Ambassador Dining Room
$$$, L, D, Out
In clement weather, everyone wants to sit out on the beautiful fragrant patio with its gurgling fountains. The platings of Indian food are prettier than the norm, executions a little lighter, but it all comes at a premium.
3120 St. Paul St., (410) 243-5200, carmascafe.com
$, B, L, D, Br, out, BYOB
A small but cozy hideout that offers warm drinks, paninis, and a showcase of scrumptious baked goods.
Charles Village Pub
3107 St. Paul St., (410) 243-1611, cvptowson.com
$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
Bar-food heaven with XXL garbage nachos done up with chili, canned jalapeños, and so-nasty, so-good oozy nacho cheese; greasy fish and chips; and deep-fried potato skins.
Donna’s Café and Coffee Bar
3101 St. Paul St., (410) 889-3410, donnas.com
$$$, B, L, D, Br, Out
This venerable Baltimore staple serves up a small menu of artful salads, sandwiches, and entrées for lunch and dinner, plus its namesake coffee.
$$$, D, R, P, Out, 10 p.m.
Old-school Italian-American. Reliable seafood preparations, like clams casino or zuppa di pesce, satisfy.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 889-3399, gertrudesbaltimore.com
$$$, D, Br, R, P, Out,
Polished and pretty, John Shields’ coastal cuisine restaurant doesn’t feel like a traditional clammy museum café—more like an upscale neighborhood bistro. The outdoor seating area, with views of the sculpture garden, is an Eden.
127 W. 27th St., (410) 585-8121, meet27.com
$$, L, D
Meet 27’s fusion isn’t the showy kind. It just kinda happens there on the menu and in the kitchen, a mash-up of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and even meat-centric dishes, tinged with Asian, Latin, and Indian flavors and approaches. Plus, you know, burgers and stuff.
$$, L, D, Out
Inexpensive Japanese and Korean food in Charles Village. Large appetizers threaten early satiation. Save room for a pot of noodles and green-tea or red-bean ice cream.
One World Café
100 W. University Parkway., (410) 235-5777, one-world-cafe.com
$$, B, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m.
A variety of meatless and soy-filled entrées star here, from the eggplant gyro to the black bean quesadilla.
$$, P, 10p.m., B, L, D, Br
PaperMoon’s décor looks like the result of a disturbed 7-year-old boy who got hold of all his sister’s playthings, but the food surpasses normal diner fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.
3130 Greenmount Ave., (410) 467-7698
$$, B, L
Neighborly charm is backed by genuinely good breakfast and lunch at incredibly low prices. Daily specials include roast turkey, fish and chips, and blueberry waffles.
3316 Greenmount Ave., (410) 889-6003
$$, L, D, P
This venerable spot consistently serves up some of the city’s best Thai dishes. Service is personal and warm, and the entrées are always top notch.