I think if the Travel Channel had put a different headline on this list, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. Call it, “Five exciting new-ish (mostly) restaurants in Baltimore” or “Five funky spots to get slightly expensive modern American ” and I’d just smile and nod. But they called it the “Best places to eat in Baltimore,” and so I’m forced to disagree.
It’s not that I think any of the five picks — Shoo-Fly, Wit & Wisdom, Mr. Rain’s Fun House, Clementine, and Fork & Wrench — is terrible. I legitimately adore Clementine, for one. And we’ve written about several of them on this very site, for another. It’s just that they’re all kind of… of a piece. Upscale but not stuffy, chef-driven, high concept — and most of them (though not Clementine) have opened in the past year or so. I only wish the Travel Channel had been a little more adventurous in its picks. (Also, don’t they know that no one refers to us as Monument City anymore?)
Baltimore is a diverse city with an equally diverse set of restaurant choices. Readers, what would you pick to be on the list.
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