Local bons vivants know there are few better places to indulge than this fine restaurant in the Jones Falls Area. Led by Jake Lefenfeld, the bar program promotes delicious exploration, from imaginative cocktails (try the Sangre del Toro) to a range of wines. On a warm day, sit on the patio and share a bottle of Spanish cider, properly poured from a glass porron, just as it would in Basque Country, La Cuchara’s source of inspiration.
360 Clipper Mill Road, Jones Falls Area, 443-708-3838, lacucharabaltimore.com
— Wesley Case