Federal Hill: Bookmakers

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.

Bookmakers
Bookmakers

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.

Cheddar Potato Croquets
Cheddar Potato Croquets

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.

Bison Meatloaf
Bison Meatloaf

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.

Short Rib French Dip
Short Rib French Dip

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.

Creamed Spinach
Creamed Spinach

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.

Salted Caramel Pot De Creme
Salted Caramel Pot De Creme

If you’re looking for a beautiful atmosphere among the throng of bars in Federal Hill,  Bookmakers is sure to delight.

Bookmakers is located at 31 East Cross Street, in Federal Hill.

Know of any other great local spots? Let me know in the comments below!

Other great spots nearby include Fork & Wrench, Liv2Eat and The Food Market.

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Looking for a place to eat? Check out Rachel’s Baltimore Restaurant List.
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