Baltimore, Maryland is home to Camden Yards, row houses and street art. During my time here I have come to realize that it is one of the most underrated unique cities that our country has to offer. It's like a hidden gem in plain sight. With over 200 neighborhoods there is no shortage of history, funky style, street art and of course…food! From Fells Point to Federal Hill, from Hampden to Canton, we searched the streets to bring you our favorite Charm City eats.
BLUE MOON CAFE
For Breakfast, the choice is simple: Blue Moon Cafe. Their two locations (1024 Light St. and 1621 Aliceanna St.) make it readily available no matter where you are in the Inner Harbor. And their motto: “Bad Ass Breakfast!” make it a must.
Blue Moon’s distinct decor and unconventional menu items are why this spot is so classic Baltimore. And by unconventional, I mean this insanely delicious Cap’N Crunch French Toast:
The cereal adds such a nice crunchy and sweet exterior to the French toast. But, if you’re in the mood for something a little more savory, Blue Moon will hook you up with this Maryland crab and tomato eggs Benedict SMOTHERED in cheddar cheese and old bay. Baltimoreans love their Old Bay. Seriously, they put that sh*t on everything.
Bond Street Social
For Lunch, Bond Street Social takes the cake! (Not just because we ordered a lot of molten lava cakes…) Bond Street Social is located in Fell’s Point and is the perfect place for a chic and lively lunch. With one condition, you can't leave without trying these fried mac 'n cheese bites stuffed with aged cheddar, gruyere fondue and topped with their house made hot sauce.
They also offer a fun twist on steak, potatoes and veggies:
And the aforementioned molten lava cakes:
For a classic seafood dinner (this is Baltimore we’re talkin’ about), Loch Bar is the best spot on the water. Located down in Harbor East, Loch Bar has outside seating lining the harbor with an uninterrupted view of the last operating Domino’s Sugar factory.
Not to mention a really cool interior too:
But on a more serious matter….food. I started off with their signature oysters:
Then made my way to the scallops which were seared on the outside but oh so tender on the inside. Paired with a buttery glaze and roasted veggies:
Then, it wouldn’t be Baltimore if they didn't serve up this one of a kind triple decker Chesapeake Club. From top to bottom, we’ve got: toasted white bread, tomato, gruyere cheese, greens, applewood smoked bacon, a fried oyster, roasted garlic aioli, shrimp salad aaaand a classic Maryland crab cake. Say that 10 times fast!
Finished it off with one more Baltimore staple: Smith Island Cake. This cake is actually known to be the official dessert of the state of Maryland! Made up of layers of chocolate mousse and vanilla cake, topped with decadent ganache (may or may not be naming first born Ganache).
And last but certainly not least, for incredible Italian cuisine ya gotta go to Tagliata. I have so many things to say about this place! The decor alone was so inviting, with bright and rustic tones throughout.
The indoor wine cellar is awesome for intimate wine tastings with friends #doubledate:
And the food was tasty and original. This Prosciutto di Parma with summer Melon, stracciatella, Sicilian pistachios and basil was light and rich all at the same time. (Pro Tip: pistachios and prosciutto are a fire combination).
Their signature charcuterie board felt like it came straight from the streets of Italy:
For those craving even more meat, definitely order the Polpetti ~ Meatballs: classic Tagliata meatballs, tomato sauce, whipped ricotta, and basil.
Tagliata also serves up the coolest pasta in town…Squid Ink Campanelle with blue crab, sea urchin cream sauce, chili, basil, and bread crumbs. I repeat, squid ink and sea urchin cream.
And for those after dinner drinks. Or those before dinner drinks. Or those mid-afternoon Tuesday drinks… Tagliata has their very own speakeasy called The Elk Room.
So open the trap door, have a hand crafted cocktail, and welcome to Baltimore!