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Eat Special Issue

Harbor East

Photo: Michael Northrup, License: N/A, Created: 2011:02:15 14:12:31

Michael Northrup

Talara


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.

BAGBY PIZZA CO.

1006 Fleet St., (410) 605-0444, bagbypizza.com

$$ 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.

CHARLESTON

1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com

$$$ Vg Out D Rsv

Cindy Wolf’s home-skillet goes posh via small-plates-ish “improvisational dining,” arranged into general unordered courses. Choose well, and you’ll be rewarded with rich, saturated, strong flavors, with enough flamboyance to hold your attention.

CHIU’S SUSHI

608 S. Exeter St., (410) 752-9666, chiussushi.com

$$ Out L D

With its kimono-clad servers, warm-cloth service and soothing decor, this friendly and competent Japanese restaurant almost overcomes the ambient restrictions of its storefront location.

CINGHIALE

822 Lancaster St., (410) 547-8282, cgeno.com

$$$ Vg Out L D Rsv

From Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, Northern Italian fare with small smoky and cheesy things in the big, brassy wine bar (Enoteca) and bigger meatier things in the somber dining wings (Osteria). Fritto misto for everybody.

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR

720 Aliceanna St., (410) 332-1666, flemingssteakhouse.com

$$$ Vg D Rsv

Most of the menu is the wine list, and most of the food is beef. The petit fillet is fine, but the best cut is the jumbo pork chop. Even veggies come in gargantuan proportions.

GRILLE 700 IN THE WATERFRONT

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, 700 Aliceanna St., (410) 895-1879, grille700.com

$$$ Vg B L D Br

A menu of familiar lunch and dinner classics with the requisite crab dishes front and center.

JAMES JOYCE IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT

616 S. President St., (410) 727-5107,

thejamesjoycepub.com thejamesjoycepub.com

$$ Vg Out L D Br

James Joyce provides the chance to score a proper pour of Guinness in Harbor East, and the Irish staples, such as fish and chips and a solid shepherd’s pie, are worth checking out.

LEBANESE TAVERNA

719 S. President St., (410) 244-5533, lebanesetaverna.com

$$ Vg Out L D

An elegant but comfortable Mediterranean restaurant with budget-friendly small-plates and more ambitious entrées.

THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM

801 Aliceanna St., (443) 872-0000, theoceanaire.com

$$$ Vg d Rsv

Luxe seafood dining. Crab cakes are succulent, delicate, faintly sweet, and totally refined, and the fish is perfectly fresh and expertly cooked.

PAZO

1425 Aliceanna St., (410) 534-7296, pazorestaurant.com

$$$ Vg D Rsv

Full-size entrées now grace this small-plates menu, although the tapas remain the key draw: beef tartare and seafood carpaccio are very beautiful.

RA SUSHI

1390 Lancaster St., (410) 522-3200, rasushi.com

$$ Vg Out L D

This sleek local outpost of a national chain serves up an expansive battery of artful sushi.

ROY’S

720B Aliceanna St., (410) 659-0099

$$$ Vg D

It’s a chain, it’s pricey, and the staff bellows “ALOHA!” as you walk in, but the food is very good. Half the menu changes nightly, but classic Asian dishes tend to be very good.

TALARA

615 S. President St., (410) 528-9883

$$ Vg Out L D

This restaurant transports diners to South Beach with bright colors, salsa music, and a Latin-inspired menu. Ceviche is the star here, plus a generous choice of seafood, both raw and cooked.

VINO ROSINA

509 S. Exeter St., (410) 528-8600, vinorosina.com

$$ Out L D Rsv

An inventive menu offers dishes like a 16-legged burger made from beef, bison, pork, and lamb, and a richer-than-rich rabbit lasagna. A scary-smart wine list and personable service only add to glow.

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, abbeyburgerbistro.com $$ 10pm L D A bar devoted to gourmet burgers, not French fare. And we’re grateful, because who wouldn’t savor local Roseda beef topped with a drippy fried egg (or foie gra | 3/2/2011
  • South Baltimore BARRACUDAS: A LOCUST POINT TAVERN 1230 E. Fort Ave., (410) 685-2832, cudabarracuda.com $$ 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, acropolisbaltimore.com $$ L D There’s hearty and wholesome fare for Olympian appetites at this casual and cavernous Greektown mainstay. Lamb, seafood, and crab cakes are the house specialties, and al | 3/2/2011
  • Fells Point ALE MARY’S 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com $$ 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, aldositaly.com $$$ Vg d Rsv This Little Italy gem assembles choice ingredients in flawless preparations, nimbly negotiating the terrain between respectfulness for old-world tradition and mindfulness of contem | 3/2/2011
  • Harbor East BAGBY PIZZA CO. 1006 Fleet St., (410) 605-0444, bagbypizza.com $$ 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, alewifebaltimore.com $$ L D Alewife’s biggest draw may be its 40 beer taps, but the newest pub to fill the space across from the Hippodrome offers decent gourmet sandwiches and entrees too. Look for various in-ho | 3/2/2011
  • Mount Vernon/Bolton Hill/Station North ABACROMBIE FINE FOODS AND ACCOMMODATIONS 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, abacrombie.net $$$ 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, alizeebaltimore.com $$$ P Vg B L D Br Alizée has gone from fusion to high-concept comfort food. The menu changes seasonally, but look for bistro-inspired fare—roasted chicken, lamb confit, rabbit—all done | 3/2/2011
  • Roland Park/Mount Washington ALONSO’S 415 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433, alonsos.com $$ 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, 13.5winebar.com $$ Out 10pm D The Avenue gets a very well done wine list, along with a very well-turned-out menu of gourmet nibbles, pizzas, and entrees. ALCHEMY 1011 W. 36th St., (410) 366-1163, a | 3/2/2011
  • Belvedere Square ATWATER’S Belvedere Square Market 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396 (and various other locations); atwaters.biz $ P Out L D It sells home-style breads and tasty sandwiches at its multiple locations (and the cream puffs at the Belvedere Square ba | 3/2/2011
  • Hamilton BIG BAD WOLF’S HOUSE OF BARBECUE 5713 Harford Road, (410) 444-6422 $$ 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, andynelsonsbbq.com $$ 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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