Little Italy in Baltimore

January 29, 2008

Little Italy in Baltimore has been a staple of Baltimore culture and cuisine, even though it is insulted by foodie critics, it remains one of Baltimoreans and non-Baltimoreans favorite areas of Baltimore, and surprisingly is still inhabited mostly by Italians.

La Tavola restaurant on 248 Albemarle Street

Mama Cellina’s restaurant on the corner of Fawn and Albermarle street, which used to be occupied by the Maria’s “300” restaurant

Vaccaro’s is a dessert/bakery in Little Italy that is a preferred after-dinner stop because of its famous cannolis and other Italian baked goods

Velleggia’s Restaurant located on the corner of Albemarle and Pratt streets

Da Mimmo restaurant located on High Street

Amicci’s restaurant located on High Street

Caesar’s Den located on High Street

Germano’s Trattoria located on High Street

Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant located on Fawn and High Streets

Rocco’s restaurant located on High Street

Chiapparelli’s Restaurant located on High Street

Dalesio’s Restaurant located on Eastern Avenue and High Street, a favorite dining place of Peter Angelos, the owner of the Orioles

Frank Velleggia’s Casa di Pasta, across from Velleggia’s restaurant is the retail location for homemade pasta and sauces served in their restaurant

The Flag House located next to the Reginald F. Lewis African-American museum was where the Star-Spangled Banner was sewn

Looking north, towards the Shot Tower

The Reginald F. Lewis museum and the Flag House

The Reginald F. Lewis museum and the Flag House


HarborEast in Baltimore Part Two

January 29, 2008

Page two of the HarborEast photography set

Courtyard Marriott hotel

Looking north down Exeter Street from Lancaster street

Cinghiale Restaurant (Northern Italian) on Exeter and Lancaster Streets in HarborEast

Spinnaker Bay building on Exeter and Lancaster streets

Another shot of the Spinnaker Bay building

Spinnaker Bay and 1000 Lancaster Street (on right); 1000 Lancaster Street, contains The Charleston restaurant

Spinnaker Bay and 1000 Lancaster Street buildings

The Eden apartment building on South Eden street bounded by Lancaster and Aliceanna streets

1000 Lancaster Street

The Charleston Restaurant on 1000 Lancaster Street

Looking west down Lancaster Street with 1000 Lancaster Street in the foreground with the Eden Apartments in the background

The Baltimore Civil War museum located in an old railroad station

Looking east on Fleet Street with the Baltimore Civil War museum and 800 Aliceanna street

800 Aliceanna Street

HarborEast in Baltimore Part One

January 29, 2008

The HarborEast development was a brainchild of H&S Properties and Streuver Bros. Eccles Rouse. It was designed to bring revitalization and gentrification to an area southeast of the Inner Harbor, one block across from Little Italy and a few blocks west of Fells Point.

The Marriott Waterfront Hotel on Aliceanna Street in HarborEast. The only accomodations at this point in HarborEast are either Marriotts (Waterfront (pictured), Courtyard) or Hiltons (Garden Inn, Homewood Suites). However, in a year or two, a Four Seasons condominium/hotel will be constructed bringing in luxury accomodations to the area.

A shot of the Marriott Waterfront hotel from Little Italy

A shot of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel with the Legg Mason/Four Seasons construction lot

720 Aliceanna Street building with the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in the background, 720 Aliceanna street contains above ground parking, and three restaurants: Fleming’s steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant, and James Joyce bar

Fleming’s steakhouse located on the ground floor of 720 Aliceanna Street, it is connected to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel by an above ground walkway and also contains two other restaurants: Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and James Joyce as well as parking

800 Aliceanna Street containing two hotels: Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites as well as many condominiums

800 Aliceanna Street building with a Haagen Daz on the ground floor as well as a Landmark Theatres movie theatre

The Oceanaire Restaurant located on the bottom floor of the Spinnaker Bay condominium building

The Marriott Waterfront entrance on the left side with 800 Aliceanna Street and Spinnaker Bay in the background

800 Aliceanna Street from Little Italy

Down Aliceanna street west

800 Aliceanna street on the left, and Courtyard Marriott/1000 Aliceanna street on the right

The Harborview Condominium Building and Ritz-Carlton Residences

The Ritz-Carlton Residences located across from HarborEast on the western side of the Inner Harbor

The Intercontinental HarborCourt Hotel, is the only 5-star hotel in Baltimore until the Four Seasons is built is located on the other side (west) of the Inner Harbor

Hotel Emerson Pamphlet and Article

January 26, 2008

The Hotel Emerson was a hotel which was opened in 1911 and closed in 1969, was demolished two years later in 1971. The rooms which numbered 500 rooms in the early 1900’s and 450 in the 30’s and 40’s, were a luxury in Baltimore, and was considered one of the four grande dames of Baltimore: The Emerson, The Southern Hotel, The Lord Baltimore and The Belvedere. The hotel was built by Isaac Emerson, of the Bromo-Seltzer fame, who one day during a hot summer meal at the Belvedere Hotel, became too hot and preceded to remove his jacket. Instantaneously, the Maitre’d came over and told him that jackets were to be worn, annoyed by this comment, Isaac went on to build his own hotel, the Emerson. He also built the Bromo-Seltzer tower as well as the Emersonian Apartments on Reservoir Hill. The Emerson was destroyed in a move that would dismay even the most voracious developers, and was considered for usage only as senior housing, as today, such a building would be protected and bogged down by bureaucracy instead of its hasty destruction.

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Donna’s Cafe in Baltimore

January 13, 2008

Donna’s Cafe in Baltimore

Donna’s Cafe in the Cross Keys center located in the upscale Roland Park neighborhood of north Baltimore goes for two things: first to be chic and hip, while being suitable to all ages. This allows for a casual restaurant with class yet not discriminating anyone due to age. The restaurant has white wood tables, black chairs, brushed metal everywhere and a bar that is suited more for serving coffee-based drinks than the alcoholic variety. Once you enter the door located next to the Red Door Spa, there is a stand where the head waiter takes your name and finds your seat, which placed next to it, is a box filled of delicious cellophane wrapped baked goods. Donna’s is popular with students from the Johns Hopkins University as well as Roland Park residents and office workers in the Cross Keys office complex. I’ve never been there for lunch, which many people say has more young people, but usually has a mix of younger people and 30-40’s year olds trying to be hip. The food is usually inventive modifications of classic cuisine, and i’m sorry for the quality of the pictures as this was a spur-of-the-moment decision and I didn’t have my camera. Just the one on my iPhone.

Hot Chocolate

Kobe Beef Burger


Donna’s Cafe
5100 Falls Road/40 Village Square
Baltimore, MD 21210
Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 10am-9pm

Martick’s Restaurant Francais in Baltimore

January 4, 2008

Martick’s Restaurant Francais

Martick’s Restaurant Francais is a unique restaurant, which many people come to thinking one way, but leave thinking the complete opposite. It is located on Mulberry Street between North Howard and Park Avenue, which is a one-way street going westward, so you may need to round the block before getting onto the right block. It is located in a neighborhood which is fine during the day but can get a little rough at night. The building which looks old and dilapidated, many people pass and do not think of as a restaurant and assume it is a bad restaurant because of its trappings. Due to the surrounding neighborhood, there is a doorbell which you have to ring to get inside. As soon as you ring it, the mailslot to the left of the door opens and the door opens. The interior can be called kitsch, eclectic or weird, but it is authentic. The building which was owned by Morris Martick (the owners) parent’s was originally a speakeasy that fronted as a grocery store during prohibition, and retains the original lamps, tile floor and bar. The walls are covered in a snakeskin-pattern wallpaper while the roof is black-painted tin. Morris Martick lives inside the house, does all the cooking by himself upstairs and is helped by waiters as well as his sister, Rose who calls him “Marty.” Besides doing all the cooking, the octogenarian Morris picks up all the ingredients daily in his pickup truck and will not cook a meal if the ingredients are not fresh or available. Various antique wooden French statues line the walls, and a large Espresso machine from the 1890’s, which can still operate occupy space inside the restaurant. Morris Martick was born inside this house, and ran it as a bar populated with the beat-crowd during the 50’s and 60’s, until he became fed up by behavior brought on by alcohol and he went to France returning in 1970, to open the first French restaurant in Baltimore. Various internet sites say that the dress code is jacket and tie, but when we called he said that casual was fine, so before you go, ask Mr. Martick what the dress code should be. Due to the surrounding area, most diners come at 6 or 7pm. The specialties are the pate, the sweet potato soup, rack of lamb, bouillabaise and the profiteroles. You must visit this restaurant before it closes as it is one of Baltimore’s only remaining institutions as the Chesapeake, Marconi’s, Haussner’s all have closed. Mr. Martick’s complains about cooking to his sister, Rose, the waitress, but she insists he will do nothing else. However, he is 85 and life tends to shorten at that age, but his cooking continues to be the best French cook, if not best cook in the city.

Facing the back of the restaurant

Another view of the restaurant

The rear of the restaurant

The Bread Lady Statue

Sweet Potato Soup-7

Lamb Chops with Horseradish Sauce and Potatoes

Beef Burgundy

The best Profiteroles that I have ever had!

Other food on the menu that I could remember:

Garlic Bread
New Zealand Green Lip Mussels
Shrimp Cocktail
Seafood Salad
Cheval Salad
House Salad
Portobello Salad
Roast Duck
Rack of Lamb
Beef Burgundy
Large Sea Scallops
Persian Chicken
Salmon Florentine
Peach Bread Pudding
Raspberry Torte

Martick’s Restaurant Francais
214 W. Mulberry St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tues-Sun: 5pm-11pm