33 Best Baltimore Foods for 2022

Published on October 7, 2022 | 0 Comments
Baltimore food will delight and charm.
Published on October 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you're ever in Baltimore, food is one of the first things you’ll find yourself looking for. The Charm City is bustling with flavorful and diverse plates, including but not limited to a plethora of seafood and crab dishes that the city is famous for.

But what if you’re not a fan of seafood? Are there other options? What other food is Baltimore known for? Don’t worry; there are plenty of choices to satisfy every foodie. And if you're interested in expanding your cooking skills in addition to your palate, there's a wide variety of cooking classes in Baltimore for anyone to enjoy.

For those of you out on the town and interested in food you will never forget, here are 33 of the best Baltimore foods sure to delight and inspire!

 

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33 Best Baltimore Foods

1. Pastries at The Corner Pantry

Owned by British chef Neill Howell and his wife, The Corner Pantry offers multiple breakfast and lunchtime options for its customers. From coffee and toast to smoothies and BLTs, there’s something for everyone at this modern British inspired café.

The Vibe

Warm and inviting, complete with in-house seating and a friendly staff to frame the perfect Baltimore food experience.

What to Order

Any of their pastry choices is a delight, but their doughnuts — shaped like doughnut holes sliced across the middle —  are a simple yet loved item on the menu.

The Corner Pantry | 6080 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21209 | $$

The Corner Pantry makes some of the best Baltimore foods.
via The Corner Pantry

2. Crab Cakes at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood lives up to its name with its signature seafood, a delicacy that Baltimore is well-known for. Customers can order crab in a variety of dishes, including crabquitos and cream of crab soup.

The Vibe

A multitude of dining options for all patrons and a friendly, accommodating staff bring customers coming back for more every time.

What to Order

For a classic order of one of Baltimore’s famous foods, the crab cakes are a simple and effective choice served on a roll complete with lettuce, tomatoes and Bay sauce.

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood | 6526 Holabird Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224 | $$

3. Chicken and Waffles at Maggie’s Farm

Open since 2012, Maggie’s Farm has become one of the most famous brunch spots in the Baltimore food scene that also sports a full dinner and bar menu. Quality service is found easily at this farm to table restaurant.

The Vibe

Indoor and outdoor seating provide the perfect mood for both small and larger parties on a first-come, first-served basis. A fresh, made-to-order menu with friendly staff.

What to Order

Chicken and waffles are a routine brunch plate that is served with a warm gravy or traditional syrup and pairs well with their mimosas.

Maggie’s Farm | 4341 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21214 | $$

a platter of chicken and waffles
via Maggie's Farm

4. Homemade Pita at Cypriana

With Greek and Mediterranean food made fresh to order, Cypriana’s menu is comprised of family recipes that can be made to accommodate gluten allergies in addition to vegetarian and vegan diets. A tasting menu provides the perfect opportunity to try everything the restaurant has to offer.

The Vibe

A casual aura with a friendly staff to increase the pleasant atmosphere for its patrons. The servers are more than willing to go over the menu to make sure you have a fantastic dining experience while enjoying local Baltimore food.

What to Order

The tasting menu gives diners a chance to try everything, from the homemade pita and hummus to grilled meats and fine wines.

Cypriana | 105 West 39th St., Baltimore, MD, 21210 | $$

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5. Crab Pie at Matthew’s Pizza

You can’t go wrong with pizza, and Matthew’s delivers with classic flavors in addition to twists that include the food that Baltimore is famous for: crab. Premade recipes and build-your-own pizzas make up most of the menu, with plenty of salads and sides to choose from.

The Vibe

Warm and inviting and near a park, so it’s a perfect stop for lunch after a stroll.

What to Order

The crab pie is ideal for seafood and pizza lovers alike, complete with backfin crab meat, hand grated mozzarella, caramelized onions and topped with Old Bay seasoning.

Matthew’s Pizza | 3131 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224 | $$

Matthew's Pizza is some of the top Baltimore food.
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6. Fries at The Local Fry

Run by couple Kevin and Elizabeth Irish, The Local Fry combines the cultures of the pair (Elizabeth being a Baltimore native and Kevin being Irish) to create a unique cuisine that charms immediately. The menu consists of fries made fresh and in a variety of styles along with other items such as wings, rice bowls, sandwiches and salads.

