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Alphabet Soup

Eat Special Issue 1999

Alphabet Soup We know where we like to go for a good burger--and we'll bet you do too. Or a good omelet. Or a good...

A is for Appetizers The Helmand · Café Madrid · Henninger's Tavern · Café Zen · Grand Palace · Morgan Millard · Al Pacino Café · Sarah's Café · Iola Café

B is for Breakfast Jimmy's · Blue Moon Café · Golden West Café · Morning Edition Café · Helen's Garden Café · Hull Street Blues Café · Loco Hombre · Weber's on Boston · Suburban House

C is for Carry-out DiPasquale's · Cosmos · Rotisseria · Chow Mein Charlie's · Chokchai · Thairish · Caribbean Kitchen · Viccino's · Michaelangelo's · The Roost

D is for Dessert Vaccaro's · Cheesecake Factory · Adrian's Book Café · Moxley's · Louie's Bookstore Café · Coney Island

E is for Expensive Charleston · The Black Olive · Milton Inn · Polo Grill · Chart House · Oregon Grille

F is for Frugal Pete's Grill · Trolley Stop · Fazzini's Italian Kitchen · jr. · Rallo's · Mamie's Café · Caribbean Food Carry Out · Silk Road Café · Frisco Burritos · Winterling's · Valley View Inn · Fresh

G is for Guilty Pleasures Anne's Dari-Creme · Howard's Delly · Maria D's · Johnny Rockets · Thrasher's · Steak Out Express · New System Bakery · Krispy Kreme

H is for Happy Hour The Brewer's Art · Mick O'Shea's · Brass Elephant · Speakeasy Saloon · Calvert House · Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood Co.

I is for Incendiary Sushi Café · Ko Hyang · Joung Kak · Thai Landing · Sisson's · Café Tattoo · Austin Grill

J is for Java Needful Things · The Hidden Bean · City Café · Donna's · Empire Café · Xando · The Daily Grind

K is for Kids Friendly Farm · Hacienda Mexican Restaurant · Fuddruckers · Overlea Diner · Funk's Democratic Coffee House and Bistro · Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon

L is for Lunch Women's Industrial Exchange · Sascha's Daily · Mughal Garden · Akbar · Bombay Grill · Nate's and Leon's · Snyder's Cafe and Deli

M is for Meat Prime Rib · Shula's Steakhouse · Ruth's Chris Steak House · Alonso's · The Crease · Bill Bateman's · Lenny's · Attman's · Boomerang Pub

N is for New School Joy America Café · Spike and Charlie's · Sotta Sopra · La Tavola · Opa! · Viccino Bistro · Café Pangea

O is for Old School Haussner's · Tio Pepe's · Ikaros · Acropolis · Bo Brooks · Forest Diner · Angelina's · Kawasaki · Thai Restaurant · Perring Place Restaurant · Sanders Corner · Sabatino's · Matthew's Pizzaria 

P is for Pub Grub Peter's Inn · Simon's Pub · Duda's · Sobo Café · Koco's Pub · Kisling's · McCabe's · Dougherty's Pub · Charles Village Pub

Q is for Quirks Holy Frijoles · Ye Olde Malt Shoppe/Earl's Beauty Inn · Tamber's Nifty Fifties Dining · Captain James Landing

R is for Romantic Corks · Pierpoint · Banjara · Ambassador Dining Room · Tersiguel's

S is for Seafood Gunning's Crab House · Gunning's Seafood Restaurant · Faidley's Seafood · Legal Sea Foods · John Steven Ltd. · Anne Arundel Seafood · G&M Restaurant · Mo's Fisherman's Exchange · Bill's Terrace Inn · Bay Caf

T is for Tourists Waterfront · Hollywood Diner · Café Hon · Obrycki's · Bertha's · Lista's · McCormick and Schmick's · Wharf Rat · Gallery Sandwich Shoppe · Hard Rock Café · Planet Hollywood · ESPN Zone

U is for United Nations Restaurant · Silk Road · Braznell's Caribbean Kitchen · Orchard Market and Café · Ze Mean Bean Café · Saigon · House of Kabob · Desert Café · Restaurante San Luis · Little Havana · Café

V is for Vegetarian Golden Temple · Liquid Earth · One World Café · Wild Mushroom · Puffins · Sin Carne · Village Market

W is for Worth the Drive Captain Billy's · Captain John's · Cantler's Riverside Inn · Gabler's · Baugher's Family Restaurant · Rudy's 2900 · Olney Ale House

X is for XXL New No Da Ji · The Yellow Bowl · Micah's Cafeteria · Cactus Willie's

Y is for Yeast Baltimore Brewing Company · Big Sky Bread Co. · Stone Mill Bakery · Ellicott Mills Brewing Company · Capitol City Brewing Co.

Z is for ZZZ Sip & Bite · Double T Diner · Valentino's · Star Light Diner · Bel-Loc Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang

Posted 2/24/1999

We know where we like to go for a good burger--and we'll bet you do too. Or a good omelet. Or a good bread pudding. Even restaurants that cover multiple culinary bases usually do one particular thing well--happy hour, romantic dinner, cheap lunch. No doubt all your favorite places are on your mental Rolodex, just waiting to be called up when you've got that TGIF thirst, hot date, or growling noonday stomach.

But you won't find Suburban House under "Breakfast" in the phone book, or Peter's Inn under "Pub Grub," or Hacienda under "Kid-Friendly Restaurants." The Yellow Pages make no distinction between a tourist-targeted chain spot like Planet Hollywood and an authentic oasis of old-time Baltimore like Haussner's. There's a crying need for an alphabetized directory of local restaurants that organizes them not by name or location, but by specialty (real as opposed to self-proclaimed).

So we've divided Baltimore's vast culinary playing field into 26 sectors. They're in alphabetical order, which makes browsing a breeze! Some are pretty self-explanatory. ("M is for Meat"--'nuff said, right?) Others--say, perhaps, "Z is for Zzz"--are more, like, conceptual, so we've provided an explanation. In any case, we think you'll see the method to our madness as you dive into this list of more than 200 restaurants and assorted food emporia.

Of course, just because this list is alphabetized doesn't mean it's exhaustive--there are so many restaurants, bars, and takeout joints in this town that describing every one would require more space (and more stomachs) than we have. Consider this a comprehensive but not a complete guide to Charm City chow. If a place isn't listed this year, that doesn't mean it's not worth your time; it merely means Baltimore has more good restaurants than it--or we--know what to do with. And that spells an embarrassment of riches.

Eat 1999 was written by Michael Anft, Carl Davies, Natalie Davis, Susan Fradkin, Michelle Gienow, Ronald Hube, Heather Joslyn, Brennen Jensen, Joe MacLeod, Andy Markowitz, Eileen Murphy, Augusta Olsen, and Molly Rath. Scott Carlson and Augusta Olsen provided invaluable editorial assistance. John Davis Jr., Michelle Gienow, Sam Holden, Joseph Kohl, and Jefferson Jackson Steele photographed the restaurants; David O. Barranco shot the letters.

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