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Tio Pepe

10 E Franklin St
Baltimore, MD 21202-2294 (see map below)
Phone: (410) 539-4675

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The Scene

Whitewashed brick walls, white tablecloths and soft lighting lend a serene touch to this cozy labyrinth of subterranean dining rooms. Brightly colored Spanish pottery adorns the walls and most of the tables in the form of Sangria pitchers.

The Food
Generously portioned, exquisitely presented entrees range from juicy sole sauteéd with bananas and covered in hollandaise sauce to veal medallions simmered in a sweet, creamy port sauce. Tio Pepe's filet mignon is 3 inches thick, served with a savory bearnaise sauce and accompanied by delicious side items. The star of the show is the paella a la Valenciana para dos (for two), an authentic Spanish dish with chunks of lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, veal, chorizo and chicken in fragrant saffron rice. Try the popular pine nut cake-roll for dessert, one of several lighter-than-air, whipped cream-based concoctions.

The entryway at 10 E. Franklin St.
The main dining room
>>This old-timer has great Spanish ambiance, great service, and basically Spanish food with a continental/French interpretation, so don't come here expecting tacos or fajitas. One friend swears by their soft shell crabs and various seafood dishes, but others think about such signature dishes as roast suckling pig, paella, chicken, and lobster, plus their red snapper in green sauce. The most popular dessert is their pinenut roll. Since it is underground, you may think you've stumbled into a stuccoed wine cellar. Nevertheless, it's festive, intimate, and a great place for celebrations.
The bar
>>The menu at Tío Pepe clearly focuses on traditional Spanish specialties and continental dishes with a Spanish flavor. The freshest seafood and perfectly cooked aged meats complement perennial favorites such as sautéed chicken and lobster or roast suckling pig. To accompany discerning diners’ meals, Tío Pepe’s award-winning cellar offers one of the nation’s premier selections of Spanish wines. These many charms add up to a thoroughly memorable occasion any time you dine at Tío Pepe.
Chef Emiliano Sanz
>>Chef Emiliano Sanz hails from Segovia, Spain, where he studied cooking as a young man. He apprenticed at some of the finest restaurants in Madrid and came to Baltimore in 1971 where he worked under Pedro Sanz's supervision. After Pedro's death, he became Tio Pepe's co-owner and chef. His unique style of combining classic techniques with regional Spanish cuisine, has made Tio Pepe's a Baltimore favorite. Among many other awards, it has remained among "Baltimore's Best" for 12 consecutive years in Baltimore Magazine. Some of the best dishes are Zarzuela, which is a superb combination of shellfish in a sherry-scented seafood sauce, and of course, the Paella, a favorite Spanish rice dish with chicken, veal, lobster, chorizo, shrimp, clams and mussels, seasoned with saffron.
Another dining room
One of the quaint side dining rooms
>>If you're looking for the most popular restaurant in Baltimore, look no further: Tio Pepe has won the title. According to Zagat Survey, a New York-based research firm, the Spanish-style restaurant received the most votes when restaurant surveyors named their top five Baltimore establishments. Based on the number of votes, others in the top five most-popular category are Prime Rib, Polo Grill, Linwood's and Milton Inn. The survey, which covers 304 restaurants, was conducted by 810 Baltimore diners who voluntarily devoured food and rated more than 143,000 meals.
The Zagat surveyors score each of the restaurants on a zero to 30 scale for food, decor and service. The diners' reports also provided an average cost-per-meal.
The entrance to the restaurant with the bar and coat room
The Bodega (wine cellar) at Tio Pepe is one of the most complete in the area and has vintage wines dating back many years

10 E Franklin St
Baltimore, MD 21202-2294
Phone: (410) 539-4675

Open Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm
Sat: 5pm-11:30pm
Sun: 4pm-10pm
Neighborhood: Mt Vernon
Category: European-Spanish
Accept: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Diners, Discover



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