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Cheap Eats: Mick O'Shea's

328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504, mickosheas.com Last year, City Paper heard through the grapevine that a few people over at Irish pub Mick O'Shea's were miffed because we awarded them a "Best Chicken Tenders" award last year. Of all the delicious, artful versions of bar food Mick O'Shea's makes—including...

  • Cheap Eats: Cinco de Mayo

    Cheap Eats: Cinco de Mayo

    1312 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-7646 Wander all the way to the back of this tiny-but-packed first-floor shop, past the deli counter, vegetables, dried meats, and canned beans, to the restaurant—a small, light-brown tiled area with about 10 tables. The walls are sporadically decorated with colorful...

  • Cheap Eats: Dovecote Cafe

    Cheap Eats: Dovecote Cafe

    2501 Madison Ave., (510) 593-4254, dovecotecafe.com

  • Argosy Cafe is a reasonably good place to grab lunch downtown

    Argosy Cafe is a reasonably good place to grab lunch downtown

    7 N. Calvert St., (443) 869-2942, argosycafe.com As far as lunch options go in downtown Baltimore, you could certainly do worse than Argosy Cafe, located in what used to be a bank in the first floor of the Munsey building. The space has retained many of the lovely marble features of the bank, though...

  • Pinch serves up high-quality handmade dumplings

    Pinch serves up high-quality handmade dumplings

    Mount Vernon Marketplace, 520 Park Ave., (667) 903-3445, pinchdumplings.com The few times that I've gone to the Mount Vernon Marketplace for lunch, the space has had disconcertingly few customers. Granted, my schedule is a bit wonky, so I usually end up getting lunch there at around 3—not exactly...

  • Streets Market and Cafe has anxiety-inducing architecture but excellent prepared foods

    Streets Market and Cafe has anxiety-inducing architecture but excellent prepared foods

    222 N. Charles St., (667) 930-3405, streetsmarketcafe.com Currently occupying the baffling building that previously housed a Super Fresh and then Fresh & Green's is Streets Market and Cafe, a small chain specialty grocery store and hybrid prepared-foods market and entry-level ethnic-food-product...

  • Tortilleria Sinaloa's vegan taco leaves something to be desired

    Tortilleria Sinaloa's vegan taco leaves something to be desired

    1716 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-3741, tortilleria-sinaloa.com Although I haven't been vegan in a while now, I'm always on the lookout for any place that offers that option, so holy mole was I excited when I noticed Tortilleria Sinaloa's vegan options (which they have apparently had for years, though...

  • KoDee Cakes serves one of the best cupcakes we've ever gotten from a bakery

    KoDee Cakes serves one of the best cupcakes we've ever gotten from a bakery

    I like to think that I'm not particularly picky about most foods, but there's one item that I'm extraordinarily particular about whenever I go out to eat: cupcakes. I used to be an obsessive amateur cupcake baker and it's surprisingly difficult to find cupcakes that taste as good as what I make...

  • The Local Fry is light on the vegetarian options, heavy on the salt

    The Local Fry is light on the vegetarian options, heavy on the salt

    21 E. Cross St., (410) 244-1283, thelocalfry.com French fries are as common as cornbread in Federal Hill. There are dozens of places that serve fried things in the neighborhood, which makes sense, considering how many bars there are here. However, The Local Fry specializes in fries—and meat, apparently....

  • Delights by Mina offers a delicious introduction to West African food

    Delights by Mina offers a delicious introduction to West African food

    When I was in the Peace Corps in Kenya, I wasn't particularly excited by the food. The national staple is ugali, a maize-and-millet-based paste that's used to scoop up other things, such as sukuma wiki (iron-packed greens that translate from Swahili as "push the week"—because they have enough nutrition...

  • Szechuan House feels like a Chinese restaurant from a different time

    Szechuan House feels like a Chinese restaurant from a different time

    Although Szechuan House opened in Lutherville in 1993, it feels straight out of a Los Angeles-based stoner realist Robert Altman movie from the mid-'70s. A faux-classy aesthetic featuring fish tanks and fake gold dominate the interior—you can totally imagine sloppily handsome character actors like...

  • Joe Benny's Focacceria

    Joe Benny's Focacceria

    313 S. High St., (443) 835-4866, joebennys.com It used to be a minor tradition in our family to attend Little Italy’s Cinema al Fresco on Friday nights in the summer. We revived the tradition a few weeks ago to go see “Rocky”—the parents drove in from the suburbs and we strolled down from Mount...

  • Taste of Aloha

    Taste of Aloha

    1405 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, (410) 501-3030, taste-of-aloha.com On a recent rainy day we drove to Arbutus to try out the area’s newest Hawaiian eatery. With the gray skies and drizzling rain, we couldn’t think of anywhere further than the island paradise for a place like Taste of Aloha. How...

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  • The Corner Pantry

    The Corner Pantry

    6080 Falls Road(667) 308-2331corner-pantry.com Mount Washington hasn’t been a real blue-collar neighborhood in a long time, if it ever was. But there have always been institutions that felt very in touch with down-to-earth working-class folks, such as the Curb Shoppe, the excellent, divey alternative...

  • BricknFire Pizza

    BricknFire Pizza

    VARIOUS LOCATIONS (443) 851-0676 BricknFirepizzacompany.com

  • Roberto's

    Roberto's

    5616 Newbury St., (443) 742-3034

  • Gitan Bistro Cru

    Gitan Bistro Cru

    Gitan Bistro Cru 800 S. Kenwood Ave., (410) 276-1200 A two-dollar white sangria in an air-conditioned bistro can be a beautiful thing, especially after a few hours of research in a government office building and a 40-minute hot-pavement walk on a 95-degree Baltimore day. It was Tuesday, so sangria...

  • Cafe Au Lait

    Cafe Au Lait

    3290 N. Ridge Rd #105, Ellicott City, (410) 313-8838

  • Atwater's

    Atwater's

    The Shops at Canton Crossing, 3601 Boston St., (667) 309-7156, atwaters.biz

  • Station North Arts Cafe and Nancy by SNAC

    Station North Arts Cafe and Nancy by SNAC

    Both places are bright and cheerful-a reflection of Brown's personality-but they clearly represent two stages in Station North's evolution.

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