Food and Restaurant Recommendations

The following lists have been compiled by the JHU SOM Medical Students with additions by members of the BME PhD students:

Afghan

The Helmand, 806 N. Charles Street, (410) 752-0311

A Baltimore staple for a long time now, this Afghan restaurant in Mount Vernon is not only delicious but reasonably priced. The interior is calm and a little formal with decorations from Afghanistan. It’s a good place to bring your family or to have a nice dinner with friends. Some popular dishes are the Kaddo Borwani (pumpkin appetizer), the Mantwo pasta shells filled with meat or vegetarian, or any of the kabob plates. In addition to its food, the Helmand’s claim to fame is that it is owned by current Afghan president Hamid Kharzai’s brother. That will get the conversation at the dinner table going!

American/Seafood/Miscellaneous
Abacrombie
58 W. Biddle St.
410-837-3630
www.abacrombie.net
Location: Mount Vernon

‘B’
1501 Bolton St.
410-383-8600
Location: Bolton Hill

Baltimore Cupcake Company
1433 E. Fort Ave
410-783-1600 http://www.baltimorecupcakecompany.com/
Comments: Happy hour here is $1 cupcakes and occurs on Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bertha’s
734 S. Broadway
410-327-5795
www.berthas.com

Blue Moon Café
1621 Aliceanna St.
410-522-3940
Price: $5-15/entrée
Comments: Although the lines can be long for brunch, this is a great place to end a night in Canton or Fells Point as it is open very late. The biscuits are superb, as are the pancakes.

Brass Elephant
924 N. Charles St.
410-547-8480
www.brasselephant.com
Location: Mount Vernon

Brewer’s Art
1106 N. Charles St.
410-547-6925
Comments: This is a popular hangout, but it’s also a decidedly upscale restaurant, serving primarily European-style country fare and maintaining a fairly intriguing wine list. The place can get a bit noisy, so if you are trying to impress, ask for the back room.

Capital Grille
500 E. Pratt St.
443-703-4064
www.thecapitalgrille.com
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

Cheesecake Factory
201 E. Pratt St.
410-234-3990
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

Corks
1026 S. Charles St.
410-752-3810
www.corksrestaurant.com
Location: Federal Hill

Costas Inn Crab House
4100 N. Point Blvd., Dundalk
410-477-1975
www.costasinn.com
Location: Dundalk

Faidley’s Seafood
Lexington Market, 203 N. Paca St.
410-727-4898
www.faidleyscrabcakes.com
Location: Lexington Market

Five Guys
Harborplace, Pratt St. Pavilion, 201 E. Pratt St.
410-244-7175
www.fiveguys.com
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor
Price: $5/burger

3600 Boston St.
410-522-1580
Location: Canton

111 W. Centre St.
410-244-5234
Location: Mt. Vernon
Comments: This DC-based chain has some of the best burgers around! They have tons of condiments you can add to your burger, and the burgers are very juicy and filling.

Gertrude’s
BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive
410-889-3399
www.gertrudesbaltimore.com
Location: Homewood
Comments: This restaurant serves classic Chesapeake fare made with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. It is most popular with medical students on Tuesday night, when the entrees drop to half-price. There is also beautiful outdoor dining overlooking the BMA sculpture garden – this can be a great place for brunch when the folks are in town!

Hampton’s 550 Light St.
410-347-9744
www.harborcourt.com
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

Henninger’s Tavern
1812 Bank St.
410-342-2172
www.henningerstavern.com
Location: Fells Point

Kali’s Court
1606 Thames St.
410-276-4700
www.kaliscourt.com
Location: Fells Point
Comments: Touted as one of the classiest and fanciest restaurants in Baltimore, the food is top rate but so is the price! Save this one for that special occasion, and leave the jeans and sneakers at home.

Kooper’s Tavern
1702 Thames St.
410-563-5423
Location: Fells Point
Comments: This tavern is especially popular for happy hour on Tuesday, when burgers are half price.

Legal Sea Foods
100 E. Pratt St.
410-332-7360
www.legalseafoods.com
Location: Inner Harbor/Downtown

Lexington Market
400 W. Lexington Street
410-685-6169 http://www.lexingtonmarket.com/index.html
Location: Downtown
Comments: The Market features a range of food stalls as well as a serving of Baltimore history!

Martick’s
214 W. Mulberry St.
410-752-5155
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

McCormick and Schmick’s
Pier 5 Inner Harbor, 711 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 234-1300 http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
Comments: During happy hour on weekdays (including Fridays!) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., McCormick and Schmick’s serves up great food – cheese quesadillas, mussels, burgers, fish tacos, and more – for just $1.95 or $3.95 a plate! A great way to unwind and enjoy the company of friends with a gorgeous view of the Inner Harbor.

