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Providing spanking North Indian food to Mount Vernon for more than 20 years now, Akbar offers an intimate dining room and generous portions of all those comforting meat-eater staples like lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka masala, as well as a good range of veggie-minded options like a delicious palak paneer. Plus weekday lunch and weekend brunch buffets for that decidedly American pastime: all you can eat.
One of the city's most consistently excellent restaurants for many years, the Ambassador Dining Room serves elegant, sophisticated Indian food in an equally elegant and opulent setting. Classic Indian cookery--curries, vindaloos, biryanis--are always terrific, but the real dazzlers reside under the Chef's Recommendations section of the menu, where out-of-the-ordinary dishes like shrimp adrak feature a tightrope walk between green chile heat and restrained acerbic lime and sweet tamarind. The vegetarian menu is large and varied, and offerings like the outstanding Bengan bhartha (cumin and coriander-roasted eggplant) are skillfully prepared. The Ambassador's popular lunchtime buffet, served seven days a week, is a terrific deal.
Eager-to-please little Amer's Café uses its wood-burning oven to excellent ends. Witness the fluffy, puffy, fresh-baked pita bread that accompanies the silky, garlic-scented baba ghanouj, tender schwarmas, and other Middle Eastern specialties, or the delectably crispy-crusted pizzas. Each of Amer's individually named flavors of pizza ventures far beyond boring tomato sauce and cheese; one favorite is the piquant Dahb, made with tangy marinated eggplant, roasted red peppers, pickled peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and lots of garlic. Add belly dancers every Friday and Saturday night and the house policy of letting kids make their own pizzas and you've got a recipe for fun. BYOB.
It's Amicci's own damn fault if it's universally thought of us a one-dish wonder--pane rotundo! pane rotundo! It's hardly genetic coding, just a pile of garlicky jumbo shrimp in a bread bowl, but it's fantastic. Better to think of Amicci's as the rare restaurant that succeeds in doing precisely what it promises, offering a moderately priced, youthful, and casual alternative to its family-oriented and/or fussier Little Italy competitors. A new adjacent bar and lounge is promised for the near future, giving the neighborhood something it amazingly has never really had--a place to hang out.
Dramatic decore, an award-winning chef, and a homey, yet inventive menu emphasizing seasonal and sustainable.
B is one of those neighborhood restaurants that feels like a well-kept secret even though it's been around for years. The ever-changing array of homemade ravioli and seasonal fare impresses.
A handy midtown stop for pad Thai and other Thai takeout staples, Ban Thai also features a large, comfortable dining room and attentive waitstaff. The mee krob appetizer, built on sweet, crispy noodles hiding large shrimp, works well as a topping for other mild dishes like pad king (noodles with lean slices of beef) and pad see-ew (noodles stir-fried with chicken and broccoli). More complex[vegetarian] sweet-sour-peanut mixtures are well-prepared and artfully arranged. Go for the gaeng goong (curried shrimp in coconut milk) for a hot time. Both Thai and Long Island iced teas are available to cool the palate.
Birches is a dual-purpose neighborhood restaurant. On weekday evenings, it's a drop-by destination for treats from the wood-burning grill--hamburgers and pizza, available with foodie-pleasing toppings like chipotle aioli, roasted shallots, applewood-smoked bacon, and Gruyère. On Friday and Saturday nights, it's a retreat for savvy, grown-up comfort food--wood-grilled steaks and seafood, chicken Benedict, and a dream-come-true steak sandwich. Meal-spanning musts: the cobb salad and the all-fired-up chocolate cake. The space is cozy and the staff is superfriendly, but one caveat: The bill quietly creeps up.
Pretty much the place for leveled-up breakfast food in Fells Point. Homemade stuff includes tall, tender biscuits, intensely fruity jam, and very good sausage. Most dishes come with the amazing hash browns. The place is tiny and there's always a wait weekend days, so arrive very early or order to go.
"Our Cafe has a broad menu which starts with cappucinos, great coffee and pastries, includes scrumptious egg sandwiches, and bagels with cream cheese. Then for lunch you will discover fabulous homemade soups, vegetarian and organic items (from One Straw Farm). We also serve catered platters delivered as early at 7 a.m. We are locally owned and operated, and proud to be part of Baltimores' eclectic cityscape."
"This Euro-style neighborhood cafe serves the business and court crowd by day, and is a full-blown restaurant at night. Featuring seafood, paninis, vegetarian and sweets. During the live music in the evenings, you can find the local college students and the nearby residents using the wifi, dining with a date on the deck, and of course french pressing their coffee."
Café Hon is all about home cooking done right. We are predisposed to adore any restaurant whose menu standouts are unglamorous foods such as chili cheese fries (drowning in meaty, spicy chili and tons of gloriously gooey cheese over hand-cut, perfectly fried potatoes) and succulent, silky, unabashedly homely bread pudding. But then every menu item lives up to expectations: Hamburgers are fresh beef, cooked right; blue plate specials like meat loaf truly are, as named, “better than mom's”, and the hearty breakfasts are worth waking up for.
Café Zen has got to be one of the most vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Baltimore. C'mon, they've got tofu eight different ways here. And most of their myriad Chinese dishes, from sha cha to moo shu to kung pao, are available in vegetarian versions. It's great to see a restaurant taking seriously the great Chinese tradition of vegetable dishes, serving terrific garlic spinach and string beans rolled in scallion pancakes in place of the generic-veggies-in-gloppy-sauce most places try to get away with. Everything here is cooked crisp-tender with light, flavorful sauces, demonstrating a knowledgeable kitchen staff who cares about the food they create.
A classic steakhouse with perfectly turned out food in impressive portions. What distinguishes Capital Grille from competitors is lunch, including scaled-down versions of its evening fare, sandwiches, and salad entrees.
"Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant open daily for lunch, dinner and late night fare. Offering the best fresh healthy options as well as vegan menus"
Centro offers a variety of Spanish and South American tapas dishes. Extensive list of wine, sherry and port from Spain and South America.
"Outstanding Sushi, Japanese, Thai and Asian Cafe in Columbia area. Fine dinning room offer cold, warm, hot sake and beer, wine, liquor. The daily chef special running thr the dinning room in addition of happy hour buy one get one free liquor drink offer. I would say it's a nice plcae to try out."
Chameleon Café is one of those truly magical, invaluable local restaurants where the food is always inventive and excellent yet well-priced, the wine list is intelligently chosen, and a table is almost always available. The menu changes seasonally but always shows classic Continental flare with offerings like braised veal cheeks with grapes and cremini mushrooms or house-made charcroute garni. Despite the sophisticated menu, Chameleon has a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere and knowledgeable but affable servers. Don't miss the house-made desserts. Kudos to chef/co-owner--and Parkville native--Jeff Smith for returning to the 'hood to bring us this stellar but comfortable bistro.
"A new cafe opened in Overlea/Fullerton in the Beltway Plaza just south of the beltway on Belair Road. The Charm City Cafe serves the best sandwiches and panini's in the area. There is an exciting and creative menu that includes great soups and Zeke's cofee. It's locally roasted and better than the routine chain stores. Try the Canton Smoke, it includes smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, homemade corn salsa, avacado, tomato, and homemade chipotle mayo. The portions are more than generous. The cafe offers desserts, specialty coffee drinks and breakfast for the early risers. Free Wi-Fi is available. Catering is also available. Rent the meeting room in the back or the entire cafe for your business or staff meeting, home show, seminmar or club meeting or birthday party."
"Vegetarians, we have lots of options for you - check out the Vegetarian and Monk's Special menus. If you're looking for the best China Express has to offer, try the Peking Duck. You won't be disappointed!"
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