Eat Special Issue
Roland Park/Mount Washington
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
415 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433, alonsos.com
$$ L D
There’s been an upscale revamping and the pizzas have been gussied up. The immense burgers, though, are still here.
Lake Falls Village, 6080 Falls Road, (410) 377-4444
$ P Out B L D
This bright, bustling storefront seems to do a healthy lunch trade from local offices, and it’s easy to see why: a solid sampling of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all executed a cut above the usual noontime fare. Dinner is takeout only,
6070 Falls Road, (410) 372-0238, bonjourbakerycafe.com
$ BYOB P Out B L
Can’t miss this purple-painted house beside Falls Road, nor would you want to miss the selection of artful sweet and savory stuff turned out of its ovens.
1619 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 466-1000, chiyosushi.com
$$$ P L D
A revamped space makes the most of good sushi and sweet and attentive service.
1609 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 542-9000, crepedujour.com
$$$ P Vg Out L D Br
This charming crêperie offers a hearty dinner menu, but we stick to its lunch. The dessert crêpes are tasty, but the savory crêpes—featuring nicely balanced assortments of strong flavors such as bleu cheese with walnuts—are divine.
5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com
$$ 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.
1605 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 367-5808, thedesertcafe.com
$$ BYOB Out L D
This charming little Middle Eastern restaurant features friendly service and affordable food with an intimate atmosphere. Good appetizers—hummus, baba ganouj, dolmades, falafel—and soups and salads.
1615 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 664-2971
$$$ 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.
1604 Kelly Ave., (410) 367-7840, thefallsmtwashington.com
$$ Out B L D Br
A “neighborhood cafe” that, in fact, offers a fairly ambitious dinner menu and wine list in a casual atmosphere alongside the usual complement of soups, salads, sandwiches.
6070 Falls Road, (410) 608-3500, hautedogcarte.com
$ Out L D
Not a carte—or even cart—per se, but the garage of the Bonjour Bakery transformed into a roadside stand, HDC serves up a limited but frequently changing menu of killer gourmet dogs.
413 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-2233
$$$ 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.
4800 Roland Ave., (410) 366-9393, petitlouis.com
$$ P L D Br Rsv
An elegant café setting, with expertly executed classic French fare, but also a relatively affordable everyday dining option. Don’t miss the trés authentic steak frites or the unctuous duck confit.
410 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-5999, sghettieddies.com
$$ 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.
513 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-5272 (also 750 E. Pratt St.,  528-5373), missshirleys.com
$$ P Out B L
Terrific service and a voluminous menu make Miss Shirley’s Café the best new spot around to grab breakfast. Eggs abound—poached, in omelets, on sandwiches—but don’t miss gourmet takes on homey specialties like benne seed chicken ’n’ waffles or mascarpone grits.
5700 Newbury St., (410) 367-6903, mtwashingtontavern.com
$$$ 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..