Favorite dining spots of some of Baltimore's best chefs

From special-occasion places to cheap eats, here's where some of the best palates in town like to chow down.

  • Sous Chef Eric Blass (left) meets Ted Stelzenmuller, chef of Jack's Bistro, at Miss Shirley's' Inner Harbor location.
Sous Chef Eric Blass (left) meets Ted Stelzenmuller, chef of… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
May 29, 2012|By Kate Parham | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Looking for some new places for your eating-out repertoire? We caught up with some of chefs in town to find out where they go when they're not dishing out fare at their own spots.

Note: All restaurants are in Baltimore unless otherwise indicated.

Ted Stelzenmuller, Jack's Bistro

Favorite ethnic spot: "Without a doubt, my favorite is Joung Kak. There is no better place to go with a group of like-minded chefs. Eating great Korean barbecue and washing it all down with soju." 18 W. 20th St., 410-837-5231..

For a special occasion: "I love Cinghiale. Simply put, they have amazing food prepared with unmatched precision in Baltimore. The service staff is among the best, as well." 822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282, cgeno.com.

Favorite quick, cheap bite: "You will find me at Chicken Rico. Their traditional Peruvian rotisserie chicken is absolutely amazing." 3728 Eastern Ave., 410-522-2950, chickenricobaltimore.com.

It's brunch time: "Miss Shirley's Cafe is amazing!" Multiple locations, missshirleys.com.

Worth the drive: "Head to D.C. and you will find Zaytinya, the best Mediterranean food around. Chef Michael Costa is the most talented and passionate chef I have ever had the pleasure to know." 701 Ninth St. N.W., Washington, 202-638-0800, zaytinya.com

Michael Mina, Wit & Wisdom, LAMILL and PABU

Favorite ethnic spot: "The Black Olive is fantastic. Simply prepared Greek food in charming Fells Point with fresh fish and great wine." 814 S. Bond St., 410-276-7141, theblackolive.com.

For a special occasion: "Woodberry Kitchen is my favorite; however, you can go there every other day if you want." 2010 Clipper Park Road #126, 410-464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com.

Favorite quick, cheap bite: " LP Steamers — Maryland crab and beer … perfect!" 1100 E. Fort Ave., 410-576-9294, lpsteamers.com.

It's brunch time: "Thames Street Oyster House has great Bloody Marys and oysters!" 1728 Thames St., 443-449-7726, thamesstreetoysterhouse.com.

Worth the drive: "I absolutely love Rasika in D.C. When we opened Bourbon Steak, we ate there all the time." 633 D St. N.W., Washington, 202-637-1222, rasikarestaurant.com.

Mark Davis, TEN TEN

Favorite Ethnic Spot: Sushi Hana — the dragon roll, Baltimore roll, spider roll, and spicy tuna roll are all outstanding. They are the freshest of fresh and absolutely delicious. The restaurant is beautiful, too, and I like the booths with screens." 6080 Falls Road #11, 410-377-4228, sushihanabaltimore.com.

Favorite quick, cheap bite: "Pepe's in Mount Washington has great breakfast food any time of the day." 6081 Falls Road, 410-377-3287, pepes6081.com.

Worth the drive: "I recently visited Charleston, S.C., and enjoyed so many amazing restaurants, like Cypress." 167 East Bay St., Charleston, S.C., 843-727-0111, http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com.

Hidden Gem: "Fork and Wrench. It's so new, so I'm not sure if it's fair to call it a secret, but they have a very talented chef and the space is really distinctive." 2322 Boston St., 443-759-9360.

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen

Favorite ethnic spot: "Charlie at Thai Landing is one of the best servers in the city and has never steered me wrong; [it's just] consistently great flavors." 1207 N. Charles St., 410-727-1234, thailandingmd.com

Favorite quick, cheap bite: "A taco at Tortilleria Sinaloa; either the barbacoa or carnitas on their own freshly made corn tortilla." 1716 Eastern Ave., 410-276-3741, tortilleria-sinaloa.com

It's brunch time: "[I love] taking in the scene from a sidewalk table at Alexander's Tavern in Fells Point. Start with their fried pickles and go get gelato down the street at Pitango afterward." Alexander's Tavern, 710 South Broadway, 410-522-0000, alexanderstavern.com; Pitango, 802 South Broadway, 410-236-0741.

(Editor's note: Gjerde's brother owns the Tavern.)

Worth the drive: "Rogue 24 in D.C. completely reimagines the fine-dining experience with verve and brilliant execution. Make a reservation at the Columbia Room for a perfect cocktail afterward." Rogue 24, 922 N St. N.W., Washington, 202-408-9724, rogue24.com; Columbia Room; 1021 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, , 202-393-0220, passengerdc.com/columbia.

Julian Marucci, Cinghiale

Favorite ethnic spot: "Sushi Sono. Last time I was there, I had young ... snapper three ways: sashimi, sushi, and they used the fish bones to make a beautiful soup." 10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, 410-997-6131, sushisonomd.com.

For a special occasion: "Charleston. Best chef in the city. Where else would you go for black truffles and a nice bottle of Burgundy in January?" 1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com.

Favorite quick, cheap bite: "Kooper's Tavern. When I'm in Fells Point, I always stop in for a burger; it makes for a quick and easy lunch." 1702 Thames St., 410-563-5423, koopers.com.

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