4718 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-3384, acropolisbaltimore.com
All the classics are here: You got your lamb, your veal, your chicken souvlaki. It's the lamb selections and the seafood menu where you'll find what Acropolis does best.
601 S. Clinton St., (410) 522-2929, annabelleetavern.com
This little corner tavern named for an Edgar Allan Poe poem is a handsome space to enjoy a beer and good conversation. The menu offers tasty upscale fare—duck-fat fries and roasted fish tacos—without hitting your wallet with upscale prices.
2901 E. Baltimore St., (410) 276-0820, bistrorx.net
$$, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m., R
With a list of more than 40 varieties of wine both red and white, this is a great joint for oenophiles of all stripes. But the creative menu of pub fare will suit most anybody.
938 S. Conkling St., (443) 388-9363, bluehilltavern.com
Blue Hill, under the watchful eye of Mr. Boh on Conkling Street, features some pretty gourmet entrees for adventurous palates. But there's also creative takes on staples such as the tavern burger and pork tenderloin.
2780 Lighthouse Point, (410) 558-0202, bobrooks.com
The number of great crab houses in the city keeps getting smaller, but fortunately you can still get Maryland's signature dish at Bo Brooks, along with terrific views of the harbor.
2809 Boston St., (410) 773-9795, boathousecanton.com
Formerly the Bay Cafe, the Boathouse Canton is an adjustment to this legendary location, with the ideal outdoor setting for a Baltimore restaurant if you're trying to drink and eat with friends. Cocktails named after local neighborhoods are a nice touch, too.
3301 Boston St., (410) 276-8900, cantondockside.com
Our hope is that all the chain joints in the new Canton Crossing complex keep the mall-goers distracted, because the steamed crabs here are legit, and we hate to wait.
Captain James Seafood palace
2127 Boston St., (410) 327-8600, captainjameslanding.com
$$$, B, L, D, BR, Out, 10 p.m.
In case you didn't already know, this is that big, ship-shaped building on Boston Street. If you've never ventured inside, you should, because the cap'n serves up generous portions all around—lobster tails, New York strip steak, uh, fake ships, you name it.
3328 Foster Ave., thechasseur.com, (410) 327-6984
Most of the items at this nautically inspired New American spot fall under the comfort-food category. Though some have a slight twist. Prices veer toward expensive, but portions are generous.
2918 O’Donnell St., (410) 522-4220, claddaghbaltimore.com
$$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
This Irish pub has standard bar food, highlighted by really good wings. But there's also fancier fare, such as the New York strip au poivre and shrimp fra diavolo. Has an excellent brunch.
3500 Boston St., (410) 327-1980, delmarvasoutherncafe.com
The South and the Shore's comfort food come together and get a bit more classy here (it's got Chesapeake aioli, which you're not going to get in most Southern food spots) but just as hearty. Sit down and prepare yourself for the baked mac-and-cheese options.
3700 Gough St., (410) 276-6787, dipasquales.com
This real-deal Italian market and deli is full of treasures, including the salads, meats, cheeses, spreads, and especially the insanely good sandwiches, such as the "old world Italian," with soppressata, dry-cured capicola, prosciutto, fontinella cheese, tomato, and house-made olive spread on focaccia.
611 S. Fagley St., (410) 563-7577, eichenkranz.com
Sure, there are plenty of seafood, poultry, and beef entrees at Eichenkranz. But this is one of the few German restaurants in town! Be sure to go in on some of the schnitzel, wurst, or any of the other house specialties.
The Shops At Canton Crossing, 3721 Boston St., (410) 762-2100, farmsteadgrill.com
The primary culinary focus of the Shops at Canton Crossing is the massive Farmstead Grill, which delivers on relatively cheap, locally sourced foods with a solid selection of specialty craft beers, wine, and cocktails.
2322 Boston St., (443) 759-9360, theforkandwrench.com
The steampunk-themed decor and antique lightbulbs create suitable ambience for this edgy star of the Canton scene. Adventurous appetizers include roasted bone marrow.
800 S. Kenwood Ave., (410) 276-1200, gitanbistro.com
A French-Mediterranean bistro with the majority of the cooking done from scratch by Lebanese native Pauline Guiragoss, who owns the place with husband John. Part of the quieter, less-bro-ish part of Canton. On Mondays, you can get a holy cow, half-pound burger for just five bucks.
4901 Eastern Ave., (410) 633-3750, ikarosrestaurant.com
One of the city's best Greek restaurants that hasn't done anything to lose favor over the years. Ikaros aces all the classics—Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves, braised lamb—and has killer baklava for dessert.
3123 Elliott St., (410) 878-6542, jacksbistro.net
This restaurant offers dishes with a bit of an eclectic feel, such as the ground-bacon BLT burger that contains no beef, and pasta with ground Maryland lamb.
2917 O’Donnell St., (410) 327-7152, jasakabob.com
Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern food with many, many kabob options. Open late, very affordable with well-worth-it daily specials.
3928 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-5055
A spacious, bright Mexican gem in which to spend long summer afternoons feasting and talking over a few cervezas. The carnitas tacos really stand out, but it's hard to go wrong.
2324 Boston St., latoltecamd.com
The brand-new iteration of this local chain (there are five other locations around Maryland), located where the Horse With No Name used to be, offers tasty, well-executed versions of the usual Mexican fare, including tacos, fajitas, burritos, and enchiladas. The street tacos, overstuffed with meat, are a highlight.
2400 Boston St., (410) 534-3287, langermanns.com
Located in the Can Company building, this restaurant shows its Southern bona fides with fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, barbecue spare ribs, cornbread, and more.
