Sometime near the end of 2010, Baltimore Sun restaurant critic Richard Gorelick posted his 50 favorite Baltimore restaurants, and I thought I would do the same - only I'm including restaurants all over Maryland and I'm limiting the list to 25. Why? Because I'm not a professional restaurant critic and I have to pay for 99% of my meals, I haven't eaten in as many places. So if you see some of your favorites aren't listed, it could be because I haven't yet eaten there (Woodberry Kitchen comes to mind).
What are my standards? Well, there's really only one: I have to enjoy the food enough to want to go back again and again (and in some cases I have). My favorites are all over the place, from diners to fine dining, from sushi to Sichuan, with a good dose of "modern American cuisine."
B&O American Brasserie
Donna's Cross Keys
Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar
Ze Mean Bean Cafe
What are some of your favorite Maryland restaurants?
LJ's in Hagerstown.
Great picks! I love Petit Louis and Andy Nelson's. Other faves: Charleston, Akbar, Chiapparelli's, Holy Frijoles, Blue Moon Cafe (best brunch ever!)and Sofi's Crepes.
And yes, you must get to Woodberry Kitchen, it's wonderful.
The Curator: have you been to Akbar or Holy Frijoles recently? They were among my favorites in the 90s and early '00s, but I haven't been to either in a long long time.
Oh yes, we hit up the Akbar lunch buffet a few weeks ago, and Holy Frijoles for dinner a month or two prior to that...both are still just as yummy as they were 10 years ago. :)
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