Eat Up, Baltimore! The New Zagat Guide Is Here

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Zagat, perhaps the world’s best known restaurant recommender, released its 2012 Baltimore & Washington D.C. guide yesterday.  Over 1,200 area restaurants are rated in this updated version, including 119 new Baltimore locations. So if you’ve been waiting for an official word before paying homage at Chazz Palminteri’s pizza altar, wait no longer. Other newly established eateries, like Hampden’s Corner BYOB and Mount Vernon’s Waterstone, are also rated for the first time. Baltimore’s much-loved food trucks are not yet in the mix. (But a rating system for mobile lunchspots is in the works–it’s currently being tested in Manhattan.)

This guide only gives new reviews to new restaurants, however.  Formerly rated establishments only get re-evaluated every other year.  If you’re wondering whether your favorite restaurant is now topping the charts (or if your least favorite has finally gotten its just desserts), you’ll have to wait until next year. By the way, you don’t have to buy the book to view the ratings. You can search them for free at

Zagat’s ratings use a 30-point scale, and are based on reviews by restaurant-goers themselves (after they become members online).  So if you need to tell the world about the Gypsy Queen Cafe truck that parks outside your office every Thursday, or to remind everyone about the friendly wait staff (and wallet-friendly burgers) at the Dizz, you’ve got the power.

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