What started as a cooking hobby for three college friends evolved into a stint at the Fells Point Farmers’ Market and the opening of a restaurant in 2016. The friendly, counter-service eatery with about a dozen seats serves delicious Asian comfort food, such as Thai chicken meatball steamed buns and Taiwanese curry fried chicken. Owners Nikhil Yesupriya, Ephrem Abebe and Steve Chu bring their diverse cultural backgrounds to the open kitchen, where they banter with diners while creatively playing with their food.
1622 Eastern Ave., Fells Point, 410-558-1914, ekibenbaltimore.com
— Suzanne Loudermilk