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. 12: Ouzo Bay( Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun photo / September 26, 2012 )
Every decision made about the atmosphere, menu and service at this glamorous new waterside feels exactly right. The food is prepared with extraordinary care and presented with casual grace. Dinner there is fun. The fish and seafood program is spectacular. There are luxury items like Dover sole, wild-caught and flown in fresh from the Netherlands, and langoustines, a spindly lobster from the Norwegian Sea that you will fall in love with at first bite.
• Restaurant info.: Ouzo Bay, 1000 Lancaster St., Harbor East, 443-708-5818, ouzobay.com