Canteen

Canteen (Josh Sisk / February 14, 2014)

Be-One Korean B.B.Q. Restaurant

2016 Maryland Ave., (410) 244-5600

$$, L, D

The smell of sizzling meat is exactly what you look for in Korean barbecue. Be-One delivers with the highly recommended B.B.Q. Set A: cha dol (brisket), galbi (beef ribs), bulgogi (marinated aged beef), joo mool luck (boneless ribs), and chicken bulgogi.

Bottega

1729 Maryland Ave., (443) 708-5709, bottega1729.com

$$, D, BYOB

This tiny (like 15-seats tiny) new Station North restaurant is quite possibly the best dining in the city, so book a reservation when you can. Order the smoked goose—or, you know, whatever they make that day.

Organic greens growing by the window often become ingredients for carefully constructed salads at this micro-restaurant founded by Dane Nester in the spot that used to be Bohemian Coffee House, also offering inexpensive options like a duck, pickle, and coconut melt ($6.95).

Caribbean Paradise

1818 N. Charles St., (410) 332-8422

$, L, D

The husband/wife team of chefs Eric and Barbara, Jamaica natives, serve up a heaping platter of jerk chicken slathered in dark, rich gravy, along with all the fixings, for $8.50.

The Chesapeake

1701 N. Charles St., (410) 547-2760, thechesapeakebaltimore.com

$$$, L, D, R

This highly anticipated newcomer, reopening last year with the same name that it has had since 1933, shoots for New American-meets-Southern fare with seasonal ingredients mixed in when possible.

The Dizz

300 W. 30th St., (443) 869-5864, thedizzbaltimore.com

$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.

A down-home neighborhood bar with a handwritten list of specials, great bar food, and an old-fashioned rotating dessert case with killer pies and cakes? Sign us up. Breakfast on Sundays.

Joe Squared

133 W. North Ave., (410) 545-0444, joesquared.com

$$, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m, DV

Joe Squared makes masterful square pizzas and serves good beer, but they do so much more than that. They make sandwiches—and they won CP’s “Best Wings” in 2012 for the complex flavors on their poultry arms, er, wings.

Jong Kak

18 W. 20th St., (410) 837-5231, jongkak.99k.org

$$$, L, D, 10 p.m.

We love Jong Kak. Sorry, everyone who eats there pretty much has to say this. One of several great Korean restaurants in town, it offers all your favorites. But go straight to the barbecue. It is cooked over hardwood charcoal.

Lost City Diner

1730 N. Charles St., (410) 547-5678, lostcitydiner.com

$$, D, Br, 10 p.m.

After a checkered past of openings and closings, Lost City’s latest menu leans more consistently toward diner fare, plus the assortment of shakes, floats, and sundaes you’d expect from such a lavish-looking soda fountain.

Mi Comalito

2101 N. Charles St., (410) 837-6005

$, B, L, D

Mi Comalito specializes in Mexican, Salvadoran, and Honduran food, and they do all three as well as anyone else in town. Start with the pupusas. They have three kinds: queso, loroco (vine flowers with cheese), and revueltas (mixed beans, pork, and cheese).

Nam Kang

2126 Maryland Ave., (410) 685-6237

$$, L, D, 10 p.m.

Nam Kang, which stays open till 4 a.m. nightly, has won CP’s “Best Late-Night Dining” so many times, we’ve just about retired the category. The panchen is fabulous and we love the kimchi jigae on a cold night. And did we mention private karaoke rooms?

THE New Wyman Park Restaurant 

138 W. 25th St., (410) 235-5100.

$, b, L

Friendly, fast diner drawing locals for crispy fries with thick brown gravy and the delicious quarter-cut turkey club, with turkey roasted in-house.

Papermoon Diner

227 W. 29th St., (410) 889-4444, papermoondiner24.com

$$, B, L, D, P, 10 p.m.

When people talk about Baltimore’s “funkiness,” they might be talking about Papermoon. You’d never find a place with this kind of wacky decor in Washington, D.C., that’s for sure. Bonus: inventive shakes and diner fare, and communal service. 

Red Emma’s

30 W. North Ave., (410) 230-0450, redemmas.org

$, B, L, D

The leftist collective has moved to some swanky new digs in Station North, with bookshelves reaching the ceiling, its own coffee-roasting operation, and a brand new kitchen. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options—the tofu Bahn mi is great—with more to come soon as they expand their menu.

Tapas Teatro

1711 N. Charles St., (410) 332-0110, tapasteatro.com

$$, D, Out

As the name indicates, this outdoor-dining hotspot serves small plates for theatergoers in Station North. The fried cod is delicious, but bring friends to get the most of the wide variety of dishes—and the pitchers of sangria.

 

South Baltimore/Silo Point

Barracudas:
A Locust Point Tavern

1230 E. Fort Ave., (410) 685-2832, cudabarracuda.com

$$, L, D, Br

You can find Old Bay fries all over town, but seldom do you see a coddie anymore. Barracudas serves ’em up, along with pit beef sandwiches and the standard crab cake. Try the Old Bay mayo-laden shrimp salad sandwich. 

Big Matty’s Diner

838 E. Fort Ave., (410) 727-706

$, B, L

The lunch basics are covered in this unassuming, luncheonette-esque joint. Meaty cold cuts on well-toasted bread. Specials like steak and eggs and baked chicken that cost less than any highfalutin, high-protein bean sprout sandwich you can get elsewhere.