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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Baltimore, MD 21201