**This post was originally written by me for The Fab Empire, check out The Fab Empire for all things Fabulous in Baltimore, DC, New York and Boston **

The aroma of fine cuisine was in the air as Baltimore Magazine rolled out the red carpet and celebrated their annual “Best of Baltimore” party at the Hippodrome Theatre (12 North Eutaw Street). Every year Baltimore Magazine opens a poll for its readers to vote on the best food and cocktails in Baltimore. The winning restaurants were in attendance Thursday night as guests sampled the appetizers, entrees and cocktails that put them at the top of the list.

Many of our favorite restaurants were there, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, City Café, Blue Hill Tavern, RA Sushi, and many more.The selections of cocktails were endless as the event featured a Vodka Bar, Tequila Bar, Rum Bar, Wine Bar and Beer Bar.

The CoverGirl VIP Lounge was my personal favorite because I got the chance to fill up my makeup bag with free mascara, lipstick and lipgloss. Baltimore Magazine is now featured on the Apple IPAD and they were giving away chances to win a free IPAD 2. Guests also enjoyed a live band and DJ in the main ballroom, as well as a photo booth to capture those silly and special memories of the night.

My personal sampled favorites were:  Corn Pudding Crab Cakes from Gertrude’s,  Lambchops from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse,  Mandarin Chicken from Trader Joe’s,  Bacardi Banana  Ice Cream from Jack & Jill, and the Pomegranate Margarita.

Congrats to all the winners of Baltimore’s Best!