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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.
"Nestled in the side of a building on 32nd street is the best coffee you will ever drink. Seriously, it's not just us that think so, they have won Best Coffee, Best Sandwiches, Best Fresh Yogurt… the list goes on, from all sorts of Baltimore papers. With a cool staff, bottomless cups of fresh brewed coffee, and outdoor tables great for studying or hanging out, Carma's Cafe might just be the best coffee house in the country. We may be biased, but you will be too after biting into any of their homemade sandwiches and goodies (many made by Carma herself!) Since space is at a premium in this popular shop, order in advance online, walk over, skip the line and pick up under the FetchFood sign. If only everything in life were this easy."
It's a college bar. No, it's a sports bar. No, it's a cop bar. No, it's a neighborhood bar. Different folks see CVP differently, but its pub-grub fare suits them all. Burgers and fries, chili in a bread bowl, an array of cheekily named club sandwiches, ribs, wings, nachos, hearty salads, and more fill out a menu that has changed over the years about as much as table salt. And that's a good thing.
Fried chicken/lake trout carryout joint.
"Old-school Italian-American. reliable seafood preparations, like clams casino or zuppa di pesce, satisfy.
Besides the cheap tuna steak sandwich and spinach salad, the menu at this café/bar near Homewood includes vegan and vegetarian food outside of the hummus and black-bean burrito world (though they also have both) with a tempeh Reuben and a Philly cheese “steak-less” made with seitan. It's easy to find a favorite dish and stick with it, but try one of the specials--the occasional veggie sloppy Joes and pretty pasta combos are money. Breakfast offerings of eggs, fake sausages, and bagels go well with a Bloody Mary from their full bar, and organic/fair trade coffee and espresso complements a full dessert case.
Pete's Grille has three drawbacks. It's small, so finding a seat at the counter--and there are only counter seats at Pete's--is nigh impossible during the lunch rush or any time on weekends. They only serve breakfast and lunch, and close early even for a breakfast-lunch-only joint. Otherwise, Pete's is a darn near flawless restaurant. Prices are terrifically cheap, and the food is homemade and excellent. Tenderly supervised long-cooked home fries reach Platonic perfection here, and the thick, thick, thick shakes are made with old-fashioned milk-shake mixers.
The granddaddy of Thai dining in Baltimore is as good as ever. Thai standbys like pad Thai and tom kha kai soup are rendered with flair, while the curries--red, green, or yellow--can be tailored to your choice of meat or seafood as well as degree of heat. Vegetarians will be pleased to know that any dish can be prepared with tofu, even if not so offered on the menu. Nightly specials explore more exotic fare not found at most other local Thai places, and the staff here is especially polished and professional. Dining at Thai Restaurant still feels like a special occasion, even when it's not.
American eatery with a room upstairs designated for those who like tea, by appointment only.
"If you want a real taste of the Islands you must sample these mouth-watering Caribbean dishes with a strong Indo-Caribbean flavor.
Savor vegetarian or meat dishes marinated with seasonings made from scratch. If you like spicy food they offer an array of condiments on the side to give you just the right amount of heat. And as if the food is not incentive enough, the friendly service will also keep you coming back."
Baltimore City Paper, 501 N. Calvert Street, P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore, MD 21278
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