Nickel Taphouse Tap House Mike Donlan The Nickel Taphouse

The Nickel Taphouse

1604 Kelly Ave. (Newbury St.)
Baltimore, MD 21209
Cuisine: American
Birroteca’s Robbin Haas presents this upscale evocation of the working-class taverns of his native Buffalo, New York.
Openings: Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.


The Nickel Taphouse, Baltimore, MD

The Nickel Taphouse Restaurant Review:

Most Baltimoreans know little about the cuisine of Buffalo, New York, except, of course, for those famous spicy chicken wings. Robbin Haas aims to change this with The Nickel Taphouse, a tribute to his hometown’s working-class taverns. And Baltimore is learning fast; thanks to the popularity of his pizza-and-beer-centric Birroteca, the Taphouse arrived with a built-in fan base. The space, in Mt. Washington Village, is cool, if not exactly proletarian, with chocolate-hued walls hung with local art, banquettes, and interesting decorative use made of barrels and bull horns. Among the menu specialties are roasted oysters, mussels, burgers in both “nickel” and “dime” sizes, and such American entrées as roasted Bell & Evans chicken with mushrooms, kale and chicken velouté; charred octopus with chickpeas, tomatoes, peppers, green onion and mojo picon; and New York Strip with crispy potatoes, grilled turnips and chimichurri. Their Buffalo-ism is “beef on weck,” a rare roast beef sandwich featuring a caraway-studded kimmelweck roll. (No wings, though.) As at Birroteca, the beer list emphasizes local craft brews. This place gets packed, so definitely get a reservation, and don’t plan to linger, however much you’d like to.

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