UPDATE: With the 2018 reopening of this hip spot in the sand off the Inner Harbor, Sand Lot by Spike Gjerde is reported to be upping their game with improved menu options and live music. We’ll report on the results soon. If you’ve been and want to share your thoughts and/or images, let us know.
Is the coolest pop-up in Baltimore a home run or a ground out to second? We’re adding our review of Sand Lot by Spike Gjerde to the lineup so that you don’t miss it before it closes this season.
I love Baltimore. There, I said it.
History, art, sports, sailing, the food scene, there is just so much to dig about B’more. J’dore!
Sand Lot by local culinary heavy-hitter, Spike Gjerde, is the hottest pop-up eatery in Baltimore this summer. Naturally, that meant we had to go check it out.
The name is an homage to the baseball history of the town that birthed The Great Bambino and the best damn sports flick ever – The Sand Lot!
The Lot (venue)
Gaint Jenga, bocce ball courts, sidewalk chalk, beach chairs, strings of lights, hammocks, and SAND. The vibe is decidedly summer and certainly cool.
From the shiny Airstream serving as the bar to the cargo container kitchens, the laid-back feel is fun and inviting. Hip menials, cocktails in hand, toss cornhole bean bags. The high chair crew climbs through cargo nets waiting for their corn dog delivery and it works!
The Lineup (menu)
Don’t expect Woodberry Kitchen. The summer vibe extends to the menu which I can best describe as ballpark chic. While some dishes are certainly elevated it is still pretty much street food – which I don’t mind but wasn’t expecting.
Corndogs with Ranch – Strike
They weren’t impressive at all and serving them in a pool of ranch didn’t help. Even the 10-year-old was unimpressed… with a corndog!
Pulled Pork Nachos – Walk-Off Double
The meat had a deep layer of flavor, owing no doubt to being smoked. The sauce was flavorful but not a huge wow. Combining the meaty favorite with crispy chips was a texture win.
Crab and Corn Fritters with Pepper Jam – Sacrifice Fly
Spike is well-known for keeping it local at all of his restaurants. Makes sense that crab would make the lineup at the lot. These fritters showcased very little of our iconic blue crab. Maybe understandably so since they were very small. The saving play here was an outstanding pepper jam that was the perfect pitch of sweet and spicy.
Smoked Meatballs – Home Run!
OMG! Seriously, my mouth is watering at the mere mention. Mr. Gjerde, I’m not sure what you did to these but they are good enough to kick a vegetarian off the wagon.
Food = Hit or miss but for the most part it is a solid Double
Location = It isn’t the easiest place to find but I feel that sort of works in their favor. I’d say this is a 1 Run Single to Left.
Atmosphere = Between the cool reclaimed vibe, the unique seating options and free activities (hello, bocce on the beach!) they get a Walk Off Homer.
Family Friendly Score = Grand Slam! Pets welcome, lots of free activities, finger foods, and the best place to catch a Charm City Sunset, it’s a total win!
Sand Lot Baltimore vs Pizza Delivery on a Friday Night – 10 to 0