When Clementine opened its second restaurant, at the Creative Alliance, last year no one was quite sure what to expect.
Would Clementine at the Creative Alliance be the same blend of homestyle, homegrown, locavore, and innovation that their Harford Rd. restaurant is known for (hot platters, homemade sausage, and wicked cocktails)—or would it lose some of its Northeast Baltimore charm to cater more to the downtown tastes of the Creative Alliance patrons?
Well, Clementine is still Clementine—combining homey-ness and sophistication in the way that only Clementine knows how.
While open for dinner only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday—hours clearly catering to those who attend performances at the attached Creative Alliance—Clementine is a relaxing, family-friendly neighborhood restaurant.
Sure, you can get the housemade charcuterie plate ($15), a hallmark of the Hamilton restaurant: Duroc pork sausage with sage, thyme and oregano; chicken and pork Galantine barded with chicken skin; chicken liver pâté with orange zest & coriander; Smoked duck breast; bread and butter pickles & house-made crackers crostini.
But you can stop by after work for a grilled cheese with a cup of tomato soup and homemade pickles ($7), or a crab dip with bagel chips ($10) and pair it with a range of beverages from a $10 craft cocktail to a $2 can of Pabst.
Brunch at Clementine is a calm alternative to the bottomless mimosas and build-your-own Bloody Mary boozefests that have become the norm in Canton, Fell’s Point and Highlandtown.
Clementine’s brunch menu recently featured seven entrees—all under $15—and two breakfast sandwiches. If you think sausage gravy is gross, their scallion biscuits and sausage gravy, with a scallion-scrambled egg and paprika-speckled red potato home fries, will make you a convert.
If you want a little hair of the dog with your breakfast, the brunch cocktails ranged from a $4 Michelada (Boh, tomato juice, lime, and hot sauce, served in a pint glass rimmed with Old Bay), to a $9 Patterson Cafe (Patron Café, hazelnut liqueur, coffee, and fresh whipped cream).
Clementine at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave.) is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Call for reservations or to ask about Thursday night wine discounts and other specials.
by Danielle Sweeney