This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit and write about my new favorite art museum: the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. I made mention of Mr. Rain’s Fun House, the museum’s café located on the third floor.
When I was a growing up outside of Washington, D.C., my parents took every opportunity they could to expose my brother and me to all of the free museums and exhibits the Smithsonian had to offer. I’m a richer person today because of it.
What I remembered aside from the exhibits was the cafeteria where we’d sometimes stop for lunch. Back then, it seemed like the Smithsonian outsourced all of their food services to a cardboard factory. Dry burgers served in styrofoam for eight dollars were not a meal. We learned to brown bag it.
Museum food has changed and now caters to distinguished palates.
On Friday after a train ride, walk, and photo shoot, I was famished. I knew I couldn’t appreciate any of the mesmerizing visuals at the AVAM without something in my stomach.
Enter Mr. Rain’s Fun House.
The “fun house” offers fresh ingredients and imaginative lunch, dinner, and brunch choices served on proper plates with proper cutlery. They also serve booze, so you can complement your meal if you get into that.
I opted for the Roasted Apple Salad that’s oddly not on the online menu. It should be because it was sweet, light, and well-dressed.
I asked for a wine recommendation and the server suggested the Ciderworks Kingston Black Cider. At first, I thought it was a hard cider, but it was served in a wine glass and tasted like a succulent, apple-flavored white wine.
Whatever your mood, skip the tourist traps at the Inner Harbor and treat yourself to lunch or dinner at Mr. Rain’s Fun House. Don’t forget to order some pretzel bites and brown mustard.
Who said museum food had to be boring?