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Best Place to Eat Alone

Cross Street Market

Christopher Myers
BEST PLACE TO EAT ALONE: Cross Street Market

1065 S. Charles St., (410) 685-6169, www.bpmarkets.com/crs2.html

Posted 9/19/2007

Alone but not lonely. Not with so many chummy people sitting their asses down next to you, starting up conversations. We meet all kinds of lovable goofballs down at the Cross Street Market, united only by their appreciation of good food and social contact. Everybody knows that Nick's is where Baltimore comes to slurp at the raw bar while dropping the bon mots, talking trash about Peter Angelos, and generally laughing about it all. But Cross Street has it all over the other municipal markets with the market-wide availability of counter seating. (We're not at all into the grim seating area at Lexington Market.) Matsuri's Teppanyaki has a high and clean counter, and the awesome Smoke has one, too, partly hidden around its back end. We could sit there all day and work our way through the menu. Big Jim's, they've got a whole dining room. We'll do a walkabout if we have to, though, with some hot sauce-doused chicken livers from the chicken box or a must-have rum ball from Piedigrotta bakery

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Other Awards for Best Place to Eat Alone:

Minato, 9/17/2008

Sofi's Crêpes, 9/20/2006

Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar, 9/21/2005

Golden West Café, 9/19/2001

All Awards for Cross Street Market:

Best Al Fresco Dining, 9/18/2002

Best Flower Bargains, 9/17/1997

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