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It’s time for year-end lists, and Baltimore’s growing food(ie) reputation came in for some praise from a top industry source.

Zagat ranked Baltimore the No. 2 food city in the country for 2015. The reasons start with Spike Gjerde and his James Beard Award and move down through the city with the Woodberry (Artifact), Remington (Parts & Labor), Mt. Vernon’s new food marketplace and downtown’s Aggio. They also point out that we got a Shake Shack.

The list aims to find food scenes that had the biggest “growth spurt” in 2015. On that point, Baltimore is growing even beyond the aforementioned spots. The last few months of the year have seemed like one giant restaurant/bar opening with Brewhouse No. 16, Waverly Brewing Company, Cosima and Iron Rooster. Loch Bar and the promise of Brooklyn baked goods have hopes high for 2016.

As far as other cities near Baltimore on the list, you win some, you lose some. DC was in the no. 3 spot and Pittsburgh topped the list.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.