Werner’s Restaurant in Baltimore

February 17, 2008

Decades old diners often pride themselves as where your fathers ate, Werner’s can pride itself as where your grandfather ate. Werner’s Restaurant, located on E. Redwood street between Calvert and South streets has been a staple of the Financial District in Baltimore, where Redwood street was referred to as “The Wall Street of the South.” Operating since 1950, it was originally opened by the Kloetzi family who immigrated here from Switzerland. The Vickers Building where Werner’s is located was built in 1904, and sits across from the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Building which itself was built in 1886. Werner’s is open for breakfast and lunch on Mondays through Friday from 7am to 2pm.


Rib Eye steak sandwich $9 (comes with 2 vegetables)


The Rib Eye steak sandwich with the bun facing upwards. (The bun was excellent)


Even though the average meal with entrée, sides and drink usually only comes out to about $10, it still remains a popular lunch spot among lawyers, financial-types, politicians, construction workers and tourists. You may have noticed it before in The Wire, where Mayor Carcetti and many other politicians and police officers meet. Even though the glitzy Inner Harbor and even glitzier Harbor East, attracts office workers for lunch, Werner’s still stays strong and I hope it operates for another fifty years.


Werner’s Menu (side 1)


Werner’s Menu (side 2)

Werner’s Restaurant
231 E. Redwood Street (located between Calvert and South streets)
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-3335
Monday-Friday: 7am-2pm
Credit accepted: American Express, Mastercard, Discover Card, debit cards

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Baltimore Westside Photography- Part Two (Eutaw Street)

February 10, 2008

Part two of my Baltimore Westside Photography set-

Part one


The Hippodrome Theatre on Eutaw Street


A closeup of the Hippodrome Theatre entrance


The Hippodrome Theater sign


The “World Famous” Lexington Market, it really is good though: Polock Johnny’s, Faidley’s, and Mary Mervis’ are all places that I highly recommend inside the market


This colorful Foot Locker/Fashion Remix on W. Lexington Street perpendicular to the Lexington Market


The Eutaw Savings Bank on Eutaw and Fayette streets


Another shot of the Eutaw Savings Bank


This ornate building is located on Fayette street between Howard and Eutaw streets


The Central Business District from Fayette and Howard Streets

The Western National Bank


The Bromo Seltzer Tower


This former bank is located on the corner of Eutaw and Fayette streets


The “Bedrock” bar is located across the street from the Abell Building on Eutaw and W. Baltimore streets

This cast-iron fronted building on 307 W. Baltimore street is located across from Hippodrome Hatters, a purveyor of mens hats since 1930


This building is located next to the cast iron building on 307 W. Baltimore street


The Abell Building located on Eutaw and W. Baltimore Streets


Another shot of the Abell Building


Another shot of the Abell Building which will be converted into housing

Part one


Baltimore Westside Photography- Part One (Howard Street)

February 10, 2008

For a long time up until the 1960’s/1970’s, Howard and Eutaw streets were the main retail and entertainment districts of Baltimore. Filled to the brim with 3 department stores (Hutzlers, Stewart’s, and Brager-Gutman’s), 3 major theatres (the Mayfair, the Maryland (connected to Congress/Kernan Hotel) and the Hippodrome), it attracted travellers from around the country to its glories. Suburbanization and white/wealth flight pulled away its most valuable customers and the stores followed suit into the suburbs. For about 30/40 years, the stores have either layed empty or with low-end stores catering to a lower-income clientele. However, the City of Baltimore as well as the Baltimore Development Corporation and a gaggle of investors are re-investing in the area to create a revitalization similar to that of the Inner Harbor and HarborEast. They hope that pushing out the lower-end stores and rehabbing the storefronts as well as adding new buildings (condominiums, apartments, etc.) will breath new air into the area and revitalize it. However, only time will tell.

Part Two

The following pictures were taken on Howard Street:


St. James Place on the corner of Howard and Franklin streets


Another shot of St. James Place


St. James Place


St. James Place


Last shot of St. James Place with the Congress Hotel peaking out from the right


The Congress Hotel


The Mayfair Theatre


Western High School, now Chesapeake Commons apartments


Another shot of the Chesapeake Commons apartments


Chesapeake Commons Apartments
The Howard Street view of the Chesapeake Common Apartments


Looking east down Centre Street from Howard Street


Martick’s Restaurant Francais on Mulberry Street, 1 block from Howard


A close up of the tile front of Martick’s Restaurant Francais


Another shot of Martick’s Restaurant Francais


Looking west down Saratoga street


The United Optical Center building on the corner of Park avenue and Saratoga street


220-222 Saratoga Street


218 Saratoga Street


Maison Marconi on Saratoga Street, near Cathedral


A closeup of Maison Marconi on Saratoga Street


Looking down W. Saratoga street with the Providence Savings Bank on the left


Providence Savings Bank on Howard Street


Looking south on Howard Street with the Hutzler Brothers department store on the right


The newer addition to the now closed Hutzler Brothers department store


A closeup of the Hutzler Brothers department store entrance


Two buildings that were added to the Hutzler Brothers Complex


A closeup of the Hutzler Brothers department store entrance


The Hutzler Brothers building, which was built before the brick one on the right


Stewart’s department store, now converted into the world headquarters for Catholic Relief Services


