Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396, atwaters.biz
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A great spot for sandwiches made with fresh bread, delicious soups (always with vegetarian and vegan options), and one of the best glasses of iced tea you’ll find in all of Charm City. Additional locations in Catonsville (where they bake the bread), Kenilworth, and off Falls Road near the city line.
5716 York Road, (410) 323-0300, bosphorusbistro.com
$$, L, D, Out, DV
Go for the moist and crisp falafel or the “pink sultan,” a mixture of beets, garlic, and labne (thick strained yogurt) at this stellar Govans Mediterranean spot.
438 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 532-0022, cafezen.us
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This Chinese restaurant prepares menu staples you’d find just about anywhere, but they also add a lot of creative choices such as the A&M Crispy Beef, more commonly known as “candy beef,” one of its signature dishes.
Ceriello Fine Foods
Belvedere Square Market, 529 East Belvedere Ave., (410) 532-1840, ceriellofinefoods.com
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This fancy but still affordable Italian grocery chain (it’s based in New York with an additional store in New Jersey) with an excellent butcher/deli offers house-made pasta, sauces, fresh sausages, and more.
Belvedere Square Market, 529 E Belvedere Ave., (410) 435-8688, ejjiramen.com
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The ramen renaissance is starting to hit Baltimore, and Ejji Ramen (pronounced “edgy”) is currently one of the best options: Try the laksa seafood curry ramen at $12, one of the many nontraditional Malaysian takes on ramen here. It has a “create-your-own” option as well.
Belvedere Square Market, 527 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-1944, grandcrubaltimore.com
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This is a great place to go and pick up a bottle if you’re in a hurry, but the menu offers plenty of reasons to stick around and munch on high-end appetizers or a sampler plate. Pair your wine with the cheese assortment, or your beer with a house-baked pretzel that comes with dijon and horseradish cheddar.
519 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-9463
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Greg Novik and Co. have been making gourmet bagels with fresh ingredients and loving care in Govans for nearly 30 years. Perhaps the only thing better than the unique bagel varieties (macadamia nut and white chocolate, anyone?) is the array of toppings, which range from the standard schmear to a dizzying list of one-of-a-kind items—custom-smoked salmon, baked brie, and duck confit among them.
Belvedere Market Square,
529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 775-5044, hexferments.com
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Local fermented food company (so you know, krauts, kimchi, kombucha, pickles, and more) that does it the right way (and, as fermenting freaks are always reminding you, the ancient way): without heat, distilled vinegar, or added water.
Neopol Savory Smokery
Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 433-7700, neopolsmokery.com
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Smoked seafood. Smoked meats. Smoked vegetables and tofu. If you got it, Neopol will smoke it, often with delicious results. Don’t sleep on its brunch either.
Belvedere Market Square, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (443) 449-7137,plant-bar.com
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Plant-based juices, smoothies, and “power bowls” for your vegan, raw foods, gluten-free, and paleo needs, with a create-your-own juice option and produce for sale as well. If you’re new to this sort of thing, go with a 16-ounce Skinessence made-to-order juice (a pineapple, orange, apple, and beets mix that costs just $5.50) and you’ll soon be a frequent Plantbar patron.
Belvedere Square, 600 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-1000, rdirishpub.com
$$, L, D, Br, P, Out, 10 p.m.
A traditional Irish pub that includes all the menu staples: shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and so forth. If you’d simply like to plop down for a pint, you can do that too.
510 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-9222, shooflydiner.com
$$, B, L, D, 10 p.m., Out
Chef Spike Gjerde (of Woodberry Kitchen and Parts & Labor fame) nods at classic diner selections with comfort-food fare—all-day breakfast, meatloaf, sausage and gravy—then elevates them. On weekends, Shoo-fly’s open for breakfast and lunch as well as dinner.
529 E. Belvedere Ave., (443) 627-8090, tooloulou.com
$$, L, D, BR, BYOB
“Tooloulou” is Cajun for crab, and the menu appropriately features flavors from both Lake Pontchartrain and the Chesapeake Bay among its gourmet pizza and po’boy offerings.
5916 York Road, (410) 323-3368, zen-west.com
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All your Tex-Mex favorites, served up in a setting that evokes a roadside joint off Route 66. Perfectly suitable for game-watching and beer-drinking.