French Restaurants in Bel Air South

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The crêpe sculptors at Andy's Bistro shape soft and thin French specialties around warm fillings such as melted cheeses or chocolate. More than 40 crêpe varieties are available, including options for breakfast and dinner as well as treats for brunch and other mealtime hybrids. Savory plates include the roasted-red-pepper crêpe ($7) with mozzarella and pesto and the eggplant-parmesan crêpe ($7.50), which features three Italian cheeses and may be fried to achieve a golden, crispy shell. Sweet varieties include the apple-cinnamon crêpe ($6) with raisins and honey and the banana-split crêpe ($8.50) with berries and two scoops of ice cream. In addition, Andy's Bistro fires fresh meaty specialties such as the half-pound lamb-and-beef burger ($6.50) and the spicy beef-and-sausage platter ($7), arranged to reveal a 3-D image of veggies when stared at from certain angles.

7 E Chesapeake Ave
Towson,
MD
US

Much like artfully arranged crepe paper, edible crêpes add elegant taste to the thoughtful gifts they conceal. The family-owned-and-operated Mt. Washington crêperie serves up fresh French fare for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. The backbone of the bistro's menu is the crêpes, and the lunch and brunch menus offer a variety of hot sandwiches to accompany the sweet and savory concoctions. Nosh on a midday smoked salmon panini ($9) with tomatoes and pesto sauce or a croque niçois ($8), a toasted ham and swiss sandwich with tomatoes and anchovies. The eatery's savory crêpes promise to satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur of the thin pancake delights with dishes such as crêpe Lorraine ($11) with fresh asparagus, brie, and prosciutto, or the seaward crêpe Normande ($16) stuffed with sautéed calamari and shrimp, veggies, garlic, and goat cheese. For a dinner delicacy, try an order of escargots ($9.99) cooked in a butter and white-wine sauce before moving on to the Carrée D'agneau grille ($25.99), grilled lamb chops served over a red-wine sauce with sautéed spinach and the starch of the day, or tilapia florentine ($18.99) with basmati rice, sautéed spinach, goat cheese, and capers in a vin blanc sauce.

1609 Sulgrave Ave
Baltimore,
MD
US

The chefs at Bread and Circuses Bistro—formerly called The French Press Cafe—serve up colorful American cuisine with a contemporary edge in a vintage-café-inspired dining room. The bistro's menu, like a yellow-marker-wielding culinary student, highlights an eclectic array of paninis, such as the grilled vegetable, a sumptuous repository of root vegetables and roasted red pepper garbed in bruschetta and balsamic vinaigrette ($8), or the new york strip steak and cheese ($10). Chew into the crusty exteriors of nonpressed sandwiches, including the baltimore club, a double-stacked crab-cake BLT (market price). Explore entrees such as the shrimp-and-scallop risotto ($17) or the salmon, pampered with a molasses kneading, rainforest-fruit-salsa dressing, and a French manicure before nestling against roasted red potatoes and grilled vegetables ($15).

27 E Chesapeake Ave
Towson,
MD
US

At Orchard Market and Café, chef Nahid Vaezpour accents the menu's traditional Persian soups with khoresh and kebabs with a motherly touch and exotic spices. Like an unmarked box filled with fireworks, the aash-o-reshteh soup bears warm surprises, including sun-dried herbs, lentils, and chickpeas in vermicelli-filled broth. The gulf salad satisfies legume cravings with a medley of pepperoncini, black olives, and artichokes that graze atop a pasture of mixed greens abundantly sprinkled with Bulgarian feta. Diners can bite into chicken fesenjune khoresh, which is poached in a sauce spiced with cinnamon, walnut, and pomegranate molasses, or slide filet mignon, grilled tomato, and onion off the soltani kebab. The small, luxurious dining room sports regal touches such as a glass waterfall, bas-reliefs, gleaming brass samovars, and paintings by local artists of Cleopatra opulently drinking ranch dressing.

8815 Orchard Tree Ln
Towson,
MD
US

Housed in one of downtown Baltimore's oldest brick buildings, the Waterfront Hotel Restaurant offers a weekend brunch menu splashed with traditional southern flavors and deep-sea delights. Fatigued longshoremen can break their fast with a crab hash skillet ($17.95), while languid landlubbers can hunker down with a traditional 8-ounce steak-and-eggs platter ($13.95). Lunch or dinner at the Waterfront may begin with undersea treats such as ginger calamari ($9.95) or buttery mussels ($9.95). Slay a grumbling gut-Grendel with a fried oyster po' boy ($11.95), or contemplate the mystic duality of lunch over a sweet-and-savory turkey-brie quesadilla ($9.95). Evening entrees, served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, include the scampi (blackened shrimp, scallops, and crab over linguini, $16.95) and the honey chipotle pork chop with mac 'n' cheese ($14.95).

1710 Thames St
Baltimore,
MD
US

Housed in the polychromatic former mansion of the Jolly Rancher family, Brasserie 10's food is as tongue-stainingly colorful as any sweet, blue watermelon treat. Keep it local with a starter of hot Maryland crab dip ($10), or hopscotch back and forth over the Mason-Dixon line with each bite of the Southern fried-chicken salad with bacon and honey-Dijon vinaigrette ($10). Other favorites include the vitriol-dampening shrimp and grits with parmesan and herbs ($16) and the barbecue salmon ($15).

10 S Calvert St
Baltimore,
MD
US