Morton’s Steakhouse
300 S. Charles St., Sheraton inner Harbor Hotel
410-547-8255
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

Never on Sunday
829 N. Charles St.
410 727-7191
Location: Mount Vernon
Comments: Great little diner to grab a quite bite or some late-night munchies. They serve all the usual diner fare as well as some Greek food. The people-watching as people are heading home from the bars is tons of fun. Their waffle fries are fantastic! Just remember, as their name suggests, they’re closed on Sunday!

Obrycki’s Crab House
1727 E. Pratt St.
410-732-6399
www.obryckis.com
Location: Fells Point
Oceanaire Seafood Room
801 Aliceanna St.
443-872-0000
Location: Fells Point

Owl Bar
1 E. Chase Street
Phone: (410) 347-0888 http://www.trufflescatering.com/owlbar/index.html
Location: Mount Vernon
Comments: Located right on the first floor of the Belvedere, this place makes one of the best burgers in Baltimore! They also specialize in gourmet brick-oven pizzas that they make right in front of you. Beer fans, make sure to try out their Owl Bar brand beers! The rest of their menu is an intriguing mix of fine dining and munchies-satisfying victuals.

Papermoon Diner
227 W. 29th St.
410-889-4444
www.papermoondiner24.com
Location: Homewood
Comments: A quirky diner that is a must-see stop in late night eats if you are in the Hampden or Homewood area. The food is classic diner food and it is open 24/7 in classic diner style. The kicker is the decor–the walls are covered with old toys, manikins, dolls, and trinkets. The food is a bit pricey relative to most diners, but its a truly unique stop characteristic of B'more.

Peter’s Inn
504 S. Ann St.
410-675-7313
www.petersinn.com
Location: Fells Point

Petit Louis Bistro
4800 Roland Park
410-366-9393
www.petitlouis.com
Location: Roland Park

Phillips
Harborplace Light St. Pavillion, 301 Light St.
410-685-6600
www.phillipsseafood.com
Price: $15-$30
Comments: Great seafood, beautiful views of the harbor, and friendly service. The Chesapeake crab cakes here are excellent. The proximity of the restaurant to the harbor as well as the good quality of its seafood make it a top choice for entertaining visiting family members. Also check out the nearby Phillips Express for a less expensive, take-out version of their food if you happen to be near the harbor but low on time.

Prime Rib
1101 N. Charles St.
410-539-1804
www.theprimerib.com
Location: Mount Vernon

Red Maple
930 N. Charles St.
410-547-0149
www.930redmaple.com
Location: Mount Vernon

Roy’s
720B Aliceanna St.
410-659-0099
www.roysrestaurant.com
Location: Fells Point

Rusty Scupper
402 Key West Highway, Inner Harbor
410-727-3678
Location: Inner Harbor/Downtown
Price: $28-40/entrée
Comments: This restaurant has a fantastic location, just at the end of the harbor right on the water. Make reservations in advance to get a table with a fantastic view of the water or downtown—or both! The food is quite good, and this is another reliable restaurant to bring visitors to after seeing the harbor or aquarium.

Salt
2127 E. Pratt St.
410-276-5480
www.salttavern.com
Location: Canton

Sascha’s
527 N. Charles St.
410-539-8880
Location: Mount Vernon

SoBo Café
6 W. Cross St.
410-752-1518
Location: Federal Hill

Sip & Bite Diner
2200 Boston St.
410-675-7077
Location: Canton
Comments: A great little diner in Canton. This is a popular place to head after a night out in either area. For a truly interesting experience—try the scrapple (and don’t ask what it is, just know that’s it’s a beef product)! Also, try the Greek food!

XS
1307 N. Charles St.
410-468-0002
www.xsbaltimore.com
Location: Mount Vernon
Comments: This über chic converted warehouse restaurant in trendy Mount Vernon attracts a hip crowd with its unexpected menu of breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches, and sushi! The desserts are also good and generally under $5, making this a good intermediate point between a nice dinner and going out later in the evening. They also have a great, $1 sushi special from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every weekday.

Zodiac
1724 N. Charles St.
410-727-8815
Price: $8-25/entrée
Location: Mount Vernon
Comments: This cute little restaurant serves creative mixes of food, often arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The food is good, but the wait can be long, so allot plenty of time.

CHINESE

Chinatown Café
323 Park Ave.
410-727-5599
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

P.F. Chang’s
Lockwood Place
600 E. Pratt Street
(410) 649-2750 http://www.pfchangs.com
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor

Sonny Lee’s Hunan Taste
750 Main St., Reisterstown
410-833-7288
Location: Reisterstown

Also for delivery–look up Taste of China and No.1 Taste (there are many around Baltimore).

