Who doesn’t love going out and enjoying great food and having an overall great dining experience? In Baltimore, Maryland there are a number of delicious restaurants to choose from but, like most cities, there are restaurants that stand out from the rest. Here is a top ten list of Baltimore’s best restaurants and the neighborhood they reside in.
1. Charleston – Harbor East
Chef Cindy Wolf designs the cuisine at this French restaurant. Guests get to choose from three, and up to six, courses. The service at Charleston is excellent and it is clear that the staff is focused on the guests and giving them the best experience. The wine list, over 800 titles, is award winning and complement the chefs cooking. Not only are these wines some of the finest you can find, they are also from all over the world. (Photo: http://www.baltimore-maryland.org/)
2. The Prime Rib – Midtown
If you want a taste of the fines prime rib then The Prime Rib in Baltimore is your place! This signature dish arouses envy from those who did not order it. You can start your meal with oyster’s sautéed in a garlic butter sauce, potato skins with a sour cream horseradish sauce, or a tasty Caesar salad. For desert try the homemade bread pudding.
This Baltimore restaurant has specials that can excite even the angriest of mobs. From the rockfish’s meatiness with pickled cauliflower, mustard greens, lemon, and peppers to the oyster stew to the chicken and waffles, this restaurant is sure to satisfy no matter what you’re craving. (Photo: Woodberry Kitchen, Image by thefrontrowe on Flickr.com)
4. Cinghiale – Harbor East
Start off with the bruschetta del giorno or don’t be afraid to dive right in to the entrée. The pastas are made from scratch and can be ordered as the entrée or as a second course. One delicious cuisine to try is the pan roasted rockfish that’s accompanied by anchovy-hazelnut brown butter cauliflower. Cinghiale is superior when it comes to Italian dining.
5. Antrim 1844 – Taneytown
This six-course, French-American cuisine is a treat for any Maryland resident or visitor. Some highlights of this restaurant include the roulade with prosciutto and walnut starter, the lobster decorated with scallop mousse entrée, and the lamb. The trays full of desserts are sure to tempt even the fullest of guests.
6. Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano – Little Italy
As soon as you walk through the doors to Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano you will feel like a king or queen and a number of attendants are waiting to treat you as so. Some noteworthy dishes include the filet mignon and crab cake surf and turf and the pasta with fried shrimp and calamari topped with a roasted wild boar sauce. If you are in the mood for some wine there are great picks for any price range.
New dishes are a regular at this Mediterranean hot spot. There are Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French dishes at Pazo. Bold food, impressive service, the huge marble bar grills, and a stunning environment are all elements that combine to make for a once in a lifetime experience. (Pazo, Image by ZagatBuzz on Flickr.com)
8. The Oregon Grille – Hunt Valley
The historic and country décor of The Oregon Grille is as welcoming as the staff and the wine list is just as stunning as the restaurants food. You can start with oysters then head to a large Zinfandel marinated steak and finish with a slice of cheesecake or choose from an abundance of other items on the menu. With the piano music in the background, The Oregon Grille is sure to provide a calm and tranquil environment.
The dishes at The Helmand combine spices from Greece, Iran, Afghanistan, and India. Dishes to choose from include seafood, beef, chicken, lamb, and fresh vegetable dishes. The restaurant has unique and creative appetizers such as the baked and fried pumpkin flavored with sugar that sits on of a garlic yogurt sauce and enchanting entrees like the marinated lamb served with rice. You are sure to satisfy your taste buds with any item off this menu.
10. Joss Café – Mount Vernon
The Helmand, Image by Jeff Kubina on Flickr.com
One of the best sushi bars in Baltimore is Joss Café. You immediately feel welcome by the employee’s as they yell out welcome in their native tongue, Japanese. Majority of the rolls are delicious and affordable and the others are unique. The Ankimo roll is monkfish liver that is wrapped in soy paper. So whether you want a roll that is guaranteed to be good or want to try something different, Joss Café is the best place to do it.
Alyx Braze is a guest author who specializes in travel brochures and has a passion for traveling.