Top 10-15 Balt Rests
Bicycle - Federal Hill
Peter's Inn - Fell's Point
Helmand - Mount Vernon
Minato - Mount Vernon
Jack's Bistro - Canton
Pazza Luna - Locust Point
Nasu Blanca - Locust Point
Iggies/Matthews - both pizza but totally different - Mount Vernon/Highlandtown
Wine Market - Locust Point
Timothy Dean Bistro - Fell's Point
Top 5 places I'd like to try:
Echoing Jason1 - these are my top 10 go-tos, not necessarily 'best places' in Baltimore, more like those I defer to for certain dishes or are in my regular rotation when I need to eat and in no particular order:
Harvest Table for brunch
Chicken Ricco on Eastern Ave
Annabelle Lee tavern - tuna au poivre
Chiu's or Sushi Hanna or Chiyo for sushi
Tortilleria on Eastern Ave
Ambassador Dining for their Sunday Mimosa lunch
the vegetarian stand @ the JFX Market for their falafel - is it May yet?
Bills Terrace Inn - crabs
This is an awfully broad request, and I can't claim to have eaten nearly everywhere I'd like to. But I'll just imagine that this is top 10 places that I like to eat, not necessarily "the top 10 restaurants in Baltimore".
These aren't necessarily in order:
Mama's on the Half Shell
The Chameleon Cafe
My dining budget is decidedly finite, so I've only listed places that I've been to and deem worthy of repeat business (ie haven't been to Charleston yet and probably wouldn't go back to most of the steak houses on my own dime.)
I'm also of the opinion that the restaurants that shine in Baltimore are those with more moderate price tags (mid-20 entrees and lower). My opinion is informed by comparisons to other cities, which I'll admit isn't really fair, but I'd prefer great mid-price dining in Baltimore and save my pennies to splurge on fine dining in another city.
I love their breakfast menu. They make this French Toast sandwich thing that I really like (sorry, don't remember the name). It's basically a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich, but the bread is French Toast. For vegetarians, my wife really likes the Tofu scramble thing they do there.
Good food at a reasonable price, in my opinion.
I'm with you, brats n curds. They don't get a lot of love, but I find their breakfast menu perfectly servicable. I'm a fan of the Hamden (sic) omelette. I like it a lot better than places like Sip & Bite, and I even prefer that omelette to Blue Moon's.
The non breakfast stuff is pretty bad though.
Here are my top 10 Baltimore restaurants (in random order)
1. b (Bolton Hill Bistro)
2. the bar at Brewer's Art
3. Golden West
4. Chameleon Cafe
6. Mama's On The Half Shell
7. One Eyed Mike's
9. Peter's Inn
10. Blue Moon
with an honorable mention for Andy Nelsons (although it is outside of Baltimore City) and the caveat that I didn't include any of the city's market vendors (which are worthy of a whole separate top 10 list).