The COVID-19 quarantine has been especially hard on restaurants, but food itself has taken on greater importance in our lives. We have been cooking more and eating at home, so restaurant takeout has become a primary way to make an event memorable and to support the local businesses we love.
For a year we have celebrated birthdays, holidays, and milestones at home, but the excellent variety of carryout options in Baltimore has nourished our bodies and minds, comforted us, and given us a greater sense of connection to our city. For the Comfort Issue, we decided to translate a few of our favorite takeout experiences into images, in order to celebrate some of the Baltimore restaurants that have created variety and cheer for us at home.
Although there are many more beloved dining establishments, this list includes Ekiben, Larder, Bodhi Corner, Tortilleria Sinaloa, Blacksauce Kitchen, and mixers by CAnE Collective. Captured in its natural state—the takeout container, the plastic bag, or tin foil—these items are gorgeous and inspiring, an elevation of our new normal.
Text: Cara Ober & Tony Venne
Art Direction: Tony Venne