I first visited this cozy Hampden restaurant with my wife Jennifer & her aunt Francine right before we moved to Maryland, and it has quickly became a regular haunt for us. Located directly across from Cafe Hon, right in the thick of a row of restaurants and bars on 36th Street, Alchemy is owned by husband-and-wife team Chef Michael Matassa and Pastry Chef/Sommelier Debi Bell-Matassa.
We were planning on going to see the Miracle on 34th Street lights, when Jennifer suggested that we eat at Alchemy beforehand. On Tuesdays, they offer a $25 3-Course Dinner menu that is very popular. With an ever-rotating list of dishes on the $25 menu, it’s a great way to sample their dishes without breaking the bank.
We arrived for our 7:45pm reservation to a bustling dining area. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who thought of eating before seeing the lights! We were led upstairs to our table where our server, Adam, introduced himself.
I looked through the Wine Menu and noticed the Santa Duc Les Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhône, a bottle we had before and really liked, was still there. At $36, it’s a great bottle, and compatible with most of the dishes on the $25 3-Course Menu. I asked for it immediately, and it was as delicious as I remembered it.
After settling in and enjoying a few sips of the fabulous Côtes du Rhône, we ordered our dishes. Jennifer ordered the Hollywood Oysters and Crab Tamales, and I ordered the Crab Mac & Cheese and Braised Beef Cheeks.
For dessert, we both had the Carrot Cake with Limoncello Icing, the perfect end to a delicious meal.
Our server, Adam, was friendly, knowledgeable, and did a fantastic job taking care of us and the rest of the tables upstairs.
Full and happy, we were ready to see the Miracle on 34th Street lights!Alchemy Modern American Eatery
1011 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 366-1163 | Website | Facebook | @alchemyon36