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Joe Tropea

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Cafés: Atwater's Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. | Eat Feature

Caribbean: Judy's Island Grill and Bake Shop 5216 Park Heights Ave., (410) 367-0272, judysislandgrill.com, $-$$ We keep meaning to check out this Jamaican carry-out spot's amazing breakfast menu--plantain porridge? butter bean and saltfish?--but its belly busting dinner options keep elbowing out the brain space that tries to remember to have Caribbean cuisine for breakfast. | Eat Feature

Chinese: Grace Garden Chinese Restaurant 1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581, gracegardenchinese.com, $$-$$$ Early adopters have long weighed selfishly keeping this seemingly nondescript Odenton eatery a secret against promoting it to ensure continued operation. | Eat Feature

Classic American: Burke's Restaurant and Café 36 Light St., (410) 752-4189, burkescafe.com, $$-$$$ Burke's is not necessarily the kind of eatery you'd take someone on a first date, unless it wasn't going well. | Eat Feature

Contemporary American: Abacrombie Fine Food and Accommodations 58 W. | Eat Feature

Delis: Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen 1019 E. | Eat Feature

Diners: Jimmy's Restaurant 801 S. | Eat Feature

Eclectic: Golden West Café 1105 W. | Eat Feature

Ethiopian: Dukem #2 1100 Maryland Ave., (410) 385-0318, dukemrestaurant.com, $-$$ Luckily, pretty much the only Ethiopian dining option in Baltimore is also dependable, affordable, and delicious. | Eat Feature

French: Bonaparte Breads 903 S. | Eat Feature

Hawaiian: Roy's 720 Aliceanna St., (410) 659-0099, roysrestaurant.com, $$$ With so many fabulous local restaurants in Baltimore, we usually avoid chains, but we make an exception for Roy's. | Eat Feature

Indian and Nepalese: Akbar 823 N. | Eat Feature

Irish: James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant 616 S. | Eat Feature

Italian: Aldo's 306 S. | Eat Feature

Korean: Joung Kak 18 W. | Eat Feature

Latin: Arcos Restaurant and Bar 129 S. | Eat Feature

Mediterranean: Black Olive 814 S. | Eat Feature

Middle Eastern: Amer's Café 7624 Belair Road, Belair Beltway Plaza, Nottingham, (410) 668-5100, amerscafe.com, $-$$ Amer's Café offers great Mediterranean/Egyptian food served in a warm family-friendly atmosphere. | Eat Feature

Pizza: Angelo's Carry-Out 3600 Keswick Road, (410) 235-2595, angeloshampden.com, $ Best pizza in Hampden with huge delicious slices, regular-sized ones, and large, New York-style pizza pies made with pride for generations. | Eat Feature

Pub Grub: Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill 5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com, $ This neighborhood pub serves juicy hamburgers with cheese and/or bacon on a sesame seed bun that go so well with a domestic draft and watching the game on the floating flat screens, that we've had little else here, save a little plate of fun from the free Friday happy hour buffet. | Eat Feature

Russian: Vernisage 1004 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, (410) 484-7701, $$-$$$ With its glass chandeliers and disco ball, Vernisage is perpetually dressed for a party whether or not one is booked for the evening. | Eat Feature

Southern: Charleston 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com, $$$ Somewhere along the line, Charleston became the grand dame of Baltimore's fine dining establishments; the first place locals think of when they really want to go upscale. | Eat Feature

Spanish: Pazo 1425 Aliceanna St., (410) 534-7296, pazorestaurant.com, $$$ If you don't leave Pazo a little tipsy, so full you couldn't eat another bite, and smelling of garlic, you aren't doing the tapas thing right. | Eat Feature

Thai: Ban Thai 340 N. | Eat Feature

Upscale Comfort Food: Ale Mary's 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com, $$ Kudos to Ale Mary's for celebrating that most inexplicably underexposed member of the potato side-dish family, the tater tot. | Eat Feature

Vegetarian: Liquid Earth 1626 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-6606, liquidearth.com, $$ We've appreciated the vegetarian/vegan soups and sandwiches at Liquid Earth for over a decade now, and the place just keeps getting better. | Eat Feature

Vietnamese: Baltimore Pho 1114 Hollins St., (410) 752-4746, baltimorepho.com, $$ Despite the downtrodden locale next to Hollins Market, Baltimore Pho qualifies as a date restaurant. | Eat Feature

Cool Comfort: EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide | Introduction

Barbecue and Pit: Andy Nelson's Barbecue 11007 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com, $-$$ When you spot the pink pig on the roof looming over busy York Road, you know you're only moments away from the best barbecue the Baltimore area has to offer: succulent Memphis-style pulled pork and ribs; three varieties of beef, including regional pit style; even smoked turkey and chicken. | Eat Feature

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NEWS

Mexican Connection: Baltimore drug case with ties to city politics part of nationwide cartel crack-down | Mobtown Beat by Van Smith

Councilmania | Murder Ink | The Mail

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COLUMNS

If It's War They Want: It's getting to that time when we may have to man the barricades and wait for the telltale sound of squealing now that President Obama has released his budget. | Political Animal by Brian Morton

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COMICS

Dirt Farm: by Ben Claassen III

Important Comics: by Dina Kelberman

Lulu Eightball: by Emily Flake

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ARTS

Sweeping the Clouds Away: Exhaustive book tells you how a group of television innovators got to Sesame Street | Books by Molly O'Donnell

Repress the Child: Victorian mores turns natural urges into teen angst | Stage by John Barry

Trailer Trashing: Lively production bogged down by playwright's clichés | Stage by Bret McCabe

Curtain Time: THE DOZENS Local performance artist Rebecca Nagle debuts a new first-Fridays performance series at Hamden's Minás Gallery March 6.

Lost Signals: Wily exhibition pays respects to a possibly vanishing aspects of a mass medium | Art by Martin L. Johnson

Quick Sketches: ART WEEK 2009 This UMBC event officially started March 3--after March 2's events were rescheduled because of snow--but plenty events remain slated for the rest of the week.

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MUSIC

Back to the Beat: A score of percussive tongues inform the Mi Ami sound machine | Music by Michael Byrne

Noe: Deal Or NOE Deal | Review by Al Shipley

Soft Cement: Think About It | Review by Bret McCabe

Aaron LaCrate and Debonair Samir: Aaron LaCrate and Debonair Samir Present B-More Club Crack | Review by Bret McCabe

Nels Cline: Coward | Review by Lee Gardner

The Short List

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FILM

The Class | Review by Martin L. Johnson

Medicine for Melancholy | Review by Bret McCabe

Che | Review by Bret McCabe

Against the Dark | Review by Bret McCabe

Watchmen | Review by Violet LeVoit

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EAT

Maria's Subs | Review by Edward Ericson Jr.

Nevin's Cross Street Station | Review by Anna Ditkoff

Eat Me | Eat Feature | Feature

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