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Cool Comfort

EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide

Frank Hamilton

Eat Special Issue 2009

Cool Comfort EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide

Barbecue and Pit Andy Nelson's Barbecue 11007 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com, $-$$ Whe...

Breakfast Blue Moon Café 1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940, $ For years, Blue Moon has been saving t...

Cafés Atwater's Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396; 1425 Clarkview Road, Suit...

Caribbean Judy's Island Grill and Bake Shop 5216 Park Heights Ave., (410) 367-0272, judysislandgrill.com, $-$...

Chinese Grace Garden Chinese Restaurant 1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581, gracegardenchinese.co...

Classic American Burke's Restaurant and Café 36 Light St., (410) 752-4189, burkescafe.com, $$-$$$ Burke's is n...

Contemporary American Abacrombie Fine Food and Accommodations 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, abacrombie.net, $$$ Cork...

Delis Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen 1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com, $ N...

Diners Jimmy's Restaurant 801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273, $ A cornerstone of Fells Point, Jimmy's slings ...

Eclectic Golden West Café 1105 W. 36th St., (410) 889-8891, goldenwestcafe.com, $-$$ Baltimore has ple...

Ethiopian Dukem #2 1100 Maryland Ave., (410) 385-0318, dukemrestaurant.com, $-$$ Luckily, pretty much the on...

French Bonaparte Breads 903 S. Ann St., (410) 342-4000, $ This Fells Point bakery boasts a surprisingly e...

Hawaiian Roy's 720 Aliceanna St., (410) 659-0099, roysrestaurant.com, $$$ With so many fabulous local resta...

Indian and Nepalese Akbar 823 N. Charles St., (410) 539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com, $$ Akbar has the feel of a secret ...

Irish James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant 616 S. President St., (410) 727-5107, thejamesjoycepub.com, $$...

Italian Aldo's 306 S. High St., (410) 727-0700, aldositaly.com, $$$ "Sophisticated" and Little Italy don't...

Japanese Aloha Sushi 1218 N. Charles St., (443) 759-8531, $-$$ Everything about Aloha Sushi is just right...

Korean Joung Kak 18 W. 20th St., (410) 837-5231, $$ Its partisans will tell you this is the best Korean r...

Latin Arcos Restaurant and Bar 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com, $$ Because there's...

Mediterranean Black Olive 814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141, theblackolive.com, $$-$$$ Fells Point Greek restauran...

Middle Eastern Amer's Café 7624 Belair Road, Belair Beltway Plaza, Nottingham, (410) 668-5100, amerscafe.com,...

Pizza Angelo's Carry-Out 3600 Keswick Road, (410) 235-2595, angeloshampden.com, $ Best pizza in Hampden ...

Pub Grub Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill 5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com, $ This neighborhood pub...

Russian Vernisage 1004 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, (410) 484-7701, $$-$$$ With its glass chandeliers an...

Seafood Blue Sea Grill 614 Water St., (410) 837-7300, blueseagrill.com, $$$ A daily selection of "Fresh ...

Southern Charleston 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com, $$$ Somewhere along the l...

Spanish Pazo 1425 Aliceanna St., (410) 534-7296, pazorestaurant.com, $$$ If you don't leave Pazo a little ...

Thai Ban Thai 340 N. Charles St., (410) 727-7971, banthai.us, $$ Ban Thai is our favorite place to eave...

Upscale Comfort Food Ale Mary's 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com, $$ Kudos to Ale Mary's for celebrating th...

Vegetarian Liquid Earth 1626 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-6606, liquidearth.com, $$ We've appreciated the vegetar...

Vietnamese Baltimore Pho 1114 Hollins St., (410) 752-4746, baltimorepho.com, $$ Despite the downtrodden local...

Eat 2009

Posted 3/4/2009

Know what makes you really hungry? Reading more than 170 restaurant write-ups. Just like you shouldn't go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, we highly recommend that you get a snack before perusing our annual guide to as many good Baltimore City eats as we can jam in.

This year, we have organized the restaurants by type of cuisine, so you can consider restaurants based on whatever culinary itch needs scratching at the moment--you know, for those nights when nothing but a criminally spicy Thai curry will do, or a truly extraordinary slice of pizza, or a burrito that's practically splitting at the seams. In doing so, we came to this realization: If last year was the year of farm-to-table restaurants, this year was all about upscale comfort food--so much so that we gave it its own category. Seriously, there's a lot of fancy mac 'n' cheese, chic homestyle platters, and sliders with toppings that are more White House than White Castle in Charm City these days. Not that that's a bad thing, unless you're our bathroom scale.

As always, there are way more noteworthy restaurants than we can fit in these pages. This is merely a sampling of places we enjoy. Hope you like 'em, too.

EAT 2009 was written by Jeffrey Anderson, Michael Byrne, Anna Ditkoff, Edward Ericson Jr., Zachary Evans, Lee Gardner, Fawn Gwynallen, Tim Hill, Henry Hong, Chris Landers, Randianne Leyshon, Bret McCabe, Molly O'Donnell, Van Smith, Erin Sullivan, Joe Tropea, Wendy Ward, and Mary K. Zajac. Interns Matthew Garland, Kim Irwin, Jami Katz, Randianne Leyshon, Kathryn Mastandrea, Awis Mranani, and Chidinma Okparanta checked all the food-related facts. Photos by Frank Hamilton, Frank Klein, Christopher Myers, Rarah, and Jefferson Jackson Steele. Cover by Frank Hamilton, with thanks to Henry "E" Hong, Allen "A" Savage, Linda "T" Bernstein, and Lee "!" Sinoski.

Barbecue and Pit

Breakfast

Cafés

Caribbean

Chinese

Classic American

Contemporary American

Delis

Diners

Eclectic

Ethiopian

French

Hawaiian

Indian and Nepalese

Irish

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Latin

Mediterranean

Middle Eastern

Pizza

Pub Grub

Russian

Seafood

Southern

Spanish

Thai

Upscale Comfort Food

Vegetarian

Vietnamese

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