Favorite tables in Baltimore [Pictures]
At Tark's Grill, diners arrive early for a shot at Table 601, with views of the patio scene and the goings-on at the bar. At Hampden's hot new Food Market, regulars have started zeroing in on the two quiet tables by the front window. And at Kali's Court, regulars are willing to squeeze eight people around Table 2, which comfortably seats four.
How does a table go from run of the mill to top of the heap? A beautiful view helps. In this clubby business town, it's still see-and-be-seen, and many hall-of-fame tables put diners front and ever-so-slightly off-center. But a new Baltimore style is emerging as well: Taking a page out of the nightclub book, these tables are see-and-not-be-seen.
Many restaurateurs demur when asked to name the famous names at their establishments -- a few decline outright to discuss desirable tables, for fear of ruffling feathers. But 10 still walked us through the prized seats in town. -- Richard Gorelick
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The Food Market
Tables 54 and 55 aren't perfect at The Food Market. They're by the bar. One side of each stainless-steel table has banquette seating, the other stools.
But chef and co-owner Chad Gauss thought chef's prep tables would work by the front windows. Now, regulars request them when making reservations, which aren't easy to come by.
The tables are relatively quiet. Diners facing in view the Food Market scene; those facing out see the Avenue and the unlucky stiffs waiting for a table.
1017 W. 36th St., Hampden; 410-366-0606, thefoodmarketbaltimore.com
Photographed by Kenneth K. Lam, The Baltimore Sun, at the Food Market, 1017 W. 36th St., Hampden. Models: Marcia Davis and Eric Heidenberger (from T.H.E Artist Agency), and Alex Hayden, Amy Chai and Reuel Belt. Styling by John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun