Dining Guide - Page 27 - 100 Eats and Drinks (16)

Dining Guide
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100 Eats and Drinks (16)

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fall in love with sweet and savory at Connie’s ChiCken & waffles

 

Brothers Khari and Shawn Parker named their shop for their mom, who works with them at the eatery’s two branches: one in Lexington Market and another in downtown Baltimore. Pair fried chicken with several varieties of Belgian waffles, such as buttermilk, red velvet and chocolate chip, and a decadent roster of toppings.

 

222 N. Charles St., downtown. 667-260-4947; 400 W. Lexington St., Lexington Market. 410-528-0555. connieschickenandwaffles.com

 

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munCh on a Coney island hot dog from g&a restaurant

 

Coney Island is regarded as the spiritual homeland of the American hot dog, and it was a stop there after immigrating to the U.S. from Greece that inspired Andy Farantos’s grandfather, Gregory Diacumakos, and his cousin, to open a Coney Island hot dog shop of his own.

 

“A family member came up with the opportunity for them to come here to Baltimore,” Farantos said. Generations later, Farantos is still serving the famous frankfurter his ancestors brought to Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown, topped with chili and raw onions.

 

Blurry marks on the counter at G&A restaurant show where people’s arms have rubbed against the laminate over the decades. A lot has changed outside the doors of G&A since Diacumakos opened the store on Eastern Avenue in 1927. But for diners, the inside still feels like home.

 

3802 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown. 410-276-9422. gandarestaurant.com

 

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get your brunCh on at miss shirley’s

 

Brunch is serious business at this Southern-inspired restaurant, which began in Roland Park and also has branches on the Inner Harbor and in Annapolis. Signature dishes include such goodies as benne seed chicken ‘n waffles, and crab cake and fried green tomato eggs Benedict.

 

513 W. Cold Spring Lane, Roland Park. 410-889-5272. missshirleys.com

 

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try the dim sum at Chopstix gourmet

 

Tucked away in an unsuspecting industrial warehouse in Rosedale, Chopstix fills a culinary void. On weekends inside the Cantonese-style banquet hall, diners can select a variety of dim sum, a Hong Kong brunch whose name means “a little bit of heart.”

 

It’s a food-lover’s fantasy as servers pass by pushing carts of steaming delicacies. Let your eyes make the decisions for you as you load your table with seemingly endless trays of shumai dumplings, rice shrimp noodles, bowls of congee soup and flaky egg tarts. Slurp down Shanghai soup dumplings stuffed with crabmeat — a reminder that Marylanders have hardly cornered the market on crab appreciation. Servers mark down your selections and tally the cost at the end of your meal. Or order from the menu, which features photos of yet more items you can order.

 

1201 67th St., Rosedale. 410-866-2903. chopstixgourmet.com