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X is for XXL

New No Da Ji · The Yellow Bowl · Micah's Cafeteria · Cactus Willie's

John Davis Jr.

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

Americans are a people who live--and eat--large. We're descended from people who cleared the land and worked the fields (unless they were too busy hunting buffalo), and that's hungry work. Generations later, we're still hungry. We like starchy food in jumbo portions. We're the country that invented Spandex, ice cream, and "all you can eat" as a marketing slogan. We like to feel full. The following restaurants are made for you and your ravenous appetite.

We here at Baltimore's Most Mass-Consuming Alterative Weekly don't speak Korean, but we're willing to bet that New No Da Ji (2501 N. Charles St., [410] 235-4846) translates to "eat till you drop." This all-you-can-eat establishment ($8.95 lunch, $14.95 dinner) puts out a mighty buffet of sushi and Chinese and Korean foods. The sushi is, well, scary, but the price of admission is worth it for the hot foods alone. Luscious loaded dumplings, crunchy breaded chicken chunks in spicy-sweet sauce, tempura-fried veggies, sesame-scented noodle stir-fries . . . the array of foods at New No Da Ji is ever-changing, but always worth at least two trips back to the steam table. Wear your eatin' pants.

The Yellow Bowl (1234 Greenmount Ave., [410] 685-2932) is a mainstay of a now-dodgy section of Greenmount Avenue; as the longest-lived African-American-owned restaurant in the city, it's got a proud history. It's also got the goods, delivering belt-loosening portions of classic soul food, including some just-greasy-enough fried chicken. Bonus points for the cool jukebox selections.

Micah's Cafeteria (5401 Reisterstown Road, [410] 764-0606) wins the truth-in-advertising award. As its hilariously hyperkinetic TV commercials attest, Micah's sumptuous soul buffet can make anyone develop a weight problem (as in, we can't wait to get to Micah's). Of course, stuffing down all that barbecue, greens, mac 'n' cheese, sweet potatoes, and so on can also make you develop a weight problem, but man, what a way to go.

The area is filled with all-you can-eat joints, emporia for the culinarily indiscriminate who judge a meal by quantity rather than quality. Cactus Willie's (7940 Eastern Ave., Essex, [410] 282-8268) fills--and we mean fills--the quantity bill without sacrificing too much on the other end. This massive eating warehouse offers comfort food and lots of it: pizza, pasta, fried fish, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, chili, soup, salad, and more. But what sets Willie's apart from the rest of the AYCE pack is steak--as much of it, with or without mushroom sauce and onions, as you can throw down your piehole. Rumor has it a man once downed 14 of them on a visit to the restaurant. Well, at least he followed the rules: Take all you want, but eat what you take.

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