Baltimore's 100 best restaurants [Pictures]
Famously conservative, Baltimore's dining scene continues to show signs of a great awakening. There are more, and better, options in style and substance. Our list of 100 best restaurants, in Baltimore and the surrounding counties, reflects the wide spectrum of choices available to diners, from mom and pop storefronts to waterfront extravaganzas. The best restaurants have little in common, other than the proven ability to consistently please their customers. It's been a particularly stellar year for new restaurants. From Hampden and Harbor East, the hits kept coming. The farm-to-table trend dominated, and casual places started getting fancier. A few old favorites had some major changes, too. More so than in other cities, the restaurant community in Baltimore is remarkably cohesive, too, with abundant examples of mentoring and collaboration. That's another hopeful sign of better things to come.
--By Richard Gorelick
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No. 23: Mr. Rain's Fun House( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo / October 25, 2011 )
This excellent contemporary restaurant manages to be both part of a progressive culinary movement and its very own thing. The experienced staff members aren't shy about their sense of fashion, and Bill Buszinski's kitchen isn't afraid of displaying flourishes of wit, just not at the expense of flavor. The beverage program is under the flamboyant care of Perez Klebahn.
• Restaurant info.: Mr. Rain's Fun House, 800 Key Highway, American Visionary Art Museum, Federal Hill, 443-524-7379, mrrainsfunhouse.com