Baltimore’s premier foodie influencers share some of their dining preferences in the age of COVID.


“In the city — one of my favorite spots right now is Duck Duck Goose in Fells Point. They have an incredible menu (from a burger with foie gras to classic French duck dishes, and probably the best French onion soup I’ve ever had). I also love the space — not only is it beautiful inside but they have one of my favorite outdoor spaces as well (a hidden courtyard located through the kitchen). And the service is impeccable.”

“In the county — The Manor Tavern has been nailing the social distance game, with ample outdoor space (including tents), fun, socially distanced outdoor events and, of course, great food (from crispy Brussels to a smash burger to an amazing crabcake). They also have a new fall cocktail menu — and will be revealing a more modern country cuisine menu in the upcoming weeks.”


“My go-to places are Wing Wah in Pikesville for their ribs, Grano Pasta Bar in Hampden for linguine and clams and The Essen Room in Pikesville for their corned beef, coleslaw, Russian dressing and chocolate eclairs. All carryout.”


Jake’s Grill in Cockeysville — Great pit beef sandwiches, ribs and grilled meats; Ribaldi’s Pizza and Subs in Hampden — Best New York-style cheese and pepperoni pizza around; El Taquito Leon taco truck (Towson) — Delicious birria-style beef barbacoa “Tacos California”; Pho Bac in Canton — Best Vietnamese around. Best dishes: pho noodle soup, banh mi sandwiches and grilled pork vermicelli; Cafe Dear Leon in Canton — Bakery with great tamago (Japanese egg salad sandwich).

Randi Rom is president of RJ Rom & Associates. She is a freelance columnist and writer who represents some of the region’s top restaurants and food-related events. Contact her at