Charm City Run sets Fells Point Grand Opening for September 16th

The corner of Thames Street and Caroline Street has been vacant for what seems like forever, but no more: Charm City Run has officially opened in Fells Point at 1500 Thames Street!

The Official Grand Opening has been announced for September 16th and will include special deals, a fun run, and more. A full events calendar can be found on the Charm City Run website.

The Fells Point location (managed by Kathy Logsdon) is the company’s 8th with other stores in Annapolis, Belvedere Square, Locust Point, Bel Air, Columbia, Frederick, and Timonium.

I Had Dinner at Rec Pier Chop House (and it was Amazing)

After getting settled into my room at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel, I had the chance to dine at the Rec Pier Chop House (see the menu) with some friends and family. Spoiler alert: it was amazing.

This isn’t a restaurant review because: (1) I love food but I’m not an expert or critic, (2) Our experience took place before the restaurant’s official opening, with staff still training and learning the ropes, and (3) The wine was flowing. So take this recap with a grain of salt.

The Crab Cake

I had to start here. Maryland is famous for Crab Cakes, and while the debate about who makes the best will rage for eternity, most restaurants prepare it the same- straight up jumbo lump crab with a few spices, ready to be shoveled directly into your face.

Very few are brave enough to toil in creativity at the feet of tradition. Even fewer do it successfully.

One of them is the Smoked Crab Cake at Nancy Long’s Pierpoint Restaurant in Fells Point. The other? You guessed it: Chef Andrew Carmellini’s Pizzaioli Crab Cake at Rec Pier Chop House.

It’s that NYC bravery cooked into an Italian-take of the Maryland Crab Cake and I loved it. If forced to choose between this and traditional, I’d go traditional,  but that’s an excercise in futility and totally misses the point.

Bottom line: this is a Crab Cake that you have to try at least once.

Antipasti Fantasia

This was a great starting shareable with veggies on top, cheese in the middle, and meats on the bottom.

A bit hard to reach, but we simply passed the plates around. Super yum.

Steak from Heaven

It’s really hard to beat an amazingly cooked steak (sorry vegetarians!) and the steaks at Rec Pier Chop House may have been my favorite thing we tasted. Perfectly seasoned, cooked to perfection, and presented beautifully.

The Tomahawk was the most impressive.

But I found the Filet the most delicious.

These pictures don’t do the presentation justice. The lighting in the restaurant is great, but not camera friendly, and I was hesitant to use the flash often because wow it was distracting.

Day-Boat Scallops

Sheep’s Milk Ricotta

Wild Yellowtail Crudo

Unnamed Desserts

I wasn’t able to snag the dessert menu and didn’t jot down these dishes.

Others we tried

A few other dishes I forgot to take photos of that we had:

  • 2 of the Pastas
  • Rustic Potatoes
  • Brocolli Rabe

Everything was equally delicious.

If you’re considering dining at the Rec Pier Chop House, I’d definitely recommend it! Be warned – it isn’t cheap – but if you’re looking for a special dinner out it’s the perfect place.

This is the Rec Pier Chop House Menu

Last night I had the opportunity to eat at the Rec Pier Chop House, the restaurant in the new Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point. I’ll post some pics/thoughts on the food itself, but first wanted to show you the menu in its entirety.

Shareables

  • Antipasti Fantasia  ($18) – Chef’s Selection of Salami, Formaggi & Vegetable Dips for the table.
  • AC’s Famous Sheep’s Milk Ricotta ($14) – Sea Salt & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chop House Caesar ($16/pp) – Prepared at your table

Antipasti

  • Olive Miste ($6) – Roasted Garlic
  • Vegetable Crudites ($14) – With two dips
  • Roasted Beets ($13) –
  • Creamy Burrata ($16) –
  • Little Gem Wedgini ($16) – Gorgonzola Pancetta Vinagrette
  • Kobe Steak Tartare ($18) – Hazelnut & Truffles
  • Wild Yellowtail Crudo ($15) –
  • Maryland Blue Crab Cake ($17) – Hollandaise Pizzaiola
  • Zuppa del Giorno ($11)

Salumi

  • Proscuitto Di Parma ($15)
  • Coppa ($9)
  • Soppressata ($9)
  • Mortadella ($8)
  • Tuscan Foie Gras Mousse ($13)
  • Selection of 3 ($20)

Formaggi

  • Pecorino Oro Antico ($5)
  • Gorgonzola Cremificato ($7)
  • Robiola Piemontese ($7)
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Vacche Rosse ($8)
  • Taleggio Lombardia ($7)
  • Selection of 3 ($19)

Contorni

  • Rustic Potatoes ($7) – Rosemary
  • Roasted Mushrooms Trifolati ($9)
  • Heirloom Polenta ($7)
  • Broccoli Rabe ($8)
  • Crispy Truffle Fries ($10)

Pasta

  • Linguini Fini – Spicy Maryland Blue Crab ($24)
  • Trofie Alla Genovese ($17) – Pesto & Parmigana
  • My Grandma’s Agnolotti ($20)
  • Orecchiette ($18)
  • Spaghetti ($19)

Pesce

  • Local Rockfish Cacciatore ($29)
  • Line-Caught Swordfish ($34)
  • Day-Boat Scallops ($32)
  • Grilled & Stuffed Maine Lobster (MP)

Steak & Chops

  • Hanger Steak ($32) – 10 oz Certified Angus
  • Rib Eye ($48) – 16 oz. Boneless
  • New York Strip ($46) – 15 oz Boneless
  • Filet Mignon ($44) – 14 oz Boneless
  • Porterhouse ($125) – 44 oz (serves two)
  • Tomahawk Chop ($115) – 38 oz (serves two)
  • Lamb Chops ($36)

From the Oven

  • Fire-Roasted Chicken al Limone ($26)
  • Black Berkshire Pork Rib Eye ($29)
  • Braised Wagyu Short Rib Braciola ($33)

Salsa ($2/each)

  • Sagamore Steak Sauce
  • Horseradish Crema
  • Salsa Verde
  • Bone Marrow ___ ______
  • Hollandaise Pizziola

Please Note

  • There are errors and ommissions due to transcribing the small font. I’ll fix and update as soon as possible!

