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Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll Results 2023: Food & Drink

Your picks for the best in food and drink.


Winner: THB Bagelry & Deli
Finalists: Bagel Works; Uber Bagels & Deli


Winner: Bramble Baking Co.
Finalists: Café Dear Leon; Cake by Jason Hisley


Winner: Dutch Courage
Finalists: Das Bierhalle; The Bluebird Cocktail Room


Winner: Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar
Finalists: Andy Nelson’s Barbecue; Mission BBQ


Winner: Miss Shirley’s Cafe
Finalists: Blue Moon Cafe; Blacksauce Kitchen


Winner: Abbey Burger Bistro
Finalists: Clark Burger; Fuzzies Burgers, Kooper’s Tavern


Winner: Peabody Heights Brewery, Union Craft Brewing (tie)
Finalists: Ministry of Brewing; Independent Brewing Company


Winner: Miss Shirley’s Cafe
Finalists: Silver Queen Cafe; Golden West Cafe


Winner: Pure Chocolate by Jinji
Finalists: Charm City Chocolate; Rheb’s Homemade Candies


Winner: Dutch Courage
Finalists: The Bluebird Cocktail Room; Clavel


Winner: Zeke’s Coffee
Finalists: Ceremony Coffee Roasters; Baltimore Coffee and Tea

Crab House

Winner: Conrad’s Crabs
Finalists: Nick’s Fish House; L.P. Steamers

Crab Cakes

Winner: Koco’s Pub
Finalists: Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar; Conrad’s Crabs


Winner: DiPasquale’s
Finalists: Attman’s Delicatessen; Trinacria Foods


Winner: Papermoon Diner
Finalists: G&A Restaurant; Double T Diner


Winner: Diablo Doughnuts
Finalists: Cloudy Donut Co.; Duck Donuts


Winner: Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Finalists: Baltimore Spirits Co.; Old Line Spirits

Farmers Market

Winner: Baltimore Farmers Market
Finalists: 32nd Street Farmers Market; Fells Point Farmers Market

Fine Dining

Winner: Charleston
Finalists: Alma Cocina Latina; La Cuchara

Food Hall

Winner: R. House
Finalists: Cross Street Market; Mount Vernon Marketplace

Food Stall or Pop-Up

Winner: Blacksauce Kitchen
Finalists: Jimmy’s Seafood Truck; Arepi

French Fries

Winner: Thrasher’s French Fries
Finalists: The Local Fry; Clark Burger

Fried Chicken

Winner: Ekiben
Finalists: Royal Farms; BRD

Grocery Store

Winner: Wegmans
Finalists: Trader Joe’s; Aldi

Happy Hour

Winner: Das Bierhalle
Finalists: Clavel; La Cuchara, Hightopps Backstage Grille (tie)

Kid’s Menu

Winner: Miss Shirley’s Cafe
Finalists: Emmas Tea Spot; Abbey Burger Bistro

Ice Cream

Winner: Taharka Brothers Ice Cream
Finalists: Bmore Licks; The Charmery

Liquor Store/Spirits Shop

Winner: The Wine Source
Finalists: Total Wine & More; Mt. Washington Wine & Spirits

Late-Night Spot

Winner: The Royal Blue
Finalists: The Owl Bar, Ottobar (tie); WC Harlan

Mac and Cheese

Winner: Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar
Finalists: Mission BBQ; Sally O’s


Winner: Frank’s Pizza & Pasta
Finalists: Paulie Gee’s Hampden; Verde, Matthew’s Pizza (tie)

Pub Food

Winner: Looney’s Pub
Finalists: 29th Street Tavern; Johnny Rad’s


Winner: DiPasquale’s
Finalists: Ekiben; Attman’s Delicatessen


Winner: Chiapparelli’s Restaurant
Finalists: Atwater’s; Nalley Fresh


Winner: Ice Queens
Finalists: Snoasis; Walther Gardens


Winner: Shoyou Sushi
Finalists: Yama Sushi; Chopstix Gourmet and Sushi Bar


Winner: Clavel
Finalists: Papi’s Tacos; Taco Love Grill

Vegan Dishes

Winner: Ekiben
Finalists: Golden West Cafe; Hue Cafe & Apothecary

Wine Bar

Winner: Fadensonnen
Finalists: The Wine Collective; Grand Cru Market Bar


Winner: Boordy Vineyards
Finalists: Black Ankle Vineyards; Old Westminster Winery

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