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
5713 Harford Road, (410) 444-6422
$$ Out L D
Hamilton carry-out joint dispenses tender animal parts in classic regional sauces—Kansas City sweet and spicy, Carolina mustard or vinegar, and Texas pit style, our favorite. Also, try the Eastern Shore chicken.
4341 Harford Road, (410) 254-2376, thechameleoncafe.com
$$$ P d Rsv
Ambitious, reasonably priced farm-to-table eats start with charcuterie plate or oysters en brochette, either one a mini-meal. Press on to balsamic-glazed pork chop, grilled salmon on lentils, or free-range chicken. Superb.
5402 Harford Road, (410) 444-1497, bmoreclementine.com
$$$ P B L D Br
Clementine’s expanded dining room and liquor license gives the restaurant more room to work its farm-to-table magic. The menu changes often, but house-made pickles, charcuterie, and old-fashioned layer cakes always shine.
5517 Harford Road, (410) 426-1930, hamiltontavern.com
$$ Out 10pm d
This intimate spot feels more like a bar than a restaurant, but locals raid the small menu for ambitious bar eats such as the Roseda beef crosstown burger or a plate of scarfable fried dill pickle chips with goat cheese sauce.
5506 Harford Road, (410) 444-4220, losamigosbaltimore.com
$$ Out L D
Straight-up Tex-Mex (and some Peruvian) belly-filling fare with consistently above-average quality and preparation. The service is very friendly, and the margaritas are decent.