Dining

  • Best Chef: Patrick 'Opie' Crooks at Woodberry Kitchen

    2010 Clipper Park Road, (410) 464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com What are the more valuable attributes of a chef: wild creativity or good, sound judgment and the ability to lead a kitchen into battle? That leadership thing is a real turn-on, we have to admit. We asked a chef for help on this one, and...

  • Best Fancy Restaurant: Arômes

    3520 Chestnut Ave., (410) 235-0035, aromesrestaurant.com Arômes might not have the most elaborate decor in town—the 28-seat restaurant features exposed brick walls, simple wood tables, and some bare Edison bulbs that hang from the ceiling. But what it lacks in swanky decor it more than makes up...

  • Best New Restaurant: Alma Cocina Latina

    2400 Boston St., (667) 212-4273, almacocinalatina.com Fans of Irena Stein’s two cafes on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, Café Azafrán and Alkimia, might have been prepared for the deeply cool appeal of Alma, Stein’s shimmery Venezuelan restaurant in the Can Company. At Alma, which looks like...

  • Best Cheap Restaurant: La Sirenita

    3928 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-5055, lasirenitamexicanrestaurant.com This may be the best Mexican food in the city, but it’s definitely the best deal you’ll get on Mexican food in the city. Enchilada platters cost $10, with enough enchiladas, stuffed with flavorful meat and topped with a well-made...

  • Best Romantic Restaurant: Henninger's

    1812 Bank St., (410) 342-2172, henningerstavern.com Henninger’s, which Jayne and Kenny Vieth have been running for nearly 30 years, has always drawn a talky crowd, especially at the bar. People come to talk about the news of the day, great books and old streetcar lines. The adjacent dining room...

  • Best Farmers Market Food: Blacksauce Kitchen

    (410) 864-6396, blacksaucekitchen.com There’s a reason why the lines for Blacksauce Kitchen at the Waverly Farmers Market and the Baltimore Farmers Market are always so damn long. Damian Mosley and Vesnier Lugo, the team behind this mobile food business, serve different gourmet biscuit sandwiches...

  • Best Café: Patterson Perk

    2501 Eastern Ave., (410) 534-1286, pattersonperk.com The Perk has long been one of our favorite coffee stops on the east side while we’re strolling around the park. Winner of last year’s Best Coffee Drink, the Perk sports a creative cocktail-style menu of house-invented coffee drinks, such as the...

  • Best Dining Trend: International Cuisine

    The next time you’re having trouble figuring out where you want to eat, you might as well spin a globe, randomly drop your finger on it, and look at whatever country your finger has landed on—with the way that Baltimore’s culinary scene has been expanding lately, it seems like there’s a pretty...

  • Best Trend with a Caveat: Craft Distilling

    This year has seen a bevy of small-batch distilleries either set up shop in Maryland or announce intentions to. A non-comprehensive list of 2015 entrants to the craft distilling game: the Baltimore Whiskey Co., Louthan Distilling, Lost Ark Distilling Co., Old Line Spirits, Skipjack Distilleries...

  • Best Burger: Clark Burger

    5906 York Road, (410) 323-2356, clark-burger.com This might be a controversial choice, because Clark Burger’s titular entrees aren’t the big meaty behemoths that most Baltimoreans know and love—these burgers cap out at 1/3 pound. But what they lack in sheer meaty mass, they more than make up for...

  • Best Pizza: Chicken tikka masala pizza At Charles Pizza Restaurant

     2500 St. Paul St., (410) 366-1600, charlespizzarestaurant.com This carry-out’s chicken tikka masala pizza is a glorious splash of color in the city’s pizza scene. This one is not so much about the crust—which is perfect, by the way: It’s about the traditional Indian ingredients. Charles’ chicken...

  • Best Fuel During the Uprising: Great Granns

    1341 W. North Ave., (410) 225-3336 During the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, hundreds of protesters gathered at North and Pennsylvania avenues to express their views and march against police violence. That’s a lot of hungry people and Great Granns made sure...

