Perring Parkway, Northeast Baltimore / Parkville
Have trouble deciding whether to get tacos, or enchiladas, or a burrito? You were made for El Salto (8924 Waltham Woods Road, Parkville,  668-3980), northern outpost of good, cheap, plentiful Tex-Mex. (South Baltimoreans might want to migrate to the Glen Burnie location at 5513 Ritchie Highway.) Munch on chips and fresh salsa while contemplating a host of specials and multidish combos, the cure for culinary indecision. We like anything that includes the succulent chiles rellenos or the surprisingly light chimichanga.
Why are all those people leaving Mo's Fisherman Exchange (2025 E. Joppa Road, Carney,  665-8800) with takeout boxes? Because Mo's seafood platter is more than a human can consume at one sitting. A friend of ours ate the top layer (clams) and took enough home to last the next three days. The fish is fresh, and they'll fix it the way you like it: broiled, baked, fried, blackened, or stuffed with a lump-heavy crab imperial.
For home cooking at down-home prices, cruise by the Valley View Inn (8712 Satyr Hill Road, Parkville,  668-0255), where the coffee's hot, the waitresses are friendly, and the daily specials are sure to please. If you're a little hungry, try a sandwich, a salad, or some homemade soup. Bigger appetites will enjoy beef dishes, chicken, and seafood platters. We're rather fond of the corn nuggets to start and the chocolate silk pie to finish. And Valley View has the best after-dinner mints in town.
812 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201