Luckily, the area does have a few low-key cafes and bars that offer more than blaring techno music and $5 Bud Light bottles. Metropolitan Coffee House is just one of those inviting places that makes it the quintessential neighborhood hangout.
We settled at our table near the front and were immediately greeted with a very imposing menu. Check out all the choices, and that's just the appetizer menu! One of the adages of the restaurant industry is that you should specialize: do a few menu items very well, but don't extend yourself. Metropolitan's menu may seem weighty, but they certainly didn't mail anything in. Everything we had was pretty good.
The appetizer menu was a page unto itself, but the seafood lovers at the table quickly settled on the Tuna Carpaccio. The dish came out warm, which was surprising for an item usually served cold or at the very least chilled. Nevertheless, we loved the large chunks of avocado and fresh tomato salsa coupled with thinly sliced raw tuna....the perfect appetizer! Once we polished off the tuna, it was time to tackle the nearly six page entrees menu.
After some "intense" back and forth discussions with my table, Ms. CCT opted for the Trivia Salad. We have both had good experiences with the dinner salads here before, so it was a natural choice for her. She enjoyed how light it was yet it was still filling enough to be considered a meal. In checking out the rest of the salads offered at Metropolitan, you could probably say the same thing. Rachel's Tuna Salad (not pictured) is another solid choice from that menu.
|Trivia Salad-Filling And Healthy|
I settled on the intriguing sesame-encrusted salmon, while the other person opted for grilled mahi-mahi with mango salsa. The mahi-mahi was expertly done, and the delicately prepared salsa made it a great summer dish. My sesame salmon was much more average. The cut of fish was great, don't get me wrong, but the salmon was infused with a bit too much soy sauce. Once you bit past the layer of crunchy sesame seeds (great texture juxtaposition), you were greeted with quite a bit of soy sauce. If they toned that down a bit more, it would have been a hit.
|Sesame Salmon With Fresh Vegetables & Mashed Potatoes|
|Mahi-Mahi Covered With Mango Salsa|
|Huge Bottled Beer Selection|
|Impressive Craft Beer List|
Metropolitan is a relaxed institution in the Federal Hill neighborhood. I'm glad it will be around for a long time It's a nice escape from the usual hard-partying scene that Federal Hill attracts. What are your thoughts? Drop me an email if you've been to Metropolitan before. Until tomorrow everyone. Stay hungry!
-Charm City Traveler