Alchemy Modern American Eatery

Alchemy Modern American Eatery - Baltimore, MD

I love this place. This sassy little spot is niched between more than a few trendy restaurants, conveniently located among Hampden’s 36th the Avenue haunts. Why do I love it so much? It’s innovative. Superb food. Great menu options. A sophisticated wine program. That’s what their website says, and that’s what it is. For you beer and spirits types, a witty “Liquid Culture” list is available.

Alchemy, thou callest my name.

Currently, on Tuesdays, Alchemy offers a 3-course dinner menu for $25. It’s a lovely, inspired menu — that better yet — delivers. In the past, I’ve had the House Cured Salmon Plate. I hate to gush, but it was the best.  The fact is, I’m thinking about it now. We paired the salmon with a Pinot Noir that was recommended by Somm and Pastry Chef Debi Bell-Matassa.

Bell-Matassa co-owns Alchemy with Executive Chef Michael Matassa, both of whom hold credentials that are seriously prestigious. In addition to Alchemy, they co-owned the popular Fusion Grille of Harford County, an establishment of which, I’m sorry to say, I was unaware.  The third chef in this trifecta (!) of superb (there’s that word again) cuisine is Trinity Fisher, a classically French-trained executive sous chef.

On this particular Wednesday when my niece Jennifer was in Baltimore, we stopped by Alchemy to participate in a blind wine tasting. These blind tastings are scheduled each Wednesday of the month. Here’s how it works: 3 wines, 3 nice pours for $10. This is a good deal. Or it’s a great deal, because did I say these are nice pours? If you guess the 3 wine varieties, you win a dinner. Additionally, if you guess the regions from which the wines were produced, you win a 2nd dinner for your guest.

Bell-Matassa stopped by our table, and we talked wine. This is a delightful opportunity if you love the grape. She knows what she’s talking about, and she’s open to discussion. This was fun.

Menus are subject to change, and I wish I could replicate the exact menu, but alas, I cannot. As close as I can report the main course, I had beef tenderloin over smashed potato, topped with jumbo lump crab and a chocolately sauce drizzled around the plate. My niece had seared scallops topped with a bacon mixture, and pickled onion served over creamy polenta. For dessert we shared a generous portion of bread pudding with the most incredible creamy bourbon sauce and a glass of tawny port. Of course. Port.

Alchemy Modern American Eatery
1011 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 366-1163
alchemyon36.com

Francine Lubera, CSW

Francine Lubera, a Certified Specialist of Wine, is the owner and CEO of Sofia Volo, whose mission is to introduce the enjoyable experiences of pairing wine for new and current wine lovers and to take the snob out of wine tasting, one casual tasting party at a time.

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