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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Baltimore metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Baltimore.

Tio Pepe
10 E Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Restaurant Description: The scene at this Mount Vernon institution has changed little in its 35-plus years: The cozy, underground space is defined by elegant arches and flickering candlelight. Career waiters slip between tightly-packed tables topped with white linen and colorful pitchers of sangria, delivering generous portions of traditional yet innovative Spanish cuisine. Continental entrees such as filet of sole with bananas and hollandaise sauce and beef in a sherry sauce with mushrooms are splendid examples of the creativity displayed by the chef.

Jimmy's Restaurant
801 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

Restaurant Description: The round, green-and-white Jimmy's sign is famous in Fells Point, since it's long been a popular spot to breakfast. Best described as simple, good and old-fashioned American diner food, Jimmy's boasts loads of breakfast offerings. An authentic Baltimore landmark, Jimmy's is known for its down-home cheap meals and hustle-bustle diner-like atmosphere. At this greasy spoon, big portions and free-flowing alcohol served all day have become trademarks.

Rocky Run Tap & Grill
3105 Saint Paul St
Baltimore, MD 21218

Restaurant Description: Part neighborhood bistro, part tavern and part family restaurant, Rocky Run has all the bases covered. Before you even walk in the door the first part of the equation is obvious. On pleasant days a row of umbrella-covered sidewalk tables is occupied with diners digging in to some of the best burgers in town. The extensive menu offers hearty fare of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads and pastas plus creative appetizer like the Louisiana sticks, corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and a Cajun cream filling served with a spicy dipping sauce.

Bamboo House
26 Yorktowne Plaza
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Restaurant Description: Bamboo House is not located in the cleanest of areas, but ince you walk inside, it's a different story. Sometimes you'll find treasures like periwinkles and soft-shell crabs on the menu, at their best simply prepared, say, stir-fried with asparagus or crisply fried. And hearty-looking specimens from the lobster tank are always available to be prepared as you like -- Cantonese, say, or fiery Szechuan-style. The highlight, however, is exactingly fresh whole rockfish, perfectly steamed and served in your choice of sauce; we recommend the zingy black bean. Sushi is also available.

Baugher's Orchard
289 W. Main St.
Westminster, MD 21157

Restaurant Description: The restaurant focuses on quality served in large quantities and it offers old-style favorites such as roast turkey, fried chicken and pork chops. Lunch and breakfast are available, too -- but pay close attention to the time. When Baugher's says it won't cook hotcakes, creamed chipped beef or poached eggs after 11:30AM, they mean it. One of the biggest challenges of a Baugher's meal is saving room for the scrumptious desserts. Homemade ice creams and pies (more than 30 varieties, including some sugarless) have been delighting stuffed diners for decades.

Helen's Garden Caf?
2908 O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224

Restaurant Description: Housed in two rowhouses knitted together at the former exterior alley, now enclosed and painted with a lively floral mural, this O'Donnell Square old-timer has come a long way from its former carryout beginnings. Over time it expanded to include a bar and the elegant upper and lower dining rooms, which now provide a tranquil haven in busy Canton. Known for its extensive wine list, which includes more than 40 wines by the glass, Helen's food is also a big draw. Consider their blackened tuna with a tomato cream sauce or the Roman lamb, which is brined and sauteed with honey, grapes and feta.

925 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Restaurant Description: One of Little Italy's priciest locales, Boccaccio offers a range of Italian classics, including thick lasagna, steak Florentine, veal, and linguine with mussels in a tasty tomato sauce. Specials rotate by the season, and Chef Giovanni Rigato works only with ingredients he can obtain fresh. Dover sole, rabbit, duck, wild mushrooms and sometimes truffles are among the seasonal ingredients artfully incorporated into his fine Northern Italian dishes.

Nacho Mamas
2907 O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224

Restaurant Description: Mexican cuisine is hearty, cheap and always great with beer. And Nacho Mamas' collection of Natty Boh posters, Orioles memorabilia and the Elvis grotto create a funky and cozy environment. The bar is generally packed with an upbeat crowd of locals and downtown office-workers who break here for lunch or adjourn here for happy hour and dinner. Entrees here run $10-$15 -- a little pricier than other Mexican spots -- but the innovative menu and freshness make it worth it. Go for unique items, like the crab quesadilla, a fusion of B-more and Mexico. The chili is always good, and if you have never had chicken mole, this is the place to try it.

Pizza John's
113 Back River Neck Road
Essex, MD 21221

Restaurant Description: The only visible remnants of this Essex institution's origins in the 1960s is the giant pizza guy out front. The building has been completely revamped with a Tuscan flair and surprisingly luxurious touches for a take-out joint. You'll find no pineapple or crab toppers here -- just the basics. But when those basics are always fresh and often homemade -- like the sausage and meat sauce -- who needs fancy? Even with extra toppings, the thin crispy crust is not the least bit soggy in the middle. Besides pizza, there is an extensive menu of Italian entrees, plus Maryland favorites like crab cakes or shrimp, served with homey sides of peas and corn.

Gunning's Seafood Restaurant
7304 Parkway Dr
Hanover, MD 21076

Restaurant Description: The repetitious thwacks of wooden crab hammers at work helps drown out the din of takeoffs and landings at nearby BWI Airport (and the occasional off-key karaoke tune from the adjoining bar). Want to pass as a real Marylander, even if you're an out-of-town novice? Ask for a side of the seasoning and dip your bounty into it. A seven-ounce crab cake is enough for two meals, while the fried hard crab -- lump crabmeat stuffed into a steamed hard crab, battered and deep-fried -- looks like something that might do battle with Godzilla over Tokyo.

Other Great Restaurants in Baltimore

Bo Brook's Crabhouse & Restaurant
2701 Boston Street Baltimore, MD 21224

The Prime Rib
1101 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202

The Brass Elephant
924 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201

Sabatino's Italian Restaurant
901 Fawn St Baltimore, MD 21202

1019 E Lombard St Baltimore, MD 21202

Double T Diner
10741 Pulaski Hwy White Marsh, MD 21162

Bay Caf?
2809 Boston St Baltimore, MD 21224

River Watch Restaurant & Marina
207 Nanticoke Rd. Middle River, MD 21221

734 S Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231

The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Rd. Hunt Valley, MD 21030

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