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Harbor East's iconic statue in the center of International Circle at the heart of Harbor East.

Harbor East’s iconic statue in the center of International Circle at the heart of Harbor East.

A waterfront mecca of shopping and dining options, Harbor East is a desirable destination point for visitors and locals alike, filled with an abundance of restaurants offering every dining experience imaginable, from the high end romantic dinner to the best places to treat clients or guests to cocktails, appetizers, or a five star meal. Below are some of the top destinations for dining in Harbor East.

Cinghiale

View of Baltimore's iconic Domino Sugar sign from the waterfront of Harbor East, near Cinghiale.

View of Baltimore’s iconic Domino Sugar sign from the waterfront of Harbor East, near Cinghiale.

 

Owned and operated by Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman, renowned restaurateurs throughout Baltimore, this Italian styled waterfront gem aims to channel the energetic spirit of Milano and Bologna in both its Enoteca and Osteria.

The Enoteca is intended to be a comfortable space for diners to enjoy the extensive wine selection, sure to be an impressive example of sommelier Tony Foreman’s refined palette. Also featured in the Enoteca is an exquisite salumeria offering Italian charcuterie, a variety of cheeses and vegetables.

It is in the Osteria where the formal dining experience occurs. The kitchen delivers modern cuisine inspired by Northern and Central Italy while maintaining the restaurant’s farm to table concept. While the menu is offered a la carte, those who wish may choose the formal four course menu for a set price of $62 per person or the more casual menu for $29 per person.

Cinghiale’s menu changes daily in order to feature the freshest and most seasonal selections always with a large selection of entrees including meats, fish and vegetables. Likewise, desserts are consistently impressive and reflect the same sustainable concept as the remainder of the menu.

Cinghiale, an Italian word for “wild boar” is located at 822 Lancaster Street. Any visitor to this gorgeous Harbor East establishment is sure to be impressed by the service, ambiance and quality of the food and wine. In comfortable weather, be sure to call ahead to reserve an outdoor table to enjoy an al fresco waterfront experience.

Talara

Talara, as seen from adjacent corner on President Street.

Talara, as seen from adjacent corner on President Street.

Located at the northernmost part of Harbor East, directly on President Street, Talara is an award-wining Latin Bistro with an art deco inspired interior sure to inspire an evening of fun and adventure.

While Talara’s kitchen produces a variety of innovative creations from salads to entrees, the true appeal of Talara is its extensive Peruvian inspired seviche bar featuring fifteen seafood items of sushi grade quality, all able to be prepared in any of the seven different preparation methods of the restaurant.

Seafood choices can be raw (such as ahi tuna or scottish salmon) or cooked (such as shrimp or octopus). Once seafood choices have been made, diners can choose preferred preparations which range from zesty options that include lime, red onion and cilantro to fruity options that include juices, mangos, or pear granita. Spicier preparations include the use of jalapeno or habanero peppers, while an Asian preparation utilizes the unique flavoring of ponzu, tobiko caviar and white truffle wasabi. Preparations are all original and unique, bursting with flavor while revealing the freshness of the seafood.

For those who choose to sample other menu options there are a wide range of choices from Roasted Beet Salad, Mussels, or Chicken Tortilla Soup as starters to Crabcakes, BBQ Salmon or Shrimp and Grits as entrees. For those looking for more seafood, there are several sushi rolls available as well.

Talara’s representation of South American cuisine and culture does not end at the table! Talara’s bar features as its signature cocktail Brazil’s national drink the Caipirinha, a delicious, sweet blend of Cachaca, muddled turbinado sugar and lime juice. Additionally, a variety of flavored mojitos and other creative cocktails are available. Talara also offers an impressive list of wine from various regions and a beer list that offers nine Latin beers by the bottle in addition to other bottled and draft options.

While any night feels like a celebration at this vibrant Harbor East hot spot, it is worth noting that happy hour specials are offered for food and drinks each night Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m., and late night on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.. Talara also offers other various entertainment and food or drink specials throughout the week including open salsa dancing, discounted wine or seviche and even a ladies night featuring half priced select cocktails!

Chazz: A Bronx Original

On the Eastern edge of Harbor East, at 1415 Aliceanna Street, Chazz: A Bronx Original, serves some of the finest pizza in the city of Baltimore alongside some of the most original and creative handcrafted cocktails.

The name Chazz is taken from the restaurant’s namesake Chazz Palminteri, Oscar-nominated actor and part owner of the establishment. Aldo Vitale, and his family, are also partial owners and operators of Chazz: A Bronx Original, and are known in Baltimore for their highly successful Little Italy restaurant, Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano.

Chazz’s popularity has sky-rocketed since its opening, likely due to the restaurant’s dedication to using the freshest ingredients in everything from pasta and pizzas to cocktails and desserts while consistently providing exceptional service.

Pizza at Chazz is described as “Bronx-style.” With a delightfully thin crust, this coal fired pizza comes in eleven different varieties topped with an array of choices from prosciutto and truffle oil to broccoli rabe and Italian sausage and beyond. Cheeses range from shredded mozzarella to hand formed fresh burrata mozzarella, pecorino, robiola, fontina, pecorino and even smoked gouda.

Beyond pizza, Chazz: A Bronx Original offers a wide choice of salads, appetizers and traditional Italian entrees, but their must-try house specialty is the “Famous Veal Meatball.” This appetizer consists of one enormous veal meatball doused in sausage gravy made with sausage from Baltimore’s own Roma Sausage company, and topped with delectable whipped ricotta.

Chazz also prides itself on its artisanal drink preparations of classic and newly created cocktails. Of course Chazz’s mixologists will compose the perfect Bellini from fresh white peach puree and prosecco just as you’d have found at Harry’s Bar where it was first created in the 1930’s in Venice. But beyond the classic, from the Sparkling Greyhound, a refreshing mix of Grapefruit vodka, prosecco, and lemon bitters, to the Al Fresco which combines fresh strawberries, lime juice, basil and vodka, Chazz’s cocktail list is just what the doctor ordered for happy hour at the end of a long day and the beginning of a satisfying meal.

For those seeking wine to pair with their pizza or other Italian specialties, Chazz’s affordable wine list is well organized by the structure and body of the wine, and offers a range of regional varieties. Additionally, craft beers are offered on tap while an equally impressive local, domestic and import list bottles is available as well.

Chazz: A Bronx Original is a top dining destination for locals as well as visitors looking for high quality food and drinks in a comfortable environment. Chazz is just the place to both impress out of town guests or to enjoy with friends before a night of Baltimore bar-hopping!

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