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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Frank Hamilton

Cool Comfort

EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide

In Introduction

Barbecue and Pit

Eat Feature: 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 f [3/4/2009]

Cafés

Eat Feature: Atwater's Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396; 1425 Clarkview Road, Suite 300, (410) 821-6021; 798 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, (410) 938-8775; atwaters.biz, $ Ned Atwater no [3/4/2009]

Caribbean

Eat Feature: 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 porr [3/4/2009]

Chinese

Eat Feature: Grace Garden Chinese Restaurant 1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581, gracegardenchinese.com, $$-$$$ Early adopters have long weighed selfishly keeping this seemingly nondescript Odenton eat [3/4/2009]

Classic American

Eat Feature: 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. I [3/4/2009]

Contemporary American

Eat Feature: Abacrombie Fine Food and Accommodations 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, abacrombie.net, $$$ Corks Restaurant mastermind and WYPR-FM radio personality Jerry Pellegrino, along with executive chef Je [3/4/2009]

Delis

Eat Feature: Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen 1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com, $ Not only is Attman's a local institution, but writing that Attman's is a local institution is a local [3/4/2009]

Diners

Eat Feature: Jimmy's Restaurant 801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273, $ A cornerstone of Fells Point, Jimmy's slings up your standard diner food, but then there are the crisp, gossamer waffles, the sweet perfume of wh [3/4/2009]

Eclectic

Eat Feature: Golden West Café 1105 W. 36th St., (410) 889-8891, goldenwestcafe.com, $-$$ Baltimore has plenty of good breakfast places, but they rarely stray past the traditional eggs and pork products, or [3/4/2009]

Ethiopian

Eat Feature: 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. Large parties [3/4/2009]

French

Eat Feature: Bonaparte Breads 903 S. Ann St., (410) 342-4000, $ This Fells Point bakery boasts a surprisingly expansive dining area with additional al fresco dining (weather permitting). Pastries are excellent-- [3/4/2009]

Hawaiian

Eat Feature: 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. Not only is it the [3/4/2009]

Indian and Nepalese

Eat Feature: Akbar 823 N. Charles St., (410) 539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com, $$ Akbar has the feel of a secret place. It's not, of course. The yellowish awning over the Mount Vernon basement space has been a fix [3/4/2009]

Irish

Eat Feature: James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant 616 S. President St., (410) 727-5107, thejamesjoycepub.com, $$ James Joyce provides the chance to score a proper pour of Guinness when you absolutely positively [3/4/2009]

Italian

Eat Feature: Aldo's 306 S. High St., (410) 727-0700, aldositaly.com, $$$ "Sophisticated" and Little Italy don't always go together unless you're dining at Aldo's, and then do they ever. The menu is over the top- [3/4/2009]

Korean

Eat Feature: Joung Kak 18 W. 20th St., (410) 837-5231, $$ Its partisans will tell you this is the best Korean restaurant in Baltimore City, and with all due respect to the competition, they may be right. It does [3/4/2009]

Latin

Eat Feature: Arcos Restaurant and Bar 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com, $$ Because there's no dearth of quality Mexican restaurants in Fells Point, it can be difficult to pick a favorite. Ar [3/4/2009]

Mediterranean

Eat Feature: Black Olive 814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141, theblackolive.com, $$-$$$ Fells Point Greek restaurant Black Olive is serious about fish. So serious that dining there includes a tour of the seafood cas [3/4/2009]

Middle Eastern

Eat Feature: 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 at [3/4/2009]

Pizza

Eat Feature: 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 [3/4/2009]

Pub Grub

Eat Feature: 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 domest [3/4/2009]

Russian

Eat Feature: 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 even [3/4/2009]

Southern

Eat Feature: 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 loc [3/4/2009]

Spanish

Eat Feature: 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 thi [3/4/2009]

Thai

Eat Feature: Ban Thai 340 N. Charles St., (410) 727-7971, banthai.us, $$ Ban Thai is our favorite place to eavesdrop--there's always someone there talking way too loud about a girlfriend or other private matter. [3/4/2009]

Upscale Comfort Food

Eat Feature: 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. Here you can [3/4/2009]

Vegetarian

Eat Feature: 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 getti [3/4/2009]

Vietnamese

Eat Feature: 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. You walk through the doors a [3/4/2009]

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