5 Federal Hill Restaurants To Visit This Year
There has been a steady rise in the number of residents and, with that, the number of expected jobs coming to the Federal Hill, Port Covington and South Baltimore area from the new restaurants and bars. What are some of the new dining options for residents to choose from - either right now or soon?
Di Pasquale's Harborview
This will be a century-old establishment in Highlandtown that will offer an array of Italian foods for residents to try. According to its owner Joe Di Pasquale, it's set to open in mid-April and will feature a deli, pizza oven, bar, bakery and other prepared foods.
It'll be located along the waterfront, giving it a nautical look with bright greens and blues. It's 2,000 square foot, which is half of the original location's size. Di Pasquale invested $500,000 for the location, noting that he's loved the spot for several years.
After La Cuchara was successful, its owners decided to focus on Federal Hill. According to co-owner Jacob Lefenfeld, they will open the 140-seat Minnow in either late April or early May. The Minnow will offer locally-sourced seafood and seasonal fare that won't empty your wallet and hurt your diet.
Lefenfeld said the restaurant will open in an apartment complex, which is something all restaurant owners could take advantage of. Lefenfeld said more families are moving into the area, which shows the need for a stronger neighborhood commitment.
Crossbar der Biergarten
Crossbar de Biergarten owners have fought for four years to get their liquor license for its German-style beer garden and restaurant, which will be located on East Cross Street. According to Brian McComas, a partner in the restaurant, they are set to open the 5,500 square feet revitalized historic building in March and offer turkey legs, pork shank, sausages, etc. It will serve 10 to 12 German beers including those from Clipper City Brewing Co., Jailbreak Brewing Co., etc.
McComas said the company was able to secure Oktoberfest tables, which he hopes gives the restaurant an authentic feel. He said people can play foosball and ping pong while they wait for their food.
Rachel New American Cuisine
Barry Fleischmann got into the restaurant business in January with his Rachel New American Cuisine, which can seat 88 people comfortably. The restaurant serves fish, pasta, sandwiches and other things.
The longtime caterer spent $275,000 on improving the restaurant's area to create a warm, casual environment. He said the location, which was home to the Tuscan Fresh and Breadbangers, was already beautiful; he just wanted to give it some more class. He said rebuilding the restaurant would have cost him a lot more money, and he opted to do something different.
Outpost American Tavern
Jesse Sandlin, a former Top Chef contestant, is responsible for the Outpost American Tavern - in the location that was once home to Porter's Pub. It's a 72-seat restaurant that spices up some classic dishes like cheesesteak and spaghetti and meatballs. Sandlin said the idea was to create a warm, home-like atmosphere where everybody could feel comfortable while dining.