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A Brief Guide to Baltimore Restaurants

In honor of Thanksgiving, a holiday centered largely around food, I’ve decided to write about some of my favorite places to eat in Baltimore. Granted, I still haven’t been in Baltimore all that long, so the list of restaurants I’ve actually been to is still fairly limited, but what I’ve experienced so far has left me in awe. One of the best things about Baltimore is the huge and diverse selection of food, and in my opinion there’s no better way to get to know the city than by going to a restaurant in a new neighborhood. Here are a few recommendations:

Best on St. Paul St:
St. Paul St is home to a wide variety of fast food/takeout places perfect for anyone who wants a change from the FFC but doesn’t have a lot of time to spare. While Chipotle will always hold a special place in my heart, as will the mozzarella sticks from Uni Mini, my current favorite is Honeygrow, a design-your-own stir-fry/salad place that uses organic, locally-sourced ingredients and a fancy computer system to take orders. Just don’t add too much Sriracha.

Best breakfast place:
The best part about Papermoon Diner is definitely the decorations. From PEZ dispensers to disembodied doll heads, every inch of wall and ceiling is a sight to behold. The food is delicious too, of course–and with a stack of pancakes that big, you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day.

Best in Towson:
For sushi lovers, Hanabi in Towson is definitely worth the trip. They have a pretty impressive-looking hibachi section, but your experience will be no less enjoyable If you just stick to sushi. If you don’t like Japanese, Towson Town Center has plenty of other restaurant options, as well as some great bubble tea, courtesy of Kung Fu Tea.

Best pizza:
The best pizza I’ve had so far is from The Arthouse in Hampden. I tried the Spicy Jazz (cheese, bacon, jalapeños), the Wild Mushroom and Arugula, and the Chicken Florentine, which was my favorite. Other notable spots in Hampden include Grano Pasta Bar, where you mix-and-match pastas and sauces, and Le Garage Frites Shop, which serves the most incredibly warm, golden, tender French fries.

Best fancy restaurant:
The menu at Dalesio’s in Little Italy is a bit on the pricier side, but it’s absolutely worth it as a once-in-a-while treat. Definitely try the gnocchi with pesto, and follow up with a cannoli from nearby Vaccaro’s.

This list barely scratches the surface of what Baltimore has to offer in terms of food—from hole-in-the-wall cafes to ice cream parlors to food trucks, cuisines from all over the globe, familiar fast-food chains for the less adventurous—if you can dream it, you can probably find it in Baltimore. The seemingly-bottomless cornucopia of food definitely tops my list of what I’m thankful for about Hopkins.

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