1822 Aliceanna St., 410/675-2080,
HOURS: Tues.–Thurs. 5–9:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5:30–10:30 p.m., Sun. 4–9 p.m., brunch Sun. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
COST: Most entrées more than $20
One of the city’s few (yet accomplished) female executive chefs is Nancy Longo; her open-kitchen Pierpoint  restaurant, at the eastern outskirts of Fell’s Point, has been a city favorite since 1989. She was one of the first in town to focus on using local ingredients, and still does today: Eastern Shore rabbit sausage and vegetables from nearby farms are a constant here, as are poultry, seafood, and an ample selection of vegetarian dishes (she also puts out a fine Sunday brunch).
The restaurant’s decor hasn’t changed much since the 1990s, but it’s a warm, modern look that has aged well. Longo is also known for her unique take on crab cakes: She smokes them, rather than broiling or frying.