Nancy by SNAC
131 W. North Ave., (410) 685-0039, stationnortharts.com/NANCY_BY_SNAC.html $, B, L
Housed in MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center, this cafe features many of the American dishes with flair found at its sister restaurant down on North Charles Street, including a highly touted pulled pork sandwich.
The New Wyman Park Restaurant
138 W. 25th St., (410) 235-5100 $, B, L
Friendly, fast diner drawing locals for crispy fries with thick brown gravy and the delicious quarter-cut turkey club, with turkey roasted in house.
227 W. 29th St., (410) 889-4444, papermoondiner24.com $$, B, L, D, P
When people talk about Baltimore’s “funkiness,” they might be talking about Papermoon and its wacky decor. Bonus: inventive shakes, diner fare, and communal service.
Parts & Labor
2600 N. Howard St., (443) 873-8887, partsandlaborbutchery.com $$$, L, D, R
Part of Spike Gjerde’s local restaurant empire, Parts & Labor is both a restaurant and butcher shop. You can shop for choice cuts of meat by day, and come back for dinner service to eat rib-eyes, filets, and more. Also enjoy cured meats and organ varieties.
Pen & Quill
1701 N. Charles St., (410) 601-3588, penandquill.net $$$, D, R
The fourth restaurant in the Karzai family’s portfolio, Pen & Quill aims for a slightly younger audience than the Karzais’ other spots with a late-night menu, excellent cocktails, and cuisine that’s upscale but not stuffy.