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1629 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
If the weekend was split into food groups, beer and alcohol would be at the top of the pyramid, with overpriced dinners and 3am drunk food setting a firm base on the bottom. Somewhere in between is that legendary Baltimore staple, the foundation for the city’s economy, and the most socially acceptable way to drink before noon this side of a beach vacation: brunch.
Fortunately, you can properly honor this section of the food groups thanks to a new contender in Baltimore brunch territory: Barcocina, a new addition to Fells Point from the group behind Bond Street Social that goes beyond adding two egg dishes to their lunch or dinner menus and calling it brunch.
Located in the former Shuckers space, Barcocina boasts modern finishings, garage-style doors, a massive outdoor patio and stunning views of the harbor. The rare Charm City eatery that takes as much pride in its brunch as its lunch and dinner, they offer a breakfastized version of its Mexican-inspired menu every weekend.
Executive chef Marc Dixon, formerly of Bistro Blanc, has crafted an innovative array of brunchable eats that include maple-sausage pancake sliders, duck confit enchiladas, breakfast quesadillas, and chorizo benedict.
Of course there’s a reason it’s not called breakfast, not with Barcocina’s regular offering of five guacamoles and dips (lobster guacamole anyone?), four salsas (cocoa bacon salsa doesn’t sound terrible) and seven varieties of tacos (buffalo chicken, sashimi tuna and citrus BBQ jack fruit, among others). Did we mention they offer bottomless mimosas, bloody marys/marias and build-your-own-margaritas?
The food pyramid never tasted so good.
By Jesse Husid