This relatively cheap BYOB with traditional Thai dishes is some of best Thai in town. The menu is fairly extensive and includes two types of pad Thais, a second protein option for vegetarians and flavorful sauces and soups. A popular staple here is the drunken noodles and panang curry with fried bananas to top it off. A bonus is that any dish can be made vegan-friendly, and they even carry imitation meats like duck.
1019 Light St Baltimore, MD 21230 410-385-8587
With some of the best BBQ in the district, Harbor Que keeps customers coming back for their Carolina style brisket. While most BBQ joints mask their rough meeting sauces, Harbor Que cooks their lean meat to perfection with its hickory smoked juices. They also have tasty sides of mac n cheese and hush puppies. Although it has no frills, the charming interior greets you with a nice homestyle, country feeling.
1125 S Charles St Baltimore, MD 21230 410-685-7675
This hidden gem located in a row-home offers outstanding and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Locals often rave about the well-cooked chicken shwarma and lamb, while the spices and flavors of the cardamom and cloves in the teas will leave you invigorated. The teas pair well with other spices in the meal, but nothing is overpowering. Excellent service help make a comforting meal, and it’s also BYOB.
1033 Light St Baltimore, MD 21230 410-209-2495
Located in the American Visionary Art Museum, Encantada has a powerhouse American menu that includes some vegan and vegetarian options that are the stars. Choose from their cauliflower buffalo wings, the heirloom tomatoes or the gnocchi with its creamy tomato sauce. Their creative drinks come garnished and in colorful presentations. The Cheshire Cat cocktail changes colors as you sip it, while the Melon Spruce has an edible flower. Guests should also check out the outside patio on a nice day. If you’re looking for beautiful presentation as well as taste for a reasonably priced solution, Encantada is the way to go.
800 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230 410-752-1000
The Local Fry gives meaning to the classification of Federal Hill as ‘hip.’ This BYOB diner is a fusion between New American and Korean-inspired plates, with the main feature being their French fry plates. Their trophy dishes include Korean short ribs and the kimchi pork belly fries with a heaping helping of traditional ingredients that play with textures and flavors like heat and saltiness. Also try their bahn mi sandwiches that pack just as much of a punch, and they also have other internationally themed fries on the menu as well.
21 E Cross St Baltimore, MD 21230 410-244-1283