The highly acclaimed Baltimore restaurant, Charleston, earned three James Beard award nominations – Outstanding Service, Outstanding Wine Service (Tony Foreman) and Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (Cindy Wolf). The restaurant is part of a list of semi-finalists that will be narrowed down to a list of finalists on March 21.
During the one time I have dined at Charleston, I remember being floored by the service – the waitress was knowledgable about the menu and checked on us just enough as to not be obnoxious. She took her time, exuding the same care with which my food was prepared. And the food – what stuck out the most from my experience was the Ruby Red Shrimp and Real Grits. Such a classic Southern meal has had a strong presence in my life growing up in North and South Carolina, so dining on Charleston’s version brought me home.
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s restaurant is an indispensable asset to the Baltimore food scene. If Charleston wins an award (or all three), I hope Baltimore’s excellent, underrated food scene will win the recognition it deserves.