CUBAN
Little Havana
1325 Key Highway,
410-837-9903 http://www.littlehavanas.com/
Location: Federal Hill
Comments: This restaurant has a number of weekly specials that are worth checking out. One favorite is the half-priced sandwiches on Mondays.

ETHIOPIAN
Dukem
1100 Maryland Ave
410-385-0318
www.dukemrestaurant.com
Location: Mount Vernon/Cultural Center
Price: $8-20/entrée
Comments: Those with an adventurous culinary side will be rewarded by a trip to an Ethiopian restaurant! Sitting on stools and eating only with your hands is always a fun experience, augmented at Dukem by the excellent food and large portions. Also try the interesting honey wine, if you have a chance!

SPANISH/TAPAS

Tapas Teatro, 1711 N. Charles St, (410) 332-0110

This place has yummy food and even yummier sangria. Located right off the Charles Theater, Baltimore’s premiere art house movie theater, Tapas Teatro is perfect for before or after movie dinner and drinks and not too shabby for its own sake. There’s something for everyone- veggies, carni (must try the lamb!!!!), sweet teeth. If you just want to grab a drink, you can buy it at the bar and bring it into the Charles Theater lobby. Bring your patience because it’s no reservations and the lines on busy nights can get long.

Mexican

Austin Grill
2400 Boston St.
420-534-0606
www.austingrill.com
Location: Canton

Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria
1032 Light St.
410-576-3938
www.blueagaverestaurant.com
Location: Federal Hill

Price: $10-20/entree
Comments: This is one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, with a fun, lively atmosphere, excellent margaritas and plentiful portions. However, the wait can be long on weekends, so reservations are recommended.

Chipotle
621 E. Pratt St.
410-837-8353
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor
3201 St. Paul St.
410-662-1701
Location: Homewood
Comments: If you haven’t heard of Chipotle, you should stop reading this and either drive or take the shuttle to the Homewood campus for a Burrito. This stop is a delicious, filling, and cheap way to satisfy that hunger for Mexican food. Granted, its still a chain, but this is a great pre-party or morning after stop.

Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina Cubana
1325 Key Hwy
410-837-9903
www.littlehavanas.com
Location: Federal Hill
Comments: Fantastic half-priced sandwiches on Monday nights! Check the website for other weekly specials.

Mari Luna Mexican Grill
102 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville
410-486-9910
www.mariluna.com
Location: Pikesville

Nacho Mama’s
2907 O’Donnell St.
410-675-0898http://nachomamascanton.com/
Location: Canton
Comments: 4 People, 1 Hubcap Margarita? You’ve just spoken the tex-mex phrase for “awesome time”. Great food, massive margaritas, and location right in O’Donnell square means its a great stop for celebrating and starting the night off!

El Trovador
318 S. Broadway
410-727-4898
Location: Upper Fells Point
Spanish/Tapas

Pazo
1425 Aliceanna Street
410-534-7296
www.pazorestaurant.com
Location: Fell’s Point

Tapas Teatro
1711 N. Charles St.
410-332-0110
www.tapasteatro.net
Location: Mount Vernon

Tortilleria Sinaloa
1716 Eatern Ave.
(410) 276-3741
Location: Fell’s Point
Comments: All true Texans will tell you that this place features the best tacos in Baltimore. It’s rather small and is only open until about 6 p.m., but if you need a fix of your South of the Border addiction, give it a shot.

 

ITALIAN

Aldo’s
306 S. High St
410-727-0700
www.aldositaly.com
Location: Little Italy

Boccacio
925 Eastern Ave.
410-234-1322
www.boccaccio-restaurant.com
Location: Little Italy
Chiappareli’s
237 S. High St.
410-837-0309
www.chiapparelis.com
Location: Little Italy

La Tavola
248 Albemarle St.
410-685-1859
www.la-tavola.com
Location: Little Italy

Sotto Sopra
405 N. Charles St.
410-625-0534
www.sottosoprainc.com
Location: Mount Vernon
Price: Special Occasions Only

Trattoria Alberto
1660 Crain Highway S., Glen Burnie
410-761-0922
www.trattoriaalberto.com
Loacation: Glen Burnie

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastries
222 Albermarle St.
410-685-4905
Location: Little Italy
Comments: With branches throughout the Baltimore area, this store has excellent pastries and gelato. This is a great place to go after a dinner in Little Italy, and the place is so crowded that the people-watching is at least half the fun. Also, on Monday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. they have an all you can eat special for $12.

Vespa
1117 S. Charles St.
410-385-0355
Location: Federal Hill

INDIAN:
Akbar
823 N. Charles St.
410-539-0944
www.akbar-restaurant.com
Location: Mount Vernon
Price: $$
Comments: An excellent restaurant, Akbar has awesome all-you-can-eat lunch buffets for less than ten bucks. The ambiance for dinner is also quite pleasant and the staff is quite accommodating of large groups of medical students. The food is generally very good.

