4718 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-3384, acropolisbaltimore.com
$$, L, D
All the classics are here: You got your lamb, your veal, your chicken souvlaki. It’s the lamb selections and the seafood menu where you’ll find what Acropolis does best.
Annabel Lee Tavern
601 S. Clinton St., (410) 522-2929, annabelleetavern.com
$$, 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.
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
$$$, L, D, Out, R
Blue Hill, under the watchful eye of Mr. Boh on Conkling Street, features some pretty gourmet entrees for adventurous palates. We’re talking seared macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi and pecan-crusted tuna. But there’s also creative takes on staples such as the tavern burger and pork tenderloin.
2780 Lighthouse Point, (410) 558-0202, bobrooks.com
$$$, 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.
3301 Boston St., (410) 276-8900, cantondockside.com
$$$, L, D, Out
Our hope is that all the chain joints in the new Canton Crossing complex keep the mall-goers distracted, because the steamed crabs here are legit and we hate to wait.
Captain James Crabhouse and Restaurant
2127 Boston St., (410) 327-8600, captainjameslanding.com
$$$, 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.
3328 Foster Ave., (410) 327-6984, thechasseur.com
$$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
Most of the items at this nautically inspired New American spot fall under the comfort-food category. Some—like the steak and egg that turns out to be hand-cut steak tartare topped with a quail egg—have a slight twist. Prices veer toward expensive, but portions are generous.
2918 O’Donnell St., (410) 522-4220, claddaghbaltimore.com
$$$, 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.
3700 Gough St., (410) 276-6787, dipasquales.com
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.
611 S. Fagley St., (410) 563-7577, eichenkranz.com
$$, B, L, D
Sure, there are plenty of seafood, poultry, and beef entrees at Eichenkranz. But this is one of the few German restaurants in town! Be sure to go in on some of the schnitzel, wurst, or any of the other house specialties.
Fork and Wrench
2322 Boston St., (443) 759-9360, theforkandwrench.com
$$$, 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.
4901 Eastern Ave., (410) 633-3750, ikarosrestaurant.com
$$, L, D, Out, R
We named this the “Best Greek Restaurant” in 2010, and it hasn’t done anything to lose favor with us since. They ace all the classics—Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves, braised lamb—and have killer baklava for dessert.
3123 Elliott St., (410) 878-6542, jacksbistro.net
$$$, 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 II
3928 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.
2400 Boston St., (410) 534-3287, langermanns.com
$$, L, D, Br, P, Out
Located in the Can Company building, this restaurant shows its Southern bona fides with fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, barbecue spare ribs, cornbread, and more.
2900 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-9235, looneyspubmd.com
$$, 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 Shell
2901 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.
3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651 ext. 202, creativealliance.org/marquee-lounge
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.