Centerpoint Apartments on Howard and Baltimore Streets


An old bank that has been converted into a Kentucky Fried Chicken


Avalon Centerpoint Apartments on Howard and Fairmount Streets

The Baltimore National Trust building from Howard and Lombard streets


Apartments on 8 South Howard Street



Part Two of the Baltimore Westside Photography Set


Baltimore History Book Scans Part Three

February 9, 2008

Part one, Part two

The third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned:

The following images were scanned from Baltimore: Charm City by Dan Rodricks and Roger Miller


The White Tower Diner


The interior of the Alex Brown and Sons building


Haussner’s Restaurant

The following pages are scanned from Bygone Baltimore by Jacques Kelly


The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company building


The interior of a 1880’s Baltimore mansion


The Rennert Hotel


The Rennert Hotel Dining Room (top) and the Congress Hotel (bottom)


The cornerstone laying ceremony for the Southern Hotel (top left page), the Lobby of the Southern Hotel (bottom left page) and the Emerson Hotel (right page)


The Maryland Theatres with the attached Congress/Kernan Hotel


The left page and right page that shows the Crystal Room in the Emerson Hotel

The following scans are from Baltimore: A Picture History by Francis Beirne and Carleton Jones


The Merchants Exchange and the Shot Tower


The Rennert Hotel


A group of female bicyclists and the interior of an Auchentoroly Terrace home in the 1880’s

Part one and Part two of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned


Baltimore History Book Scans Part Two

February 9, 2008

Part one, Part Three

The second page of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned:

These scans are from Lost Baltimore: A Portfolio of Vanished Buildings by Carleton Jones


The Baltimore Exchange and Custom House


The St. James Hotel


The Baltimore-American Building


The Fava Fruit Building


The Farmers and Merchants National Bank


The Rennert Hotel


The Altamont Hotel


The Marburg Tobacco Building


The Baltimore & Ohio Headquarters Building


The Emerson Hotel


The Metropolitan Savings Bank


The Old Sun Building


The Tower Building (Maryland Casualty Insurance)


The Colonial Trust Company


The McCormick & Company Building

This page is scanned from Greetings from Baltimore: Postcard Views of the City by Bert Smith


The McCormick Building and the Recreation Pier

This page is scanned from Baltimore Transitions by Mark Miller


Liberty Street looking north from Lexington Street (1918), notice the Rennert Hotel in the upper right hand corner

These pages are scanned from Baltimore: When She Was What She Used to Be by Marion and Mame Warring


Demolition of the Merchant’s Exchange


The Alex Brown and Sons Building on Baltimore and Calvert Streets


The Altamont Hotel


The Maryland Theatre attached to the Congress Hotel


The Rennert Hotel

Part one and Part Three of the Baltimore History Book scans


Baltimore History Book Scans Part One

February 9, 2008

On Friday, I scanned quite a few (63 to be exact) pages of the following books on Baltimore History: part two, part three

Baltimore: A Picture History by Francis F. Beirne and Carleton Jones
Baltimore: Charm City by Dan Rodricks and Roger Miller
Greetings from Baltimore: Postcard Views of the City by Bert Smith
Baltimore Transitions by Mark Miller
Lost Baltimore: A Portfolio of Vanished Buildings by Carleton Jones
Baltimore: When She Was What She Used to Be by Marion Warren and Mame Warren
A Guide to Baltimore Architecture by John Dorsey and James D. Dilts

These scans are not designed to copy the book for free usage online but to further enlighten Baltimoreans and non-Baltimoreans on the greatness of our city, in its past and present.

The second part and third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned.

The first round of scans (26) are from A Guide to Baltimore Architecture by John Dorsey and James D. Dilts


Pennsylvania Station and the Greek Orthodox Church


The Belvedere Hotel and the Automobile Garage (which is now part of the University of Baltimore)


The Winans House


The Bauernschmidt House and the Valve House


The Syracuse Brothers Company Building and the Paca-Pratt Building


The Abell Building and the Bromo-Seltzer (Emerson) Tower


The Baltimore Equitable Society Building and the Eutaw Savings Bank Building


The Hutzler Brothers Complex and the Provident Savings Bank


Kresge’s Department Store


The Furness House, the Chamber of Commerce Building and the United States Custom House


The Tower Building and the Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building


The Old Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building


The Alex Brown and Sons Building and One South Calvert Street


The Equitable Building


The Marburg Tobacco Warehouse


Charles Center South and the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Courthouse


The Hansa Haus and the Savings Bank of Baltimore


The Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Building and the Mechanic Theatre


One Charles Center and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Building


The Masonic Temple, Fidelity Building and the Central Savings Bank


The Commercial Credit Company Annex and the Old YMCA Building


The Hamilton Street Row Houses and the First Unitarian Church


The Engineering Center (Club)


The second page of the Engineering Club and the Thomas-Jencks-Gladding House


Brownstone Row and Asbury House


The St. Ignatius/Center Stage Building

The second part and third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned.


Restaurants to be Reviewed in New York 2008

February 3, 2008

In about 50 days, I will travel to New York and eat/review the following restaurants:

The Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel (breakfast)
Sylvia’s in Harlem (lunch)
The Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel (lunch)
Peter Luger (dinner)!!!
Harry Cipriani (breakfast)
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn (lunch)
The Four Seasons (dinner)

As well as ALL of the restaurants located on the Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship

I can tell, this will be an excellent year