Baltimore Magazine #1 Best Restaurant

Baltimore Magazine #1 Best Restaurant March 12'

1. Charleston
Harbor East
Award-winning Charleston continues to rack up the accolades. “Does it really deserve this praise?” we sometimes ask. Yup, it does. Try as we might to find a slip-up or a faux pas, somewhere, somehow, our visits are flawless—from the gracious greeting at the door, to the perfect rose on the table, to the conscientious service. And then there’s the food. Chef/co-owner Cindy Wolf turns out a beautiful prix-fixe meal ($76, three courses; $114 with wine, plus other options). A lobster soup with curry, pictured, arrives with a naked hunk of lobster in a bowl, soon to be bathed in a silky sienna broth poured by the waiter. The pan-roasted wild rockfish is fat and pure with a delicate lemon beurre blanc. And the grilled veal sweetbreads are crunchy and unctuous, in a most-pleasant way. More goodness ensues: As we finish our meal with a fragrant, seasonal gingerbread cake with poached Granny Smith apples, we’re reminded once again why Charleston gets—and merits—all the kudos.