Encantada was one of my first pleasant surprises since I had been back in Baltimore. I love Charm City but the food scene has always lagged a bit behind other cities I've lived in. General opinion may be that it's still lagging (or even lacking) but things seem to be progressing at a rapid pace. Encantada, with it's hip location, fantastic vibe and skillfully made food, is one of the places helping B'more make it's mark. Don't forget that balcony when you go.
It's been a while since I've really explored Baltimore's cuisine. I don't know if it was because I hadn't developed my love of food since last time I was here or whether or not Baltimore's cuisine has developed so much in the last 10 years or so. Azumi is definitely a place that wasn't around when I was here but is definitely a place I'd put up against anywhere I've ever eaten.