Canton Restaurant Roundup: Venezuelan Food Coming Soon, Smokehouse Changes Hands

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photo via The Can Company
photo via The Can Company

With its many corner storefronts and development, Canton restaurants can be tough to keep up with. Let’s take a look at 5 new arrivals:

Alma Cocina Latina will take over the Can Company space formerly held by Soyombo Grille. The restaurant will offer small plates primarily influenced by Venezuelan cuisine, and cocktails made with Central and South American spirits. Owner Irena Stein is planning to replace the brick front with floor-to-ceiling panels on the building’s front, and upgrade the outdoor patio. The expected opening date is March, 2015.

Nalley Fresh will join Alma as a new tenant in the Can Company, and is also working on a new location at 400 E. Pratt St. The company offers SuperBowls, wraps and salads. The Can Company location will be open in February. Residents won’t have to walk across the park to their E. Baltimore St. location any longer.

Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant and Bar, which is operated by the people behind the Smoking Swine food truck, moved into the Canton Square space that was once run by JD’s Smokehouse (3000 O’Donnell St.) A recent Friday night visit revealed a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of tunes that appeal to children (and grown-ups) of the ’90s. The menu was also a hit parade, with brisket, ribs and smoked chicken all represented. We appreciate that the pulled pork — and sauce choices in general — forced the customer to think about which Carolina they preferred.

Homeslyce made three locations with their new Canton location, which opened just before the holidays. Along with the pizza and extensive bar that’s made their reputation at other locations in Federal Hill, they’ve also brought along the RockBot app, which allows customers to pick the music that plays.

Finally, the sign is up at La Tolteca, which is set to take over the Horse with No Name’s former spot at 2324 Boston St. The opening has been advertised as February. The owners are set to go before the liquor board to iron out their liquor license on Thursday (Jan. 22).

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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