Readers’ Choice 2022 food & drink – Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun’s readers have voted on what’s the best in the region from antiques to veterinary practice. This year’s winners include people and businesses recognized for outstanding service and customer satisfaction over the last year. Several businesses stood out from the crowd despite the downturn in commerce due to the pandemic.

Winners of the Readers’ Choice ballot were selected by readers in May.

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Taharka Brothers Ice Cream

3515 Clipper Mill Road, 443-651-5659.

There’s something about Taharka Brothers that just radiates positivity.

Maybe it’s the fact that for the past two years, they’ve been delivering happiness in the form of pints of ice cream door-to-door, to locations as far out as DC and Harford County.

Of course, there’s the product: rich, decadent ice creams in flavors like “Keep ya head up” (vanilla ice cream layered in blackberry crumble) or “Honey graham,” which is by far the most popular of all, according to Detric McCoy , the company’s director of sales and marketing and also one of its owners.

The company, which recently transitioned into a worker-owned model, is named after McCoy’s father, an East Baltimore community leader who was killed in 2002 after trying to stop a robbery. Its dedication to Charm City underpins its mission, whether that means hiring kids from Baltimore neighborhoods or hosting “sundae socials” to inspire change.

McCoy thinks his late father would cry “a lot of tears of joy seeing us get this far.”

Founded in 2010, the company helped pioneer the small batch ice cream trend in Baltimore, says McCoy. The years since have seen a wave of newer arrivals, with companies like The Charmery opening shops all over the city.

But, as the competition has grown, so has Taharka Brothers: from 8 employees to 30. Their ice cream is sold in stores and on the menu at restaurants across Baltimore. A home-delivery wing exploded during the pandemic and currently makes up the biggest share of the business.

Taharka also operates three stalls in Baltimore, including at Remington’s R. House, Federal Hill’s Cross Street Market, and another in Fells Point’s Broadway Market. A fourth branch will arrive this fall in the revitalized Lexington Market. Within the next few years, they’ll look to relocate from their current production facility in Hampden to a larger space elsewhere in Baltimore.

McCoy says the company maintains an edge in part through its dedication to customer service. He invites fans to participate in a secret shopper program where they assess the experience at its branches. Top customers are invited to taste test new flavors and offer feedback.

And that feedback? They love it.

— Christina Tkacik

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Breakfast: Miss Shirley’s Cafe

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Brewery: UNION Craft Brewing

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Chef: Joe Robinson, Zeke’s Coffee

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Chinese: NiHao

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Cocktails: Maggie’s Farm

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Dessert: Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop

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Diner: The PaperMoon Diner

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Ethiopian: Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

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Farmers Market: Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

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Farmers market booth: Blacksauce Kitchen

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Food hall: R. House

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Food truck: Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

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Gluten-free: Harmony Bakery

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Happy hour: GameOn Bar+Arcade

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Indian: Ambassador Dining Room

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Italian: Primo Pasta Kitchen

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Japanese: Sushi Hana

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Juice: Pure Raw Juice

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Korean: Ekiben

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Latin: Carnation

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Middle Eastern: The Helmand

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Soul Food: Blacksauce Kitchen

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Soup: Atwater’s

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Steamed crab: Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood Market

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Block: Carnation

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View: The Bygone

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Wedding cake: ButterWorks Bakery USA

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Wine list: Charleston Restaurant

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Winery: Boordy Vineyards

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