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Hunger Pains

City Paper’s Annual Dining Guide

Jefferson Jackson Steele

Eat Special Issue 2007

Hunger Pains City Paper’s Annual Dining Guide

Park and Pay This is not a valet town. Folks will valet their cars if it’s free and some restaurants offer the ... | By Richard Gorelick

Deep Dish Running a restaurant dining room on a busy evening is far more complicated than it may appear to a... | By Jason Torres

Kid’s Meals Walking into the kitchen of the Brass Elephant, Mount Vernon’s romantic and historic fine-dining r... | By Jason Torres

Being Here “Hold on,” Vince Fava says, breaking off his sentence and excusing himself. An unseen phone begins... | By Bret McCabe

Old Dog, New Tricks Hampden isn’t exactly known for its fine dining. It’s more of a quirky eatery kind of place, where... | By Anna Ditkoff

Smoke ’Em If You’ve Got ’Em Ask most Americans about their first food memories, and they probably conjure up peanut butter or ... | By Lee Gardner

Talking Dry Rob Wecker doesn’t look like a wine aficionado. Instead of decking himself out in finely tailored ... | By Anna Ditkoff

Bread And Hot Cheese Baltimore doesn’t yet have a real pupuseria, though there’s rumor of a truck somewhere along Easte... | By Richard Gorelick

Sweet Meats Part front parlor, part community meeting house, Big Jim’s Deli (1065 S. Charles St., [410] 752-2434... | By Richard Gorelick

Tastes Like Chicken At his self-named Fells Point bistro, Timothy Dean applies the haute-cuisine techniques he first l... | By Richard Gorelick

Eat 2007

Posted 3/7/2007

We are so hungry. Ravenous, actually. Our stomachs are making an angry grumbling sound so loud our neighbors think we got a dog. Weeks of talking and writing about food has put our salivary glands in overdrive.

The result is this fine ode to our unquenchable hunger for food, everything from our favorite sandwich shops to places so fancy we only go there when Dad is picking up the bill. (Thanks, Dad.) This year we’ve gone beyond the usual paragraph-long descriptions and broken each write-up into three categories: what brings us to each restaurant, what we eat once we’ve pulled up a chair, and what we’d change if we were the all-powerful culinary gods we’d like to be.

And just to make sure that when you get as hungry as we are you won’t have to go far to stuff your face, we’ve organized the restaurants by area. You’ll also find corresponding profiles of dishwashers, valets, chefs, pupusa makers, deli heroes, and a woman who will smoke just about anything she can get her hands on. Plus, we even asked a very smart man some pretty stupid questions about wine, to help you—and us—navigate ordering a bottle the next time you’re feeling grapey.

Now, enjoy and if, as you’re looking through all 80 pages of mouth-watering food info, you leave a little drool on the pages, don’t be embarrassed. That’s how we know we’ve done our jobs.

EAT 2007 was written by Rebecca Alvania, Anna Ditkoff, Edward Ericson Jr., Lee Gardner, Richard Gorelick, Jess Harvell, Eric Allen Hatch, Tim Hill, Anne Howard, Chris Landers, Joe MacLeod, Bret McCabe, Christopher Skokna, Erin Sullivan, Jason Torres, Kat Ward, and Wendy Ward. Laura Gordon, Katherine Hill, and Kat Ward checked the facts with help from interns Jeremy Esperon, Crystal Hall, Anny Hoge, Maureen Skorupa, and Lauren Svrjcek. Frank Klein, Christopher Myers, and Jefferson Jackson Steele took the pictures, and M. Wartella channeled his inner culinary pirate for the cover.

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