On The Town

A night out at Oliver Speck's Eats & Drinks

The former Vino Rosina space is now a more casual BBQ joint.

By Jess Mayhugh | August 19, 2013, 12:00 pm

-Instagram
On The Town

A night out at Oliver Speck's Eats & Drinks

The former Vino Rosina space is now a more casual BBQ joint.

By Jess Mayhugh | August 19, 2013, 12:00 pm


-Instagram


On Thursday, I attended an opening party for Oliver Speck's Eats & Drinks, in the former space of Vino Rosina in Harbor East. Under the same management and chef (former Top Chef contestant Jesse Sandlin), Oliver Speck's aims to be a more casual BBQ joint, rather than another New American bistro, which we've covered.

The space itself hasn't changed much and still retains exposed brick, wooden wine shelves, and chalkboard walls. But a more casual vibe became obvious in the details—new flat-screen TVs above the bar, staff wearing baseball T-shirts, and fun magnetic letters on the vent hood of the exposed kitchen.

We tried a couple of the cocktails, which all seem to have a whimsical, down-home vibe. Our favorite had to be the Ziggy Piggy, pictured, which was garnished with candied bacon (!) and featured scotch, Domaine de Canton, muddled plum and mint, ginger simple syrup, and ginger beer. A lot of scotch tends to be too strong for me, but the sweet/spicy/aromatic flavors were such great counterpoints (and the bacon was a lovely added bonus).

We also recommend trying the Maine Mule (their take on a mule, served in a Mason jar, made with organic potato vodka from Maine) and Life's a Peach with Bulleit Rye, peach, lemon, lime, and brown-sugar syrup. Of course, we also got to nibble on some food, including some extremely crunchy and salty pork cracklins, horseradish-heavy deviled eggs, and a pulled pork slider topped with vinegary, house-made barbecue sauce.

Though it's early, we suspect that this new, fun concept will stick around for a while. For a full restaurant review, look out for our November issue.


Meet The Author
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

You May Also Like

In Good Taste

Annabel Lee Tavern Closing its Doors This Weekend

Owner shares memories of his beloved tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.

Food & Drink

Sip Tips: May 2017

Celebrate the season of dirt under the fingernails with these organically grown libations.

Food & Drink

Lawn Party

Whether it’s an extra-long lunch break or start of the weekend, enjoy a picnic with these Maryland-made treats.

Food & Drink

You Are Here

Scenes from the Bel-Loc Diner and UnPub 7 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Food & Drink

Holding Court

Asian Court gets a new address in Ellicott City.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Tiny Charges
NICU nurse Amy McArdle cares for the hospital’s littlest patients.

My Top Ten with Alex Obriecht
The owner of Race Pace Bicycles shares his favorite things.

Summer Concert Guide
From local bands to national names, here are 30 sunset shows you can’t miss.

Cameo: April Ryan
We talk to the White House correspondent and CNN political analyst.

What Morgan Means to Me
As Morgan State celebrates its 150th anniversary, five noteworthy alumni recall their college years.