American Food

Inner Harbor: Family Meal

Update – Family Meal is now closed.

In Baltimore, the Inner Harbor is a giant tourist trap. Fortunately Bryan Voltaggio (a Top Chef finalist from season 6) is looking to change that with the opening of Family Meal in the Harbor.

A friend and I were looking to go someplace new for dinner, so we decided to try the newly opened Family Meal in the Harbor. The atmosphere reminded me of Shoo-Fly Diner with the reclaimed wood and rustic feel.

Family Meal

Family Meal

When we were looking over the menu, everything looked delicious so we each decided to start with a soup. My friend went with the Creamy Asparagus Soup. My friend really loved the soup and said the ingredients were all very fresh.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Creamy Asparagus Soup

French onion soup, is possibly my favorite soup. So when I saw a Beef and Onion Soup on the menu, I knew I had to try it. The soup was very hearty. There were caramelized onions, chunks of braised short rib, and croutons which was then topped with melted cheese which really just made this soup insanely delicious.

Beef and Onion Soup

Beef and Onion Soup

For our main courses, my friend decided to order the Meatloaf. The Meatloaf came with mushroom gravy, everything mashed poatatoes, garlicky spinach. I usually shy away from ordering meatloaf for fear that it will be dry. Similarly to the meatloaf at Bookmakers, this was insanely moist and packed with flavor.

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

The Mashed Potatoes that came with the meatloaf were by far the best mashed potatoes either of us have ever had. They were perfectly mashed into an almost creamy texture. They were delicious.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

For my main course, I went with the Eggplant Parm. It was topped with pomodoro and came with broccoli rabe and pasta. The eggplant was insanely fresh and not overly fried so this dish didn’t seem too heavy paired with the soup I had.

Eggplant Parm

Eggplant Parm

We also shared the Smith Island Cake which is yellow butter cake, chocolate fudge frosting, and whipped cream. As a dessert, this was pretty straight forward dish. It was very good and a great way to end our meal.

Smith Island Cake

Smith Island Cake

If you’re in the Inner Harbor and looking to grab a bite to eat someplace that isn’t a tourist trap, head over to Family Meal for delicious food.

Family Meal is located at 621 E Pratt St, in the Inner Harbor.

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

Other great spots nearby include Fork & Wrench, Liv2Eat, and Bagby’s Ten Ten.

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Want to drink and have reliable transportation? Consider Lyft or Uber! (Follow the link for a discount on your first ride.)

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

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