For a small city, Baltimore has played a surprisingly large role in Food Network’s popular shows. Credit the range of quality cuisine from diner style to white tablecloth, the passion for local products and a sometimes quirky vibe that makes the dining scene all the more memorable. Spiky-haired Guy Fieri, “EVOO” queen Rachel Ray and, of course, Baltimore’s own Duff Goldman have all made rounds here, TV cameras in tow. For a full list of featured Charm City eateries, visit foodnetwork.com.
Sip & Bite
On “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Fieri has parked his red Camaro at a dozen Baltimore venues. At Canton’s Sip & Bite, where third-generation owners Tony and Sofia Vasiliades serve heaping portions of made-from-scratch dishes, Fieri praised the crab cakes with “big fat chunks of crab” and the cheesy spanakopita, from a family recipe. Other “Triple D” alums include Blue Moon Café, Broadway Diner, Chap’s Pit Beef and Joe Squared.
Two-time Beard finalist Spike Gjerde and wife Amy run this famed farm-to-table Hampden restaurant known for Chesapeake Bay oysters, seasonal flatbreads and a house-made “Snake Oil” hot sauce. But Goldman’s choice on a dessert-themed “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”? The seriously decadent CMP, short-hand for chocolate, marshmallow and peanuts smooshed into a glass and topped with a hard sugar crust.
Golden West Cafe
The Southwestern fare at this off-beat charmer, also in Hampden, merited a stop on “Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels.” And for a breakfast edition of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” Goldman touted the huevos montulenos—corn cakes with (ready?) eggs, beans, chili sauce, feta, salsa, a flour tortilla and fried banana.