Wit and Wisdom is one of the newest kids on Baltimore’s restaurant block. They opened their doors in mid-November at the esteemed Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore’s trendy Harbor East neighborhood.
Its menu is described as American tavern, comprised of traditional comfort foods with an Eastern seaboard influence. Although Wit and Wisdom is a new concept to the Mina Group, owner and restaurateur, Michael Mina, is no newbie to the restaurant game. He owns about 19 other restaurants in hot spots like Atlantic City, Vegas, and Miami.
Executive chef Benjamin Lambert, honors the farm-to-table movement while paying homage to heirloom American dishes like Amish rabbit boudin and country-fried loin. He also puts a spin on local Chesapeake favorites like the Baltimore ‘Coddie’ fritter. And although the menu is described as tavern, both dishes and presentation are elegant without being overly pretentious.
The decor is warm and welcoming and reminds you of a chic take on a classic tavern. And the bar is not to be missed. As a matter of fact, a good course of action would be to start off at the bar and order a couple of refined cocktails or a glass of wine accompanied by appetizers like the Anson Mills hushpuppies, lobster corn dog or the tavern macaroni and cheese casserole. If you’re a vegetarian of any sort, be mindful that the mac and cheese is made with pork.
The pricing is consistent with that of a Four Seasons establishment with entrees ranging from $18 - $44. If you’re looking to save some money, come for the happy hour when valet parking is complimentary.