Tark's Grill

Sure, some Ravens prefer the private Hall of Fame room at Tark's. But Table 601 is the favorite of several high-profile Baltimoreans, says dining room manager Virginia Green.

A tall table, 601 straddles the border, a bit awkwardly, between dining room and patio. But it was instantly popular, Green says. Diners can observe the action on the patio and at the bar. "You can watch the Orioles game here," Green says. "And you're under cover."

2360 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville; 410-583-8275, tarksgrill.com


At Linwood Dane's Owings Mills restaurant, quietly celebrating its 25th anniversary, there are two popular dining options, according to Dane's assistant, Rachel Maw.

Some enjoy perching at a stool on the chef's line and watching the kitchen in action. But other regulars have developed a relationship with a table for two in the bar area. Nestled along a banquette, it's the only round table in the dining room and the only one that Linwoods diners refer to by number — 22.

25 Crossroads Drive, Owings Mills; 410-356-3030, linwoods.com

Kali's Court

When owner Vasili Keramidas envisioned the Kali's Court garden, he knew how desirable the vestibule overlooking it would become.

"You rarely hear customers using restaurant lingo," says managing partner Darin Mislan, "but customers call Table 2 by name."

Diners call up to two months in advance to reserve Table 2, once a favorite of William Donald Schaefer and Art Modell.

Rarely given to first-time diners, Table 2 is so popular that regulars will jam the four-top with groups of eight.

"That's how much power Table 2 has," Mislan says.

1606 Thames St., Fells Point; 410-276-4700, kaliscourt.com