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Food for Thought

City Paper’s Annual EAT Guide

Jefferson Jackson Steele

Eat Special Issue 2006

Food for Thought City Paper’s Annual EAT Guide

Dining Tips and Tidbits Night of the Week Savvy diners have always known to do their dining on Wednesday or Thursday nigh... | By Richard Gorelick

Food For Tot A Guide To Kid-Friendly Dining in Baltimore | By Michelle Gienow

Late Night Eating A Guide to Grabbing Dinner After Your Bedtime | By Bret McCabe

Carried Away Ethnic Groceries Offer a Wide Array of Takeout Treats | By Michelle Gienow

Eat 2006

Posted 3/1/2006

Baltimoreans love to complain. And there’s plenty to complain about: rats, crime, inflated housing prices. Still, when people whine about the lack of good restaurants in Baltimore, we have to take exception. Have you been to the Helmand, Charleston, Holy Frijoles!, Thai Restaurant? Charm City has a plethora of worthy dining establishments in all genres and tax brackets. If you can’t find a good place to eat in our fair city, you really aren’t trying.

But rather than trying to make anyone feel guilty for culinary sloth, we’re going to help out. EAT 2006 is our guide to nearly 200 local restaurants, from lunch counters to fine dining, from outside the Beltway to the heart of downtown. And to make it all easier for you, we’ve broken them up by neighborhood, so you can pick your restaurants based on where you call home or where you’ll be spending your post-dinner evening. We’ve also included some helpful icons to tip you off to factors such as whether or not a particular eatery has valet or on-site parking , delivers, does carry-out, offers plenty of vegetarian options, is smoke-free, or lets you bring your own libations. If price is the biggest factor when deciding where to eat, keep an eye on the dollar signs: denotes entrées generally under $10, is for entrées between $11 and $19, and is for $20 and up.

Just for good measure we’ve thrown in a couple of other lists. Want to know where to eat after 10 p.m.? Which restaurants welcome kids instead of just tolerating them? Which ethnic markets offer the best meals to go? Look no further. And CP’s Omnivore, Richard Gorelick, hands out dining tips ranging from what night to eat out to the best seating areas in certain restaurants.

We’ve done the hard work. All you have to do is pick a restaurant and stuff your face.

EAT 2006 was written by Gadi Dechter, Anna Ditkoff, Edward Ericson Jr., Lee Gardner, Michelle Gienow, Richard Gorelick, Daniel Haggerty, Jess Harvell, Christina Royster-Hemby, Tim Hill, Bret McCabe, Christopher Skokna, Van Smith, Erin Sullivan, and Wendy Ward. Anne Howard checked the facts with help from interns Liz Bradford, Matt Crocamo, Meredith Heinen, Claire Hoffman, and Brian McCarthy. Chris Myers took the enticing restaurant photos, and Jefferson Jackson Steele captured chef Bill Tien , owner of Matsuri, displaying the fine raw fish at right and on the cover.

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