EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide
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.
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