Built in 1885, the Queen Anne-style Baker House still contains much of its original woodwork, doors and hardware. In fact, the inlaid wood floors are believed to be some of the first created by S.C. Johnson, founder of the famous floor wax company. The 17,000-square-foot structure also houses 13 original fireplaces surrounded by rare Low tile.
Baker House offers four guest suites (from $295) on the home's second level; the main floor is reserved for the open-to-the-public restaurant and bar. Tapas and drinks are served nightly, on the porch and lawn when weather permits. Traditional table seating is available, but most of the dining happens on stuffed sofas and wingback chairs pulled up to cocktail tables. Owners Bethany Souza and Andrew Fritz encourage guests to borrow a vintage hat to wear while dining and host a "Sun-downer" celebration each evening as the sun sets (guests receive a complimentary glass of champagne).
Although Baker House's menu is mainly tapas, it’s easy to make a meal out of the small plates. The filet mignon slider trio ($12) is a popular offering, especially when paired with a Tower for Two—samplings of themed dishes, such as the Roman Holiday ($19) with shrimp cocktail, grilled vegetables and antipasto skewers. Several full entrees are also available, as well as three kids' Towers. The food is all tasty, and there's a nice selection of beer and wine to wash it down.