2900 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-9235, looneyspubmd.com
With outposts as far out as Bel Air and College Park now under the Looney's umbrella, it's clear they're doing something right. You won't find too much beyond the standard bar fare, but what this pub serves is cheap and hearty.
2901 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-3160, mamasmd.com
A classic-style oyster house where you can get your oysters grilled, fried, on the half shell, on horseback, or as part of a peppercorn-flavored oyster stew. Also home to some of the best crushes in the city.
3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651 ext. 202, creativealliance.org/marquee-lounge
The small menu at the bar/restaurant inside the Creative Alliance emphasizes local and seasonal foods. Options might include chicken pot pie, coddies, or a curry veggie noodle bowl. The convivial space is also a good place for a drink, with cocktails infused with herbs and fruit elixirs and a wide-ranging beer list.
3131 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-8755, matthewspizza.com
If heading to Matthew's—a prime go-to spot for pizza in Baltimore—stick with the delicious thick-crust pie that established the restaurant's legend. On weekends there is Matthew's Stellar Cellar Bar.
3701 Boston St., (443) 955-6807, mission-bbq.com
Glen Burnie-born barbecue spot that is low stakes like a fast-food spot with delicious, substantive sides but a family-friendly, sit-down-and-relax Canton atmosphere. Also, very, very patriotic—eat your meat while reading patriotic quotes on the wall.
2300 Boston St., (410) 777-5502, bmoreshine.com
This Prohibition-themed establishment adopts a new-American-meets-Southern slant and offers more than 75 brands and flavors of moonshine. Try the bacon-wrapped meatloaf or the gumbo with frog legs.
2907 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-0898, nachomamascanton.com
With shrines to both Elvis and Mr. Boh, this restaurant is charming, if kitschy. Its menu—Mexican food with a Cajun twist—hits the spot, and the hubcap margaritas are not to be missed.
1028 S. Conkling St., (410) 327-0760, ofloveandregret.com
This Brewers Hill beer chapel complements local brewer Brian Strumke's ales with ingredient-heavy concoctions such as bourbon-glazed duck breast and Austrian pork meatballs. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Plug Ugly’s Publick House
2908 O’Donnell St., (410) 563-8459, pluguglyspub.com
Named for the 19th-century politically minded street gang, this pub actually has a welcoming atmosphere to go along with its long draft-beer list and a menu that features pub favorites and house-made soups and sausage.
2821 O’Donnell St., (410) 522-7678, portsidetavern.com
Enjoy tavern fare that takes cues from local flavors—including the Baltimore mussels, covered in Old Bay, garlic, herbs, and a broth cooked with a local IPA.
2819 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-9300, rosinagourmet.com
Rosina is a lunch spot that offers sandwiches you've come to know and love but with fancy accoutrements such as homemade tomato sauce, black-olive tapenade, and Jarlsberg Swiss cheese, to name a few.
700 S. Potomac St., (410) 276-4888, saigontodaybmore.com
Though this is advertised as an all-encompassing Asian food spot, the real appeal here, as you might imagine from its name, is the Vietnamese, especially the pho, which there is very little of in Canton and which Saigon Today does excellently.
Samos Greek Islands Grill
The Shops at Canton Crossing, 3745 Boston St., 410-276-0165, samosgig.com
The smaller, more casual sequel to the Greektown institution Samos Restaurant, this location adjusts the expectations of Samos for the often-on-the-go Canton Crossing crowd but still offers a delicious, all-Greek menu that lives up to the original Samos.
600 Oldham St., (410) 675-5292, samosrestaurant.com
It can be tough to get a seat in this tiny joint, but the calamari, gyros, dolmades, and everything else—holy Greek salad, Batman!—are worth the wait, as you'll see when you step foot inside and smell the aromas coming from the open kitchen. If you're willing to sacrifice originality for the wait, check out the new Canton Crossing location on Boston Street.
2844 Hudson St., (410) 327-2883, sauteofbaltimore.com
We're quite taken with the space this Canton restaurant calls home. A lot of the fare you'll see on menus across town, but with enough creativity to warrant repeat visits. Lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Sheba Restaurant and Nightclub
3301 Foster Ave., (443) 682-7616, shebabaltimore.com
Ethiopian food in Baltimore isn't quite the rarity that it once was (along with the stalwart Dukem, there's Tabor, Ebenezer, and Kana Market & Carry Out), which makes Sheba's standout status all the more impressive. The small, dependable menu and sampler options are great for those new to Ethiopian cuisine.
2933 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-8800, shisotavern.com
Filling the sushi void in Canton Square, Shiso Tavern doesn't have the most sprawling selection of rolls and sashimi in town, but its specialty offerings are carefully cultivated and by all accounts delicious.
2522 Fait Ave., (410) 522-1421, smaltimorebaltimore.com
A strange and special convivial beer bar that also has sushi along with the typical boozin' food options and lives up to its cute, inviting name with a particularly alive, noisy-in-a-good-way atmosphere.
Speakeasy Saloon and Dining House
2840 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-2977, speakeasysaloon.com
Housed in a beautiful space, this bar and restaurant offers pub fare along with fancier entrees, including several veal dishes.
2903 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-1880, tavernoncantonsquare.com
With a menu that travels all over the world, the sandwiches, paninis, wraps, soups, pizza, and entrees offer a little something for everyone.
641 S. Montford Ave., (410) 522-1000, verdepizza.com
Traditional Neapolitan pizza is what Verde does, and it does it better than an overwhelming majority of pizzerias in Baltimore. The white Funghetto pizza redefines what pizza should taste like.
4710 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-4484
Like most Greek restaurants, Zorba's is not the place for vegetarians: You can see the hunks of crispy meat glistening on the rotisserie from the first-floor dining room. Order the kontosouvli and watch them shave off succulent slices of pork.