  • Best Brunch: The Food Market

     1017 W. 36th St., (410) 366-0606, thefoodmarketbaltimore.com The brunch menu at The Food Market is almost overwhelmingly expansive, with each option more appealing than the last. Will you start with the avocado toast, topped with fresh-tasting salmon, light goat cheese, and an impeccably poached...

  • Best Italian: Sotto Sopra

    405 N. Charles St., (410) 625-0534, sottosoprainc.com Soaring ceilings, enormous murals, and dramatic architecture are all part of what makes Sotto Sopra a stunning space that, while elegant and stately, remains comfortable and welcoming. Seriate native Chef Riccardo Bosio has always embraced the...

  • Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: Encantada

    800 Key Highway, (410) 752-1000, encantadabaltimore.com If you’re a vegetarian and you want to have a nice dinner date out, you’re usually limited to one, maybe two, entree options on the menu. Not so at Encantada, the new vegetable-focused restaurant on the third floor of the American Visionary...

  • Best Beer: Old Pro Gose from Union Craft Brewing

    1700 Union Ave., (410) 467-0290, unioncraftbrewing.com There’s something about this super-tart beer with a touch of salt that seems to go perfectly with the hot, muggy months of summer in Charm City. Sour and tart beers have been gaining popularity in beer-snob circles for the past couple of years...

  • Best Crab Cake: Faidley's

    203 N. Paca St., (410) 727-4898, faidleyscrabcakes.com It’s getting bad. You’d think we Baltimoreans had gone Texan or Carolinian, we are so vociferous in our partisan loyalty to a food product. If you like Koco’s, you’re sitting there complaining right now. G&M, you’re complaining. But if you...

  • Best Barbecue: Harborque

    1125 S. Charles St., (410) 685-7675, harborque.com Baltimore isn’t really a barbecue town. Ask anyone who’s lived in the South and they’ll shake their heads ruefully and complain about the city’s lack of good “Q.” We kind of felt that way too, truth be told, until we got to Harborque. Their homemade...

  • Best Barbecue with a Side of Jingoism: Mission BBQ

    3701 Boston St., (443) 955-6807, mission-bbq.com Ever wonder what it’s like to be smacked in the face with the American flag? Walk into Mission BBQ and you’ll get the idea. While the barbecue is excellent, it’s the side of faux patriotism that bothers us, even our staffer who’s a U.S. Army vet....

  • Best Salvadoran Cuisine: Mi Comalito

    2101 N. Charles St., (410) 837-6033 Until this eatery opened in Station North two years ago, you would be hard-pressed to find any quality Latino food north and east of Broadway, where most of the city’s Latino community is based. Thankfully, the owners of Mi Comalito took a chance on opening a...

  • Best Bottled Juice: Gundalow

    3200 James St., gundalowjuice.com On the off chance that we ever snap and decide to go on a Gwyneth Paltrow-inspired juice cleanse, we are heading straight for Gundalow Juice and loading up on its sharp-looking bottles. This woman-run, Baltimore-based company juices fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs,...

  • Best Hot Dog Cart: Haute Dog Carte

    6070 Falls Road, hautedogcarte.com A hot dog cart that lets you cut in line is the best hot dog cart. Haute Dog Carte encourages you to yell ahead when you’re in line to give the wiener chef and owner Daniel a head’s up that you’d like a cooked-to-order veggie dog (they take an extra 10 minutes...

  • Best Wine Flights: 13.5% Wine Bar

    1117 W. 36th St., (410) 889-1064, 135winebar.com What’s better than a glass of wine? Three. 13.5% Wine Bar’s flight trio Pink Pedal Pushers presents three large glasses holding chilled rosé-style wines including a Sangiovese from Washington, a Cinsault/Syrah from France, and a bubbly something-or-other...

  • Best Brunch Buffet: Rusty Scupper

    402 Key Highway, (410) 727-3678, rusty-scupper.com Hungry as a linebacker takes on new meaning at the Rusty Scupper Live Jazz Brunch, where you might just see one, along with Midwestern tourists, parents of Hopkins students, wedding guests, and ladies in their Sunday’s finest dress suits and matching...