The Vibe

A quaint, small and cute building with options for takeout, delivery and dine-in to tailor to a Baltimore visitor’s food experience.

What to Order

Fries are this restaurant’s specialty, topped with meats, vegetables and sauces tailored to the customer’s desired cuisine.

The Local Fry | 711 W. 40th St., Suite 152, Baltimore, MD 21211 | $$

7. Coddies at Dylan’s Oyster Cellar

As the name suggests, oysters dominate the seafood-centered menu at Dylan’s Oyster Cellar. While a little pricey, the large portions coupled with the happy hour drinks make for an enjoyable dining experience.

The Vibe

A casual neighborhood restaurant parked on the corner. Indoor and outdoor seating give diners ample choices for whatever mood they’re in.

What to Order

The coddies are a fan favorite at this establishment along with the fried oyster sandwich, sure to satisfy any Baltimore food lover.

Dylan’s Oyster Cellar | 3601 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211 | $$

a fried Baltimore fish delicacy called a coddie
via Dylan's Oyster Cellar

8. Bocadillo at La Cuchara

With an ever-changing menu to accommodate seasonal changes and flavors, La Cuchara specializes in Basque cuisine. It utilizes ingredients from the land and sea to bring patrons the best food in Baltimore from one of its top restaurants.

The Vibe

Located in the Meadow Mill, with a large bar and wood burning grill to make the space cozy and warm.

What to Order

A mixture of French and Spanish food make the croquettes and bocadillo favorites, with highlighting flavors subject to change seasonally.

La Cuchara | 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211 | $$$

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9. Cauliflower Bites at My Mama’s Vegan

My Mama’s Vegan sports a 100% vegan menu that has even non-vegans coming back for more. From sandwiches to teriyaki bowls to tacos, their low prices will leave you wanting to try anything and everything.

The Vibe

Modern and sleek, service is quick and friendly but carryout only. Nevertheless, diners still flock to it for some iconic vegan Baltimore food.

What to Order

The cauliflower bites are a classic takeaway, and the peanut butter chocolate cake is recommended by dessert lovers.

My Mama’s Vegan | 2915 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218 | $

My Mama's Vegan is a star in the vegan Baltimore food scene.
via My Mama's Vegan

10. Lobster Soup at Charleston

For those interested in fine dining, Charleston produces elegance on a plate. Chef Cindy Wolf adapts her blended French and Southern-style cooking in accordance to seasonal availability of ingredients, and offers an extensive wine menu to pair with three- and six-course meals.

The Vibe

Formal and minimalist with soft mood lighting to accompany the upscale theme.

What to Order

In true Charm City fashion, Charleston’s lobster soup is amongst its top dishes of choice. In addition, they offer on-the-house dessert for all patrons, making this a must-stop on the (sophisticated) Baltimore food scene.

Charleston | 1000 Lancaster St. Baltimore, MD 21202 | $$$$

11. Mac and Cheese at The Chasseur

An American bar restaurant, The Chasseur offers many options for those looking for late-night food in Baltimore. They have weekly specials for both food and drinks, including happy hour drink specials and bottomless mimosas.

The Vibe

Minimalist exterior, and a comfortable interior with large windows to provide a view.

What to Order

Their mac and cheese is exceptional with any toppings, but seafood enthusiasts will get a kick out of the crab mac and cheese, made with fresh jumbo crab, cheddar and Old Bay seasoning topped with Sriracha drizzle. Pair it with one of their many drink options for a full Baltimore food combo.

The Chasseur | 3328 Foster Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224 | $$

macaroni and cheese with an egg on top
via The Chasseur

12. Breakfast Sandwiches at Artifact Coffee

Artifact offers more than just coffee, providing diverse breakfast options and lunchtime sandwiches. Diners can choose from an assortment of hand-poured brews, teas, espresso and rotating seasonal beverages.

The Vibe

A brick and cobblestone building with a dark interior illuminated by string lights strung about the ceiling.

What to Order

The breakfast sandwiches are a must-have Baltimore food, made with many ingredients from eggs and cheese to city ham and mushrooms. Pair the savory food with a sweet drink such as a cappuccino.

