The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Baltimore’s Tin Roof: A live music joint with Tenn- Mex cuisine

Since mid 2014 Baltimore’s Power Plant became home to the Tin Roof, a Nashville chain that started back in 2002 as a place for musicians to play and hang out. Baltimore’s Tin Roof is large, broken up into three sections with the stage in the center with a couple tables, room to dance or stand up close to the musicians. A long bar with television screens aplenty parallels the live performance stage and on the other side of the stage, a section with more tables for dining and its own bar with television screens aplenty (23 TV screens)  Weather permitting, enjoy the front patio with plenty of seating and a cool breeze off the harbor.

The Tin Roof is the latest restaurant incarnation in this corner location of the Power Plant formerly Babalu and then Kettle Hill. The vibe, very informal – funky, with road signs, other memorabilia throughout and bicycles on the tin roof façade over the back bar. It took me back to the days, yeah, the good ole days, at the Opus Bar in Atlantic City sans the 23 television screens, where dancing, drinking and hanging out until the wee hours was a nightly affair - always closing the joint down.
Media maven Downtown Diane threw a private party for the local media to introduce the Tin Roof venue.  Lucky us, we got to listen to Nelly’s Echo, a local singer who made it to The Voice. His rendition of Ain’t No Sunshine is a standout!

The menu is just as casual as the atmosphere, with plenty of Tenn- Mex, a mix of southern and Mexican offerings like chicken and waffle nuggets, the smoked brisket and mushroom quesadillas, or the Creole shrimp and pig soft rolled tortillas. Chef prepared Maryland crab cakes to go along with the other tasty fare for the evening’s gathering. The venue is ideal for private parties and chef has proven that they are adaptable in culinary offerings.

The bar’s liquid libations has the usual suspects along with offering up some kick ass cocktails for those who wish to imbibe. I’m an occasional drinker, so they fixed me up with a pumped-up Arnold Palmer, something that wouldn’t knock me for a loop but made me smile for a couple hours.    
Football Sundays, karaoke Tuesdays singing with the band, and other musical performers  fill the week. Pop in for lunch, happy hour or late night munchies – enjoy the live music joint called the Tin Roof.

Tin Roof – Power Plant – 32 Market Place – Baltimore, MD 21202 (443) 873-8137 Find them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @tinroofbmore

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