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The Fork & Wrench

2322 Boston St. (Wagner St.) Send to Phone
This “boutique dive bar” is an upscale evocation of Canton’s industrial past, with some of the most creative cooking in town.
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The Fork & Wrench Restaurant Review

: Before Canton was the haunt of yuppies and yachtsmen, it was home to wharfside factories and the hardworking blue-collar folk they employed. Old Canton has been gone for a generation or more, but it is receiving a latter-day tribute from an unusual source: an upscale, chef-driven, and wildly creative restaurant. Sure, plenty of places are sporting industrial-chic elements these days --- open shelves of canned goods, light fixtures that might have been crafted in Edison’s workshop --- as well as spinning culinary gold from such humble ingredients as kale and little-known pig parts. But nobody does this with as much panache as The Fork & Wrench. The restaurant’s design is evocative, both authentically gritty and surprisingly elegant. (In an upstairs dining room, faded, tattered floral wallpaper and a vintage card catalogue will make you feel you’re dining in a haunted library.) Chef Cyrus Keefer matches the décor with dishes you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Mesquite bone marrow with uni, crab and “angry butter.” A Chinese steamed bun stuffed with escargots. Smoked lamb neck with risotto. A whole pig’s head surrounded with oysters. It’s challenging food, and not inexpensive, but New Cantonites (and foodies from all over Baltimore) are flocking to this self-styled “boutique dive bar.” The wines are seasonal and the inventive cocktails are "handcrafted," but the desserts are as homespun as can be.

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