Hot Spots: Chesapeake Classic

by Brian Michael Lawrence

Alex Smith  – and his Atlas Restaurant Group – has scored another hit with the opening of The Choptank. Situated in the south shed of the original Broadway Market, The Choptank is part of a revitalized market complex. The north shed offers a variety of food stalls and an outdoor tiki bar, while The Choptank offers commodious spaces, both indoors and out. 

Entering the space, roughly half of the restaurant is given over to an outdoor experience.
You’ll stroll through an entertainment area that includes mini pool tables, foosball, ping-pong, and gathering areas with fire pits.
Beyond that is a large outdoor bar area, including high-top tables and additional outdoor dining tables.
The space tends to be lively, but also allows the customer to feel a part of the Fell’s Point street experience.
Strolling toward the rear, you enter the main shed building—traditional tiled floors underfoot and the beautiful original woodwork roof support beams overhead. The wood-paneled dining room centers around a large central bar, which houses the expansive raw bar on one end.
The menu is that of on old-school traditional crab and seafood house.
After visiting several times, I can personally vouch for the excellent, perfectly done crab cakes…
…delicious, moist Eastern Shore-style fried chicken…
…and spicy Old Bay chicken wings.
Aside from standard beer selections…
…and cocktails…
…the Orange Crush on offer is particularly refreshing—perfect for enjoying at the al fresco bar.
Each time I’ve visited, the place has been packed, including a healthy representative of Baltimore power players, families, and lively groups. It’s great to see this central spot on Broadway revitalized.
As the popular hashtag puts it, #CityNeedsIt.
{The Choptank, Street, 1641 Aliceanna Street, Fell’s Point}
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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