Best New Restaurant

1444 Light St., (443) 449-7129,

When we walked into Liv2eat for the first time, our first thought was, I want to move in here. It's as if they've taken the comfort of our living room and combined it with the sophistication of a Voltaggio. We sat in their breathtaking courtyard, imagining our furniture here and there, and wondering how hard it would be to deal with the constant influx of hungry patrons passing through. The server was so positively bubbly and delightful, surely she wouldn't mind our moving in. They've even gone to the trouble of growing many of the vegetables and herbs we consumed there. The seasonally changing menu is phenomenal. The presentation is delightful. The setting is stunning. And the service, by a staff that seems genuinely happy to be doing what they're doing, makes the experience one that should be repeated. As often as possible.

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