Unbeknownst to some non-foodies, Asian fare is so much more than just sushi and fried rice. It's an eclectic collection of dishes from cultures as complex and varied as its people. You can find several different kinds of Asian fare in Charm City, ranging from the popular Japanese, Thai and Chinese options to less mainstream choices like Korean, Hawaiian and Vietnamese. With over 100 different restaurants to choose from, connoisseurs of Asian fare have a chance to diversify their dining portfolio.
If you're in the mood for more upscale Asian dining mixed with a weekday happy hour, music, and hip scene, restaurants like Tatu, Matsuri, Red Maple, and Roy's have what you're looking for. Tatu and Matsuri offer primarily Japanese and sushi options; Red Maple offers Asian-inspired dishes and Roy's serves up a Hawaiian-Asian fusion to its crowds.
Arguably, there are dozens of great hole-in-the-wall carry-out restaurants that can contend with some of the more formal eateries. Hot Mustard, located near Johns Hopkins, is a favorite amongst the college crowd and locals. The food is inexpensive but rich in flavor and portions. Whatever you're in the mood for, Baltimore's Asian restaurants can feed your curiosity and appetite.
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