Hot Spots: French Fowl

For years, if you wanted French bistro food in Charm City, you had one choice: Roland Park’s Petit Louis (still a dependable stalwart). Now, within the past few months, the city has added two more choices—Chez Hugo downtown, and now Duck Duck Goose in Fells Point.

An offshoot of its sister restaurant in Bethesda, Duck Duck Goose has settled into the spot near the foot of Broadway that has formerly housed Tapas Adela and 8 Ball Meatball.

The space retains its former layout: a big barroom up front with a common high-top table in the center.

There’s more bar seating in the large front windows overlooking the street…

…and a comfy lounge area in another corner.

Colorful wall murals spark up the room, and the bar itself features a pop of bright green on its face.

Diners can choose to eat in the barroom, the more formal dining room, or outdoors, where a sidewalk café set-up offers an al fresco experience.
[A side note: The bathroom doors feature a standard male icon of on the men’s room; the women’s room features icons of a seated female with a leering male peering over the wall spying on her. Icky, right? Social media is currently taking the restaurant to task on this questionable design choice.]

We started our meal with an appetizer of English pea risotto with goat cheese, parmesan and bacon.

For my main course, I opted for Chicken Forgione—perfectly roasted chicken in jus served with charred lemon, broccolini and potato.

As it was a warm summer evening, I chose to sip on a crisp, satisfying rosé wine.

For beer lovers, the draft selection includes eight solid choices, including Stella Artois. Personally, I found more to love in the bottled and canned beer offerings: Brewer’s Art Resurrection, Corona Extra, Natty Boh and Miller Lite. I’d be happy with any one of those!

{Duck Duck Goose, 814 S. Broadway, Fells Point}

About Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.

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