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The Foreman Wolf team goes casual American this time, with the cozy-chic Johnny’s.
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Johnny's Restaurant Review

: It’s no contest, really. Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman are Baltimore’s best restaurateurs, and when the masterminds of Charleston, Petit Louis Bistro, Cinghiale and Pazo open a new place, it’s a huge deal. The team has made its reputation by taking cuisines with humble origins, interpreting them with haute skill and finesse, and serving them up in romantic, atmospheric spaces. The featured cuisine at Roland Park’s Johnny’s is American diner chow with California-inspired Mexican and Asian accents, and the vibe is casual, farmers’ market chic. The handsome dining spaces, decorated with seasonal produce, include both a warren of low-ceilinged, stone-finished rooms reminiscent of wine cellars, and a lofty dining room, with beadboard accents, shelves of preserves, and homemade pies under glass domes that evoke a sweet country café. The menu in both is the same, though: breakfast (from chilaquiles to red velvet pancakes), burgers and sandwiches (the BLT with avocado and lemon mayo is super), and a short list of such dinner items as bacon-wrapped meatloaf with mac ‘n’ cheese, sesame-fried chicken breast, Chinese five-spice braised duck, and fish ‘n’ chips. (Advisory: in the fine-dining if not the diner tradition, portions tend to be small.) The restaurant emphasizes its coffee drinks --- it even has a “coffee auteur” --- but there’s a full bar as well, with an emphasis on whiskies. Like its upstairs neighbor, Petit Louis Bistro, Johnny’s can be very noisy when crowded --- as it usually is.

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