Big Bad Wolf’s House of Barbeque
5713 Harford Road, (410) 444-6422,
$, L, D, OUT
Barbecue doesn’t have to be rocket science, and this carry-out keeps things simple with its menu of meats, seven sauces, and sides (in addition to offerings of sandwiches and salads). But everything is pretty tasty, so it’s not like picking a particular combination will be easy. For a little local flavor, try the Eastern Shore chicken.
Green Onion Market
5500 Harford Road, (410) 444-1718,
$, L, D, P
The menu at this food market isn’t too big, but the fresh ingredients, which are also sold at the counter, make for tasty salads and sandwiches. Closed Mondays.
5517 Harford Road, (410) 426-1930,
$$, D, BR, OUT, 10 p.m.
Hamilton Tavern’s cheery service, cozy atmosphere, and delicious, down-to-earth food will make you immediately feel right at home. Try the moules et frites, or the brisket on a biscuit—smoked brisket rubbed with Zeke’s coffee on a sweet potato, jalapeno, and cheddar biscuit.
4301 Harford Road, (410) 426-3519,
$$, L, D, P, R
Koco’s is a neighborhood institution, and not just because it has been around for so long. The pub food always delivers, but it is the massive crab cake, filled with jumbo lump meat, that ranks among the best in the city and keeps bringing customers back.
4528 Harford Road, (410) 444-6664,
$, L, D, P, OUT, 10 p.m.
Dive-y, with the requisite dive-y food—nachos, burgers, wings—but the highlight here is the barbecue, with tender, hickory-smoked baby-back ribs, brisket, and pulled pork.
4341 Harford Road, (410) 254-2376,
$$$, L, D, BR, P, OUT, R, DV
This farm-to-table restaurant has one of the best charcuterie offerings in town and a small menu of rustic dishes that boast seasonal ingredients, all of which are executed quite well.
Red Canoe Cafe
4337 Harford Road, (410) 444-4440,
$, B, L, P, OUT
Browse in Red Canoe’s bookstore, then order a grilled sandwich or a wrap from its cafe.
Silver Queen Cafe
5429 Harford Road, (443) 345-2020,
$$, D, BR, BYOB, R
A cozy addition to the dining scene in Hamilton, with a small menu of gourmet pizzas and high-class New American entrees.
4915 Harford Road, (443) 388-8478,
$, B, L, D
Comfort food at its finest: pork ribs, baked potatoes loaded with toppings, mac and cheese, and plenty of other down-home soul food dishes to fill you up.
■ Where to get coffee and a sandwich without the pretense (and cost) of fancier coffeehouses
4607 Harford Road, (410) 254-0122,
$, B, L, P, OUT
Possibly the most popular brand of coffee sold throughout Baltimore, Zeke’s has a cult following in the city that might suggest it would be accompanied by the requisite high price tag and I’m-on-my-Macbook-here-all-day-so-don’t-think-you’re-getting-this-seat-anytime-soon kind of ambiance at its shop on Harford Road. Instead, it’s pleasantly surprising to pop into the unassuming storefront on a Saturday afternoon to find groups and pairs of diners and coffee-drinkers chatting (yes, talking to each other, in person) at no-frills, comfortable tables, and a staff at the counter who are happy to allow time to peruse the short menu and answer questions (#nojudgment). With a lunch check that clocked in at under $15 for sandwiches and coffees, the prices are as impressive as the lack of pretense, both reasons to keep visiting the local roaster’s cafe. (Jennifer Waldera)