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Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino: A behind the scenes culinary preview

The media was invited in for a behind the scenes preview of the $442 million dollar Horseshoe Casino that will open on August 26th. The casino, the second largest casino in the State, is located on Russell Street, just a hop, skip and jump from our M & T Bank Stadium It is amazing what they were able to create and build in just over a year as well the added bonus of 2200 jobs.

Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen and Bar prior to opening their doors at Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino.
Photographs by Dara Bunjon©
A look at gaming at soon-to-open Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino
Photographs by Dara Bunjon©

There are 2,500 video lottery terminals (VLTS) or for those of you in my generation, the new age slot machine. There are numerous VLTS and gaming on balconies/terraces for those who like to gamble and smoke at the same time. One hundred table games, and 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room and electronic table games on the multi level casino. There is a two story video wall that greets patrons with visual updates on their food, drink and entertainment at the Horseshoe Casino.

The attached slideshow will give you a visual of the full service casino, but with an emphasis on where to eat and drink because that is what this food writer writes. I recently wrote about Chef Duff Goldman of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes supplying desserts to the Casino owned Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, which is on the first floor along with Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar with seating up to 350. On the tour Fieri’s open kitchen revealed rotisserie chickens being licked by flames, yum. The casino’s Executive Director of Food and Beverage Jeffrey Oliveri and Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar Chef de Cuisine Jimmy Johnson were conferring on how to plate one of their culinary offerings. The place settings are a napkin with a skull design and the flatware crossed over itself to look like the crossbones of pirates of yore.

On our tour of the first floor, Chad Barnhill, general manager of Horseshoe Baltimore advised, “We are not offering buffet dining like most casinos.” He continued, “We have Baltimore Marketplace featuring local casual eateries.” The Baltimore Marketplace is similar, although more upscale to a shopping center food court with Tark’s classic Maryland fare, Mallow Bar Dessert Cafe, Heavy Seas beer and burgers, Lenny’s Deli, Pie-Zetta pizza and a centerpiece video gaming beer bar.

Take the steps, elevator or the escalator to the 2nd floor for Mexican fare at Johnny Sanchez, a modern day taqueria created by celebrity chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez. Their 222 seat restaurant with Mexican inspired food and drink will be available through lunch and dinner and expect entertainment later in the evening at their lounge.

On the top floor of the two story Horseshoe Casino there is an Asian gaming space that has stunning carvings, brass trees and specialty gaming tables midi and mini baccarat – dragon bonus tables and fortune Pai Gow tables. Adjacent to the Asian gaming area is No.Ri – noodle and sushi bar featuring Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese cuisines.

Considering that they have a 3,500 car parking garage on Bayard Street that is free on all non-event days at M & T Bank Stadium, one might drop in for dinner, lunch or a nosh.

Horseshoe Casino - 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 www.caesars.com/baltimore/casino.html @HorseshoeBMore