Top 10 Restaurants the Baltimore Area Needs
With this Top 10 Tuesday I tried to avoid simply listing every ethnic cuisine we don't have a restaurant for. That would be easy. I also decided to make it very personal. This is my list of places I'd like to see open in 2009; for more general suggestions, here are the restaurants other readers yearn for.
If you're a first-time Top 10 Tuesday reader, please take a look at this before you jump into the fray.
Here's my list: ...
1) Every visitor wants Baltimore to have one great, local, nontouristy seafood restaurant on the water, and by "water" I mean "Inner Harbor." I know and you know that every good restaurant in the city has good seafood, even the steak houses, but I can't convince the tourists who call and e-mail me. If we had such a place that I could recommend, it would make my life easier.
2) A fine-dining vegetarian restaurant.
3) The best Italian food I've ever had was not in Italy (where admittedly we were eating on the cheap) but in St. Pete Beach, Fla. It was a tiny, mom-and-pop operation; and its owner was an exquisite chef. When he had to have a knee replacement, he had to sell his restaurant. I want that restaurant here.
4) A Moroccan restaurant.
5) I want a decent place in my neighborhood that I can walk to that has a $10 blue plate special every weeknight. When I'm too tired to cook that's where I'll go, but I don't want to have to get in the car.
6) An elegant little place for lunch that has ladies' food -- dainty servings of curried shrimp salad with fresh fruit and little biscuits, that sort of thing. Tea in the afternoon, of course, will be a given.
7) An In-N-Out Burger.
8) And while I'm asking for West Coast places, could we please have an Urth Caffe?
9) An authentic Chinese restaurant that everyone agrees is wonderful and isn't in Odenton.
10) A classic French restaurant, as opposed to a bistro.
(I couldn't figure out how to illustrate this, so the photo is of a restaurant in Italy I couldn't afford but thought was quite beautiful.)