This past May, Spike Gjerde brought home the first James Beard Award given to a Baltimore restaurant, winning the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic honor for his work at Woodberry Kitchen, his flagship farm-to-table spot. Famous for a menu that puts a premium on local sourcing, Woodberry proves that food can be exciting both philosophically and on the palate. At Woodberry, the individual ingredients get star treatment. When each lump of crab meat and every tiny cherry tomato is revered, the end result is a celebration of both flavor and place. 2010 Clipper Park Road #126, Woodberry, 410-464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com.