Best International Dining Destination: Pikesville

Time was, the closest thing Pikesville had to “foodie cuisine” was the matzo ball soup at the old Suburban House or the crab soup at Jilly’s across the street. Times have changed, and in ways that few people would likely have predicted. The population of the once thoroughly Jewish enclave has diversified and, in recent years, so has the cuisine, and now it’s a surprisingly deep-bench ethnic dining destination. It started with Mari Luna Mexican Grille, which was terrific and soon added the more upscale Mari Luna Latin Grille next to Jilly’s. There’s also incredible Uzbek cuisine at Silk Road, which just moved into a larger location next to Mari Luna Latin Grille, killer Peruvian chicken at El Gran Pollo II, which is next to a great Russian supermarket called Stolichny NY, jerk chicken and curry at Island Quizine, and some of the most authentic pupusas in town at the Tacos y Pupusas truck in the B&T Auto Center parking lot on weekends. L’Chaim!

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