The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront’s new Apropoe’s, a purportedly Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant tucked in the corner of Harbor East where the Jones Falls meets the harbor, doesn’t feature purple curtains or loose floorboards. But Poe, says the hotel’s head chef, Carlos Gomez, will be celebrated in the old-fashioned approach to cooking. “We’re pickling and braising and smoking things.”
Apropoe’s foodstuffs will be sourced from the food service for the rest of the hotel. The farm egg dropped on a duck confit pizza, the crumbled goat cheese in a mixed beet salad and the roast chicken with crispy skin and simple jus—and of course the burger—come from local farms. Meanwhile, Gomez grows herbs used both in the kitchen and at the bar on a fifth-floor terrace.
The restaurant, which replaces Grille 700, is part of a lobby renovation that conforms to what Robin Richmond, director of restaurants, calls the Marriott’s “Great Room Concept”—a daytime café area, complete with USB ports along the bar, transitions to what she hopes will be a buzzy bar scene later. And if it’s too buzzy, says Richmond, there’s always the “Poet’s Corner,” set apart from the room’s flat-screens and adorned with Poe’s words. 700 Aliceanna St., 410-895-1879, http://www.apropoesharboreast.com