Orchard Market and Café
This landmark area restaurant introduced the delights of Persian cuisine to Baltimore diners. Flavored with aromatic sumac, almonds, and pomegranates, grilled dishes and khoreshes (stews) still dominate the menu. Try the sautéed Bulgarian feta; the chicken or duck fesenjune poached with a classic walnut-pomegranate sauce, the pan-seared salmon topped with toasted almonds, or the charbroiled lamb with cilantro yogurt. The food is extremely pretty here, and the candlelit dining room is an inspiration for any restaurateur with his eye on dressing up a strip-mall location. BYOB.