Baltimore natives -- myself included -- are used to being told it’s just a stopover city, a place to pass through on the way from DC to New York. And, sometimes, we relish in that. We have so many well-kept secrets here that, often, it’s nice to enjoy them for ourselves, while our public image remains a smattering of John Waters' antics and The Wire reruns.
But, we’ve come to a boiling point, it seems, where even we can no longer keep the lid on the great places our city has to offer. Of course, we have James Beard-nominated chefs and one of Esquire magazine’s favorite bars, but if you dig a little deeper, there are tons of other innovative restaurants (many the size of a tiny rowhouse), bona fide cocktail bars and craft breweries, and, yes, bushels of local seafood to sample -- though we show you that crabs aren’t the only Chesapeake Bay creature worth consuming.