Baltimore restaurant fuses American, Mexican and Asian foods in 60s setting
Johnny's isn't even a year old, and it's already made a splash in the Roland Park neighborhood of Baltimore. The restaurant has quickly become a place where locals convene, and many of its patrons know each other on a first name basis.
Johnny's may be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but don't call it a diner. Yes, it has diner-like aspects to it, and offers a laid-back dining experience. Keeping with Foreman Wolf's intentions of an unpretentious environment, Johnny's is definitely a contrast to upscale counterparts Charleston and Pazo. However, that designation may be a little too casual for this eatery located in the historic Roland Park Shopping Center.
The menu is a fusion of American, Mexican and Asian flavors: you'll find meatloaf with mac and cheese on the same page as spring rolls, fish tostadas and lamb empanadas. This mish-mash of dishes is available for both dine in and carry out.
Waiters and waitresses dress in colorful argyle socks and penny loafers. You may even find them with cuffs in their jeans. And although it's not a requirement for diners to follow suit in the 60s style dress code, you might spot a few "all-Americans" donning neck-tied sweaters.
You can reserve a glass of ice wine, or order one of over a dozen bourbons and ryes from its well-appointed bar. If you're not in the mood for bourbon or Planter's Punch or a Brown Sugar Manhattan, then there's always the distinctive choices like grappa or apple brandy. In signature Foreman Wolf fashion, there's a healthy selection of wines to choose from.
Whatever your pleasure, Johnny's is an alternative to downtown dining.