Artifact Coffee | 1500 Union Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211 | $

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13. Yucas Bravas at Alma Cocina Latina

Venezuelan culture can be found in every detail at Alma Cocina Latina, from the interior decorating to the menu. Some dishes have gluten-free options along with vegetarian and vegan platters, and in every order customers can find the taste and inspiration of Venezuela.

The Vibe

Private dining rooms are available for more upscale and refined dining, in addition to patio and bar seating. Reservations are recommended but not required for customers to enjoy this gem of the Baltimore food scene.

What to Order

The yucas bravas are gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly, with cotija cheese and five-cheese blend, salsa diablo, goat cheese nata and garlic cilantro on top of crispy yucca fries. Any plate you order, though, is a work of art, so choose with confidence. 

Alma Cocina Latina | 1701 North Charles St., Baltimore MD 21201 | $$$

Alma Cocina Latina specializes in Venezuelan food in Baltimore.
Alma Cocina Latina

14. Grilled Grouper at Magdalena Restaurant

Magdalena combines the cuisine of France, England and Baltimore to create a revolving menu sourced from local farms and vendors. Chef Scott Bacon unites culture and elegance utilizing Baltimore’s famous seafood.

The Vibe

Located in the luxury Ivy Hotel, sophisticated and modern with indoor and outdoor seating, providing an elegant Baltimore food experience.

What to Order

The grilled grouper, served with a three-bean salad, comes glazed with tomato water and served alongside herb aioli.

Magdalena Restaurant | 205 E. Biddle St., Baltimore, MD 21202 | $$$

15. Crab Legs at Crabtowne USA Inc.

As the name suggests, Crabtowne has an assortment of crab-oriented dishes and other iconic Baltimore food. Visitors enjoy the ambiance of the arcade and the variety of drinks in addition to the delicious menu.

The Vibe

A vintage arcade, a rustic interior and attentive staff make for a unique experience for all patrons.

What to Order

The crab legs are a classic Baltimore food choice steamed fresh, and the crab dip seems to be a favorite amongst visitors.

Crabtowne | 1500 Crain Hwy S., Glen Burnie, MD 21061 | $$

crabs in a restaurant
via Crabtowne USA Inc.

16. Peanut Butter Burgers at Abbey Burger Bistro

Known for their burgers and beer, Abbey Burger Bistro gives its Baltimore customers many food choices, from the usual beef to vegetarian alternatives to exotic meats such as camel. The menus vary for each location, but one consistency is their Abbey Hour deal.

The Vibe

Hip and casual, its open seating provides ample social opportunities for any group.

What to Order

Any of the burgers at this bistro are a must-try for Baltimore food lovers. All are made fresh, but some of the most loved are the bison burger and the peanut butter burger, all served with fries.

Abbey Burger Bistro | Multiple locations | $$

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17. Kebab Bowls at Red Emma’s

Red Emma’s is a quaint café within a bookstore, but customers don’t have to love books in order to stop here. Coffee and sandwiches are amongst the food that is served all day, but they also have a brunch menu for the weekends.

The Vibe

A relaxed and friendly neighborhood bookstore where buyers can read and eat at the café, creating a unique spot for the Baltimore food scene.

What to Order

Their vegan menu highlights their pita and kebab bowls, along with their many lattes and other beverages.

Red Emma’s | 3128 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218 | $

two drinks in Mason jars, one coffee-based, one soda water-based
via Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffee House

18. Mantwo at The Helmand

First erected in 1989, The Helmand has helped to introduce Afghan food around America, and this location has continued to bestow quality Baltimore food amongst visitors and residents. Every dish starts with delicate preparation and is seasoned to perfection.

The Vibe

A cozy brick building with an elegant but simple interior.

What to Order

Try the Mantwo, which is homemade pastry shells filled with beef and onions on top of yogurt and garnished with carrots, yellow split peas and beef sauce.

The Helmand | 806 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 | $$

19. Crispy Catfish at Fishnet

While a smaller restaurant, Fishnet still produces plenty of iconic Baltimore food. Described as a blend of simplicity and complexity, their menu utilizes all parts of the fish in their dishes, sandwiches and bowls.

The Vibe

A marina theme condensed into a cozy shop complete with outdoor picnic tables and umbrellas located in the Mount Vernon Marketplace.

What to Order

Their fish sandwiches are a signature Baltimore food, especially the crispy catfish and the grilled salmon, both available as entrees or as sandwiches on locally baked buns.

