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Eat and Drinks Winners 2007

Best Selection of Beers on Tap

Max's Taphouse

Can you really call yourself a beer connoisseur when drinking your brew from a 32 ouncer, like they serve at Max's? Actually, we don't really care because we love beer and we love Max's. Go ahead and order a gigantic Miller Lite, if you must, even though you've got 118 beers on tap to choose from. We won't judge, we'll just keep ordering our Leihens Sunset Wheat, Pyramid Apricot Ale, Great Divide ... [MORE]

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Best New Restaurant
Rocket to Venus
Because it works. Because someone had a vision of the kind of place he wanted to open and made it ha...

Best Fancy Restaurant
Charleston
We were going to give this category to Saffron before it up and disappeared on us, leaving us broken...

Best Cheap Restaurant
Eastern House
We don't mean any disrespect when we say "cheap," so if you prefer "inexpensive," that fits, too. Ea...

Best UnderAppreciated Restaurant
Chameleon Café
Best "unsung local heroes" would be more like it. In an era when food trends and restaurants come an...

Best Champion of Local Food
Dogwood
Local food is hot right now, and so many restaurants feature regionally grown or procured items. How...

Best Sense of Food-Humor
Jack's Bistro's Ted Stelzenmuller
What everyone instantly loved about Jack's Bistro was how it didn't take itself too seriously. Some ...

Best Restaurant Makeover, Essential
Joe Squared
When it opened, customers had to pretend that its ugliness was cool. Taking over from the last in a ...

Best Restaurant Makeover, Optional
Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
Ryleigh's shut itself down for a few months last winter and reopened completely transformed. The bre...

Best Restaurant Service
Chameleon Café
Among the many reasons we think Chameleon Café is so great is that the servers never say that...

Best Outdoor Dining
B Bistro
We chill as much as the rosé every time we take a sip from the stemless wine glasses while si...

Best Delivery
Dinner at your Door
Operating out of a Cross Street Market stall, Dinner at Your Door, brainchild of Brooke Hagerty, pre...

Best Place to Eat Alone
Cross Street Market
Alone but not lonely. Not with so many chummy people sitting their asses down next to you, starting ...

Best Place to Eat in the Inner Harbor
Edo Sushi
There's plenty of acceptable options for grabbing a bite at Harborplace, if you're totally stranded ...

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Joung Kak
Here at City Paper, we're (usually) firm believers in the old adage "Children should be seen and not...

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians
One World Café
One World Café has scored major points with us in the last few years for not resting on its l...

Best Vegetarian Offerings at a Nonvegetarian Restaurant
Lebanese Taverna
We counted 19 vegetarian small plates, all but five of which appear to actually be vegan. Even bette...

Best Kosher Restaurant
Kosher Bite
"Meat. We serve meat," says the man at Kosher Bite over the phone. No kidding: burgers, hot dogs, fr...

Best Buffet
Jade Garden Buffet
You can tell by the handwritten note at the counter warning customers that there's a two-hour limit ...

Best Tapas/Small Plates
Mezze
So many of our favorite things to eat in Baltimore are in the same place, right here: the halloumi, ...

Best Street Vendor
Tacos Jalisco
Listen up: Tacos Jalisco, the silver taco truck on Broadway, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every da...

Best Caribbean Restaurant
Trinidad Gourmet
The mouth-watering fried plantains are just one of the reasons we love Trinidad Gourmet. The mouth-w...

Best Latin Restaurant
Habanero Grill
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we love Habanero Grill, for the bright, casual atmosphere, the fried y...

Best Mexican Restaurant
Tijuana Tacos
These tiny taquerias barely accommodate a line five people deep but the expansive menu spanning brea...

Best Peruvian Restaurant
El Rinconcito Peruano
The grand opening sign may still be up, but the food at El Rinconcito Peruano is not the work of beg...

Best Greek Restaurant
The Black Olive
We went to Greece once. It was one of those magical adventures where everything we put in our mouths...

Best Italian Restaurant
Amicci's
When it comes to Little Italy dining, we're a bit provincial. We've sung the praises of many of the ...

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
The Orchard Market and Café
The label of "Middle Eastern food" is as vague and unsatisfying as "Chinese food" or "Mexican food,"...

Best Indian Restaurant
Akbar Restaurant
Descend the steps off Charles Street, and the slight smell of perfume and drifting taps of a tabla d...

Best Ethiopian Restaurant
Dukem Restaurant
Ethiopian cuisine can be a little daunting for the uninitiated. While dining in an Ethiopian restaur...

Best Chinese Restaurant
Szechuan House
We're slightly dismayed that we had to venture into the hinterlands of Lutherville for this category...

Best Japanese Restaurant
Matsuri
When you walk in the corner door of this Federal Hill restaurant, you know it is the real deal. Sush...

Best Sushi
Minato Japanese Restaurant
We've been Minato fans for a while now, and its new digs have just enhanced its appeal. We love the ...

Best Thai Restaurant
Thai Arroy
The word arroy means "delicious" in the Thai language, which is almost an understatement at this sto...

Best New Appetizer
Rocket to Venus's Brussels Sprouts
What kind of a city is it where the people go around talking about Brussels sprouts like it was brai...

Best New Entrée
Nasu Blanca's Kobe fillet
It takes a second at least to get the hang of this stylish Locust Point newcomer. There's the half J...

Best New Dessert
Jack's Bistro's lavender-peppercorn ice cream
It took a couple of test batches before chef Ted Stelzenmuller was satisfied with the proportion of ...

Best Breakfast Sandwich
Chewy's
For those who can wait until 8 a.m. to get their morning feed on, and who might not eat again until ...

Best Brunch
Two Sisters Grille
We take brunch very seriously, and thankfully, so do the folks at Two Sisters. After working togethe...

Best Waffles
Rosie's
The first thing you notice when you walk into Rosie's is the light, sweet smell of waffle batter waf...

Best Bagels
Goldberg's Kosher New York Bagels
Goldberg's can overwhelm. There doesn't appear to be an actual line from the kid who takes your orde...

Best Doughnut
The Fractured Prune
You know how sometimes you eat something that's so good you can almost feel your ass swelling and yo...

Best Muffins
Red Canoe
There is a ubiquitous muffin in Baltimore seen at most every coffee shop: The oversized mushroom-sha...

Best Bakery
Fenwick Bakery
In an age when small local bakeries are an endangered species, our fair city is lucky to have severa...

Best Jelly Pies
Keller's Bakery
Along with peach cake and smearcase, jelly pies are one of the holy trinity of only-in-Baltimore bak...

Best Pie
Common Ground Café
Good pie is important. It's unfortunate that very few places understand how important, which must be...

Best Cupcakes
Baltimore Cupcake Co.
The Baltimore Cupcake Co. in Locust Point has delectable concoctions that will satisfy any sweet too...

Best Form Over Function
Charm City Cakes
There's no denying that the carefully sculpted confections of Charm City Cakes are beautiful. Actual...

Best Place to Pamper Yourself
Truffles and Tea
Some people may reward themselves for graduating from school, getting a new job, or merely not quitt...

Best Dessert
The Bicycle's Bread Pudding
Credit pastry chef Bettina Clair for converting the Bicycle's already good bread pudding into a knee...

Best Sno-ball
Opie's Soft-Serve and Snowballs
The recipe for a sno-ball is about as basic as can be--some crushed ice, some flavored syrup. Serve ...

Best Place to Get Ice Cream
Broom's Bloom Dairy
There are a multitude of reasons to love, worship, and adore the good people at Bel Air-based Broom'...

Best Vegetable Ice Cream
Dominion Ice Cream
This probably sounds like an award your mother would dream up. The alt-weekly equivalent of making c...

Best Gelato
Pitango Gelato
Gelato? We'd forgotten all about gelato--which, since the 1980s, has been dumbed down into near obli...

Best Milk Shake
Bel Loc Diner
It's all about the milk: Super-chilled whole milk from those old-school stainless-steel dispensers g...

Best Milk
South Mountain Creamery
Quick! Go buy some of South Mountain Creamery's amazing glass-bottled milk (sold at the Waverly farm...

Best Cup of Coffee
Zeke's Coffee
It's no accident that Zeke rhymes with "geek," as in, serious coffee geek. Zeke's coffee is fetishis...

Best Wi-Fi Café
Bluehouse
Man, we're clickety-clickety-clickety on the keyboard here. We get our stuff done. The internet juic...

Best Soups
Atwater's/Ploughboy Soups
There is but one cure to the public transportation in the wintertime blues, and it is a hot bowl of ...

Best Place to Get a Sandwich
Café Mocha
There's a reason we're not giving Café Mocha Best Place to Sit Down and Eat a Sandwich. It's ...

Best Jewish Deli
Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen
If only every lunch we order could be as satisfying and memorable as the lunches we order from Attma...

Best German Deli
Mueller's
German authenticity stretches beyond the aisles of the imported food and deli case to the classic Eu...

Best Italian Deli
Mastellone Market
A quick stop for mozzarella at Mastellone inevitably ends with bags full of other Italian goods. Asi...

Best Chicken Salad Sandwich
Atwater's/Ploughboy Soups
We consider ourselves connoisseurs of the chicken salad sandwich. We enjoy it in a wide variety of s...

Best Jumbo Jumbo Shrimp Salad
Kibby's Restaurant and Lounge
Not for nothing has Kibby's been in business since 1934. They know what people like in shrimp salad:...

Best Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich
Taylor's 5000 Tavern
The soft-shell crab doesn't need much help to be delicious, as the kitchen at Taylor's 5000 Tavern i...

Best Pit Beef
Chaps Pit Beef
There you are, Pulaski Highway. Strip club on one side, adult-video store on the other. Smoke trickl...

Best Barbecue
Andy Nelson's Southern Pit Barbecue
There is no better commercially available Southern-style barbecue in the Baltimore area, plain and s...

Best Meatball Sub
DiPasquale's
There's nothing fancy about a meatball sub, just meatballs, bread, and sauce. What sets Dipasquale's...

Best Hamburger
Dizzy Issie's
Can we please stop referring to Dizzy Issie's as a "dive bar"? There may be more tattoo sleeves than...

Best Hot Dog
Zack's
At last count, Zack's menu offered 15--count 'em, 15--different kinds of hot dog, and we feel compel...

Best French Fries
Waterfront Hotel
Cut-up spuds boiled in hot oil are good. We can all agree on that. How they are cut up, how they are...

Best Nachos
Carolina's Tex-Mex
The thing is, nachos aren't a traditional Latin American or even Mexican dish. They're Tex-Mex, anec...

Best Chicken Quesadillas
Golden West Café
Too many Baltimore restaurants show the quesadilla zero respect: Throw some stuff that's seen better...

Best Pizza
Zella's
Zella's is a relatively new pizzeria occupying the former home of the storied Tell Tale Hearth. Our ...

Best Fried Chicken
Chuckie's
The classic Baltimore "chicken box" can be gotten on almost any corner, but our favorite comes from ...

Best Soul Food Restaurant
Sista Sandra's
For a town that teeters on being Southern, Baltimore is sadly lacking in decent soul food, so thank ...

Best Lake Trout
Chick'N'Trout
Plexiglas is all the rage among some merchants in Baltimore's less-affluent neighborhoods. Usually a...

Best Baltimore-Themed Cheap Eats
The Roost
We all know the Roost serves up some damn good lake trout. But do you know that this always busy, al...

Best Crab House
Gunning's Seafood Restaurant
Yes, a topnotch crab house is supposed to be on (or at least near) the water, a little run-down, ful...

Best Crab Cake
Duda's Tavern
Some places pretty up their crab cakes, serving them on beds of delicately wilted baby greens and sp...

Best Raw Bar
Faidley Seafood
Most people who talk about Faidley's sing the praises of its crab cakes--and make no mistake, the ca...

Best Hush Puppies
Fresh Fresh Seafood
This spunky little restaurant's owners are so serious about the from-scratch quality of their food t...

Best Diner
Forest Diner
The Double T Diner chain competes with more traditional diners, and nowhere is this more apparent th...

Best Late-Night Dining
Valentino's
The best sign of a good diner is its customers. Old people are a sure indicator of good food, reason...

Best Upscale Bar Food
Henninger's Tavern
This is a tricky category. Calling a great menu "upscale bar food" is going to get any decent chef's...

Best Down-Home Bar Food
Scoozzi's Restaurant
Let's face it, any tavern with a burner in the back is trying to cash itself in as a restaurant, but...

Best Happy Hour
Blue Sea Grill
Most days, anyplace with Chex Mix and a location we can walk home from is where we go for happy hour...

Best Bartender
Adam Thomas
Usually a matter of convenience, sometimes your local bar also happens to be a great bar, with an eq...

Best Cocktail Menu
Shorty's Martini Bar and Lounge
A cool and comfortably dark corner Canton bar with sharp midcentury modern detailing, Shorty's would...

Best Specialty Drink
Fresh-fruit crushes at Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
Other bars make these slurpy vodka-based cocktails with fresh fruit, but Ryleigh's does them better....

Best Cheap Drink on a Rainy Day
Dark and Stormy at Captain Larry's
In Seattle and Portland, Ore., they call a rainy-day drink special "happy hour," but here in Charm C...

Best Sangría
Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria
Once the kind of drink you could only find in an authentic Spanish restaurant, these days you can fi...

Best Bloody Mary
No Idea Tavern
You can not make a proper Bloody Mary without the right ingredients. They've got to be served shaken...

Best Local Beer
The Brewer's Art Pale Ale
Ever wake up the next morning (or afternoon) and wonder if you tipped the fine folks at Brewer's Art...

Best Selection of Beers on Tap
Max's Taphouse
Can you really call yourself a beer connoisseur when drinking your brew from a 32 ouncer, like they ...

Best Dive Bar
B&O Tavern
It's best to go to the B&O Tavern after you've already been drinking a while, since an existing ...

Best Neighborhood Bar
Charles Village Pub
In a world where everything from burgers to hardware to coffee is increasingly being provided by meg...

Best Irish Pub
J. Patrick's Irish Pub
If the Maryland Irish Festival holds its meetings at your pub, if children are a welcome and regular...

Best Sports Bar
Mother's Federal Hill Grille
There are all kinds of sports bars, and we understand about proclaiming a Jets bar or Steelers bar o...

Best Sports Bar You Probably Didn't Know Was a Sports Bar
Huckas
Every time we're in Huckas we're impressed by the view of the enormous projector television position...

Best Gay Bar
Grand Central
Grand Central has been a haven for the gay men of Charm City for 16 years, and now women can get in ...

Best Gay Bar That's Not a Gay Bar
The Brewer's Art
It's not like anyone's singing show tunes, but it sure is gay at the Brewer's Art sometimes. We're p...

Best Lesbian Bar
Port in a Storm
Highlandtown's corner bar Port in a Storm--uninviting on the outside, comforting inside--is where al...

Best Bar for Tourists
Dead End Saloon
Tourists go to Fells Point, as locals know well, and they're likely to go to the waterfront bars on ...

Best Bar for Nonsmokers
Bertha's
If you want guaranteed no-smoking for the months that remain before the smoking ban hits everywhere,...

Best First-Date Bar
Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge
On a first date, you're doing all right if your cheesy jokes draw a few laughs. Better still if you'...

Best Drunken Hookup Bar
The Ottobar
After an informal poll of friends and associates--as well as a few years of on-the-spot research--th...

Best Scenester Bar
The Depot
The Depot has long had a reputation, one that even recent arrivals to Baltimore quickly pick up on, ...

Best Wannabe Scenester Bar
The Ottobar
The shit is still a scene, for real, we just don't know exactly when it became a Wikipedia entry on ...

Best Upscale Bar
Ixia
When you're sitting in Ixia, it feels like you're in a different city. But not another city like Hou...

Best Wine Bar
Grand Cru
If you find yourself somewhere between wino, Wine Spectator, and Winehouse, Grand Cru's lowbrow/high...

Best Bar the Makes You Feel Like You're Not in Baltimore
Pisces Lounge
We might feel differently after the smoking ban goes into effect, but the nonsmoking Pisces bar at t...

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