and whipped cream, leaving out the plastic wrapper. As for the soup, it's available for lunch or as a dinner appetizer, and it's won praise from The Baltimore Sun for its "aromatic and richly spicy" mix of tomatoes from Hummingbird Farms.
Suffice to say, the kitchen here doesn't shy from reinvention. It combines regional ingredients—including Maryland crab, of course—into contemporary plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Baltimore Sun also lauds Bistro 300's commitment to eco-friendly eats, noting that chefs serve up arctic char and black sea bass instead of less sustainable options, like salmon or fish that have starred in Disney films. Seafood is indeed a focus, as evidenced by the mix of shellfish in the sweet-corn cioppini, though chicken pappardelle and a dry-aged new york strip steak also grace the menu.
Each meal does come with a view, though the scenery varies depending on where you sit. Some diners glimpse the harbor through a full wall of windows, while others gaze into a large, decorative pool that stretches throughout the room.
When Thailand native Penelope Chungsakoon and her husband, Bangkok native Tom Chungsakoon, opened Thai Yum Restaurant in 2010, the Baltimore Sun declared it the city's "best Thai restaurant." It's a testament to the ardent work ethic of Penelope and Tom, who flavor each beautifully plated dish with spices hand-ground in their open kitchen.
Besides staples such as massamun curry, the duo crafts Thai specialties such as duck breasts coated in curry-roasted peanut sauce and frog legs saut?ed in garlic and chili paste. Feasts unfold inside a dining room of shiny hardwood flooring and white brick walls decorated with traditional artwork depicting animals such as dragons and elephants.
The skilled pastry chefs at Charm City expertly whip up batches of joy-inducing indulgences on a daily basis. This cute cupcake boutique offers more than 65 varieties of small, tempting treats to suit nearly any occasion, whether you're celebrating a birthday, birth, day, or simply hoping to fill cupcake-sized pockets. When you call to place your order, you'll be able to chat with a cupcake consultant and custom-design a dessert platter to suit your sweet teeth. Choose from flavor favorites including classic chocolate and vanilla, Baltimore Black Bottom, Black-Eyed Susan, and Pimlico, all of which follow fine-tuned recipes of the freshest ingredients, careful mixing, and the giggles of hundreds of babies.
Inspired by the seasons, executive chef Shawn McClure's menu features locally sourced dishes and changes weekly. Post up at the slate-blue oyster bar for an order of pan-seared scallops served with black seaweed salad and drizzled with carrot-ginger sauce ($11) or sushi-grade Ahi tuna tartare with a blood-orange glaze and jalapeno pesto ($11). Advance to the galley for dinner. The central seating area ushers in a faint breeze from the retractable street-level doors, inviting vibrant discussions and the freshest Burton Gilliam gossip. Try the restaurant's famed oysters (selection and availability varies daily), steamed mussels, clams, or shrimp with garlic-caper or roasted-tomato butter ($10–$18 per pound). Entrees include grilled salmon with leeks and roasted red-potato salad ($16), pan-sautéed crab cakes sided with sugar-snap peas and a tangy mustard-parsley sauce ($24), and fish and chips ($15).
For the past five decades, Supano’s has been luring patrons inside with a satisfying blend of music and meat. Whether by Frank Sinatra impersonators, jazz musicians, or a karaoke singer who just stubbed her toe, live tunes supplement the sounds of knives slicing into 20-ounce new york strip steaks and forks sliding into chunks of meaty lasagna. Supano's look is just as classic as its menu. Nestled in an aged brick building with a cobblestone façade, the restaurant emits an old-world vibe complete with warm lighting and photos of famous singers.
Below Supano's Steakhouse is Supano Zone. The underground sports bar fits the mold of a dream man-cave, with LED TVs that show all college games and pro-sports events. A shuffleboard table, dartboards, and a pool table welcome co-ed competition, which onlookers can cheer on while slurping down beers. The bar has long been a cherished place for hosting celebrations: after Baltimore hosted the first Grand Prix, the pro drivers lounged at Supano's and even left behind some memorabilia that is still on display.
Crazy Lil’s banishes hunger with a massive menu of meaty burgers, spicy chalupas, and more than 10 kinds of macaroni and cheese. Dairy-loving diners can warm up with an appetizer of Chesapeake tots, topped with crab dip and cheddar jack ($11), before moving on to bacon- ($12) or broccoli-cheddar- ($13) trimmed mac 'n' cheese. The fromage-phobic may delve into non-cheesy specialties, including pierogies and bratwurst served with a spicy bourbon mustard ($11.50), or a chipotle-chicken chalupa, which tastily toasts palates as it twists tongues ($9). Peckish philosophers sate themselves on the paradoxes of Lil’s Hell Yeah burger, whose ground beef, bacon, and sautéed onions come in the mayonnaise-enriched grip of two grilled-cheese sandwiches ($12).