Best Dishes Roasted scallops with leeks and a potato gratin; fried oysters with fennel; roasted chicken with smashed grapes and kale; rockfish with clams and a light chowder; Maryland rib eye and short rib with blue cheese; seared duck with duck sausage and dirty ric
Price Details: Starters, $4 to $15; main courses, $11 to $36.
This charmer is a romantic nest amid Old Town's cobblestone streets and gas lamps. But it's Tony Chittum's cooking--the culinary equivalent of earthy, expressive roots music--that keeps us coming back. Many of his dishes read like something an accomplished home cook might try for a dinner party, but that's deceptive. He works variations on them like a pianist improvising on a standard. And he knows when to stop, lending even his most creative plates soulfulness.
What to get: Polenta-filled agnolotti; potato-leek soup with smoked cod; beet salad; rib eye with salsa verde; garlic-crusted cod with ham and potato; peanut-butter/chocolate tart; crème fraîche cheesecake.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.