Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
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Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Cat's Eye Pub
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jess Mayhugh
Jennifer Whalen
Thames Street Oyster House
Katrina Salmon
Ryleigh's Oyster
The Local Oyster
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Riptide by the Bay
Jess Mayhugh
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Riptide by the Bay
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1. Maggie's Farm 4341 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214

The red-hued bistro features upscale, comfort-y starters like farmstead cheese plates and a fried green tomato & soft-shell crab dish, plus half-entrees and a “dirty hipster burger”.

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2. Bottega 1729 Maryland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

This tiny, 15-seat, BYOB restaurant has a Tuscan-focused menu that changes daily.

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3. The Fork & Wrench 2322 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

This Canton restaurant suits a lot of needs -- whether it’s the dive-bar inspired drinks (including a pickleback popsicle!) crafted by Shana Leachman or the out-of-the-box cuisine by chef Cyrus Keefer.

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4. Peter's Inn 504 S Ann St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Since 1988, the former farmhouse has turned out legit cuisine, like soft-shell crab with orange hollandaise, burratta with oven tomatoes, and signature steaks.

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5. Papermoon Diner 227 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Papermoon is located near Johns Hopkins' main campus, and its eccentric menu includes items like a bacon milkshake, bananas foster French toast, and a variety of TV dinners.

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6. W.C. Harlan 400 W 23rd St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Under low-lit chandeliers, bartenders in retro-flowery dresses pour well-made drinks like the stellar Old Fashioned with James E. Pepper 1776 Rye and a cinnamon cherry.

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7. Cat's Eye Pub 1730 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

Cat's Eye has been around since the '70s and never takes a night off, hosting live music 365 days a year.

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8. Jong Kak 18 W 20th St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Jong Kak is open until 4am and has authentic charcoal grills for cooking kalbi and bulgogi.

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9. Johnny Rad's Pizzeria Tavern 2108 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

This pizza pub at the cross-section of Canton, Fells Point, and Butchers Hill fulfills all of our adolescent dreams with punk rock on the stereo, skateboards on the walls, and a diverse-but-approachable beer selection.

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10. Rye Craft Cocktails 807 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

The narrow bar, with purple velvet lounge chairs and Edison light bulbs, is where to go in Baltimore if you want a Manhattan made right.

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11. Thames Street Oyster House 1728 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

For a different kind of regional Baltimore seafood, head to the bright and airy Thames Street Oyster House, located on the main strip in Fell's Point. There’s a raw bar with plenty of oysters to choose from, plus other New England offerings like Block Island scallops or the lobster roll on a buttered bun, filled to the brim with tail and claw meat

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12. Dylan's Oyster Cellar 4 W. Madison Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

This basement pop-up shop's concept is pretty straightforward: fresh, local oysters with complementary cocktails, wine, and beer. That’s all they sell.

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13. Ryleigh's Oyster 36 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230

This two-story bar has a huge, iced raw bar that runs the length of the restaurant and great dishes like soft-shell crab with avocado and chili sauce and grilled corn with feta cheese and Old Bay.

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14. Mama's on the Half Shell 2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224

It's only been open since 2004, but Mama’s on the Half Shell has already become an institution -- with its granite raw bar, and colossal crab cakes.

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15. Faidley's Seafood & Fresh Fish Market 203 N Paca St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Faidley's handmade crab cakes typically draw a crowd that spills out into the halls of Lexington Market. The Market itself is one of the country's largest daily indoor food markets, while Faidley's real estate consists only of a singular kiosk. This does not, however, seem to deter customers. Found in 1886, the sea-food purveyor has become a serious Baltimore staple, serving tall orders of over-the-counter fresh fish, in addition to catering all across Baltimore. The seafood mainstay offers everything from shrimp and trout to oysters and calamari, and all fresh fish can be cleaned, cut, and cooked to-order. And while all the fish Faidley sells is of the highest quality, the crab cakes are so incomparably good, the local fish-mongers were hired to develop a crab cake for the crew of the United States Space Shuttle. You might even say they're out of this world (sorry).

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16. Captain James Crab House 2121 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Located right on the waterfront promenade, Captain James’ crab deck is close enough for patrons to dock a boat and enjoy steamed crabs, buckets of beer, and authentic Boardwalk fries.

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17. L.P. Steamers 1100 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

A traditional, family-owned crab shack in Locust Point, L.P.'s is famous for their seriously fresh hot steamed crabs served year-round alongside other seafood favorites, all eaten while overlooking the harbor.

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18. Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn 200 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD 21221

A casual, family-friendly Maryland resto, Mr. Bill's serves up fresh and delicious seafood like soft crab sandwiches and fried hard crab, plus they've got a bar that mixes up fruity and refreshing 'tails.

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19. Riptide by the Bay 1718 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Overlooking the historic Fells Point waterfront, Riptide specializes in fresh, local Maryland blue crabs served all year with their own special, spicy seasoning.

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