To name the best Baltimore restaurants is sort of a complicated ask. We’re used to being told we’re a stopover city, a place to pass through on the way from DC to New York. And, sometimes, we relish that. We have so many well-kept secrets here that, often, it’s nice to enjoy them for ourselves.
But, like a good pot of steamed crabs, we can no longer keep a lid on the great restaurants and bars Baltimore has to offer. We have James Beard-nominated chefs and cocktail programs, tons of innovative restaurants, and, yes, bushels of local seafood to sample -- but crabs are far from the only Chesapeake Bay creature worth consuming.
What also may surprise the uninitiated is just how many new restaurants are popping up in Baltimore every day. Check out the most interesting new hot spots at the top of this story, or scroll down to find Baltimore’s all-time best restaurants -- the classic gems that define Baltimore as a seafood town, a creative hub, and a diverse city we’re lucky enough to call home. So, next time you’re road tripping on I-95 and you spot the neon, winking Natty Boh sign from the highway, consider a slight detour.
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