  • Best Place White People Will Eat At on Upper Greenmount: Thai Restaurant

    3316 Greenmount Ave., (410) 889-6003 If there’s one thing Baltimoreans know if we’re paying attention, it’s that this city is seriously racially segregated—and not just in terms of who lives in which neighborhood. Our social lives are also largely divided in terms of black and white, and that includes...

  • Best Chicken Tenders: Mick O'Shea's

     328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504, mickosheas.com The staff here at Baltimore’s Most Sophisticated Alternative Weekly has been obsessed with chicken tenders ever since Helen Rosner wrote an essay on chicken tenders for Guernica magazine. Chicken tenders “are perfect,” she writes. “They’re perfect...

  • Best Gjerde: Charlie Gjerde

    Sure, Spike Gjerde won a James Beard award this year and gets plenty of attention from the culinary world for his devotion to local ingredients at Woodberry Kitchen, but he also was sued this year by former pastry chefs for alleged unpaid wages, and his Shoo-Fly diner in Belvedere Square Market...

  • Best Poutine: Clark Burger

    5906 York Road, (410) 323-2356, clark-burger.com There aren’t too many places in town serving real poutine—a Canadian dish of french fries topped with a gravy-like sauce and cheese curds—but Clark Burger’s is far and away the best. The hand-cut fries are sturdy enough to handle the pool of delicious,...

  • Best Fried Chicken: Pepe's

    6081 Falls Road, (410) 377-3287, pepes6081.com Pepe’s, a 36-year-old institution in Mount Washington, suffers from a bit of an identity crisis—mostly because it does so many things well. It was known as Pepe’s Pizza for a long time, but the new signage that came with a renovation a couple years...

  • Best Alterna-Crab Cake: Chicken Cakes at One-Eyed Mike's

    708 S. Bond St., (410) 327-0445, oneeyedmikes.com Though known around town as the place to swill Grand Marnier, One-Eyed Mike’s is also known for its service, and what better testament to that is there than having created a dish especially for a loyal patron? As the story goes, an OEM regular consistently...

  • Best Vegan Crab Cake: Vegan Crab Cake at The Land of Kush

    840 N. Eutaw St., (410) 225-5874, landofkush.com How the hell does The Land of Kush do it? The vegan soul-food joint has somehow managed to replicate the crab cake without meat or dairy and make it taste like the real crustacean thing. We’ve had other vegan crab knockoffs, and none of them come...

  • Best Co-Op: Peabody Heights Brewery

    401 E. 30th St., (410) 467-7837, peabodyheightsbrewery.com We’ve already bellied up to the sleek new bar to throw back more than a few brews at Peabody Heights’ newly opened tasting room that pays homage to America’s favorite pastime in the building that now sits on what was once Old Oriole Park....

  • Best New BYOB: Mare Nostrum

    716 S. Broadway, (410) 327-6173, marenostrumbaltimore.com An elegant addition to Fells Point, Mare Nostrum brings not only a touch of colorful class to Broadway, but a type of cuisine not well-represented in the immediate area. The name, meaning “Our Sea,” hints at the abundance of fresh fish and...

  • Best Place To Go Before It Goes Out of Business: Katana

    845 S. Montford Ave., (410) 522-7100, katanabaltimore.com If you want to try the newest sushi spot on the east side, we suggest you run, not walk, to the corner bar that is so well-known as a location for failed restaurants that many still refer to it (despite what iteration it is currently in)...

  • Best Racket: Specials at Parts & Labor

    2600 N. Howard St., (443) 873-8887, partsandlaborbutchery.com Sure, we’ve enjoyed the meat-heavy menu full of sausages and not-oft-utilized cuts of pork and beef, with sides like a mellow hominy or pickled kohlrabi that are an interesting departure from more pervasive dishes around town. What have...

