Sign up for our newsletters   

Baltimore City Paper home.
Print Email

Eat Feature

Southern

Rarah
M & J's Soul Food

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

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 locals think of when they really want to go upscale. And while there are numerous restaurants in this city worthy of the special-est of occasions, Charleston's reputation is well deserved. Chef Cindy Wolf's Southern-inspired menu is, well, inspired--the seafood bisque and creamy foie gras are particularly transcendent, but there are no wrong turns here--and the small plates format allows you to get a variety of tastes. Just keep in mind that there is no such thing as a cheap meal at Charleston.

Darker Than Blue Café

3034 Greenmount Ave., (443) 872-4468, darkerthanbluecafe.com, $$

You're liable to get a handshake from owner Casey Jenkins when you dine at Darker Than Blue. The friendly affability of this soul-food-inspired venue is part of its appeal, but it's the menu that makes it a safe dinner bet. The blackened Louisiana tilapia is savory and spicy and the entrée portions are so generous that a to-go bag is practically a necessity. Because the place is small, reservations are recommended, but if you're planning to go on any night but Saturday when they have live jazz, scoring a table doesn't seem to be that hard.

Louisiana

1708 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-2610, louisianarestaurant.com, $$$

Louisiana isn't the flashiest of Baltimore's fine-dining restaurants, or the most established, but its Creole/French cuisine is well worth a taste. The dining room with its dark wood, fine linens, and sweeping staircase offers Old World opulence, and the food is equally decadent, from pecan-encrusted fish to an elegant take on seafood gumbo to a surf and turf that will supply all your calories for the week.

M and J's Soul Food

102 E. 25th St., (410) 235-7685, mandjsoulfood.com, $

The best place to get home cooking outside your own home, period. This Charles Village soul food counter has become a favorite since it opened, and though sometimes hand-made means it runs out of items by late afternoon, it does provide the opportunity to eat through an entire menu. So go for it: You won't go wrong with the made-to-order fried chicken, lake trout, or meatloaf, or the sides--from mashed potatoes with gravy to spicy cabbage and buttery greens. Just remember to put an extra half-hour on the treadmill the next time you step on.

Sista Sandra's

6212 Reisterstown Road, (410) 358-0008, $

Hearty portions of house-made fare make the sometimes lengthy waits for orders worth it at this Northwest Baltimore soul food carry-out joint. We usually go with the Cajun fried fish with some sides of mac 'n' cheese and greens, or when we're pretending we're going to be healthy, a veggie platter of any four sides. (Gravy counts as a vegetable, right?) If you can somehow eat these portions and still have room, the desserts here may spur hyperglycemia on sight.

Related stories

Eat Feature archives

More Stories

Price Point (3/3/2010)
EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide

Central (3/3/2010)

Harbor Area (3/3/2010)

Comments powered by Disqus
Calendar
CP on Facebook
CP on Twitter