November 20th, 2020

Review: These two Baltimore restaurants do outdoor dining right. Check them out before the cold weather sets in.

Originally published by the Baltimore Sun

November 20, 2020

Like many people, I’ve been eating a lot of carryout during the pandemic. There’s a certain novelty to scarfing a chef-prepared meal in the comfort of my own backyard.

But sometimes you want to don your best face mask, grab some hand sanitizer and get out of the house. Two outdoor dining experiences this fall, at two hot new restaurants in Baltimore, reminded me why we go out to eat in the first place…

Memorable meals tell a story, giving you clues into the hearts and minds of the chefs in the kitchen. Over in Harbor East, Maximón from the Atlas Restaurant Group is telling a different narrative: one of a glamorous voyage through Latin American cuisine.

Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Maximón’s dining room stretches into a spacious waterfront patio. Just beyond, the Inner Harbor glistens in the early evening sunset. With palm trees and stucco walls, it looks like the type of place you’d expect to find James Bond between missions. Attractive heat lamps warm guests on chilly evenings. Only a handful of diners sat indoors.