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The Point in Fells

June 16, 2010

Cringe-inducing name aside, The Point in Fells (1738 Thames St., [410]327-7264), which opened May 28, has already garnered the attention of Baltimore foodies and critics in the almost three weeks it’s been open.

Specializing in American fare, the Point offers entrees such as flatbread pizza and steak, alongside more unusual dishes such as braised pork belly, arctic char, and avocado and blue crab parfaits. The menu is split in two, offering large portions ($18 to $24) and small plates ($10 to $14). “Pub grub” and lunch selections are also offered.

Co-owner Erica Russo is no stranger to food business. Her parents, Eva and Jimmy Chin, own Edie’s Deli and Grill at the Inner Harbor, and she has managed a number of restaurants, including the Greene Turtle and the now-defunct Lucille’s at Power Plant Live.

The location has a storied past. The original Miss Irene’s was a much beloved dive bar. When it was transformed into an upscale restaurant in 2009 under new management, locals, who loved the dingy hang-out, were aghast. Shortly after Miss Irene’s 2.0 closed, the restaurant was turned into Poe Boys, an oyster bar, only to shut down a few months later.