An Poitin Stil
2323 York Road, Timonium, (410) 560-7900,thestilltimonium.com
$$, L, D, BR, P, Out, 10 p.m.
Your nicely appointed, dark wood-with-fireplace and live music sit-down place where you can get an Irish stew or a quesadilla. Strong drinks.
Andy Nelson’s Barbecue Restaurant
11007 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226,andynelsonsBBQ.com
$$, L, D, P, Out
’Bama transplants put down roots in Baltimore and slow-developed a slow-cook barbecue masterpiece, which they will truck to your home if you can’t come to them. But go to them. It’s a nice house.
Bill Bateman’s Bistro
7800 York Road, Towson, (410) 296-2737 (and other locations), billbateman.com
$$, L, D, P, 10 p.m.
Well-suited to supply all of your buffalo-wing needs—just ask the Towson University students perched on every nearby stool. Also, sliders. Other locations in Havre de Grace, Reisterstown, and Edgewater. Order online!
11 W. Aylesbury Road, Timonium, (410) 561-1100, bluestoneonline.net
$$$, L, D, P
Separate fish and dinner menus to distinguish the connoisseur from the dilettante, but the dinner menu has a lot of awesome seafood dishes too.
31 Allegheny Ave., Towson, (410) 337-0133, cafetroia.com
$$$, L, D, R, OUT
Serious Italian café founded by a Naples family offering all the classic Italian stuff, plus “cowboy steak” for those who are not playing. Extensive wine list and old-world ambience.
1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581, gracegardenchinese.com
$, L, D
In a strip mall near Fort Meade, Chef Chun Keung Li does up delectable authentic Szechuan goodness like braised pork belly with mui-choy and homemade tofu mousse, consistently earning “best of” awards in the process.
Hightopps Backstage Grille
2306 York Road, Timonium, (410) 560-7101, hightoppsbackstagegrille.com
$$, L, D, Out, 10 p.m.
Like a little bit of a Fells Point party-bar right next to your Timonium fairgrounds. Live music on the regular and a party on the patio. With pizza and pitchers, of course. Drink specials will keep you seated all Saturday.
622 Frederick Road, Catonsville, (410) 744-4422, tajrestaurant.com
$$, L, D, P
Family-owned and serving up curry and tandoori for 15 years now, Indian Delight offers nice white-tablecloth ambiance and reasonable prices.
1 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, (410) 339-7500
$$, L, D
The conveyer belt of fresh sushi just turns round and round, and you pick up whatever you want, paying for each plate according to its color. Kaiten, it’s called. Why settle for stationary sushi?
25 Crossroads Drive, Owings Mills, (410) 356-3030, linwoods.com
$$$, L, D, Out
A serious restaurant with an open kitchen and such aspirational menu items as caramelized sea scallops with grilled duck salad. Extensive wine list and decent beer selection too.
15819 Old York Road, Monkton, (410) 771-8155, themanortavern.com
$$$, L, D, BR, R
Farm-fresh greens (some from the garden out back), locally sourced ingredients, and an elegant country-squire vibe accompany the beer-can chicken and country-fried pork chops. Craft beers also, and a big wine list.
The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, (410) 771-0505, theoregongrille.com
$$$, L, D, BR, out
Romantic ambiance in a stone farmhouse serving a nice array of American favorites, from the lobster roll to a lamb chop with hickory-smoked winter squash and spiced pear chutney. Fireplaces abound and the wine list is something special.
1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, (410) 484-7775, suburbanhousedeli.com
$$, P, B, L, D, Br
This Pikesville landmark is the place to see how matzo ball soup, chopped liver, smoked salmon and whitefish, latkes (potato pancakes), blintzes, reubens, rainbow cake, and all other manner of Jewish delicacies are done correctly.