If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Celebrate human ingenuity with today's deal: $30 worth of salads, steaks, and casual fare at Mt. Washington Tavern for $15. The Newbury Street watering hole has churned out ambitious pours and plates for the past 30 years and was voted one of the 10-best Baltimore bars by 10 Best.
Finger fare dominates the appetizer menu, including meaty chipotle-barbecue shrimp hugged in grilled bacon strips and kissed with cheddar grits ($12), local and New England artisanal cheeses served with fruit and blueberry honey ($14), and southwestern eggrolls ($8.95). Those in search of greener grub will appreciate the fresh nine salad offerings. The farm salad ($11) features chilled hunks of chicken tossed with crumbled goat cheese, sliced green apples, grape tomatoes, and dried cranberries. For lunch, grilled cheese grows up with Tavern's farm-fresh take on the classic ($8.25) in three different styles. Main dinner courses include aged-USDA-beef selections, such as the brandy-flamed New York strip tavern steak ($27), and jumbo day-boat scallops pan seared and coated in decadent lobster butter ($25). Vegetarians can take solace in the vegetarian sauté, a garden blend bedded atop wild-mushroom risotto ($20).
Vintage chandeliers and etched windows outfit the dining room, lending a historic feel to the neighborhood eatery. The interior features fine raw oak, a teak bar, and handcrafted milling. Slurp oysters at the raw bar, or take them upstairs during the summer months at Mt. Washington Tavern's sky bar. The casual restaurant also serves a weekend brunch menu.
Recent menu renovation has drawn positive remarks for Mr. Washington Tavern. The Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore magazine both recommend Mt. Washington Tavern, and 10Best.com lists it as having some of the best nightlife in Baltimore. Here's what the critics say about the superb sustenance and alluring atmosphere:
- The jumbo lump crab wontons were flaky triangles filled with lots of crab and cream cheese and served with an impressive soy-ginger dipping sauce. One of our diners said they were the best she's had...We also had success with the cream of crab soup—thick but not overly floury with plentiful shreds of crab and a healthy dose of Old Bay—and crispy fried oysters. These large, flattened morsels were dusted with a Cajun seasoning that gave them just a tinge of fire and then calmed with a Cajun remoulade that was a misnomer. It was more soothing than zesty. – Suzanne Loudermilk, Baltimore magazine
- If you’re looking for Baltimore nightlife, there’s no need to bar-hop. Baltimore’s Mt. Washington Tavern offers four great bars in one convenient location. – 10Best.com