Acropolis4718 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-3384, acropolisbaltimore.com$$, L, D
All the classics are here: You got your lamb, your veal, your chicken souvlaki. It’s the lamb selections and the seafood menu where you’ll find what Acropolis does best.
Annabel Lee Tavern601 S. Clinton St., (410) 522-2929, annabelleetavern.com$$, D, Out, 10 p.m.
This little corner tavern named for an Edgar Allan Poe poem is a handsome space to enjoy a beer and good conversation. The menu offers tasty upscale fare—duck-fat fries and orange roughy tacos—without hitting your wallet with upscale prices. Brunch on Sundays when the weather’s right.
Bistro Rx 2901 E. Baltimore St., (410) 276-0820, bistrorx.net$$, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m., R
With a list of more than 40 varieties of wine both red and white, this is a great joint for oenophiles of all stripes. But the creative menu of pub fare will suit most anybody.
Blue Hill Tavern 938 S. Conkling St., (443) 388-9363, bluehilltavern.com$$$, L, D, Out, R
Blue Hill, under the watchful eye of Mr. Boh on Conkling Street, features some pretty gourmet entrees for adventurous palates. We’re talking seared macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi and pecan-crusted tuna. But there’s also creative takes on staples such as the tavern burger and pork tenderloin.
Bo Brooks2780 Lighthouse Point, (410) 558-0202, bobrooks.com$$$, L, D, Out, R
With Obrycki’s shuttering, the number of great crab houses in the city is dwindling. Fortunately, you can still get Maryland’s signature dish at Bo Brooks, along with terrific views of the harbor.
Canton Dockside3301 Boston St., (410) 276-8900, cantondockside.com$$$, L, D, Out
Our hope is that all the chain joints in the new Canton Crossing complex keep the mall-goers distracted, because the steamed crabs here are legit and we hate to wait.
Captain James Crabhouse and Restaurant2127 Boston St., (410) 327-8600, captainjameslanding.com$$$, B, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
In case you didn’t already know, this is that big, ship-shaped building on Boston Street. If you’ve never ventured inside, you should, because the cap’n serves up generous portions all around—lobster tails, New York strip steak, uh, fake ships—you name it.
The Chasseur3328 Foster Ave., (410) 327-6984, thechasseur.com$$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
Most of the items at this nautically inspired New American spot fall under the comfort-food category. Some—like the steak and egg that turns out to be hand-cut steak tartare topped with a quail egg—have a slight twist. Prices veer toward expensive, but portions are generous.
Claddagh Pub 2918 O’Donnell St., (410) 522-4220, claddaghbaltimore.com$$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
This Irish pub has standard bar food, highlighted by really good wings. But there’s also fancier fare, such as the New York strip au poivre and shrimp fra diavolo. Don’t sleep on the brunch.
DiPasquale’s3700 Gough St., (410) 276-6787, dipasquales.com$, L
This real-deal Italian market and deli is full of treasures, including the salads, meats, cheeses, spreads, and especially the insanely good sandwiches, like the “old world Italian,” with soppressata, dry-cured capicola, prosciutto, fontinella cheese, tomato, and house-made olive spread on foccacia.
Eichenkranz Restaurant611 S. Fagley St., (410) 563-7577, eichenkranz.com$$, B, L, D
Sure, there are plenty of seafood, poultry, and beef entrees at Eichenkranz. But this is one of the few German restaurants in town! Be sure to go in on some of the schnitzel, wurst, or any of the other house specialties.
Fork and Wrench2322 Boston St., (443) 759-9360, theforkandwrench.com$$$, Br, D
The steampunk-themed decor and antique lightbulbs create a suitable ambiance for this edgy star of the Canton scene. Adventurous appetizers include roasted bone marrow as well as an octupus-and-kale salad.
Ikaros4901 Eastern Ave., (410) 633-3750, ikarosrestaurant.com$$, L, D, Out, R
We named this the “Best Greek Restaurant” in 2010, and it hasn’t done anything to lose favor with us since. They ace all the classics—Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves, braised lamb—and have killer baklava for dessert.
Jack’s Bistro3123 Elliott St., (410) 878-6542, jacksbistro.net$$$, D, 10 p.m.
This restaurant offers dishes with a bit of an eclectic feel, such as the ground-bacon BLT burger that contains no beef and pasta with ground Maryland lamb.
La Sirenita II3928 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-5055$, L, D
A spacious, bright Mexican gem in which to spend long summer afternoons feasting and talking over a few cervezas. The carnitas tacos really stand out, but it’s hard to go wrong.
Langermann’s2400 Boston St., (410) 534-3287, langermanns.com$$, L, D, Br, P, Out
Located in the Can Company building, this restaurant shows its Southern bona fides with fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, barbecue spare ribs, cornbread, and more.
