Best Restaurants Readers’ Poll Results 2021

Best Ice Cream

Winner: Taharka Bros.
Runners-Up: The Charmery; Bmore Licks

Best Indian Cuisine

Winner: Ananda
Runners-Up: Ambassador Dining Room; Royal Taj

Best Industry Hero

Winner: John Minadakis (Jimmy’s Seafood)
Runners-Up: Ashish Alfred (Duck Duck Goose); Dave Seel (The Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund)

Best Italian Cuisine

Winner: Arturo’s Trattoria 
Runners-Up: Amicci’s; La Scala

Best Japanese Cuisine

Winner: Azumi
Runners-Up: Yama Sushi; Sakura

Best Korean Cuisine

Winner: Ekiben
Runners-Up: Honey Pig; Jong Kak

Best Kid’s Menu

Winner: The Valley Inn
Runners-Up: Silver Queen Cafe and La Food Marketa (tie); Johnny’s

Best Late-Night Eats

Winner: Double T Diner
Runner-Up: Sip & Bite; Papermoon Diner

Best Lunch Spot

Winner: Atwater’s
Runner-Up: DiPasquale’s; Brookside Market

Best Mediterranean  Cuisine

Winner: Samos
Runner-Up: Cypriana; Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen

Best Mexican Cuisine

Winner: Taco Love Grill
Runner-Up: Clavel; El Salto

Best Middle Eastern Cuisine

Winner: The Helmand
Runner-Up: Lebanese Taverna; Maiwand Kabob

Best New Spot

WinnerSally O’s
Runners-Up: Cheezy Mike’s Food Emporium; Cindy Lou’s Fish House

Best Pizza

Winner: Underground Pizza Co.
Runners-Up: Angeli’s Pizza; Matthew’s Pizza

Best Raw Bar

Winner: Thames Street Oyster House
Runners-Up: Dylan’s Oyster Cellar; True Chesapeake Oyster Co.

Best Reinvention

Winner: EC Diner
Runners-Up: Alma Cocina Latina; La Cuchara

Best South American

WinnerAlma Cocina Latina
Runners-Up: Bar Vasquez; Puerto 511

Best Sports Bar

Winner: Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar
Runners-Up: Mother’s; Hightopps Backstage Grille

Best Sushi

WinnerShoyou Sushi
Runners-Up: Azumi; Fire and Rice

Best Taco

Winner: Papi’s Tacos
Runners-Up: Cocina Luchadoras; R&R Taqueria

Best Takeout

Winner: Ekiben
Runners-Up: The Local Fry; Maggie’s Farm

Best Thai

Winner: Bodhi Corner
Runners-Up: Thai Street; Mayuree Thai

Best Vegan

Winner: Land of Kush
Runners-Up: Great Sage; Koshary by Misteka

Best Vegetarian

Winner: Golden West Cafe
Runners-Up: One World Cafe; Foraged

Best Wine List

Winner: Charleston
Runners-Up: Iron Bridge Wine Company; 13.5% Wine Bar