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Weekend Getaways: Baltimore

Len DePas


For decades, D.C.’s redheaded stepchild was synonymous with the kitsch culture made famous by director John Waters—but now the city’s culinary scene is making headlines. The Hampden neighborhood is a hotbed of restaurant openings. The Food Market ($$), the latest from homegrown chef Chad Gauss, whips up American comfort dishes in an industrial-chic dining room. At Canton’s Fork & Wrench ($$), English staples such as chicken liver mousse are served in a dark-wood space and beer flows from a custom-made tap. Meanwhile, renowned chef Michael Mina is making his mark on the Harbor East district with Wit & Wisdom ($$) and the Japanese izakaya PABU ($$), both in the new Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore ($$). —Brooke Porter

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