100 Best Restaurants 2012: Woodberry Kitchen
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Woodberry Kitchen
Address: 2010 Clipper Park Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-464-8000
Neighborhood: Baltimore
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Smoked pecans; pickle-and-olive plate; chicken-liver parfait; Maryland shrimp with romesco sauce; warm ricotta with apples and toasts; slow-roasted pork shoulder with pork gravy; roasted trumpet mushrooms; roasted cauliflower with goat cheese and vin cott


Some restaurants stand out for really good food, some for a striking setting, others for amazing cocktails. Spike Gjerde's folksy-cool place pulls off all three, which is why it's worth the drive to Baltimore. But make a reservation--or be prepared to angle for a seat at the bar.

No place in Washington resembles this factory-like space, with towering windows and two-story brick walls softened by stacks of firewood and servers in vintage aprons. A '50s-style menu board announces the day's specials, which often pull from local farms. Our best meals have been composed of the shareable starters and snacks--often farm-to-table spins on comfort cooking--and excellent, old-timey desserts. Entrées tend to be rich, sometimes overly so.

What to get: Skillet cornbread served with honey and butter; pickled kohlrabi; deviled eggs; pole-bean salad; warm, creamy crab dip; a sizzling skillet of shrimp with peanut sauce; cheeseburger; shrimp pepperpot; malt-ice-cream/marshmallow sundae; chocolate pudding; candy plate; Gov't Mule cocktail with vodka and ginger beer; old fashioned with three bitters.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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