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 Zimmern List
Andrew Zimmern shared his favorite spots to eat in Baltimore on his new TV series "The Zimmern List." He highlights Baltimore as undergoing one of the largest renaissances in the country and dubs Baltimore “America’s best kept secret” with "simple dishes cooked to perfection." Zimmern enjoyed Krause's turkey and Faidley's crabcakes at Lexington Market. He also stopped by the historic Italian market and eatery DiPasquale’s in Highlandtown, LP Steamers for crabs in Locust Point, and James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini's Rye Street Tavern.
"Cheap Eats" host Ali Khan hunted for the best deals in Baltimore while on his budget-friendly culinary tour of America. Golden West Café, known for its New Mexican cuisine, in Hampden was featured for its bacon-infused pancakes. The Cooking Channel show also featured tender pit beef at Beef Barons, fried cheese balls at La Cuchara, which offers Basque cuisine, and Korean-inspired street noodles at Dooby’s.
Andrew Zimmern returned to Baltimore, "a gritty city where the food is alive with original flavor," for an episode of "Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations." In this Travel Channel show, Zimmern travels the world, tasting the most unique, traditional fare he can find. From Maryland blue crabs at Captain James Landing and crabcakes at Faidley's to the pit beef sandwich at Chaps Beef and the iconic Berger Cookies, Zimmern featured the unique foods that define Baltimore.
Faidley's has been preparing fresh seafood since 1886 and was featured on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" for its award-winning crabcakes, fresh clams, and raw oysters.
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's 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. Miss Shirley's Café, Maryland's award-winning breakfast and lunch restaurant, was featured in the episode "Family Legacies" for its coconut cream French toast and crab cake po' boys.
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.