Out with the old and in with the new. This applies to many things in life, but most accurately sums up the current culinary scene in Baltimore. Plenty of new restaurants are moving into empty spaces or erecting new buildings to house their eats. Here are a few hot new restaurant openings to look forward to in 2016.
Just months after Chiapparelli’s closed its doors, Chef Bob Steele plans to open Backfin Blues Creole de Graw at 400 N. Union Avenue. The menu will include a few favorite seafood dishes from the Backfin Blues Bar & Grill menu, but the new restaurant introduce and focus on new French and Creole dishes.
The Loch Bar is one step closer to opening on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel located in Harbor East, after naming Matthew Oetting as head chef. Oetting has experience in many of the finest restaurants in New York, including Scarpetta and The Modern. He also worked as executive chef at the Trump Soho Hotel. Loch Bar’s menu will include Maryland seafood specialties, a raw bar and craft beers. Come for the food, stay for the spectacular waterfront views.
Wet City is certain to be a hot spot when it opens in April. The gastropub will feature 20 different lines of domestic and international craft beers that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Craft cocktails, an in-house brewery and American fare are also on the menu.
The concept behind R. House is a “greatest hits” food hall. The developer traveled the country, taking notes on other food halls and combined the best features from each to create a comfortable environment where diners can choose from creative cuisine prepared by a dozen different chefs, then dine on couches, at high or low tops, booths, bar stools or on the patio. R. House will undoubtedly be a popular place to lunch, as it is in a mixed-use space that houses 20,000 square feet of office space.