415 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433, alonsos.com
Endure the uneven service at least once to try the fantastic burgers and above-average pizza. Or go to the bar upstairs and ignore the waiters altogether.
6070 Falls Road, (410) 372-0238, bonjourbakerycafe.com
The best bakery in North Baltimore offers delicate breakfast pastries, exquisite quiches by the slice or pie, artisanal bread, and cakes and pies as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat.
Curb Shoppe Bar and Grille
5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com
This divey yet charming hole in the wall, bustling with conversation and great burgers ($6 on Saturday nights), has been around since the 1940s.
1619 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 466-1000, chiyosushi.com
An incredibly charming sushi outlet with cozy, compact dining rooms on two floors, standard maki and sashimi, and excellent tempura.
6080 Falls Road, (667) 308-2331, corner-pantry.com
Fancy little deli counter near the beloved Ivy Bookshop offers things such as gluten-free muesli, a tuna confit sarnie (British for sandwich), and a $10.99/pound cold counter, along with great pastries.
1609 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 542-9000, crepedujour.com
The quiet Mount Washington storefront offers delicious crepes, both sweet and savory, including lovely seafood and vegetable options.
1605 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 367-5808
Casual Mediterranean outlet with excellent hummus (it's sold in packages as the Wild Pea Hummous), spanikopita, and dolmades.
1407 Clarkview Road, (410) 825-3473, earthwoodfire.com
The expansive, high-ceilinged dining room is a pleasant setting for the excellent coal-fired pizzas, but don't sleep on the creative small plates, like the warm mushroom tart glazed with Madeira wine and fontina cheese.
1615 Sulgrave Ave., (410) 664-2971, ethelandramones.com
Probably the best Creole and Cajun cooking in town. You can't go wrong with the gumbo, the jambalaya, or the baby back ribs.
6070 Falls Road, (410) 608-3500, hautedogcarte.com
Traffic on Falls Road tends to tighten when the Haute Dog stand is out selling its quarter-pound dogs served in crusty rolls hollowed with a hot dog-sized spike and adorned with things like tomato-and-onion jam and bacon and onion marmalade.
4800 Roland Ave., (410) 773-0777, johnnysdownstairs.com
Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman's version of a diner has distinct rooms: one great for sipping delicious coffee and pastry, the other more the setting for a great burger and milkshake.
413 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433, locohombre.com
Slightly more upscale, at least in appearance, than its attached neighbor, Alonso's. Sample the pan-Latin flavors or order the excellent burgers from next door.
513 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-5272, missshirleys.com
You'll want to get there early to beat the rush for what may be the best fancy breakfast in town, with lots of Southern-influenced, seafood-filled options, like the crab cake and fried green tomato eggs benedict. Another location is in the Inner Harbor, on Pratt Street.
5700 Newbury St., (410) 367-6903, mtwashingtontavern.com
$$$, L, D, Br, Out, 10 p.m., P
The Tavern serves refined country-club food, like a top-notch crab cake and a portobello mushroom Wellington.
1604 Kelly Ave., (443) 869-6240
Along with burgers, sandwiches, snacks, spreads, and two options of artisan ham, the menu at this comfortable-yet-refined Buffalo, New York-inspired spot from chef Robbin Haas, of Birroteca, offers big plates intended for two, including a braised beef brisket.
4800 Roland Ave., (410) 366-9393, petitlouis.com
A little slice of Paris in North Baltimore, from the elegant cafe atmosphere and impeccable wine list to the perfect steak frites and duck confit.
5616 Newbury St., (443) 742-3034
Mount Washington Village got a casual pizzeria this year, and the pizza is great. It comes in two styles: artisan, with fresh mozzarella and thicker crust, and the thinner New York style. Wraps and sandwiches too.
500 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-3333, rolandparkbagelcompany.com
The bagels here get the right crispy-outside/chewy-inside combination to pass muster. Add in great fruit smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and paninis, and you got yourself one of the more pleasant neighborhood bagel places around.