Looking for some new places for your eating-out repertoire? We caught up with some of chefs in town to find out where they go when they're not dishing out fare at their own spots.
Note: All restaurants are in Baltimore unless otherwise indicated.
Ted Stelzenmuller, Jack's Bistro
Favorite ethnic spot: "Without a doubt, my favorite is Joung Kak. There is no better place to go with a group of like-minded chefs. Eating great Korean barbecue and washing it all down with soju." 18 W. 20th St., 410-837-5231..
For a special occasion: "I love Cinghiale. Simply put, they have amazing food prepared with unmatched precision in Baltimore. The service staff is among the best, as well." 822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282, cgeno.com.
Favorite quick, cheap bite: "You will find me at Chicken Rico. Their traditional Peruvian rotisserie chicken is absolutely amazing." 3728 Eastern Ave., 410-522-2950, chickenricobaltimore.com.
It's brunch time: "Miss Shirley's Cafe is amazing!" Multiple locations, missshirleys.com.
Worth the drive: "Head to D.C. and you will find Zaytinya, the best Mediterranean food around. Chef Michael Costa is the most talented and passionate chef I have ever had the pleasure to know." 701 Ninth St. N.W., Washington, 202-638-0800, zaytinya.com
Michael Mina, Wit & Wisdom, LAMILL and PABU
Favorite ethnic spot: "The Black Olive is fantastic. Simply prepared Greek food in charming Fells Point with fresh fish and great wine." 814 S. Bond St., 410-276-7141, theblackolive.com.
For a special occasion: "Woodberry Kitchen is my favorite; however, you can go there every other day if you want." 2010 Clipper Park Road #126, 410-464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com.
Favorite quick, cheap bite: " LP Steamers — Maryland crab and beer … perfect!" 1100 E. Fort Ave., 410-576-9294, lpsteamers.com.
It's brunch time: "Thames Street Oyster House has great Bloody Marys and oysters!" 1728 Thames St., 443-449-7726, thamesstreetoysterhouse.com.
Worth the drive: "I absolutely love Rasika in D.C. When we opened Bourbon Steak, we ate there all the time." 633 D St. N.W., Washington, 202-637-1222, rasikarestaurant.com.
Mark Davis, TEN TEN
Favorite Ethnic Spot: Sushi Hana — the dragon roll, Baltimore roll, spider roll, and spicy tuna roll are all outstanding. They are the freshest of fresh and absolutely delicious. The restaurant is beautiful, too, and I like the booths with screens." 6080 Falls Road #11, 410-377-4228, sushihanabaltimore.com.
Favorite quick, cheap bite: "Pepe's in Mount Washington has great breakfast food any time of the day." 6081 Falls Road, 410-377-3287, pepes6081.com.
Worth the drive: "I recently visited Charleston, S.C., and enjoyed so many amazing restaurants, like Cypress." 167 East Bay St., Charleston, S.C., 843-727-0111, http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com.
Hidden Gem: "Fork and Wrench. It's so new, so I'm not sure if it's fair to call it a secret, but they have a very talented chef and the space is really distinctive." 2322 Boston St., 443-759-9360.
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen
Favorite ethnic spot: "Charlie at Thai Landing is one of the best servers in the city and has never steered me wrong; [it's just] consistently great flavors." 1207 N. Charles St., 410-727-1234, thailandingmd.com
Favorite quick, cheap bite: "A taco at Tortilleria Sinaloa; either the barbacoa or carnitas on their own freshly made corn tortilla." 1716 Eastern Ave., 410-276-3741, tortilleria-sinaloa.com
It's brunch time: "[I love] taking in the scene from a sidewalk table at Alexander's Tavern in Fells Point. Start with their fried pickles and go get gelato down the street at Pitango afterward." Alexander's Tavern, 710 South Broadway, 410-522-0000, alexanderstavern.com; Pitango, 802 South Broadway, 410-236-0741.
(Editor's note: Gjerde's brother owns the Tavern.)
Worth the drive: "Rogue 24 in D.C. completely reimagines the fine-dining experience with verve and brilliant execution. Make a reservation at the Columbia Room for a perfect cocktail afterward." Rogue 24, 922 N St. N.W., Washington, 202-408-9724, rogue24.com; Columbia Room; 1021 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, , 202-393-0220, passengerdc.com/columbia.
Julian Marucci, Cinghiale
Favorite ethnic spot: "Sushi Sono. Last time I was there, I had young ... snapper three ways: sashimi, sushi, and they used the fish bones to make a beautiful soup." 10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, 410-997-6131, sushisonomd.com.
For a special occasion: "Charleston. Best chef in the city. Where else would you go for black truffles and a nice bottle of Burgundy in January?" 1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com.
Favorite quick, cheap bite: "Kooper's Tavern. When I'm in Fells Point, I always stop in for a burger; it makes for a quick and easy lunch." 1702 Thames St., 410-563-5423, koopers.com.
It's brunch time: "Petit Louis Bistro in Roland Park. Everything from the staff to the menu makes you feel like you are sitting in a tiny bistro in France. It's a little getaway without the travel." 4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393, petitlouis.com.
Hidden gem: "Iggies Pizza. Pizza is one of my favorite things to eat, and they do it the best. Great atmosphere, plus it's a BYOB establishment." 818 N. Calvert St. # 1, 410-528-0818, iggiespizza.com.
Editor's note: Both Charleson and Petit Louis Bistro are owned by the Foreman Wolf restaurant group, which also owns Cinghiale.
Thomas Dunklin, B&O Brasserie
Favorite ethnic spot: "The Helmand has great Afghan food, from kebabs to perfect rice." 806 N. Charles St., 410-752-0311, helmand.com.
For a special occasion: "Salt is a quiet little place, and the food is consistently good." 2127 E. Pratt St. #1, 410-276-5480, salttavern.com.
Favorite quick, cheap bite: "Cross Street Market is always good to grab some oysters and beers in the market. It's lively and entertaining and relaxing, all at the same time. Plus, there is nothing better than oysters and beer." 1065 S Charles St.
It's brunch time: "Blue Moon Cafe for the Captain Crunch french toast." 1621 Aliceanna St., 410-522-3940, bluemoonbaltimore.com.
Worth the drive: "Minibar in D.C. It is very hard to get into, but it is worth the wait to see what Jose [Andres] is creatively cooking up." 405 Eighth St. N.W., Washington., 202-393-0812, minibarbyjoseandres.com
Hidden Gem: "Tortilleria Sinaloa makes their own tortillas, and they have great goat tacos." 1716 Eastern Ave., 410-276-3741, tortilleria-sinaloa.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times