Looney’s Pub2900 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-9235, looneyspubmd.com$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
With outposts as far out as Bel Air and College Park now under the Looney’s umbrella, it’s clear they’re doing something right. You won’t find too much beyond the standard bar fare, but what they serve is cheap and hearty.
Mama’s on the Half Shell2901 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-3160, mamasmd.com$$$, L, D, Br, Out
A classic-style oyster house where you can get your oysters grilled, fried, on the half shell, on horseback, or as part of a peppercorn-flavored oyster stew. Also home to some of the best crushes in the city.
Marquee Lounge3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651 ext. 202, creativealliance.org/marquee-lounge$$, D
The small menu at the bar/restaurant inside the Creative Alliance emphasizes local and seasonal foods. Options might include chicken pot pie, coddies, or a curry veggie noodle bowl. The convivial space is also a good place for a drink, with cocktails infused with herbs and fruit elixirs, and a wide-ranging beer list.
Matthew’s Pizza3131 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-8755, matthewspizza.com$, L, D
If heading to Matthew’s—a prime go-to spot for pizza in Baltimore—stick with the delicious thick-crust pie that established the restaurant’s legend.
Myth and MoonShine2300 Boston St., (410) 327-6455, bmoreshine.com$$, D, Br, 10 p.m.
This Prohibition-themed establishment adopts a New American-meets-Southern slant and offers more than 75 brands and flavors of moonshine. Try the bacon-wrapped meatloaf or the gumbo with frog legs.
Nacho Mama’s2907 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-0898, nachomamascanton.com$$, L, D, 10 p.m.
With shrines to both Elvis and Mr. Boh, this restaurant is charming, if not kitschy. Its menu—Mexican food with a Cajun twist—hits the spot, and the hubcap margaritas are not to be missed.
Of Love and Regret1028 S. Conkling St., (410) 327-0760, ofloveandregret.com$$$, D, Br, 10 p.m.
This Brewers Hill beer chapel complements local brewer Brian Strumke’s ales with ingredient-heavy concoctions like bourbon-glazed duck breast and Austrian pork meatballs. Lunch on Friday and Saturday.
Plug Ugly’s Publick House2908 O’Donnell St., (410) 563-8459, pluguglyspub.com$$$, L, D, BR
Named for the 19th-century politically minded street gang, this pub actually has a welcoming atmosphere to go along with its long draft-beer list and a menu that features pub favorites and house-made soups and sausage.
Portside Tavern 2821 O’Donnell St., (410) 522-7678, portsidetavern.com$$, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
Enjoy tavern fare that takes cues from local flavors—including the Baltimore mussels, covered in Old Bay, garlic, herbs, and a broth cooked with a local IPA.
Rosina Gourmet2819 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-9300, rosinagourmet.com$, B, L
Rosina is a lunch spot that offers sandwiches you’ve come to know and love but with fancy accoutrements such as homemade tomato sauce, black-olive tapenade, and Jarlsberg Swiss cheese, to name a few.
Samos Restaurant600 Oldham St., (410) 675-5292, samosrestaurant.com$$, L, D, BYOB
It can be tough to get a seat in this tiny joint, but the calamari, gyros, dolmades, and everything else—holy Greek salad, Batman!—is worth the wait, as you’ll see when you step foot inside and smell the aromas coming from the open kitchen. If you’re willing to sacrifice originality for the wait, check out the new Canton Crossing location on Boston Street.
Saute2844 Hudson St., (410) 327-2883, sauteofbaltimore.com$$, L, D, Br, Out, R
We’re quite taken with the space this Canton restaurant calls home. The food? It’s a lot of fare you’ll see on menus across town, but with enough creativity to warrant repeat visits. Lunch on Friday only.
Shiso Tavern2933 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-8800, shisotavern.com$$, L, D
Filling the sushi void in Canton Square, Shiso Tavern doesn’t have the most sprawling selection of rolls and sashimi in town, but its specialty offerings are carefully cultivated and by all accounts delicious.
Speakeasy Saloon and Dining House2840 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-2977, speakeasysaloon.com$$, L, D, Br, Out
Housed in a beautiful space, this bar and restaurant offers pub fare along with fancier entrees, including several veal dishes.
Tavern On the Square2903 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-1880, tavernoncantonsquare.com$$, L, D, BR
With a menu that travels all over the world, the sandwiches, paninis, wraps, soups, pizza, and entrees offer a little something for everyone.
Verde Pizza Napoletana641 S. Montford Ave., (410) 522-1000, verdepizza.com$$, D, BR
Traditional Neapolitan pizza is what they do, and they do it better than an overwhelming majority of pizzerias in Baltimore. The white Sorrentina pizza redefines what pizza should taste like.
Zorba’s 4710 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-4484$$, D, 10 p.m.
Like most Greek restaurants, Zorba’s is not the place for vegetarians: You can see the hunks of crispy meat glistening on the rotisserie from the first-floor dining room. Order the kontosouvli and watch them shave off succulent slices of pork.