USA Today Talks Up Baltimore’s Restaurant Scene

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Baltimore's Restaurant Scene
Waterfront Kitchen. Photo by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg, via

If seeing the Orioles advance to the AL Championship Series for the first time since 1997 doesn’t fill you with pride for your hometown, perhaps this is more your speed: a feature in USA Today Travel that showers praise on Baltimore’s restaurant scene. It begins like this:

“From hidden gems tucked away on side streets and up-and-comers at the water’s edge to white tablecloth perfection in an elegant dining room, Baltimore is on the A-list for aficionados of fine eats, fussy foodies and everyone else who knows a great meal from a good meal.”

Go on, go on. Don’t let me stop you.

The article highlights five eateries that are meant to demonstrate the breadth of the city’s culinary offerings: Miss Shirley’s for “hefty portions of comfort food;” Bertha’s for its cellar-temperature house beer and — yes — mussels; Waterfront Kitchen for its “awesome views” and locally-sourced menu; Charleston, “where dinner is a multi-course all-night affair of low country;” and Chazz: A Bronx Original, for gourmet pizza.

If you ask me, it’s a little downtown- and harbor-heavy. (But I guess I’ve got a North Baltimore bias.) Whatever, I won’t refuse a compliment!

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  1. Even more shallow and superficial than one would think possible from the McNews paper USA Today. Hard to believe people will see us this way.

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