Myth & Moonshine offers drinks, ambiance over food

By RENEE SCAVONE | February 22, 2018

I am a firm believer in the idea that a city is only as good as its weakest bar, and I’ve yet to find that bar in Baltimore.

(But I assure you that I’ll keep trying.)

Located on the Fell’s Point edge of Canton, Myth & Moonshine is everything that a self-professed tavern ought to be: warm, full and loud.

Like really, really loud.

While its conversation-limiting ambiance may not make it a great spot for a first date, Myth & Moonshine is definitely the move for a rowdy Friday night.

The service is fine, but given that the place has been near full capacity every time I’ve gone in, that in itself is a miracle. While it’s not as though there are drunken degenerates lining the walls, maintaining a cheery disposition and remembering orders in the face of a weekend bar crowd is nothing to sneer at. 

I’d also give a special shout out to every server that I have personally elbowed in the stomach, because the tables are packed in just that tight. 

The decor is vaguely sports bar-esque meets vaguely... Pinterest? There are a lot of mason jars, which I guess is a nod to the moonshine part of their name.

And true to that name, they do serve an awful lot of alcohol. There are apparently over 70 different types of moonshine alone, all with funny sounding names like “Blackberry on Acid.”

They also have a pretty decent bottomless brunch, if that tickles your fancy. Their mimosas are what I would best describe as ambitious and maybe also to the point.

Of course, what I really care about is the food. It’s definitely solid, though it kind of pales in comparison to the drink menu. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to eat their calories, though, you’ll probably be just fine.

One dish of note: the Crabby Grilled Cheese. As a rule I don’t believe in paying for things that I could make myself for under $3 (looking at you, Carma’s), but I make sort of a big exception for this.

The sandwich has crab meat and cheddar jack,and is sprinkled with cajun corn--as if that winning combination wasn’t enough. Say what you will about literally every other food item on this menu: these folks can make a grilled cheese.

It’s also the first restaurant I’ve been to that serves deviled eggs.

While their food is otherwise not my favorite, I continue to spend my money there, so they must be doing something right. Part of it, yes, is the aforementioned collection of high-proof alcohol, but beyond that there’s something about the restaurant’s coming-of-age movie vibe; maybe the exposed brick or big windows.

There’s also something to be said about the smaller space. I totally feel cooler when I can fight my way in on a busy Saturday night.

(Though, for the record, they do take reservations. I just don’t have my life together like that.)

Parking is kind of rough, but if you’re going to a place with “Moonshine” in the name you should probably be taking a Lyft anyway.

So if you like to eat and love to drink, check out Myth and Moonshine. It’s loud and crowded, but that’s all part of the fun.

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