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  BALTIMORE

CULINARY EXPLORATION IN MARYLAND

BALTIMORE = CHARM CITY

I've made a few food exploration trips to Baltimore, home of old world charm, and amazing seafood. My first visit was spent focusing on a regional specialty called pit beef stands, these little secret treasures make roast beef sandwiches that Arby's can only dream of. And another trip revolved around discovering the attributes that define true Maryland crab cakes. Both trips were amazing, colorful, and left me more knowledgeable of this regions foods.

Roam the Baltimore's scene and you'll find a playful cuisine, a unique BBQ style, and more world famous Maryland blue crab than you can shake a stick at.  Baltimore's culinary culture is an exciting mix of old institutions and new culinary exploration, a combination that makes for a new adventure every time I visit. Take a peek below to see what were my favorites from my explorations in the Charm city.

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PAPPA'S RESTAURANT

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: JUMBO CRAB CAKES

WHEN: You want the true Maryland crab cake experience.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (4 locations)

6713 Ritchie Hwy.

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Crab cakes

  • Cucumber salad

WHY: I was on a crab cake research mission and this was my fifth and final stop for lunch. My stomach so full that I couldn't eat anymore, but after my first bite I couldn't stop. Plain and simple, put this place on your Baltimore bucket list for crab cakes.

BLUE MOON CAFE

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: BOHEMIAN BREAKFAST

WHEN: You want a casual yet fantastic breakfast.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1621 Aliceanna St,

Baltimore, MD 21231

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Cap'n Crunch french toast

  • Maryland crab benidict

WHY: The Cap'n Crunch french toast is a treat to behold. The creative part of adding a childhood favorite to french toast was enough to get me in the door, the execution was enough to get me back.

PIONEER PIT BEEF

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: BALTIMORE BBQ

WHEN: Nothing but the best pit beef sandwich will do.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

N Rolling Rd & Johnnycake Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pit Beef sandwich

WHY: This is a hidden American treasure, no kidding. A little yellow shack tucked under HWY 70 pumps out the best Pit beef in the city. You can taste the mesquite smoke on the freshly sliced rare beef, stacked high on a simple white bun. Make sure you ask for the Tiger sauce and extra onions. 

DOOBY'S

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: KOREAN INSPIRED FARE

WHEN: A good place to meet friends.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

802 N Charles St,

Baltimore, MD 21201

 

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pork buns

  • Korean BBQ steak

WHY: Asian flavors are hot, and Korean cuisine are climbing to the top of that list.  Dooby's does a great job of making their food flavor packed, approachable, and still have some authentic flavors for the brave. 

RIPTIDE BY THE BAY

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: A MESSY CRAB EXPERIENCE

WHEN: It's okay to get a little dirty earning your meal.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1718 Thames St,

Baltimore, MD 21231

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Maryland blue crab boil

  • Natty Boh

WHY:  A big messy treat. Eat at the old wooden bar where you get the brown butcher paper experience, complete with little tools, and plastic bib. Be ready to get dirty, and lick your fingers, this is not for the faint at heart. Relax, sit back, crack open a few crabs and a Natty Boh or two. 

G&M RESTAURANT

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: CRABBY PATTIES

WHEN: You're looking for the Baltimore supper club experience.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

804 N Hammonds Ferry Rd,

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Crab cakes

WHY: In a city known for crab, this is one of the premier locations. Huge chunks of sweet crab meat, this is Maryland crab cakes at its best.

CHAPP'S PIT BEEF

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: PAPER THIN BEEF

WHEN: You're craving a quality pit beef sandwich.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

5801 Pulaski Hwy,

Baltimore, MD 21205

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pit beef sandwich

WHY: This little tiny shack is located in the lot of a strip club, can you say two birds? They serve a fantastic version of classic Baltimore Pit Beef, aka Baltimore BBQ.. Make sure to load up on the Tiger sauce and onions. 

EJJI RAMEN

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: RAMEN & JAPANESE FUSION

WHEN: You're looking to explore Japanese fusion cuisine.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

 529 E Belvedere Ave,

Baltimore, MD 21212

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Mac & cheese ramen dog

  • Tonkotsu Porky Ramen

WHY: The ramen is good, but what caught my attention, and was worth the trip is their creative and unique use of noodles in the Mac & cheese ramen dog. This is how trends start and grow from a simple idea like wrapping a hot dog with ramen then deep frying it. Where will ramen noodles go next?

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