Lunchbox, Family Meal, and Volt
If you only plan on being in town for one meal, make sure it's at one of these three eateries. Chef/proprietor Bryan Voltaggio rocketed to fame after a second-place finish on Top Chef
(he lost out to his brother, Michael), and critics have been calling his cuisine some of the best in the region ever since.
Family Meal serves gussied-up diner favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (think pineapple-mint waffles or venison chili). Lunchbox is a fast-casual sandwich shop situated just off the Carroll Creek canal. Really want to be wowed? Get reservations in advance for Volt. Voltaggio has earned two James Beard nominations for his cooking at the brownstone-mansion-turned-restaurant, which offers modern, cerebral twists on regional dishes. Go all out with spots at Table 21, the in-kitchen setting where you can experience a 21-course tasting menu prepared by the chef himself.
Family Meal, 880 North East Street, 301-378-2895; Lunchbox, 50 Carroll Creek Way, 301-360-0580; Volt, 228 North Market Street, 301-696-8058.
Photo: Courtesy of Family Meal/Under A Bushel Photography/R. Lopez