Fishnet | 520 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201 | $$

fried catfish
via Fishnet

20. Short Rib Poutine at Wet City

Wet City is an adult-only restaurant with an extensive alcoholic menu that includes cocktails, wine and many flavors of beer. It also has plenty of American-style bar food such as mozzarella sticks and burgers.

The Vibe

Open seating with funky mood lighting and simple decorations, a welcoming vibe but not kid friendly.

What to Order

The go-to Baltimore food here is the short rib poutine, made with short rib gravy, cheese curds and fries. It pairs well with any of their hoppy beers.

Wet City | 253 S. Broadway St., Baltimore, MD 21231 | $$

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21. The Neighborhood Bird at Ekiben

A brick restaurant on the corner, Ekiben’s small but flavorful menu gives customers plenty of reasons to come back for more. Both locations carry sandwiches and rice bowls to showcase the best Asian fusion-style food in Baltimore.

The Vibe

White and red brick, sleek and modern with art decorating all of the walls.

What to Order

The Neighborhood Bird is a bun with spicy or mild Taiwanese curry-fried chicken thigh, paired with some rice or one of their other sides.

Ekiben | Multiple locations | $$

a fried chicken sandwich with a red sauce
via Ekiben

22. Clam Pizza at Hersh’s

Pizza primarily dominates Hersh’s menu, but they do serve other Italian food for Baltimore diners who may not be in the mood for a pie. The Hershkovitz siblings, the owners of the restaurant, try to be as authentic as possible with their meals, hand making the pasta, mozzarella and sausage.

The Vibe

Outdoor seating with warm lighting to create a comforting and inviting feel for its diners.

What to Order

Pizzas are a classic choice, and Hersh's sources a multitude of ingredients to create a dish that everyone will like. Particular favorites are the kale and pistachio, the clam, and margarita pizzas.

Hersh’s | 1843-45 Light St., Baltimore MD 21230 | $$

23. Lengua at Clavel

If finding late-night Mexican food in Baltimore is your jam, then Clavel is the place to be. They have everything from standard tacos to ceviche, paired with one of their many cocktails.

The Vibe

Rustic and modern, with outdoor art decorating one wall of the building for an entertaining but mellow Baltimore food experience.

What to Order

Cochinita pibil is a house special of theirs, along with the lengua and barbacoa de borrego.

Clavel | 225 W. 23rd St., Baltimore MD, 21211 | $$

 a tortilla filled with shredded meat barbecue
via Clavel

24. Lobster Fingers at The Food Market

Don’t let the name fool you. The Food Market is a full sit-down restaurant that offers delivery, takeout and takes reservations. Comfort food like brunch items and sandwiches round out the menu.

The Vibe

Art and trinkets decorate the space, giving it a contemporary theme.

What to Order

The crab cakes and lobster fingers are textbook Baltimore food, but their French toast is a popular hit as well.

The Food Market | 1017 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211 | $$

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25. Squid Ink Pasta at Tagliata

Fresh seafood, pasta and steaks make this Italian eatery home to some of the best food in Baltimore. Not only that, Tagliata also sports the largest wine menu in the city, taking labels from around the world and serving them to their diners.

The Vibe

String lights embellish the outdoor dining area, refining the sophisticated aura.

What to Order

Playing on the type of food Baltimore is known for, the squid ink pasta gives the seafood lover and pasta lover the best of both worlds.

Tagliata | 1012 Fleet St., Baltimore, MD 21202 | $$$

Italian cuisine is one popular type of Baltimore food.
via Tagliata

26. Crab at Captain James Seafood Palace

Diners can feel at sea at Captain James Seafood Palace, which specializes in — you guessed it — seafood. They are famous in Baltimore for their steamed crab and have been in business for over 30 years.

The Vibe

Private and elegant but kid friendly, structured inside of a boat to fully encapsulate the off-the-shore feeling.

What to Order

Their crab is offered all year and can be ordered in the form of broiled legs, mac and cheese, soup or sandwich, giving patrons multiple options to try some signature Baltimore food.

Captain James Seafood Palace | 2127 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21231 | $$

27. Fried Chicken at BLK Swan

BLK Swan specializes in new twists on American classics, with a live DJ to accompany to truly transform the dining experience. Their menu has dishes that are focused around seafood in addition to vegetarian options to satisfy every diner.

