Maryland’s largest city is becoming one of the USA’s top culinary destinations. With an array of global flavors and local produce, it’s easy to see why
MAY 11, 2018
Known as Charm City on account of its welcoming atmosphere, Baltimore has another claim to fame – it has become one of the USA’s most exciting and unexpected food hotspots.
This historic port city is now liberally scattered with antiques shops and independent boutiques, pretty cafés and chef-driven restaurants, all tucked into the historic buildings of its waterfront.
It’s not hard to find fresh local produce and seafood here. The waters teem with oysters and succulent Maryland crab, and family farms and vineyards are dotted about the city outskirts.
Baltimore’s home-grown food movement has attracted star chefs to set up shop in town, inspired locals to start their own food trucks and quirky cafés, and there’s even a complementary craft brewery and spirits scene – all perfect ingredients for a culinary capital.
With direct British Airways flights from London, it is certainly easy to reach this emerging mid-Atlantic city. Once there, you can experiment with flavours at R House, a food hall set in an old auto shop that features a dazzling array of chef-run stalls, or enjoy the home comforts of Italian-American cooking in the charming Little Italy neighbourhood downtown.
Why visit Baltimore?
Your visit should begin on the cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point and the neighbouring historic Inner Harbor. The waterfront is the heart and soul of the city and a cultural hub of world-class museums and eateries serving everything from crab cakes (Captain James Landing is an institution) to Lebanese dishes.
To the north, the Mount Vernon district is where you’ll find globally inspired cuisine such as Dooby’s, the creative Korean-inspired café offering artisanal doughnuts, ramen, steamed pork buns and egg sandwiches. Elsewhere, bohemian Hampden offers the best locally sourced produce. This neighbourhood is now filled with award-winning restaurants such as the rustic Woodberry Kitchen.
Another way to explore Baltimore’s foodie scene is at one of its celebrated festivals, from Baltimore Wine and Food Festival in May through to Seafood Fest in September.
However you decide to explore Baltimore, this culinary haven is sure to whet your appetite.