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One night in Baltimore - Cinghiale Osteria, Bluegrass Tavern, Jack's Bistro, Pazo or Woodberry Kitchen?

Above are some recommendations received from friends. In town at the last minute for one night and interested in a good dinner. Priorities are great food and comfortable atmosphere (not necessarily posh, just not card table chairs in the church basement). Budget doesn't matter, just more interested in a good casual dinner. Thanks

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Jack's Bistro
3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Pazo Restaurant
1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. Good choices. I know nothing of the Annapolis place but have been to all of the others multiple times. If you are only choosing one then my rec would be Woodberry Kitchen. Bluegrass and Jack's Bistro have slightly more innovative food. However, Woodberry has nice ambience and great "vibe". We usually choose Woodberry for out of town guests and they all love it. If you have time for an extra meal I would go to Blue Grass or Salt Tavern.

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    Jack's Bistro
    3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

    Woodberry Kitchen
    2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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    1. re: amaebi

      all of those are in Baltimore.

    2. Salt or Cinghiale hands down. The only one on the list I would not recommend is Woodberry Kitchen. It is so overrated I think they pay for PR

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      Woodberry Kitchen
      2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

      Cinghiale
      822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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      1. re: sas

        I have to disagree with you. I've eaten at all of the above except Jack's Bistro, and Woodberry Kitchen would be my first pick of that list.

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        Jack's Bistro
        3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

        Woodberry Kitchen
        2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

        1. re: sas

          I think that Cinghiale "pays for PR." Haven't dined at Salt so I can't make a comment. Same with Jack's Bistro. But I would probably go with Jack's since it has been highly recommended many times over the past several "YEARS."

          Definitely scratch off Pazo. If you review past threads on this topic, you will see many more negative responses then positive ones.

          If "budget doesn't matter" then definitely go to Charleston. Best of Baltimore's offerings. Since I haven't as yet dined at B&O Brasserie, that may be another offering.

          So many choices. Good luck and great dining. FoiGras

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          Jack's Bistro
          3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

          Cinghiale
          822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

          Pazo Restaurant
          1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. re: FoiGras

            Has anyone been to Pazo since the recent chef change a few months back?

          2. re: sas

            Totally disagree. Woodberry Kitchen is desreving of the praise....paid for or not.

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            Woodberry Kitchen
            2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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            1. Wine Market would be another good choice

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              Wine Market
              921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

              1. Cinghiale - haven't been there personally since they first opened but have recently heard good things.

                Bluegrass - good joint serving nicely done southern specialties in a warm environment.

                Jacks - the city's "sous vide" restaurant with interesting takes on steak, mac n cheese and guiness marinated burgers.

                Pazo - went there a couple of months ago and found the food to be "meh". If tapas are your interest, Centro in Fed Hill is the better choice.

                Woodberry - I go there all the time. Good food, rustic cuisine, nice setting.

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                Cinghiale
                822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                Centro
                4838 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                Pazo Restaurant
                1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201