328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504, mickosheas.com $$, L, D, BR
Great bar, good food. Solid pizzas, burgers, burritos, and amazing shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash. For an Irish pub, the brunch is surprisingly good, and the bar is so convivial you might come in for bangers and a bloody, and wind up sticking around for a few pints.
Minato Sushi Bar
1013 N. Charles St., (410) 332-0332, minatosushibar.com $$, L, D
Come to Minato’s sleek, urbane setting for some of the freshest rolls in town—and bring friends. Variety is the key.
Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon
909 N. Charles St., (410) 685-7427, facebook.com/mvstable $$, L, D, BR
A staple in Mount Vernon for more than 30 years, the Stable serves all the food you might crave after knocking back a few drinks—grilled cheese, burgers, baby back ribs, pasta, tacos, and wings are all included on the extensive menu.
920 N. Charles St., (410) 547-0001, nepalhousebaltimore.com $$, L, D
A Himalayan fusion of Nepali, Indian, Bengali, and Pakistani dishes, including tandoori kebabs and Nepali dumplings. Fun fact: The owner, Prem Raja Mahat, is a famous folk singer from Nepal.
42 W. Biddle St., (919) 408-7723, facebook.com/NuBohemia $, B, L, D
The midtown cafe provides primo espresso plus smoothies, Belgian waffles, oatmeal, and breakfast sandwiches. The cozy basement-level shop is stocked with record players, a well-rounded vinyl collection, books, and magazines.