1728 Thames St., thamesstreetoysterhouse.com, (443) 449-7726
Finally! Baltimore has a seafood restaurant that's not a chain and delivers the goods. We love the gorgeous, mile-high shellfish towers from the always noisy raw bar; the po'boys; the beach fries; that the crabcake is made with local blue crab; that you can get clam bellies or a top-rate bouillabaisse. A distinct and well-chosen wine list (not to mention a decent draft selection), coupled with a delicious view of the harbor from the understated upstairs dining room, proves you don't have to be big to be beautiful.