12:00 AM EST, March 7, 2013
A dollar goes a long way on food here—huge entrees and lots of rib-sticking sides, including a wide array of tater tots.
The tater tots menu kills, but the full weight of the offerings—including burgers, steaks, and crab cakes—will satisfy a gourmand.
Possibly the most romantic outdoor dining available in Baltimore, made spicier by the fine Latin cuisine, particularly the tacos dorados and barbacoa de borrego.
Maybe it’s the long and famous experience gained from serving mussels, but this place knows its way around a stick of butter, a bottle of sherry, and a spice rack—who knew chicken livers could be so good?
The specialty here is grilled whole fresh fish with the house sauce, and diners select their own catch or go with the catch of the day. A recommended alternative is the kakavia, an amazing Greek bouillabaisse.
There’s a reason for the line out front whenever this place is open—it’s strictly breakfast food, done with delicious creativity. Nice to find potato cakes with applesauce and sour cream on the same menu with sausage gravy biscuits.
Shared dishes run the gamut, from lobster fritters and grilled cheese to rockfish and scallops. Cocktails get at least equal billing at this semi-swanky meet market.
Outstanding pizza with a light crust, but they’re no slouches when it comes to wraps and pasta, either.
A destination for very good Indian food, from perennials like chicken tikka masala and saag paneer, to the more exotic, like benghan aftab, a fried eggplant specialty.
Known for its lo mein and white-meat General Tso’s chicken, this is an old faithful for Chinese dining.
Respectable pub grub, with excellent soups and a chicken pot pie that’ll bring you back.
Crab cakes, yes, and a full gamut of tasty grub (including Taylor pork roll!), but for those looking to drop some cash, try the stupendous “bay pilot seafood medley,” which is totally worth it.
It’s a big menu from a big outfit (franchises available, with almost 40 locations in four states and D.C., including outlets in Towson and at BWI airport), so expect plentiful drinking grub.
OK, so, gruyere-and-leeks bread pudding with a Cornish game hen and a side of jus-soaked haricot verte. Yum. Just go and see the rest yourself. The place is priceless.
Everything you expect from a deli—subs, wings, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, barbecue—only tastier.
Baltimore’s Platonic ideal of a breakfast joint also offers T-bones and New York strips, a full menu of subs and sandwiches, and burgers and dogs. Plus, pretty darn cold beer.
Boasting about its bounteous seafood offerings is the John Steven way, and it tries mightily to live up to the expectations.
People are drawn in by its imaginative thin-crust pizzas and awesome beer list; they stay for the Skee-Ball lanes; and they come back for the friendly service.
Exquisite fish dishes, from bouillabaisse to monkfish osso bucco, plus lamb and filet mignon. Fit for royalty.
Mediterranean tapas, strategically selected, can fill you up without emptying your wallet and leave you wanting to come back soon.
A wide variety of good burgers every day, and don’t miss the Belgian beers paired with a mussels-and-fries menu on Thursdays.
The place is all about the beer and has easily the widest selection in town, with 140 taps and more than 1,000 bottled varieties. They serve what goes well with it: dense burgers, wraps, chicken, and deep-fried delectables with dips.
Fresh, bountiful, and comparably affordable—three good reasons why this is a destination for sushi-philes, the fourth being that it has outdoor seating overlooking the harbor.
The same exacting sensibility as the Olive Room, only a more diverse and affordable menu—plus an exceptional view of the harbor from atop a waterfront inn.
The remarkably creative and adventurous menu (the things one can do with a parsnip!) changes weekly, but some things—the filet mignon/New York strip option, and the famously delicious salad-and-garlic-bread combo—are staples. Among the best bets in Baltimore dining.
Into the locavore thing way before it became cool, this is Maryland cuisine with an imaginative, contemporary twist.
The kitchen knows what it’s doing here and serves its eclectic menu to both the fancy and the grubby with style.
Burgers, pizza, wraps, and a huge selection of creative, filling salads, all done with a flair that pairs well with the smartly curated wines, beers, and specialty cocktails.
Always nice to see rabbit on a menu around Easter, but the stuffed acorn squash is also something to write home about.
Experience Fells Point the way the tourists do—with all manner of seafood, a boisterous dining room, and a fabulous waterfront view.
Round-the-clock dining with a rock ’n’ roll attitude and possibly Mobtown’s most extensive menu—favoring, of course, Greek-leaning tastes.
The Irish aren’t known for the quality of their food (well, maybe except for breakfast, if you’re into those puddings), but Sláinte is. And if you’re a fan of rest-of-the-world football or rugby, you’ll find yourself here to watch matches anyway.
The sushi/sashimi experience is worth the visit, but fill out the meal with those extra-special sticky balls and tater tots.
The best-dressed dogs in town, hands down, and superior hand-cut fries to boot.
Smartly presented Spanish small dishes are as yummy on the plate as in the belly, with outdoor seating pleasingly shaded from the afternoon sun in summer.
Truly exquisite, impeccably fresh seafood dishes in a relaxed atmosphere with primo, knowledgeable service. Raw bar open late.
Plenty of good options here, but the spinach—cooked in mushroom-garlic oil with bleu cheese—would make Popeye proud.
Easily the best corn tortillas in town, and once those tortillas are filled with perfectly seasoned fresh fish, fresh chunky guacamole, and salsa, possibly the best tacos in the world.
Nuts, cheeses, pâtés, and cured meats to complement the wine—all while cozying up in the year-round (with blankets) outdoor seating.
The pub-like atmosphere belies the quality of the food, which is a considerable cut above your average Fells Point bar fare, especially the pork-belly tacos and barbecue.
Very special farm-to-table surf and turf, served with a spectacular view overlooking the harbor. Also, the pot pie is deliciously affordable.
Pretty impressive food spread, given that the bartenders cook right there behind the bar. Recommended: the fish and chips.
By “Latin fusion,” they mean tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, plus burgers and pizza, with an extra measure of cocktail pride.
Tacos, wraps, and pub grub with a fantastic view of the harbor, but this place—as the name suggests—is really about the drinks.
Slaves to Slavic cuisine, look no further, and don’t forget the Sunday jazz brunches.
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