There's like 7 or 8 places that DDD has been to in Balimore area. I've been to 4 of them - all are spot on places one should go when in Baltimore. They're not the ONLY 4 places to go in Baltimore, but they are each worth the aggravation of dealing with the tourists who now go to these places since they were featured on DDD. DiPasquale's
is an absolutely awesome
place. I'd say it's Baltimore's answer to DC's (arlington) Italian Market, but Balto has DC beat. A true Italian marketplace. It's not in "Little Italy" but IMO, Balto's Little Italy is overpriced except for Vaccaro's, which is a bakery, and even then.... Most people don't get to that side of Patterson Park, but should. This place would survive in any town's Little Italy, but I like its off the beaten path location. The deli, the imports, the butcher, it's all "A One."
Went to Stoney Creek Inn
in Orchard Beach (Pasadena), MD without knowing this was on DDD. So I had no preconceptions. It was just a place that was near some real estate I was researching. The result: I thought I had discovered this place, I started planting flags to mark my conquest....only to find later that I wasn't the first to stumble upon this quaint Bay joint. The best crab cakes I've had, yes, even over the venerable Faidley's. All crab, there wasn't really any filler, which is why the crabcake fell apart into perfectly seasoned crab chunks. The hush puppies were, indeed, a bit unwhelming, but, I can accept that since the hush puppies haven't the chance of outdoing the crabcakes anyways. I wouldn't drive an hour for hush puppies or anything else on their menu...but for the crabcakes, heck yeah! Blue Moon Cafe
is fantastic. Now, it's not particularly "Baltimore" in that it's not a hole in the wall in Fells Point (and there aren't as many of those around anymore either), but they serve excellent food, breakfast in particular, in a casual and fun atmosphere that is the trend in the made-over Fells Point. It's right up there with Miss Shirley's. Although, the best option would be to take the best items from both places and leave out the few on each's menu that doesn't work.
I could say that, "G & A
isn't the 'best' " - but that's simply because I grew up on hotdogs from a different sausage factory. So, for me, if it doesn't taste like Hofmann Brand Franks and Coneys (white hots) of Syracuse, NY, then I'm not blown away. But, when in Coney Island, I like Nathan's and when in Baltimore I like G & A. Hot dogs are one of those items where one won't find it the best unless it tastes like the tubers one grew up on. So, the best compliment that can be given is this: if I grew up in Baltimore, these are the doggies that I would've grown up on and defended to the end. Like my beloved Heid's of Liverpool, it's a gem.
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