In Federal Hill, a new cocktail bar recently opened called Bookmakers. I was there for drinks right after it opened and I loved what I ordered. But I also noticed that the food going by looked delicious. I finally had the chance to return to Bookmakers the other evening for dinner and I was not disappointed.
The evening I ate at Bookmakers, there was a special for Cheddar Potato Croquets. These were delicious, fried nicely on the outside while still remaining creamy on the inside. There was also a mustard aioli for dipping which was delicious.
For our main courses, my friend ordered the Bison Meatloaf. It came with scallion mashed potatoes, peppers & onions. The meatloaf was incredibly flavorful. I don’t normally order meatloaf so I don’t have much to compare this to, but this was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was not at all dry like some meatloaves tend to be.
For my main course, I have a hard time turning down a Short Rib French Dip when I see it on the menu. This version came with caramelized onion, on a baguette with a side of au jus. The sandwich was delicious, but nothing particularly noteworthy. I much preferred my friends meatloaf.
My sandwich came with chips on the side, I’m not a huge fan of chips so I substituted for the Creamed Spinach. The spinach wasn’t so much creamy as it was drenched in cream. While this isn’t the typical creamed spinach I was expecting it was still delicious.
My friend and I noticed plenty of desserts filling the nearby tables so we decided to try one. We picked the Salted Caramel Pot De Creme which came topped with candied nuts. A pot de creme is similar to a custard and this was perfect, not too dense and loaded with salty caramel flavor. The candied nuts also added a nice crunch to this dish.
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