Savory cheese tarts from Neopol Savory Smokery

J.M. Giordano

KEY

$: Average entree price is at or below $10.
$$: Average entree price is $10-$20.
$$$: Average entree price is $20+.
B: Breakfast.
L: Lunch.
D: Dinner.
BR: Brunch on weekends.
BYOB: The restaurant allows you to bring your own booze.
P: On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
OUT: Outdoor dining in season. It could be anything from a few tables on the sidewalk to a dedicated deck.
10 p.m.: Serves food after 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Many restaurants serve until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, but spots that get this designation go beyond that.
R: Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
DV: Delivery for a limited area, including restaurants that deliver through a web-based service such as OrderUp or Amazon Prime Now.

Listings

Atwater’s

Belvedere Square Market,
529 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 323-2396,
atwaters.biz
$, B, L, D, P, Out

A great spot for sandwiches made with fresh bread, delicious soups (always with vegetarian and vegan options), and one of the best glasses of iced tea you’ll find in all of Charm City. Additional locations in Catonsville, Kenilworth, off Falls Road near the city line, and more.

Bosphorus Bistro

5716 York Road,
(410) 323-0300,
bosphorusbistro.com
$$, L, D, 10 p.m., Out, DV

Go for the moist and crisp falafel or the “pink sultan,” a mixture of beets, garlic, and labne (thick strained yogurt) at this stellar Govans Mediterranean spot.

Café Zen

438 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 532-0022,
cafezen.us
$$, L, D, DV

This Chinese restaurant has been around for more than 20 years, preparing menu staples you’d find just about anywhere but adding a lot of creative choices such as the A&M Crispy Beef, more commonly known as “candy beef,” one of its signature dishes.

Ceriello Fine Foods

Belvedere Square Market,
529 East Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 532-1840,
ceriellofinefoods.com
$$, L, D, P, Out

This fancy but still affordable Italian grocery chain (it’s based in New York with an additional store in New Jersey) with an excellent butcher/deli offers house-made pasta, sauces, fresh sausages, and more.

Clark Burger

5906 York Road,
(410) 323-2356,
clark-burger.com
$, L, D

Connected to the Senator Theatre, this counter-service joint serves exactly what you’d expect it to—burgers, which City Paper named the Best of Baltimore in 2015. The owner’s Canadian, so there are also plenty of variations of poutine here—that’s french fries covered in gravy, cheese curds, and other accoutrements.

Ejji Ramen

Belvedere Square Market,
627 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 435-8688,
ejjiramen.com
$$, L, D, P

Ramen has firmly established itself in Baltimore’s dining scene, and Ejji Ramen (pronounced like “edgy”) is one of the best options. Try the Laksa Seafood Curry Ramen at $15, one of the many nontraditional Malaysian takes on ramen here. It has a “create-your-own” option as well.

Where to eat alone without feeling, you know, lonely

Mai Ly Degnan

Belvedere Square Market
529 E. Belvedere Ave., belvederesquare.com

Dining out is almost always a social experience, but sometimes you just want to have someone else do the cooking without having to worry about having the emotional energy to hang out with dining partners or to make constant small talk with a bartender or server. In that case, any of Baltimore’s indoor markets would suffice, but Belvedere Square Market in particular is a good option for this. You can pick up a coffee from Atwater’s or a smoothie from PlantBar or a bowl of ramen from Ejji Ramen—or, hey, all of the above—and then settle in at a seat at one of the many tables or counters scattered throughout the market. Munch or sip away and observe all of the bustling activity from the market patrons around you. It’s the best way to feel like you’re out with people without having to actually interact with them. (Anna Walsh)

Grand Cru

527 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 464-1944,
grandcrubaltimore.com
$, L, D, P, OUT

This is a great place to go and pick up a bottle if you’re in a hurry, but the menu offers plenty of reasons to stick around to munch on truffled deviled eggs or a sampler plate. Pair your wine with the cheese assortment, or your beer with a house-baked pretzel that comes with Dijon mustard and horseradish cheddar.

Greg’s Bagels

519 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 323-9463
$, B, L, OUT

Greg Novik and Co. have been making gourmet bagels with fresh ingredients and loving care in Govans for nearly 20 years. Perhaps the only thing better than the interesting bagel blends (macadamia nut and white chocolate, anyone?) is the array of toppings, which range from the standard schmear to a dizzying list of one-of-a-kind items—custom-smoked salmon, baked brie, and duck confit among them.

Hex Ferments

Belvedere Square Market,
529 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 775-5044,
hexferments.com
$, L, D, P, OUT

Local fermented food company (so you know, krauts, kimchi, kombucha, pickles, and more) that does it the right way (and as fermenting freaks are always reminding you, the ancient way) without heat, distilled vinegar, or added water.

Neopol Savory Smokery

Belvedere Square Market,
529 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 433-7700,
neopolsmokery.com
$$, L, D, BR, P, Out

Smoked seafood. Smoked meats. Smoked vegetables and tofu. If you got it, Neopol will smoke it, and often with delicious results. If you’re looking for something that’s more of a meal, Neopol sells a smoked egg salad that’s like nothing you have tasted before. Don’t sleep on its brunch either.

Plantbar

Belvedere Square Market,
529 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(443) 449-7137,
plant-bar.com
$, L, D, P, OUT

Plant-based juices, smoothies, and “power bowls” for your vegan, raw foods, gluten-free, and Paleo needs with a create-your-own juice options and produce for sale as well. If you’re new to this sort of thing, go with a 16-ounce Skinessence made-to-order juice (a pineapple, orange, apple, and beets mix that costs $5.50) and you’ll soon be a frequent Plantbar patron.

Ryan’s Daughter

Belvedere Square,
600 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(410) 464-1000,
rdirishpub.com
$$, L, D, BR, P, OUT, 10 p.m.

A traditional Irish pub that includes all the menu staples: shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and so forth. If you’d simply like to plop down for a pint, you can do that too.

Tooloulou

529 E. Belvedere Ave.,
(443) 627-8090,
tooloulou.com
$$, L, D, BYOB

“Tooloulou” is Cajun for crab, and the menu appropriately features flavors from both Lake Pontchartrain and the Chesapeake Bay among its gourmet pizza and po’boy offerings.

Zen West

5916 York Road,
(410) 323-3368,
zen-west.com
$$, L, D, BR, OUT, DV

All your Tex-Mex favorites, served up in a setting that evokes a roadside joint off Route 66. Perfectly suitable for game-watching and beer-drinking.

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