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Eat Special Issue

Roland Park/Mount Washington

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Tim Hill

Loco Hombre

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Tim Hill

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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.

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) 377-4444

$ P Out B L D

This bright, bustling storefront seems to do a healthy lunch trade from local offices, and it’s easy to see why: a solid sampling of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all executed a cut above the usual noontime fare. Dinner is takeout only,

BONJOUR FRENCH BAKERY/CAFÉ

6070 Falls Road, (410) 372-0238, bonjourbakerycafe.com

$ BYOB P Out B L

Can’t miss this purple-painted house beside Falls Road, nor would you want to miss the selection of artful sweet and savory stuff turned out of its ovens.

CHIYO SUSHI

1619 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 466-1000, chiyosushi.com

$$$ P L D

A revamped space makes the most of good sushi and sweet and attentive service.

CRÊPE DU JOUR

1609 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 542-9000, crepedujour.com

$$$ P Vg Out L D Br

This charming crêperie offers a hearty dinner menu, but we stick to its lunch. The dessert crêpes are tasty, but the savory crêpes—featuring nicely balanced assortments of strong flavors such as bleu cheese with walnuts—are divine.

CURB SHOPPE BAR AND GRILL

5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com

$$ P L D

This neighborhood pub serves juicy hamburgers, various apps, cold and hot sandwiches and subs, hot platters of meat served with fries, wings, chili, and salads.

THE DESERT CAFÉ

1605 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 367-5808, thedesertcafe.com

$$ BYOB Out L D

This charming little Middle Eastern restaurant features friendly service and affordable food with an intimate atmosphere. Good appetizers—hummus, baba ganouj, dolmades, falafel—and soups and salads.

ETHEL AND RAMONE’S

1615 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 664-2971

$$$ Out L D

A charismatic chef and hard-working crew turn out honest Creole and Cajun food. Avoid the dining room and go for the porch, sidewalk, or curvy counter that looks into the kitchen.

THE FALLS

1604 Kelly Ave., (410) 367-7840, thefallsmtwashington.com

$$ Out B L D Br

A “neighborhood cafe” that, in fact, offers a fairly ambitious dinner menu and wine list in a casual atmosphere alongside the usual complement of soups, salads, sandwiches.

THE HAUTE DOG CARTE

6070 Falls Road, (410) 608-3500, hautedogcarte.com

$ Out L D

Not a carte—or even cart—per se, but the garage of the Bonjour Bakery transformed into a roadside stand, HDC serves up a limited but frequently changing menu of killer gourmet dogs.

LOCO HOMBRE

413 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-2233

$$$ P 10pm L D

This neighborhood mainstay has been refurbished and rethought, with a more upscale (and expensive) take on its usual pan-Latin cuisine.

PETIT LOUIS BISTRO

4800 Roland Ave., (410) 366-9393, petitlouis.com

$$ P L D Br Rsv

An elegant café setting, with expertly executed classic French fare, but also a relatively affordable everyday dining option. Don’t miss the trés authentic steak frites or the unctuous duck confit.

S’GHETTI EDDIE’S

410 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-5999, sghettieddies.com

$$ BYOB P 10pm L D

Almost every Baltimore neighborhood has a joint that delivers pizza and other Italian staples and deli faves. Roland Park being Roland Park, its version offers relatively gourmet renditions and a pleasant eat-in experience.

MISS SHIRLEY’S CAFÉ

513 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-5272 (also 750 E. Pratt St., [410] 528-5373), missshirleys.com

$$ P Out B L

Terrific service and a voluminous menu make Miss Shirley’s Café the best new spot around to grab breakfast. Eggs abound—poached, in omelets, on sandwiches—but don’t miss gourmet takes on homey specialties like benne seed chicken ’n’ waffles or mascarpone grits.

MT. WASHINGTON TAVERN

5700 Newbury St., (410) 367-6903, mtwashingtontavern.com

$$$ P Out 10pm L D Br

This North Baltimore staple is a good spot for when you just want a good Cobb salad and some iced tea in a setting that encourages lingering. Mostly to classic American lunch, brunch, and dinner fare with multiple bars/dining areas..

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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