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Feb 13, 2011 09:00 AM

Late night in Baltimore

Can't somebody serve great fare late in this great small City? I love Sip & Bite as much as the next fellow, but I'm looking for a 1AM spot for something great. Where to go when you're not ready to go home?

Sip & Bite Restaurant
2200 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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  1. Joung Kak at 18 West 20th Street . Open until 4 AM, every night. Great Korean bbq.

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    1. re: crackers

      How does Joung Kak compare to Nak Won?

      Nak Won Restaurant
      12 W 20th St, Baltimore, MD 21218

      1. re: gregb

        As far as I know, Juong Kak is the only place in Baltimore that serves its raw and marinated sliced meats and seafood by bringing a heavy rugged urn piled high with searingly hot coals to the table. The delectibles then go on the grate and the whole room fills with the aroma of sizzling meat and seafood (and garlic cloves, and whatever vegetables you decide to grill too). For that reason alone I'd go to Joung Kak, but the abundance and quality of the panchan is also superior.

        1. re: crackers

          That sounds just like the ticket! Will give it a try - thanks all!

          1. re: kungpho

            My last trip to Juong Kak was in November. I felt like my table was being neglected. Everything was good but the execution left something to be desired. The panchan were good but not plentiful enough for a table of 5. The grill seemed to lack sufficient hot coals. When we said something, they took a hair dryer to it, which seemed to help for about 2 minutes. I was not pleased to have to wonder if my chicken was sufficiently cooked. We also did not get enough lettuce for wrapping. All the flavors were good but I just felt ignored. I am familier with, and enjoy Korean BBQ, but don't know if I would return here.

            1. re: jfish

              jfish - what is your preferred late-night Korean bbq in Baltimore? Do you recall how many different entrees were ordered? I think there is a minimum of two grill orders per table in order to do the grilling, but if you order two, I would not expect enough protein and vegetables to feed five hungry people. Three orders, yes, there should be enough of everything to go around the table. But the variety and quantity of panchan does seem to vary widely among Korean bbq restaurants. That being said, I've never had a problem being accommodated when asking for more lettuce if we run low.

              1. re: crackers

                We were not dining late night and at this point I am stumped as to where to go for Korean bbq in Baltimore. I have had good experiences in the past at Juong Kak and used to like the bbq at New No Da Gee even though it was not at the table and was more of a throw-in with the buffet. We ordered a large bbq platter that included a variety of beef, chicken and pork. We asked and were assured that along with some orders of dumplings that we had ordered enough for the table. That said, late night options in Baltimore are limited and this is an interesting option.

    2. Tapas Teatro is open until 2 am every night but Monday. I haven't been there in years so can't really review.

      As crackers said, Joung Kak is wonderful (I organized a chow dinner there once) and open very late.

      Corks in Federal Hill used to keep the kitchen open until 1 every night but I guess that wasn't working out for them, so now it closes at 11.

      Tapas Teatro Cafe
      1711 N Charles St Ste A, Baltimore, MD 21201

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      1. re: JonParker

        I really like the food at Tapas Teatro. If you like little pizzas, try Pub Dog. It is my go-to in Fed.

      2. Geckos, on Fleet Street not far from the Sip and Bite, serves until 1 AM.

        1. Broadway Diner at Eastern Avenue and I-95 is a cut above your usual shiny diner. Don't let the fact that it was on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives dissuade you. Boulevard Diner on Merritt Boulevard at Holabird in Dundalk is decent, open 24-hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Either gets my vote over the ubiquitous Double Ts around the region.

          Broadway Diner
          6501 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

          Boulevard Diner
          1660 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222

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          1. re: treetop tom

            We were at Broadway the other day. Their desserts looked incredible.