Eat Special Issue
A GUIDE TO THE ICONS
$ = Inexpensive; “entrees” barely crack $10.
$$ = Entrees in the $10-$20 range, other than a few specials or the crab cakes.
$$$ Entrees $20 and up.
BYOB = The restaurant has no liquor license but allows you to bring your own booze. You may have heard of this.
P = On-site parking, i.e. a dedicated lot or garage.
T = Valet parking (for most places, this is weekends-only).
Out = Outdoor dining in season. Note: It could be a lovely deck, but it may be just a couple of tables on the sidewalk.
10pm = Serves food after 10 p.m. Many local restaurants will serve until 11 p.m. on weekends, but spots bearing this icon go further somehow.
B = Breakfast.
L = Lunch.
D = Dinner.
Br = Brunch on weekends.
Vg = Specializes in vegetarian/vegan friendliness. Almost all restaurants these days offer vegetarian options, and when asked by someone compiling a dining guide, many restaurants say that they can accommodate vegans on request, but this icon indicates vegetarian/vegan friendliness as a primary mission.
Rsv = Reservations are suggested, particularly for weekend dining.
Del = Delivery to a limited area, though many restaurants that don’t do phone-order delivery use web-based services such as carryout.com.
Published: March 2, 2011
Belvedere Square Market 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396 (and various other locations); atwaters.biz
$ P Out L D
It sells home-style breads and tasty sandwiches at its multiple locations (and the cream puffs at the Belvedere Square bakery are to die for), but nothing beats the sheer variety and high quality of the soups.
438 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 532-0022
$$ L D
Not your usual American-Chinese too-sweet glop. Fresh aromatics and lighter preparations please. Gow bahs, stews served over crisped rice, are terrific, as is the sweetish garlic spinach.
510 E. Belvedere Ave, (443) 278-9001, crush-restaurant.com
$$ P Out L D Br
Casual fine dining? Crush’s menu allows for a variety of options, from small plates to traditional entrees to sandwiches.
Belvedere Square, 600 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-1000, rdirishpub.com
$$ P Out 10pm L D Br
Sprawling Irish bar/restaurant manages to accommodate families and youthful imbibers. What’s to eat? A corned beef sandwich, lamb stew, a shepherd’s pie in puff pastry, and killer fish and chips.
5916 York Road, (410) 323-3368, zen-west.com
$$ L D Br
Straightforward Tex-Mex food served up amid a roadside America theme for a sports-watching, college-attending bar crowd.
Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 433-7700, neopolsmokery.com
$$ P Out L D
Neopol serves smoked gourmet everything. Its sandwiches and savory cheese pies are well worth a nosh, as are its various smoked meats, but don’t miss its brunch.