A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of checking out Showroom at the Motor House in Baltimore. I’d never been so I was super excited to see their space and try their food, but before we get into deets, I need to take a second to talk about their kickass graffiti wall. Holy freaking crap, I need to come back here and shoot ASAP because it’s dope AF. I wish I’d snapped a pic for you guys, but I didn’t feel like whipping out my DSLR in the middle of the parking lot soooo I’ll just have to photograph a look there ASAP.
Showroom is the new cafe, bar and performance space inside Motor House. The interior is SICK; the space has tile floors, expansive windows overlooking North avenue, and a historic mezzanine. It was the first Ford dealership in Balti so the building’s been around since the early 1900s. Their mission’s entertainment-driven so their joint’s equipped with a stage, pro audio + lighting, and a DJ booth built into the bar. They also feature the original artwork of local Baltimoreans, which is awesomesauce.
They partnered up with Daniel Horwitz, The Pantry Catering’s founder & executive chef, to craft a trendy menu featuring locally sourced noms by day and cool fusion dishes and fancy cocktails by night. I got to sample some desserts + their Proper Bolsita, and it was all yummy! BTW, the bolsita’s an english style braised beef served over kettle potato chips with horseradish dill dressing. Call me crazy, but it kind of tasted like Korean galbijjim! I would’ve liked to try more of their food, but I guess that just means I have to go back soon, ha.
Note: if you go to Showroom, you MUST try a can of Charm City Meadworks. I got the Basil Lemongrass flavor and finished every last drop. I’m not big into beer so that’s saying a lot! Shoutout to the lovely Rachel aka liketheteaeats for the recommendation.
Now, as many of you know, I run a food blog called “Nomtastic Foods” with my hot hapa bf, Robby Myers (aka Scenicpath on IG). We post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so make sure you subscribe to stay in the know! He covers SF/bay area restaurants, and I showcase noms from DC/MD/VA. Anywho, I wanted to share my absolute faves (with links to their respective blog posts) so far, so cover the best eats in the DMV together:
- The peking duck at Peking Gourmet Inn, w/ the hot peppers of course (Falls Church, VA)
- The french toast sticks at Quinn’s On the Corner (Arlington, VA)
- The bucatini & mushroom bolognese at Owen’s Ordinary (North Bethesda, MD)
- The stuffed shrimp at Mid-Atlantic Seafood (Laurel, MD)
- The malfaldine bolognese at Vivo (Hanover, MD)
- The tenderloin sliders + stuffed mushrooms at Pinstripes (Bethesda, MD)
- The cauliflower ravioli at Apropoe’s (Baltimore, MD)
- The bread pudding at Wit & Wisdom (Baltimore, MD)
- The bread board at City Perch (North Bethesda, MD)
- The gnocchi bokki + roasted mushrooms on smoked onion ciabatta at Hazel (DC)
- The meaty palmer + wings at DCity Smokehouse (DC)
- The crispy wild oysters + savory gyro bombolono at Iron Gate (DC)
That’s it for today, frands. I hope you guys get to try each and every one of these dishes because they are to-die-for good. And btw, if you have recs on food, definitely let me know by leaving me a comment below. I’m always looking for new restaurants to try! Happy eating, frands.