 

33 Photos of the Sagamore Pendry from the Community Open House

Last night the Sagamore Pendry held a Community Open House, giving the public an opportunity to walk through the property and check out Fells Point’s newest attraction. There is a ton of interest in the hotel, but not a lot of photos have surfaced aside from the marketing/promo material, so I snapped some photos (and included some thoughts) for those that couldn’t attend.

The Restaurant & Bar

Looking directly at the hotel from the street, you’re met with floor to ceiling windows that peek directly into the property’s restaurant- The Rec Pier Chop House. When you walk into the hotel itself, you’re immediately drawn to this area, and looking onto Thames Street from your table seems like an incredibly charming experience.

The interior has a sophisticated look, with exposed brick, lots of wood, and industrial themed elements.

Behind the seating area is a beautiful, humongous bar, which I can already imagine bustling with tourists, wedding guests, business executives – and let’s be honest – Under Armour folks (drinking Gatorade or Michelob Ultra).

An open area in the middle of the bar looks onto a lounge area.

On this particular night, they had a band playing live music. I hope they make this a regular thing, but if they don’t, there’s plenty in the neighborhood to go around.

The backdrop of this lounge is the hotel’s courtyard walkway.

The Courtyard Atrium

The center of the hotel is home to a beautiful walkway that nicely contrasts the dimly lit mood lighting found indoors (at least during day time).

You’ve likely seen the centerpiece – a huge bronze horse – which is one of the hotel’s main “talking points”.

This courtyard eventually takes you to the rear of the hotel, where you find what some would consider the main attraction.

The Pool

The Sagamore Pendry pool is simply stunning. It’s small and at its deepest point only 4 feet, but it’s not the size of the pool that matters, it’s… hmm… I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere.

First you have the pool itself which feels like an infinity pool as it’s built into the deck which drops into the harbor.

Then you’ve got the glass guard rails which allow for unhindered views at every angle.

The result is that you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of the harbor. And you are- but the Sagamore Pendry fully capitalized on that opportunity. I’m not sure how many chairs can fit on the deck, or if they’ll allow the public to buy pool passes, but this place will be undoubtedly hoppin’ in the summer.

A beautiful touch are two (out of 3) cannons that sit on both sides of the entrance way to the pool. While excavating and repairing the pier’s support system underwater, divers found 3 canons, likely from European merchant ships from the 1600s.

The Canon Whiskey Room

The last cannon is found in The Canon Whiskey Room, which I did not get pictures of for two reasons:

  • The room is small and still filled with some equipment- you wouldn’t have been impressed.
  • The canon sits underground and is protected by glass flooring, but this was covered.

The Governor’s Suite

There are two “Governor’s Suites” that flank the entrance to the pool. Each come with a HUGE private deck that overlooks the pool and harbor. Awesome.

The bedroom opens up directly this deck:

I’ll be honest: I didn’t love the rooms themselves for one main reason: there is a TON of living area space (tables and chairs), but the bedroom seems tiny in comparison.

Other than that, people with too much money to spend are going to love the heck out of these rooms.

Standard Room (with Harbor View)

The standard rooms are really nice.

I love the couch at the end of the bed, with the coffee table. Off screen is a huge TV. It’s tough to really appreciate the huge windows and view, mainly because of the lighting.

The bathrooms are small, but done very well.

There is a standing shower to the left that you can’t see. But enough potty talk, let’s move onto something more fun.

The Ballroom

Based on this Ballroom alone, I think there are going to be A LOT of happy brides in Fells Point soon.

The Ballroom is magnificent, with tons of space, tall ceilings, huge skylights, attention grabbing arches, and an ornate ceiling with incredible attention to detail.

It’s beautiful.

The balcony views overlooking Thames Street give you the perfect orientation- you’re at the center of attention, right in the heart of Fells Point.

Just outside of the main ballroom area, two hallways serve as separate corridors, dividing the space nicely and making it feel even bigger.

The Ballroom is on the 3rd floor and a staircase down the hall leads directly to street level.

The Red Stairs on Thames

If you’re looking at the hotel from the front, there is a door on the far left that leads directly to the 3rd floor Ballroom area.

It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that should be a focal point, but the designers made it into one, and it looks amazing.

A few other things…

Yes, there is an exercise room.

And a place to check-in

I missed snapping pictures of some basic things like the hallways and entrances to the rooms, so you’ll have to see them for yourselves! Dimly lit, with very industrial and nautical influences.

What do you think?

Did you attend the Open House? If so, what did you think? If not, do you have any other questions?

Welcome to FellsPoint.com!

Please excuse the mess: we launched this site early to accommodate photos of the new Sagamore Pendry Hotel which we know are of huge interest. That being said, what you see now is NOTHING like the site will look in the near future.

After living in Fells Point for a decade, there didn’t seem to be single destination to find the local happenings, so I decided to build one myself. Some of the things I’m hoping to include on the site:

  • Event Calendar
  • Restaurant info (hours, specials, suggestions, etc)
  • Directory of stores/services
  • News specific to Fells Point
  • Random fun Fells Pointy things

If you’re interested in helping out, feel free to contact me! I need to do some legwork to make the site presentable and lay a foundation of content, but it’d be great to have some other locals contributing to keep it up to date, useful, and entertaining.

That’s it for now… stay tuned!