527 N. Charles St., 410/539-8880, www.saschas.com 
HOURS: Lunch Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Mon.–Thurs. 5:30–11 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5:30 p.m.–midnight
COST: Most entrées between $10–20
The production begins with the entrance to Sascha’s, which involves massive red velvet drapes that conceal an enormous, chandeliered Mount Vernon row house, with ceilings some 16 feet high and a red and gold color scheme that exudes warmth even in the dead of winter.
A good selection of small plates is popular here (their take on the BLT: fried lobster, bacon, and tomato, on a slice of grilled semolina), but the entrées have some strong contenders as well (scallops with grits and Andouille sausage, and “deconstructed” eggplant lasagna).
Sascha’s is a place for those who like to eat and be seen eating, especially when it involves red velvet. Note that lunch is served here as well, but it’s very light, with lots of salads, and done cafeteria-style.