Restaurants in Baltimore
The Chesapeake Bay is home to some of the finest seafood in the United States, so expect to find plenty of fresh seafood, especially crabs, on the menu at Baltimore restaurants. But as an international city, you’ll have no trouble finding restaurants that specialize in Chinese, French, African and South American cuisine, too. Locals know that the best restaurants in Baltimore lie outside of the tourist areas, so have fun exploring neighborhoods off the beaten path to find that rare culinary gem.
Some of the best restaurants in Baltimore include Woodberry Kitchen, which specializes in locally sourced produce and seafood, including an excellent rendition of rockfish, Maryland’s state fish; Faidley’s, a seafood joint famous for all things crab – crab cakes, in-claw meat and lump crab meat; Coburn’s Tavern and Grill, a British-style pub serving up juicy burgers, steak and seafood dishes, as well as the Captain’s Toast, an appetizer consisting of shrimp and crab sautéed with tomatoes, cream and Old Bay seasoning; and Chaps, which specializes in Baltimore’s take on barbeque called “pit beef,” a thinly sliced top round grilled over charcoal for a heavenly smoky flavor – locals take it shaved and served on a Kaiser roll and smothered in a blend of horseradish and mayonnaise known as Tiger Sauce.
Hampden, home of the aforementioned “hons,” is coming up in the culinary world. The team behind Woodberry Kitchen has opened this new coffee-driven spot, where nothing on the locally sourced, made-to-order menu costs more than $15.
At Canton's Fork & Wrench, English staples such as chicken liver mousse are served in a dark-wood space and beer flows from a custom-made tap.
You’ll want to get a sitter for a meal at this modern Japanese izakaya from chef Michael Mina, part of the Four Seasons Hotel.
This Fells Point classic, located right near a water taxi stop, is the go-to spot for gelato made with organic eggs, grass-fed milk, and high-quality ingredients.
The latest restaurant from homegrown chef Chad Gauss whips up American comfort dishes in an industrial-chic dining room in the Hampden neighborhood.
Small plates, huge space. A Mediterranean lounge and restaurant in a historic 1880s boiler works.
Electronica and Asian tapas
Pick up the Oriole—turkey, corned beef, pastrami, Russian dressing and slaw served on sliced bread—or a shrimp salad to go at this 1913-vintage deli that’s so popular that it FedEx’s its sandwiches to fans across the states.
In historic, happening Fells Point, the area’s favorite greasy spoon fries up omelettes and other tasty breakfast staples from morning until late at night.