  • Best Use Of A Local Unique Ingredient: Snakehead Cakes at Alewife

    21 N. Eutaw St., (410) 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com What do you do when a non-native walking fish with teeth shows up in local waters? Catch it and eat it, naturally. Or at least that was avid fisher and executive chef Chad Wells’ plan when he decided to use the fish on Alewife’s menu. Previously,...

  • Best Bougie Fried Chicken: Family Meal

    621 E. Pratt St., (410) 601-3242, baltimore.voltfamilymeal.com Soul food has its roots in slavery, when African-Americans were only given undesirable or leftover cuts of meat and vegetables and they learned how to make inventive, delicious meals with them—which makes us side-eye the fact that a...

  • Best Late-Night Dining: Ruby 8 Noodles and Sushi

    Horseshoe Casino, 1525 Russell St., (443) 931-4580, caesars.com/horseshoe-baltimore/restaurants/ruby-8 Baltimore restaurants are getting better and better every day in every way, but right now the options for the peckish night owl are still kinda thin, which serves to explain the slightly unusual...

  • Best Place to Open a Restaurant: Anywhere But Hampden

    Over the last two years or so, Hampden has gone from a quirky retail destination to the muse of every would-be restaurant owner in the city. Let’s run over a few of the recent (and upcoming) restaurant additions, shall we? There’s Café Cito, Arômes, Souvlaki, Paulie Gee’s, Le Garage, Dylan’s Oyster...

  • Best Way To Wean Yourself Off Chipotle: Visit the Hampden Chipotle

    1040 W. 41st St., (443) 681-1260, chipotle.com It’s hard to resist the siren song of Chipotle, whether you’re a through-and-through foodie or a greasy schlub who gets pizza delivered once a week. The seasoning of the chicken. The flavorful barbacoa. Those crispy, salty chips. And that guac tho....

  • Best Place to go When You've Weaned Yourself Off Chipotle: Brown Rice

    2404 N. Charles St., (667) 303-3256, gobrownrice.com We shouldn’t have to tell you to stay the fuck away from corporate corner, that wretched stretch of Charles Street between the Potbelly at Biddle and the Starbucks at Preston, but even if you stay away from that strip, there are other corporate-ass...

  • Best Cider: Sidra Americana from Millstone Cellars

    2029 Monkton Road, Monkton, (443) 470-9818, millstonecellars.com Anybody put off by the too-sweet ciders typically offered by bars could be made a convert by the Basque region’s sidra. This crisp and tart variety of apple cider can be convivially consumed all day without the bloat that accompanies...

  • Best Jerk Chicken: St. Mary's Restaurant & Bar

    120 W. 25th St., (410) 889-9600, stmarysrestaurantbar.com The simple menu at this 25th Street bar and noshery is superb stem to stern, from the curry goat roti to the jerk chicken wings that put any sports bars to shame, but anytime we’re grabbing carry-out we always go for the same thing: jerk...

  • Best Local Roast: Thread's Fondo Paez

    Part of the Red Emma’s collective projects, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7611, redemmas.org/thread Look, we love the fact that Thread deals directly with coffee growers to support ethically and sustainable business practices, but the simple fact is that its Colombian Fondo Paez roast is a coffee...

  • Best Taco: Tacos de lengua at Tijuana Tacos III

    3001 E. Baltimore St., (410) 545-0667 and (410) 545-0668, tijuanatacosbaltimoremd.com For a long time we had to tolerate what was passed off as Latin-American cuisine in the city, so witnessing the rise of Honduran, Salvadoran, and Mexican communities in East Baltimore over the past 20 years has...

  • Best Caribbean: Royal Maroon

    3127 W. Belvedere Ave., (410) 542-1100, baltimorejamaicanfood.com Northwest Baltimore is the hub for the widest variety of Caribbean food the city has to offer, with most of them located in the Park Heights community. One of the more consistent options in this hub has been Royal Maroon, which is...

  • Best Timely Recognition That Could Have Been Better: Spike Gjerde winning the James Beard Award

    At long last, a chef from Baltimore took home the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, one of the 10 regional awards distributed since 1991 by the prestigious James Beard Foundation. Somehow, no Baltimore-based chef had ever taken home one of the awards, which had variously been picked...

