The review: The Rowhouse Grille
I still can't believe it's the same place.
Last Saturday, I stopped by the new Rowhouse Grille (1400 Light St.) in South Baltimore for a couple beers, and was pleasantly surprised at how great it looks. I remember when it was the Light Street Station, a seedy joint with colorful characters.
When Rowhouse owners Patrick Dahlgren and Joseph Flynn bought the building, they gave it quite the facelift, from the oak bar to the cherry floorboards. They painted the walls a blueish gray inside and out, and installed eight taps behind the bar.
Of those eight taps, three were Clipper City. That's the highest ratio of Clipper City beers I think I've ever seen in a neighborhood bar ...
Granted, it's no surprise, considering Dahlgren's step-father is Clipper City owner Hugh Sisson. But it's still a treat. I ordered a Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA, which cost $5.
The Rowhouse's first floor has a bar up front and a dining space in back. The second floor, which was closed the night we went, has also been remodeled.
I had no complaints with the service at the Rowhouse. The bar area was comfortably full, but I never had a problem getting a drink. I also liked the tunes, which weren't your average pub fare. Instead of Journey and such, we got A Tribe Called Quest.
The Rowhouse isn't overflowing with character yet, because, well, it's still brand new. But The Rowhouse is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, in a spot that helps bring much needed foot traffic south on Light Street.
(Photo by me)