My ‘taste tour’ of Baltimore continues with a visit to R. House, a giant garage that’s been repurposed into a food hall and launch pad for aspiring local chefs keen to make a mark on the city’s culinary scene.
Located in the up-and-coming downtown neighbourhood of Remington, R.House is a couple of years old and features 10 chef driven walk-up counter restaurants with seating for 350 people and a big bar in the middle of it all. Set in a disused body shop, there’s plenty of light and access to outside a la large rollup shutters. On the sunny afternoon of my visit, it was as comfy a place to plop down for lunch as anywhere I could imagine.
Loads of other folks must have had the same thought as what appeared to be a good cross section had assembled for all manner of midday munching: elbow bending catch ups, offsite works, quick bites, long laidback lunches. Whether flying solo or showing up with the whole crew in tow, R. House has been designed to cater to most reasons people like to eat out.
And that goes for the actual food as well. I was impressed with the breadth of options on offer. From down and dirty to light and healthy, R. House seemed to have something for everyone. As for me, I succumbed to my down and dirty urges and chowed down a Bmore BRD fried chicken sandwich (local pickles, special sauce and Old Bay seasoning, $9) from BRD. Delicious (if slightly too breaded for my preference) and of epic proportion, that sammie was more than I could handle!
On the more healthful side of the things, A “Raven” juice (beetroot, banana, orange, coconut yoghurt and almond milk, £8) from Grind House vegan juice bar
provided a yummy way to get my five-a-day. Lunch ended with a cup of Wild Kombucha from Baltimore’s own Mobtown Fermentation (12oz, $4.25) at Ground & Griddled coffee bar keeping my tummy settled and my taste buds satisfied.
R. House is located at 301 West 29th Street, 21211. Find out more at r.housebaltimore.com.
More Taste Baltimore posts coming soon.