  • Best You Told Us So: Shoo-Fly Diner

    You were right and we were wrong. Are you happy? You said Shoo-Fly, the Woodberry group’s attempt to convert a, shall we say, challenging restaurant space at Belvedere Square into an earnest family diner, was doomed. Restaurants tended to crash and burn in this cantilevered space, a former Hess...

  • Best New Appetizer: The Aguachile at Clavel

    225 W. 23rd St., (301) 848-2849, barclavel.com This is the best thing we’ve put in our mouth all year. There isn’t a false moment at Clavel, the crazily popular new Remington taqueria and mezcaleria from Lane Harlan. The tacos have won over skeptics from Texas and SoCal, and the joint jumps with...

  • Best Rallying for a Cause: Restaurants helping out Water for Chocolate and Doug Wetzel

    It was a late-winter fire that shut down Sean Guy’s Upper Fells Point restaurant Water for Chocolate. Doug Wetzel, the executive pastry chef at Gertrude’s, suffered liver and kidney failure while competing in a triathlon. It’s not unusual for chefs and restaurant owners to band together for charitable...

  • Best Sunday Night Shame Dinner: The Chicken Egg Foo Young at Yung's Carryout

    818 Guilford Ave., (410) 539-8200 There is something inherently shameful about eating a fried omelet smothered in thick, brown gravy. This is why the chicken egg foo young at Yung’s is the ideal medicine to cope with our Sunday-night terrors. We’ve tried a 16-inch pizza, with extra sausage, but...

  • Best Temporary Disappearing Act: Bottega

    Bottega shut down around Memorial Day, headed for new digs in Hampden. In early August, owners Adrien Aeschliman and Frederick “Sandy” Smith still hadn’t taken over the new spot, and nothing has been posted on the restaurant’s Facebook pages since the middle of May. We want boar pappardelle, we...

  • Best Pop-Up: Dylan's Oyster Cellar

    Dylan’s ended its magical, mystical residency at the Park Plaza building last September, and not a day goes by when we don’t whimper about its not being around. The sequel is on its way, due to open this fall in a former florist shop on 36th and Chestnut in Hampden. But you just have to let us...

  • Best Irony: Breathe Bookstore Cafe Replaced by Dangerously Delicious Pies

    810 W. 36th St., (410) 522-7437, dangerouspiesbalt.com For the past decade, Breathe Bookstore Cafe was one of the best-kept secrets in Hampden. It had arguably the best cold-brew coffee in the city and sold great, healthy vegan food—a rarity in greasy, carb-loving Hampden. Mostly, it was a great...

  • Best Food at Camden Yards: Tako Korean BBQ

    Section 53 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., baltimoreorioles.com We may have given Tako and its Korean tacos this award back in 2013 but most people still must not know about it because every time we book it down to section 53 (behind third base), we laugh to ourselves as we pass...

  • Best Outdoor Seating: Blue Pit BBQ

    1601 Union Ave., (443) 948-5590, bluepitbbq.com Sure, there’s fancier outdoor seating around the city, most of which is much closer to the harbor, but when we wanna steer clear of the tourists and feel like we’re drinking in a neighbors back patio instead of a swank restaurant, we’ll take Blue...

  • Best Steamed Shrimp: L.P. Steamers

    1100 E. Fort Ave., (410) 576-9294, locustpointsteamers.com With crab prices creeping into take-out-a-small-mortgage prices lately, we’ve been relying on getting our steamed seafood fix instead from that other popular Bmore specialty: steamed shrimp. Having been horribly surprised by how many places...

  • Best Owner: Dave Sherman of Café Cito

    3500 Chestnut Ave., (443) 682-9701, cafecitobmore.com When you walk into Café Cito, the tiny Spanish-inspired spot in Hampden, it’s hard to miss chef/owner Dave Sherman. He’s not only cooking things in the back of the house, he’s also all over the place; taking orders, seating customers, asking...

