With Baltimore’s quickly growing reputation as a top culinary destination, it is no surprise that a number of its restaurants have been featured on top television shows. Check out these Baltimore restaurants to see why they were featured on national TV.
The Best Thing I Ever Ate
The Ambassador Dining Room, known for its Indian cuisine, was featured in the episode “Sauced” for its Goa Fish with Tamarind Sauce. Across town at Charleston, the renowned restaurant by James Beard nominee chef Cindy Wolf, Burgundy snails were featured in the episode “Appetizers.” And Woodberry Kitchen was featured for the CMP (Chocolate, Marshmallow & Peanuts) dessert in the episode “Sugar Rush.”
Bizarre Foods America
Andrew Zimmern couldn’t get enough of the Chesapeake Bay as he made his way from water to land to try the famous crabcakes at Faidley Seafood in Baltimore’s Lexington Market. Then, he and James Beard winner for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, chef and owner Spike Gjerde foraged for vegetables at Five Seeds Farm in Baltimore and then tasted the ingredients at Woodberry Kitchen, Spike’s farm-to-table restaurant.
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood was featured on the show as a “local legend” for its steamed crabs and crab dishes. In Fells Point, Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant was featured for its seafood gumbo and twist on traditional corned beef and cabbage. At Joe Squared Pizza, Guy Fieri and pal Duff Goldman bonded over the Bacon and Clam Pizza and salami-and-beef-filled ravioli with marinara dipping sauce.
Gypsy Queen Café is an adventurous food truck serving up authentic and inventive Baltimore eats. It was featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street” for their soft shell crab BLT and mac and cheese stuffed in a waffle cone.
Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art and Faidley Seafood inside Lexington Market were pitted against each other in a feud to see who made the best Baltimore crabcake. Faidley’s was declared the winner - but the “best crabcake” question is always hotly debated among locals.
House of Cards
You may have heard of the Netflix series set in Washington, D.C., but did you know it was mostly filmed in Baltimore? Tio Pepe Restaurante serves as a location for multiple scenes during the first season, and Wit & Wisdom inside the Four Seasons Baltimore was a location for meetings in the first and second seasons.
The Today Show
When the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the “Today” show filmed live at the Inner Harbor. The Rusty Scupper, The Prime Rib and the B&O American Brasserie featured the best Baltimore tailgate foods to eat while watching the game.
While Baltimore may seem like an unlikely place to find quality Mexican fare, its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay brings with it access to world-class seafood and other quality ingredients. Chef Aaron Sanchez digs in to Gypsy Queen Food Truck's soft shell crab taco, has cow tongue at La Tolteca, the highly technical chilaquiles at Papi’s Tacos and finishes off a great trip with a Caribbean-influenced taco at Woody's Rum Bar.
Bo Brooks was featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats” for its authentic Maryland blue crabs – steamed in pickle juice and beer. Located in Canton, Bo Brooks is one of the oldest crab houses and has been steaming crabs the same way for more than 40 years.
United States of Bacon
Dempsey’s Brew Pub inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards was featured on the “Destination America” show for its bacon on a stick, drizzled with Old Bay and served with maple syrup. Doesn’t get much more Baltimore than that.