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Ida B’s Table is a modern soul food restaurant with four distinct areas for guests to enjoy: the bar, the parlor, the drawing-room, and the main dining room. The restaurant serves lunch, small plates during happy hour, dinner, and brunch. Located in a landmark building, the historic CJ Youse Candy Box Factory was originally designed by prominent Baltimore firm Archer & Allen. Confectionary (candy-making) businesses were hugely important in 19th century Baltimore, and CJ Youse made beautiful paper boxes for gifting. Many of the original fixtures — including the doors — have been reclaimed and reused for Ida B’s Table. This mixture of classic 19th-century design and modern comfort reflects the historical era and contemporary impact of its namesake, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett.
Ida B. Wells was an intrepid journalist, anti-lynching crusader, women's rights activist, and civil rights pioneer. Her spirit is embodied in the socially conscious hiring practices, ethical ingredient sourcing, and devotion to serving top-notch food that honors the culinary history of the African diaspora. Organized like a newspaper, with by-lines and op-eds, the menu features cheffy Southern favorites like smoked fried chicken alongside Ethiopian sega wot, jambalaya, and West African maafe. Want a look inside? Check out this video from remsberginc:
At Ida B's, you not only get a delicious taste of history but also get to support great storytelling at the same time. Ida B’s Table is a venture of The Real News Network (TRNN). TRNN is a non-profit that produces uncompromising, fact-based journalism with the interests of the majority of people in mind. They don’t sell ads or accept government or corporate funding. The scale and urgency of the problems facing us require profound solutions. That’s why TRNN believes people fighting for effective change are the real newsmakers. At Ida B's Table, you can sit on the right side of history as you have brunch.
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