Baltimore’s Show-Biz Restaurants

Made up of more than 225 distinct neighborhoods, the city of Baltimore is quickly becoming one of the country’s top destinations for urbanites with sophisticated tastes—in art, music, culture and, of course, food. A regular stage for Food Network shows and chef-lebrity outposts, Baltimore is home to a slew of eateries that cater to the up-and-coming foodie scene. Looking to dine at restaurants with serious screen cred? Head to these star-approved spots:

Blue Moon Café—There’s breakfast, and then there’s breakfast at Blue Moon. For its jaw-dropping presentation and creative dishes, this funky, colorful café was featured on the TV show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." In addition to a menu solely dedicated to omelets, the restaurant serves up massive portions of creations like salsa burritos, old-fashioned potato cakes, towering stacks of buttermilk pancakes and Cap’n Crunch French Toast (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like). There’s also a good amount of vegetarian options, plus freshly squeezed juices like pineapple and tomato. www.bluemoonbaltimore.com

Charm City Cakes—Baker and TV star chef Duff Goldman (and a past Where Baltimore cover boy!) grew up just outside of the city, and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). It was college where the chef-artist began to bake cakes for friends, and soon followed advice to grow a business. A few years later, Goldman opened Charm City Cakes, a factory-like bake shop with a quirky cast of lovable characters who sculpt incredible, fantastical cakes for any occasion. Since the success of reality show Ace of Cakes, which follows the rock-star chef and his crew, Goldman has opened an LA outpost and scored his own series where he travels cross-country in search of decadent desserts. www.charmcitycakes.com

Chazz: A Bronx Original—When Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri ("A Bronx Tale," "The Usual Suspects") teamed up with Baltimore culinary power duo Sergio and Alessandro Vitale, the result was Chazz, a true Italian-American experience. Located in Harbor East just south of Little Italy, the restaurant offers up coal-fired pizza (try the Parma Prosciutto with mozzarella, fontina and pecorino cheeses, garlic, arugula and truffle oil), house-made pasta and a full mozzarella bar. An extensive cocktail list includes top-shelf margaritas in flavors like watermelon and prickly pear. www.chazzbronxoriginal.com

VOLT—Less than an hour’s drive outside the city in Frederick, Md., find the brainchild of Bryan Voltaggio, who won fame as a contestant pitted against his own brother on the wildly popular reality show "Top Chef." The upscale restaurant offers dishes like pineland farm beef strip loin, lamb or pork, and dessert like a lemon tart or “textures of chocolate.” For those looking for a true culinary journey, Table 21 means a 21-course tasting menu at $150 per person. www.voltrestaurant.com

Kerri Pinchuk
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