B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore is located in the snazzy new Hotel Monaco. A stylish space with food that follows suit, the restaurant's menu is wide-ranging and well executed. With a selection of pizzas, seafood, beef, and chicken, and inventive cocktails, the B&O is a classy, comfortable, yet not crusty destination for food-lovers everywhere.
- Beautifully renovated space
- Wide-ranging and well executed menu
- Inventive cocktail menu
- A few dishes can be on the bland side
- Address: 2 N. Charles St.
- Phone: 443-692-6172
- Hours: Every day, Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dinner, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (11 on Fridays and Saturdays). The bar is 11:00 a.m. - 2 a.m.
- Prices: Appetizers: $6-$12; Pizzas: $8-$10; Dinner Entrees: $17-$27
Guide Review: B&O American Brasserie
Good cooking allows much of food to speak for itself. At B&O American Brasserie, executive chef E. Michael Reidt uses local seafood, beef, and chicken as the backbone of his dishes, and accents them with savory sauces that only add to their natural taste.
Start with the cornmeal crusted oysters. The breading adds texture but does not overpower the sweetness of the oyster. Served over a fennel and spicy summer melon vinaigrette, the oyster is allowed to taste like, well, an oyster
A selection of flatbread pizzas can be shared as an appetizer or serve as an entree for one. The tangy tomato sauce and fresh cheese blend with toppings like delicately seasoned meatballs to create a subtle, fresh flavor.
The Chesapeake rockfish with smoked shrimp-pea risotto and arugula pesto is a great bet among the entrees. Its crispy and salty skin perfectly complements each bite of the couldn't-be-fresher meat is a treat. The risotto and pesto lend a burst of smokiness that pairs perfectly with the fish.
Don't visit B&O without trying one of its signature cocktails, ranging from $9 to $12. Hobo's Bourbon, mixed with house-made cola, and a Horsecar, Tanqueray 10 Gin with muddled blueberries and thyme, are treats.
With an open floor plan and soaring second-story dining room overlooking the bar and main level, B&O is an attractive, classy, and inviting place to eat. With a menu that matches its aesthetic beauty, it's a great destination for a special occasion - or no occasion at all.