When Executive Chef Brian Mahon joined the 101 Baltimore team last June, he noticed something was missing.
The Baltimore dad with a toddler and a newborn on the way knew that the Federal Hill bistro and wine bar was missing out on a key Baltimore demographic: local families. So he worked with management to add amenities that would attract more families. There is now a changing table in the unisex bathroom and the restaurant does their best to reserve booths for families.
Caroline, Brian’s daughter, is a huge fan of 101 Baltimore’s chocolate milk shakes (who could blame her?). Although Brain prefers the Honey Graham shake. All shakes are made exclusively with locally-made Taharka Brother’s Ice Cream and — for those over 21 — can go ‘boozy.’
All cheeses and charcuterie is a la carte, so you can mix and match flavors to please both adult and pint-sized palates. The cheese board is one of Caroline’s favorite things on the menu. When it’s in season, Caroline devours the Humboldt Fog cheese — which is a soft, goat cheese.
Even though the restaurant’s menu changes seasonally, the kids’ menu is consistent. The most sought-after kid’s menu item? Probably the mac and cheese.”The kid burgers are really good, so I try to recommend those,” said Brian.
“101 Baltimore has an upbeat and relaxed atmosphere that caters to the nature of families,” said manager Dan Worrell (who is the restaurant’s Sommelier and Oyster Guru, and also new to the team). “It’s never a problem here when kids start to get louder because of the laid back feel.”
Baltimore Restaurant Week (which runs through Sunday) is the perfect time to take your littles and try out 101 Baltimore. The are offering 3 courses for $30 — and entree options include Pan Roasted Salmon, Sweet Potato Risotto, and Coffee-Rubbed Short Rib. Yes, milkshakes ARE a dessert option on the Restaurant Week Menu. And yes, we recommend you make a reservation!
Dan encourages families to get out and give 101 Baltimore a try — even if you can’t make it in for Restaurant Week. Don’t be afraid to stop in a try a new favorite wine with your kiddo in tow. They’ll be welcome.
“Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, too,” said Dan.
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Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week runs through January 20, 2019. Baltimore is a delicious city. Try somewhere new, grab lunch instead of eating at your desk, have a date night (or three). Restaurants aren’t skimping on the food, instead they are showcasing their chefs and menus in hopes of luring you back as a forever customer. Two-course brunch and lunch menus range from $12-20. Three-course dinner menus range from $20-$35. Search below all of the dining destinations and make your reservations now. Reservations are not required to get the deals, but recommended.
All photos by Laura Black. Kelly Gonce contributed to this article.