2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126
Chef/Owner: Spike Gjerde
Pastry Chef: Isiah Billington
Wine Director & GM: Marco Valverde
Spike Gjerde is on a mission. His menu is filled with dishes featuring local ingredients like Rappahannock oysters, Richfield Farms corn soup or Marvesta sizzling shrimp, Springfield Farm chicken and Liberty Farms beef stew, and it would be difficult to find a chef who is as committed to serving the best of the Mid-Atlantic region. Set in a renovated mill building in a gentrifying part of town, Gjerde's restaurant is "a pleasant surprise in the no-man's-land of Baltimore dining" and "would likely be better known if it was located in a different city."