You don’t have to compromise with your morning cup of joe. Bohème Café, the Inner Harbor’s only independently and locally owned coffee shop, brews beans from Counter Culture Coffee, one of five small and active roasters in the country providing direct-trade coffees. Also featured: locally sourced dairy products and homemade pastries.
Go: 400 E. Pratt St.
Sip heaven through a straw at Liquid Earth, Fells Point’s “living food” juice bar and restaurant. Spike a freshly made juice with bee pollen or vitamin C for that extra kick, or down a wheat-grass shot. Fork-and-knife offerings include vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, raw entrées and a variety of appetizers made with locally sourced and organic produce and served in a rustic, laid-back setting.
Go: 1626 Aliceanna St.
Milk and Honey
In the nearby Mount Vernon neighborhood, Milk and Honey is part grocery, part café and all natural. Featuring locally sourced produce, dairy and meats, this hip joint offers carefully crafted soups, sandwiches and breakfast fare. Seating is limited, but carryout is perfect for a picnic at Mount Vernon Park.
Go: 816 Cathedral St.
Hidden away on the decidedly quirky “Avenue” in Hampden is The Dogwood, where Chef Galen Sampson prepares seasonal menus starring locally sourced ingredients. But the spectacular food isn’t the only mission. The restaurant is staffed through its own training program that works with those transitioning from addiction, incarceration, homelessness and underemployment.
Go: 911 W. 36th St.
Nationally renowned Woodberry Kitchen serves up local, sustainable and in-season dishes in the newly reclaimed and renovated Clipper Mill (home to Pool & Hunt Ironworks in the mid-1800s). The menu changes regularly, but always features brick oven–baked flatbreads and specialty cocktails made with local fruits and herbs. Before or after dinner, be sure to stroll Clipper Mill and catch a glassblowing demonstration at Corradetti Glass next door.
Go: 2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126