  • Best Cheap Breakfast: New Wyman Park Restaurant

    138 W. 25th St., (410) 235-5100 If you’re looking for crab benedicts, bloody marys with Old Bay rims, or farm-to-table blood sausage with pure Vermont maple syrup, you’d best skip New Wyman Park Restaurant—it doesn’t do trendy. But if you’re looking to spend much less for a whole bunch of soul-quenching,...

  • Best Late-Night Food for People Watching: Never On Sunday

    829 N. Charles St., (410) 727-7191, nosbaltimore.com If it’s midnight and you’re looking for grub to soak up all those bad decisions, you might as well hit two birds with one stone and be entertained while you wait for your gyro. Never On Sunday, a well-known Greek spot in Mount Vernon, has found...

  • Best Ramen: Ejji Ramen

    529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 435-8688, ejjiramen.com After years of blowing up everywhere else, ramen finally started to catch on in Baltimore. But of all the shops that’ve opened, we can’t stop going back to Ejji in the Belvedere Square Market. We’ve tried all three of their recipes—a thick and...

  • Best Sushi To Spend Your Whole Paycheck On: Azumi

    725 Aliceanna St., (443) 220-0477, azumirestaurant.com Yes, Azumi may be in the upper echelon of expensive restaurants in Baltimore, but when you consider they’re getting a lot of their fish from one of the best fish markets in the world and you’re getting it prepared with the delicate touch of...

  • Best Sushi For Plebeians: Nanami Café

    907 S. Ann St., (410) 327-9400, nanamicafe907.com Like Azumi, Nanami Café is right on the harbor with a similar view, but things go in a different direction after that. Instead of a swank bar and restaurant, Nanami is the place we like to go to satiate our sushi needs without blowing our rent....

  • Best Chicken Sandwich: Blackened Chicken Sandwich at Ryleigh's Oyster

    36 E. Cross St. and 1225 Cathedral St., (410) 539-2093, ryleighs.com We rarely can afford to shell out the dough requisite to sate our appetite with oysters alone. So when we ordered the unpresuming blackened chicken sandwich at Ryleigh’s Oyster, it was an economical decision at $11. But we were...

  • Best Eggs Benedict: Bistro Benedict at Bistro RX

    2901 E. Baltimore St., (410) 276-0820, bistrorx.net Brunch at Bistro RX is more like brunch in Bolton Hill or Roland Park than those of Canton, Fells Point, Fed Hill, or Hampden: The age demographic skews older, save for some kids; the neighborhood is calmer and relatively bro-free, given its location...

  • Best Oyster Varietal: Barren Island Oysters

    Hooper’s Island, (917) 584-8029, barrenislandoysters.com When we’re in the mood to slurp down some oysters (as we frequently are), we typically opt for Maryland-sourced shellfish. Area bivalves tend to be included in buck-a-shuck deals, plus we like the warm-and-fuzzy sense of supporting local...

  • Best Pepper: Chile Comapeño

    Available at the Fells Point Farmers Market and other pop-up locations, comapeno.com Baltimore is lucky to claim Joao and Renee Noroña, who have been importing the comapeño, a rare Mexican chili pepper, to town for a few years now. The couple sets up a stall on the regular at the Fells Point Farmers...

  • Best Tea: Tea House Inc.

    202 W. Read St., (410) 752-4303 The two-man operation that took over Picadelli’s II (an establishment for whom pre-2013 City Paper employees and interns need no introduction) have transformed our idea of what tea can be in a single sip. Sure, they’ve got your oolongs, blacks, whites, herbals, and...

  • Best There Has to Be An Explanation: Grand Cru

     527 E. Belvedere Ave., Belvedere Square, (410) 464-1944, grandcrubaltimore.com There has to be an explanation for why the new operators of Grand Cru have done what they’ve done to Grand Cru, a sweet and friendly wine bar at Belvedere Square. We think it must have something to do with a new reality...

