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Charles Village/Waverly

Photo: Josh Sisk, License: N/A, Created: 2011:02:15 22:24:10

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$ = 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


4 W. University Pkwy, (443) 449-6200,

$$$ P Vg B L D Br

Alizée has gone from fusion to high-concept comfort food. The menu changes seasonally, but look for bistro-inspired fare—roasted chicken, lamb confit, rabbit—all done with clever sides like parsnip oatmeal.


3811 Canterbury Road, (410) 366-1484,

$$$ Vg Out L D

In clement weather, everyone wants to sit out on the beautiful fragrant patio with its gurgling fountains. The platings of Indian food are prettier than the norm, executions a little lighter, but it all comes at a premium.


3120 St. Paul St., (410) 243-5200,


A small but cozy hideout that offers warm drinks, paninis, and a showcase of scrumptious baked goods.


3107 St. Paul St., (410) 243-1611,

$$ Out 10pm L D Br

Bar food heaven with XXL garbage nachos done up with chili, canned jalapeños, and so-nasty, so-good oozy nacho cheese; greasy fish and chips; and deep-fried potato skins..

DONNA’S Cafe and Coffee Bar

3101 St. Paul St., (410) 889-3410,

$$$ Out B L D Br

This venerable Baltimore staple serves up a small menu of artful salads, sandwiches, and entrées for lunch and dinner, plus its namesake coffee.


105 W. 39th St., (443) 449-5555,

$$$ P Vg Out 10pm d Rsv

Old-school Italian-American. Reliable seafood preparations, like clams casino or zuppa di pesce, satisfy.


Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 889-3399

$$$ P Out L D Br Rsv

Polished and pretty, John Shields’ coastal cuisine restaurant doesn’t feel like a traditional clammy museum café—more like an upscale neighborhood bistro. The outdoor seating area, with views of the sculpture garden, is an Eden.


3 E. 33rd St., (410) 366-4115

$$ Out L D

Inexpensive Japanese and Korean food in Charles Village. Large appetizers threaten early satiation. Save room for a pot of noodles and green-tea or red-bean ice cream.


100 W. University Pkwy., (410) 235-5777

$$ Out 10pm B L D Br Vg

A variety of meatless and soy-filled entrées star here, from the eggplant gyro to the black bean quesadilla.


227 W. 29th St., (410) 889-4444,

$$ P 10pm B L D Br

PaperMoon’s décor looks like the result of a disturbed 7-year-old boy who got hold of all his sister’s playthings, but the food surpasses normal diner fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.


3130 Greenmount Ave., (410) 467-7698

$$ B L

Neighborly charm is backed by genuinely good breakfast and lunch at incredibly low prices. Daily specials include roast turkey (from a bird cooked on-site), fish and chips, and blueberry waffles.


3316 Greenmount Ave., (410) 889-6003

$$ P L D

This venerable spot consistently serves up some of the city’s best Thai dishes. Service is personal and warm, and the entrées are always top notch.

Eat 2011 Contents
  • Pleased? Eat: City Paper's Annual Dining Guide | 3/2/2011
  • Federal Hill ABBEY BURGER BISTRO 1041 Marshall St., (443) 453-9698, $$ 10pm L D A bar devoted to gourmet burgers, not French fare. And we’re grateful, because who wouldn’t savor local Roseda beef topped with a drippy fried egg (or foie gra | 3/2/2011
  • South Baltimore BARRACUDAS: A LOCUST POINT TAVERN 1230 E. Fort Ave., (410) 685-2832, $$ L D Br This small Locust Point neighborhood spot serves pubby standards with a few beachy twists (jerk chicken salad) and some serious local flavor (coddies). | 3/2/2011
  • Canton/Highlandtown ACROPOLIS 4714-4718 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-3384, $$ L D There’s hearty and wholesome fare for Olympian appetites at this casual and cavernous Greektown mainstay. Lamb, seafood, and crab cakes are the house specialties, and al | 3/2/2011
  • Fells Point ALE MARY’S 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, $$ Out 10pm L D Br You can get tater tots as an appetizer or alongside any of the well-crafted sandwiches in various states of loaded-ness. The menu ranges from bar food standards to more ambi | 3/2/2011
  • Little Italy ALDO’S 306 S. High St., (410) 727-0700, $$$ Vg d Rsv This Little Italy gem assembles choice ingredients in flawless preparations, nimbly negotiating the terrain between respectfulness for old-world tradition and mindfulness of contem | 3/2/2011
  • Harbor East BAGBY PIZZA CO. 1006 Fleet St., (410) 605-0444, $$ Out L D Bagby is the pizza place you wish was in your own neighborhood. Pie crusts are cracker thin, pastas and salads are homemade and generous, and service aims to please. CHARL | 3/2/2011
  • Downtown ALEWIFE 21 N. Eutaw, (410) 545-5112, $$ L D Alewife’s biggest draw may be its 40 beer taps, but the newest pub to fill the space across from the Hippodrome offers decent gourmet sandwiches and entrees too. Look for various in-ho | 3/2/2011
  • Mount Vernon/Bolton Hill/Station North ABACROMBIE FINE FOODS AND ACCOMMODATIONS 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, $$$ D B Rsv This basement spot has long held a culinary reputation that dwarfs its intimate size. It’s current menu of care-taken upscale comfort foods uphold | 3/2/2011
  • Charles Village/Waverly ALIZÉE 4 W. University Pkwy, (443) 449-6200, $$$ P Vg B L D Br Alizée has gone from fusion to high-concept comfort food. The menu changes seasonally, but look for bistro-inspired fare—roasted chicken, lamb confit, rabbit—all done | 3/2/2011
  • Roland Park/Mount Washington ALONSO’S 415 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433, $$ L D There’s been an upscale revamping and the pizzas have been gussied up. The immense burgers, though, are still here. BANSKY’S Cafe Lake Falls Village, 6080 Falls Road, (410) 377 | 3/2/2011
  • Hampden/Remington 13.5 WINE BAR 1117 W. 36th St., (410) 889–1064, $$ Out 10pm D The Avenue gets a very well done wine list, along with a very well-turned-out menu of gourmet nibbles, pizzas, and entrees. ALCHEMY 1011 W. 36th St., (410) 366-1163, a | 3/2/2011
  • Belvedere Square ATWATER’S Belvedere Square Market 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396 (and various other locations); $ P Out L D It sells home-style breads and tasty sandwiches at its multiple locations (and the cream puffs at the Belvedere Square ba | 3/2/2011
  • Hamilton BIG BAD WOLF’S HOUSE OF BARBECUE 5713 Harford Road, (410) 444-6422 $$ Out L D Hamilton carry-out joint dispenses tender animal parts in classic regional sauces—Kansas City sweet and spicy, Carolina mustard or vinegar, and Texas pit style, our favor | 3/2/2011
  • County ANDY NELSON’S BARBEQUE 11011 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, $$ P Out L D Everything is slow-smoked over hickory wood. Ribs are a must-eat, the pulled-pork sandwich is orgasmic, and all the homemade sides are fantastic. W | 3/2/2011
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