Urban Discoveries Baltimore put together an absolutely fabulous guide to the best eating in Baltimore; read on to discover Baltimore and to add your own suggestions!
Foods You Must Try• A sweet snoball on a hot summer day • Crab, crabcakes, crab soup… you get the picture • Smith Island Cake (Maryland’s official dessert) • Berger Cookies • Smearcase – a Baltimore version of German cheesecake • Eastern shore tomatoes, summer corn
Farmers' Markets• Downtown Farmers Market – Sundays, on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under the I-83 overpass) • 32nd Street/Waverly Farmers Market – Saturdays, 400 block of E. 32nd Street • Other Baltimore-area farmers markets
Food Halls• Lexington Market - The world’s largest, continually-running market makes for stellar people watching, as well as good shopping. Come on Saturdays for the live music, or anytime for Faidley’s Seafood and Mary Mervis sandwiches. • Cross Street Market - Look for Utz chips in paper (not plastic) bags — that means they were baked that same day. • Belvedere Square - More upscale, but beloved for Atwater’s Breads and the Neopol Savory Smokery.
Best Grocery Stores• Eddie’s of Roland Park; Eddie’s Market - Yes, Baltimore has two grocery stores named Eddie’s.... owned by entirely different people. • Graul’s • Wegmans - A bit out of town, but worth it!
Specialty Shops of Note• Trinacria – Beloved Italian grocery shop with cut-rate wine, homemade olive oil and droolworthy sandwiches • DiPasquale’s – Another popular Italian deli/market • OK Natural – Health food store with bulk grains, vegan staples, prepared foods. • Greg’s Bagels • H-Mart - It’s a bit of a drive to this Asian supermarket, but we always come home with tons of surprising things. • The Wine Source – Booze, natch, but they’re also our favorite source for artisanal cheese. • Prima Foods – amazing international wholesale selection (Bulk feta! Huge tubs of olives!) • Home Goods (Reisterstown) – huge inventory, bargain prices… for those who know how to hunt.
Independent Food Artisans• Puffs & Pastries – Amazing new bakery, emphasizes use of local ingredients • Sweet Sin Bakery - Gluten-free desserts • Bonaparte Bread • Bluebird Coffee – Sustainable, organic, artisanal coffee • Brewer’s Art – A bar that brews its own Belgian-style beers. • Really Raw Honey • Firefly goat cheese – Their farm is located in the Allegheny mountains, but the goat cheese is available all around town and in many farmers markets. • Taharka Brothers Ice Cream – Delicious homemade ice cream (try the key lime pie flavor) by a non-profit that gives entrepreneurial training to at-risk youth.
A huge thank you to Rachel Monroe of Urban Discoveries Baltimore for putting this guide together!