Dining

  • Best Restaurant: The Land of Kush

    Best Restaurant: The Land of Kush

    840 N. Eutaw St., (410) 225-5874, landofkush.com Baltimore has been said to be the most southern of northern cities, and the Land of Kush is a reliable spot to pick up southern-style delights like mac and cheese, candied yams, collard greens, and pineapple upside-down cake. Everything in the restaurant...

  • Best Chef: Carlos Raba, Clavel

    Best Chef: Carlos Raba, Clavel

    225 W. 23rd St., (443) 900-8983, barclavel.com Clavel prides itself on its enormous mezcal collection, but whenever we visit “just for drinks,” we usually leave with bellies full of tacos—and ceviche and queso fundido and tostadas and flan. Chef and co-owner Carlos Raba is as deserving of Clavel’s...

  • Best New Restaurant: The BBQ

    Best New Restaurant: The BBQ

    2602 Greenmount Ave., (443) 468-2131 The BBQ on Greenmount Avenue blasts blues and proffers pulled pork, pit beef, and ribs that are delicious but won’t leave you falling into a food coma either (for something a little light and still delicious try the Smoked Turkey sandwich). Maurice Bradford,...

  • Best Menu: Blacksauce Kitchen

    Best Menu: Blacksauce Kitchen

    401 W. 29th St., blacksaucekitchen.com Blacksauce isn’t exactly a “restaurant” proper—you can only get their stuff at farmer’s markets, through their catering business, and now from their carry-out counter open only on Thursdays—but this is the era of glorified food courts and meal-by-drone, so...

  • Best Brunch: New America Diner

    Best Brunch: New America Diner

    429 N. Eutaw St., (443) 388-8576, facebook.com/NewAM New America opened earlier this year in the wrap-around storefront of the Charles Fish & Sons building on the corner of Eutaw and Franklin, so in the morning, you get 180 degrees of sunshine pouring in on your pancakes, french toast, biscuit...

  • Best Brewery: Key Brewing Co.

    Best Brewery: Key Brewing Co.

    2500 Grays Road, Dundalk, (410) 477-233, keybrewing.com With all the industry gone from the Dundalk/Edgemere peninsula, two local brewers decided to open a microbrewery to bring a little pride to the area and introduce the locals to something more flavorful than Bud Light. Since opening the East...

  • Best Beer: Old Oriole Park Escape

    Best Beer: Old Oriole Park Escape

    Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E. 30th St., (410) 467-7837, peabodyheightsbrewery.com The idea here is pretty simple: Take Old Oriole Park Bohemian Beer and mix in some pineapple flavoring. Striking the right balance with a fruity beer, as anyone who has tried one can tell you, is no easy task, however....

  • Best Cold Beer: Pulaski Liquor Emporium

    Best Cold Beer: Pulaski Liquor Emporium

    6425 Pulaski Hwy., (410) 483-7500 Baltimore’s “coldest beer” champ a few times over served up a 28-degree Budweiser a couple years ago and remains one of Baltimore’s most consistently cold-beer-serving places. The other thing about it is there’s light inside. It’s a liquor store and bar all-in-one,...

  • Best Diner: The New Wyman Park Restaurant

    Best Diner: The New Wyman Park Restaurant

    38 W. 25th St., (410) 235-5100 Whoever coined the phrase “if it’s inaccessible to the poor, it’s neither radical, nor revolutionary,” probably didn’t have brunch in mind, but nonetheless the longevity of The New Wyman Park Restaurant feels like a win for regular ass people who aren’t thrilled by...

  • Best Mediterranean: Gnocco

    Best Mediterranean: Gnocco

    3734 Fleet St., (443) 449-6540, gnoccobaltimore.com This nearly flawless spot Gnocco in Brewer’s Hill, which opened in the summer of 2016 by Chef Brian Lavin, revels in the Mediterranean: 10 or so antipasti, plump fried oysters drizzled in garlicky tzatziki over a bed of fennel salad, creamy grilled...

  • Best Food Court: R. House

    Best Food Court: R. House

    301 W. 29th St., (443) 347-3570, r.housebaltimore.com So the big mediocre food hall over in Remington? It’s essentially a glorified food court (not that there’s anything wrong with that): A large open room with big inviting windows, food stalls up against its walls, and tables, booths, and a bar...

  • Best Chain: Applebee’s

    Best Chain: Applebee’s

    5231 Campbell Blvd., (443) 461-6200, applebees.com This being our last Best Of, we’d be remiss if we didn’t pour one out for another awesome thing that ended this year: Wednesday Night Karaoke at the Applebee’s at White Marsh. Even when it was slow, it was always a damn good time. At the final...

  • Best Casino Food: B’More Chicken & Donuts

    Best Casino Food: B’More Chicken & Donuts

    Horseshoe Casino, 1525 Russell St., caesars.com/horseshoe-baltimore Fresh off a heater? Need a pick-me-up after a bad beat at the tables? Look no further than B’More Chicken & Donuts for a tasty reward or to eat your feelings. They’ve got one of the best deals running with a chicken and waffles...

  • Best Wonton Container Full of PBR: The Local Oyster

    Best Wonton Container Full of PBR: The Local Oyster

    520 Park Ave., (844) 748-2534, thelocaloyster.com Thirty-two ounces of Boh or PBR all at once in Baltimore is easily available—over at Charles Village Pub they’ll give you 32 ounces of Boh in a dumb-awesome plastic cup that you can keep—but Mount Vernon Marketplace’s The Local Oyster gives it to...

  • Best Edibles: CMC

    Best Edibles: CMC

    The thing about the edibles that CMC makes is that you’d eat them even if they didn’t get you high. We first became enamored with his work at this year’s Cosmic Cocktail celebration when he offered a few of our staffers some of his homemade weed caramels. They were chewy and buttery, and the funky,...

  • Best Expansion: Dovecote Café

    Best Expansion: Dovecote Café

    2501 Madison Ave., (443) 961-8677, dovecotecafe.com We love singing Dovecote’s praises because we love seeing long-neglected parts of the city get the shine and attention they deserve. In Reservoir Hill, the people behind Dovecote (Aisha Pew, her partner Cole, and Aisha’s mother Gilda Pew) are...

  • Best Rehab Nobody Asked For: Jimmy’s Restaurant

    Best Rehab Nobody Asked For: Jimmy’s Restaurant

    801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273, jimmysrestaurantmd.com As readers will see elsewhere in this issue, the last year has not been kind to local institutions, with many disappearing forever. Beloved greasy spoon Jimmy’s Restaurant is still here—well, in name only. New owner Rustem “Rudy” Keskin took...

  • Best Oyster Nerds: Dylan’s Oyster Cellar

    Best Oyster Nerds: Dylan’s Oyster Cellar

    3601 Chestnut Ave., (443) 853-1952, dylansoyster.com We first wandered into Dylan’s Oyster Cellar when it was actually in a cellar, kinda: the small basement space now occupied by Sugarvale. Now located in a highly visible corner spot in Hampden, Dylan’s oysters are still a treat. Sit at the bar...

  • Best Bountiful Plate: Café Andamiro

    Best Bountiful Plate: Café Andamiro

    241 W. Chase St. #1, (443) 453-9314, facebook.com/cafeandamirobmore We were touched by the story of how Café Andamiro finally came to be—mother Ran Yun with the vision and the menu and daughter Bomin Jeon who took time off school and had the fortitude to deal with permits and contractors and language...

  • Best Thing We’ll Never Have to Do Again: EAT issue

    Best Thing We’ll Never Have to Do Again: EAT issue

    Months of compiling, assigning, updating, writing, editing, fact-checking, copy-editing, and proofing 300 blurbs, all done by a tiny, overworked, and underpaid staff that’s still putting out a paper every goddamn week and, to top it off, can’t even afford to go to most of these restaurants we’re...

  • Best Pick-Me-Up: The Room

    Best Pick-Me-Up: The Room

    800 St. Paul St., (443) 438-7889, theroom800.com A basement cafe in Mount Vernon doesn’t necessarily sound that exciting or cozy but hear us out—The Room is a surprisingly bright and excellent place to set up and answer a few emails or crank out that really final, final draft you’ve been agonizing...

  • Best Nachos: The Crown

    Best Nachos: The Crown

    1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, thecrownbaltimore.tumblr.com There’s quite a debate about what makes nachos. Do you need cheese? Salsa? Sour cream? Once you go to the Crown and get that plate piled high with bulgogi beef or chicken, loops of spicy kimchi aioli, and homemade chips for $11,...

  • Best Lunch Spot: Chick P City

    Best Lunch Spot: Chick P City

    202 W. Read St., (410) 244-7009, chickpcity.com Chick P City, in the former Piccadelli’s on Read Street,  specializes in Middle Eastern street food like falafel, hummus and various shwarmas.  Drinks are in the glass-fronted case: Coke products, water, Monster Energy, etc. They’ve got Dunkin Donuts...

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