Ambassador Dining Room
3811 Canterbury Rd.
410-366-1484
www.ambassadordining.com
Location: Homewood
Price: $$$ (except for sunday $)
Comments: This fancy Indian restaurant located near the Homewood campus is a trip back to Victorian India with its scenic gardens, wicker chairs, and curries. Located on the first floor of an old apartment building, the elegant restaurant is a bit pricey except for Sunday where the brunch includes a buffet and all you can drink mimosas and screwdrivers for $18!

Mughal Garden
920 N. Charles St.
410-547-0001
Location: Mount Vernon
Price: $$
Comments: Like Akbar, this restaurant also has an excellent all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for less than ten bucks. The restaurant is quite large and can very easily seat large parties for lunch or dinner, and the food is also quite good.

Kumari Restaurant
911 N. Charles St.
410-547-1600
www.kumarirestaurant.com
Location: Mount Vernon
Price: $$
Comments: An equal great buffet with a mix of Tibetian, Indian, and Nepalese food. Slightly less expensive than Mughal Garden and Akbar.

Indigma
802 N. Charles St.
410-605-1212
www.indigmarestaurant.com
Location: Mount Vernon
Price: $$
Comments: This modern Indian restaurant has a creative way of presenting very popular Indian dishes.

-Ashwini Niranjan, 2013

GREEK FOOD –

One word: SAMOS. This place is a little hole-in-the-wall in Greektown (read: about 15min southeast of campus, near the Bayview campus). The food is fantastic and the service is great. It’s not huge, so expect a short wait, but it’s totally worth it. They don’t take reservations, it’s closed on Sundays, and you can BYOB. What more do you need to know? Just go! (http://www.samosrestaurant.com )

JAPANESE/SUSHI –

It might be a bit of a hike, but Sushi Hana in Towson is one of the best places around for sure. It’s right near the Towson mall and movie theater, so if you’re in the area, definitely stop in for dinner. ( http://www.sushihanatowson.com )

Hikari Sushi
9613 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21234-2150
(410) 882-5554
Location: Parkville (Baltimore County)
Comments: Besides the drive out to the county, if you are looking for a lunch at an all you can eat sushi bar for under 15 dollars with a great selection and friendly staff, this is the place to go.

Closer by there is:

Ra Sushi
1390 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21231-3300
(410) 522-3200
Location: Harbor East
Comments: Ra is a modern sushi restaurant with an almost dance club like feel. It has a great happy hour where, for only a few dollars, you can get sushi rolls, sashimi, sake, and a number of delicious drinks.

Edo Sushi
201 E. Pratt St., Harborplace Pratt St. Pavilion
410-843-9804
www.edosushi.com
Location: Downtown/Inner Harbor
Comments: A good stop for sushi if you are in the Inner Harbor, but the location makes it a bit pricey and the food is good but not spectacular.

Kawasaki Café
907 S. Ann St.
410-327-9400
www.kawasaki-associates.com
Location: Fells Point

Matsuri
1105 S. Charles St.
410-752-8561
www.matsuri.us
Location: Federal Hill

Minato
800 N. Charles St.
410-332-0332
www.minatorestaurant.com
Location: Mount Vernon
Comments: Sushi here is great, but also try the flavored
martinis! (Half off on Wednesday

Sushi-San/Thai Jai Dee
2748 Lighthouse Pt E.
410-534-8888
www.eatsushi.com

THAI

After two or three thoroughly negative Thai experiences in Baltimore, My Thai in Mt. Vernon completely changed my opinion. I now crave their Pad Thai on an almost daily basis… ( http://mythaibaltimore.com )

There are also these:

Thai Arroy
1019 S. Light St.
410-385-8587
www.thaiarroy.com
Location: Federal Hill
Price: $8-18/entrée

Thai Jai Dee/Sushi-San
2748 Lighthouse Pt E.
410-534-8888
www.eatsushi.com
Location: Canton

Thai Landing
1207 N. Charles St.
410-727-1234
Location: Mount Vernon
Price: $7-18/entrée
Comments: This is probably the best Thai restaurant in Baltimore, although reactions in the class of 2010 have ranged from “it’s delicious” to disappointment. The curries are generally better than the noodles, and make sure to leave room for the mango with sticky rice.

Thai Restaurant
3316 Greenmount Ave.
410-889-6002
Location: Odd
Comments: This is a small, aptly named, family restaurant–the kind where the owner knows your name— and your penchant for his coconut-pumpkin soup. They maintain an ever-changing list of specials, offering only the freshest seafood at any given time. If the front entrance is blocked for some reason, there’s always parking in the rear.