The Vibe

Bright lights and a sleek urban interior, bustling with high energy as the night rolls on. Ideal for those looking for options in the late-night Baltimore food scene.

What to Order

The chicken box bursts with flavor, consisting of fried chicken wingettes and pomme frites with ketchup, hot sauce and Mambo sauce. 

BLK Swan | 1302 Fleet St. Baltimore MD 21202 | $$$

BLK Swan a hot spot in the Baltimore foods scene.
via BLK Swan

28. Pad Thai at Thai Street

As the name suggests, Thai Street is home to Thai food that stems from perfectly refined family recipes. The restaurant has been open and bringing spicy food to Baltimore visitors and locals since 2016.

The Vibe

Laid-back and cheery. Large windows allow natural light to shine through.

What to Order

Pad thai is a signature dish, but the drunken noodle is another favorite, made with broad rice noodles and vegetables.

Thai Street | 1640 Aliceanna St. #11 Baltimore, MD 21231 | $$

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29. Local Catches at The Bluebird Cocktail Room

The Bluebird sources its menu items from local Baltimore farms, creating food that pairs well with their renowned cocktails. The beverage menu is extensive and detailed, so each customer knows plenty about their choices.

The Vibe

A bright blue neon sign points customers to a modern dining area and bar that are just as breathtaking as the beverage and food offerings.

What to Order

The local catch changes frequently, giving a twist to a consistent dish while also constructing a unique Baltimore food experience.

The Bluebird Cocktail Room | 3600 Hickory Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211 | $$

a large bar and dining area with blue walls and chandeliers
via Bluebird Cocktail Room

30. Tonkotsu Black Ramen at Ramen Utsuke

Known for its Japanese comfort food, Ramen Utsuke gives Baltimore residents and visitors options for tonkotsu and miso ramen. In addition, they have rice bowls, desserts and gyoza.

The Vibe

A warm and inviting homestyle interior, complete with floating lights.

What to Order

Tonkotsu black ramen, made up of bean sprouts, mushrooms and half an egg in Hakata style pork broth ramen, topped with black garlic oil, spicy oil and green onions. It Baltimore food lovers coming back for more.

Ramen Utsuke | 414 Light St., Suite 103, Baltimore, MD  21202 | $$

31. Peking Duck at NiHao

NiHao has been run by the same family for a few generations, bringing authentic Chinese food to Baltimore. Customers have the option of dining inside their newly remodeled building or out on the patio while they enjoy their meal.

The Vibe

Modern brick building decorated with fun patterns across the walls on the inside. All seating options do require climbing at least one flight of stairs.

What to Order

The Peking duck can be served in either a whole or half order, complete with wheat buns and sweet and savory sauces to encompass a flawless Baltimore food combination.

NiHao | 2322 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21224 | $$

a platter of roasted Peking duck and sides
via NiHao

32. Spinach Pie at SoBo Café

Take American comfort food and combine it with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, and you’ve got SoBo’s extensive menu. Burgers and sandwiches round out the menu, and they have catering options for those looking to book private events.

The Vibe

Intimate and inviting, with warm colors giving the space a feeling of home while exploring the Baltimore food scene.

What to Order

The Greek mezze platter houses a favorite Baltimore food amongst diners, the spinach pie, along with stuffed grape leaves, spicy feta spread, hummus, Greek olives, pepperoncini and pita bread with a cheese pie.

SoBo Café | 6 W. Cross St., Baltimore, MD 21230 | $$

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33. French Toast at Papermoon Diner

Open since 1994, Papermoon Diner carries a multitude of breakfast and lunch options meant to satisfy any craving. Its distinctive decorations give customers plenty to gaze at while enjoying some iconic Baltimore diner food.

The Vibe

Kid friendly, with bright colors and funky sculptures to give it a unique and stand-out appearance.

What to Order

A twist on the classic French toast, the bananas foster French toast has caramelized and fresh bananas topped with a cream cheese sauce.

Papermoon Diner | 6526 Holabird Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224 | $$

Papermoon Diner's French toast is a Baltimore food delight
via Papermoon Diner

The Charm City is one that many love to frequent, and with so many sights to see, you need to be prepared with options to eat while you’re out on the town. No matter what food you’re craving, you’ll be sure to find the best food in Baltimore.

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