  • Best Hot Dog: Jumbo Jewish Hot Dog at Attman's Delicatessen

    1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com After we order a giant pastrami sandwich at Attman’s, there’s always a stabbing melancholy afterthought as we approach the end of the line toward the cash register and see row upon row of plump, potent tubesteaks lazily lolling on the steel rollers,...

  • Best Chicken and Waffles: Chicken N waffles at Phaze 10

    885 N. Howard St., (410) 462-2010, phaze10.com When we wandered into Phaze 10’s carry-out and halfheartedly ordered the chicken and waffles combo, we were blown away by the results. The chicken wasn’t overly fried and looked like it was dredged in a corn meal batter that fries light, crispy, and...

  • Best Burger Worth a Road Trip To: Left Field Pub

    3813 N. Point Blvd., Dundalk, (410) 285-1691, leftfieldpub.com We happened upon this baseball-themed bar on one hot summer night during one of our bar crawls through Baltimore’s formerly steel-making suburb. The burger at Left Field is a quarter pound or half pound of hand-packed meat that isn’t...

  • Best Boozy Shake: Sweet and Sour at Nickel Taphouse

    1604 Kelly Ave., (443) 869-6240, nickeltaphouse.com As an institution, City Paper strongly supports the holy union of ice cream and booze in Baltimore’s restaurants and watering holes. We loved the spiked peaches and cream at Shoo-Fly and hope it survives the restaurant’s potential reopening elsewhere,...

  • Best International Dining Destination: Pikesville

    Time was, the closest thing Pikesville had to “foodie cuisine” was the matzo ball soup at the old Suburban House or the crab soup at Jilly’s across the street. Times have changed, and in ways that few people would likely have predicted. The population of the once thoroughly Jewish enclave has diversified...

  • Best Sandwich: "The Original" Cloak and Dagger at Attman's

    1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com This year, Attman’s Deli celebrates its 100th year on Lombard Street, where it was once the anchor of “Corned Beef Row,” a stretch of delis catering to what was once a largely Jewish neighborhood. Lenny’s and Weiss are the only other two left,...

  • Best Welcome to the Neighborhood: Popeyes

    2000 N. Howard St., (410) 244-7180, popeyes.com With Clavel, Parts & Labor, and Sweet 27, Remington has in recent years become a trendy spot for fine dining, and there’s surely more of that to come once the Remington Row development begins leasing space. But something was amiss in the rising neighborhood...

  • Best Cookie: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kinderhook Snacks

    (410) 989-1837, kinderhooksnacks.com Don’t let the time factor be the only reason you buy prepackaged cookies; pick up a package on your way to a party, sure, but make it the best you can get. Locally made Kinderhook Snacks will get you hooked on their salted chocolate chip cookies before you get...

  • Best Bar Meal: Ploughman's Platter at Liam Flynn's Ale House

    22 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8447, pintsizepub.com This mix of meats and cheeses was a hit when Liam’s added a modest seasonal menu about two years back, and it’s become one of the many reasons to frequent this truly proper pub. Pick three of the following: smoked fish, meat (we favor whatever the...

  • Best Bison: Gunpowder Bison & Trading Company

    1270 Monkton Road, Monkton, (410) 343-2277, gunpowderbison.com After leaving the Saturday Waverly Farmers Market two years ago, Gunpowder Bison is selling well among the loud and lively Baltimore Farmers Market on Sundays under the JFX—bison cuts and special packages can be purchased on its website...

  • Best Pintxos: La Cuchara

    3600 Clipper Mill Road, (443) 708-3838, lacucharabaltimore.com This new Basque restaurant has the tapas dishes that Spanish cuisine is known for, but our favorites on the menu are its dishes that go one size down: the pintxos, bite-size snacks that go for $2 apiece that’ll whet your appetite for...

  • Best Deviled Eggs: Deviled Eggs at Pen & Quill

    1701 N. Charles St., (410) 601-3588, penandquill.net Maybe you’re the kind of person who’s into deviled eggs, the one who brings them to the party on one of those deviled egg plates, a whole circle of mustard-yellow dollops in their shiny white egg jackets, sprinkled with paprika and a little parsley...

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