717 South Broadway, Fells Point 410-563-4453 Open till 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday For nearly 10 years, Hot Tomatoes has been serving up big, New York-style slices of pizza to the post 2 a.m. crowd in Fells Point. It's probably the closest thing that Baltimore has to Washington's epic Jumbo Slice. After the bars close on weekends, stumbling patrons file into the small eatery, barking orders for their slices and pies, then devouring them on the spot. It gets crowded, but fortunately a small dining area lies in the rear of the establishment, which most customers overlook. The pizza at Hot Tomatoes is great, but most people don't know about the deep-fried cheese steak ($8). It's simply one of mankind's greatest achievements. A pile of chopped steak and cheese is wrapped in a pocket of pizza dough, deep fried to a golden hue and served with marinara dipping sauce. It's big enough for sharing, but you won't want to. The cheese steak might sound like it's heavy as lead, but it's actually about as filling as a regular cheese steak. It's so good, you won't even notice the throngs of bar patrons clamoring for their big floppy slices around you. But be sure to order one quickly, since they only make a few every night over the weekends.
Colby Ware, Baltimore Sun