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You’re not going to find plain-Jane continental hotel-chain fare at Grill 700, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront’s mainstay dining space, located on the window-laden harbor-side of the hotel lobby. Instead, choose from flatbreads heaped with mushroom, goat cheese, quail egg and arugula. Deviled eggs stuffed full of Dijon, espelette, radish and paddlefish roe.
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, chef Carlos Gomez is besotted by the local provisions that sprout and swim around the mid-Atlantic region and obsessively fuses them into his innovative dishes. Each season brings a new menu and specials change constantly, depending upon the quantity of the pick and catch. Thursday’s dinner menu might present Blue Hill mussels bathing in blue cheese and Natty Boh broth. Amid the Chihuly-like edible art sugar sculpture centerpieces, Sunday brunch is a massive buffet and includes a sushi and raw bar, unlimited mimosas, and an “action station” with inventive food phenomenon’s like Kataifi crab fritters (made with legendary Maryland blue crab) and hip Indian street food appetizers. Chef Gomez’ fresh-fare sensibilities is good news for vegetarians, who are often limited to a single option; his menus offer a variety of highly original non-carnivorous choices. The dining crowd varies throughout the day; lunch is occupied by businessmen chowing down juicy angus burgers on pretzel dough rolls, dinner is a fusion of hotel guests and locals who come for the full-frontal atmosphere scape of the Inner Harbor. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner and brunch.
Your only clue to finding Kozmo’s Lounge, Marriott Waterfront’s clandestine hotel-lounge-turned-martini-bar, might be that hipper-than-usual-for-a-hotel-crowd clustered in the corner of the lobby with eyes turned upward toward the flat-screens broadcasting the O’s-Redsocks series. Charm City natives compare labels of their local handcrafted Heavy Seas IPA and Duckpin Pale Ale brews while munching Angus beef sliders and Old Bay fries with horseradish aioli. Meanwhile the classier-clad cocktail crowd contemplates 10 Cane pomegranate mojitos and Caribbean-Tinis while nibbling truffle arancini and chunky artichoke-crab dip. Happy hour, daily from 4 to 7 p.m., regularly lures the city-dwelling twenty-something set with deals on libations and canapés.
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront’s lobby serves as the nucleus for the entire dining scene. You can tell who’s overslept and dashing off to a meeting; they’re clamoring around Riganio’s Bakery and Deli for some Starbucks and a takeaway sandwich or freshly baked muffin.