Visit Baltimore Official Guide Fall/Winter 2019 VisitBaltimore_FallWinter_2019_Final_Digital - Page 19

Woodberry Kitchen The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States and its main branch, the Central Library in Mount Vernon (400 Cathedral St.), is reopening after an extensive renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building. Upgrades and into the current era, while the preserved architecture stays firmly planted in history. Conservators were able to for locally sourced, inventive seasonal restore original painting and molding dishes in a rustic warehouse setting; or on the ceilings of many rooms in the Petit Louis Bistro (4800 Roland Ave.), building, including the central hall. for French classics (bonus: they have a Artifact Coffee After being abandoned for years, the Warm up with a late afternoon soup. is reopening to the public as a museum Head to Belvedere Square Market (540 dedicated to the life and legacy of the E. Belvedere Ave.) to get a dose of umami- literary great. Mencken, who reported rich pork belly ramen at Ejji Ramen, for The Baltimore Sun and was known or one of Atwater’s famous seasonal for myriad essays and the three-volume soups (served with a hunk of their crusty study “The American Language,” lived bread for dipping). In the Mount Vernon in the three-story, Italianate rowhouse neighborhood, swing by the casual, quaint for most of his life, from 1883 until his Soup’s On (11 W. Preston St.), which offers a death in 1956. daily menu of homemade seasonal soups, life of the “Sage of Baltimore,” head to the H. L. Mencken Room in the Pratt Central Library, which houses the most { READ } important Mencken collection in the A reimagined Baltimore Book Festival on the Saturday closest to his birthday comes to the Inner Harbor Nov. 1-10. Now (Sept. 12 this year) and includes books dubbed Brilliant Baltimore, the festival from his personal collection, book has been combined with Light City, the proofs and presentation copies from annual celebration of light art, music and fellow authors such as Theodore Dreiser innovation. Author book signings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions will take fireplace!). H.L. Mencken House (1524 Hollins St.) For a rare look at artifacts from the world. It opens to the public once a year and F. Scott Fitzgerald. including vegan and vegetarian options. { DRINK } After taking in the book festival, or visiting one of the city’s many historic libraries or cool bookshops, it might be time for a drink—and where better to go than one of our literary-themed watering holes? Head to the historic Owl Bar (1 E. Chase St.) in the Belvedere, a former haunt of famed writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and H.L. Mencken, or stop by Hampden’s Bluebird Cocktail Room (3600 Hickory place throughout the day, while stunning { EAT } light art will illuminate the Inner Harbor Take in a long, leisurely meal at one at nighttime. For a glimpse at some of of Baltimore’s best spots. Try Ida B’s For speakeasy-style coziness, check out the featured authors, see our feature Table (235 Holliday St.), which serves up Remington’s W.C. Harlan (400 W. 23rd on page 14. a memorable brunch from “Chopped” St.), which serves 1920s-inspired craft If you just can’t get enough page-turning, swing by the George Peabody Library (17 E. Mount Vernon Pl.) to admire the champion chef David Thomas; Gertrude’s (910 Art Museum Dr.), for delicious Chesapeake cuisine Ave.), a stylish bar that creates modern cocktails inspired by literary greats. cocktails in a chic, intimate setting. And don’t miss The Elk Room (1010 Fleet set against the gorgeous St.), Harbor East’s backdrop of the swanky cocktail room tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies Baltimore Museum that was voted one of rising toward the skylight. While you’re of Art; Woodberry Esquire magazine’s “21 there, peruse the 300,000 volumes of Kitchen (2010 Best Bars in America” mostly 19th-century books. Clipper Park Rd.), spectacular architecture, including five COURTESY OF ATLAS RESTAURANT GROUP new technology have brought the library last year. Q B A LT I M O R E . O R G 17