My own cooking isn’t serving up much inspiration at the moment, so I’m going to steal a page out of Perfection Salad’s playbook and see if I make the grade on the local food scene. The list was compiled by readers of the Baltimore Sun’s Dining @ Large Food Blog. Let’s see how many of these items I can cross off that list…I’ve lived in or around Baltimore my entire life but I think I may still have some work ahead of me.
- Have a jumbo lump crab cake from Faidley’s on a Saltine. I am substituting G&M for Faidley’s, so what? It’s still a ginormous crab cake.
Pick steamed hard shells at Mr. Bill’s Terrace Inn in Essex. I’m sure this was SUPPOSED to read at Bo Brook’s back when it was on Belair Road.
- Eat Bertha’s mussels.
- Drink a Natty Boh.
- Snack on a Berger’s cookie. Can I get double points since I’ve also made these?
Put marshmallow on your snowball. Are there people who don’t?
- Split Maryland beaten biscuits and put some thin slices of ham in them.
- Serve sauerkraut with your turkey. While I don’t actually serve turkey for Thanksgiving, my Grandmother did and sauerkraut was always on the table.
Get a chicken box (fried wings, western fries, dinner roll) from a Baltimore City public market.
- Maybe the chicken box should be from Tyrone’s?
- Lake trout. And for those of us who watched “The Wire,” have a grape soda with it.
Breakfast at Blue Moon Cafe down in Fells Point.
Corned beef on rye at Attman’s.
Chiapparelli’s house salad.
- Knock back a goblet of Resurrection Ale at Brewer’s Art. How the heck am I supposed to remember what I was drinking? I’ve been there and I’ve been drinking while there. It counts damn it.
- Take a Sunday morning stroll through the JFX Farmer’s Market. I’ve been to Waverly on a Saturday morning, so same difference.
- Thrasher’s french fries from the boardwalk in Ocean City.
Have a Black Eyed Susan at the Preakness.
- Chow down on a pit beef sandwich at Boog’s during an O’s game.
Shop for shoes and chocolate at Ma Petit Shoe in Hampden.
Have a soft crab sandwich on white bread. Will never happen again. Ever.
Eat a box of Rheb’s buttercreams. Not at one sitting, of course … on the other hand, why not? I’m a lifelong Wockenfuss girl so I don’t see this one in my future.
- Order a Tio Pepe sangria (red). It contains fruit, so it counts as food!
Polish sausage from one of the two Ostrowski shops.
- German sausage from Binkert’s
Fisher’s popcorn downy ocean, hon! I should get extra points for working across the street from the Fisher’s on Fenwick Island for an entire summer and having to smell it each and every day.
Sunday brunch on the terrace at Ambassador Dining Room, an atypical setting for an Indian restaurant.
- Get peach cake from Woodlea Bakery.
- Eat the pumpkin appetizer at the Helmand.
- Eat a Wockenfuss caramel apple! Mmmmm.
- Thin crust pizza! Iggies and Joe Squared.
- Savory muffins at Red Canoe in Lauraville.
- Try some of the special flavors from Taharka Bros. (formerly Sylvan Beach) ice cream and Pitango Gelato.
- Make fun of the hipsters at Golden West and Rocket to Venus in Hampden.
- Have a special occasion dinner at Charleston. Ask Chef Cindy Wolf to fix what she thinks is best that night.
Change your mind about vegan/vegetarian food at Liquid Earth.
- Try the charcuterie at Clementine.
- Macaroni and cheese with bittersweet chocolate from Jack’s Bistro. Please tell me this is a joke.
- Throw in a shrimp salad from Kibby’s and/or Mary Mervis.
- Smith Island Cake, but only from Sugarbakers.
- Gorge yourself on the Monday night all-you-can-eat at Vaccaro’s.
- Discuss a bottle of wine with Tony Foreman at Cinghiale.
- Eat roasted vegetables at Donna’s … wearing black. Really, does it matter what I was wearing? I think not.
- Veal Chop at Da Mimmo.
- Bookmaker salad at Sabatino’s.
- Get a crab cake and a lemon/peppermint stick at the Flower Mart. Isn’t a fabulous crab cake, but even an average crab cake in Baltimore is better than anywhere else! I’d also like points for all the lemon sticks consumed at various May Festivals in my life. Please and thank you.
- Order any sandwich at Trinacria. But no calling ahead to order like I do. You must wait in line for the full effect.
- Order the popcorn and deviled eggs at Woodberry Kitchen. Before your appetizers, not in lieu of.
- Have lunch on the patio at Sanders Corner overlooking the Loch Raven Reservoir.
- Head to Carroll County for the best cream of crab soup at Smokey’s BBQ on Liberty Road.
- Stop at DiPasquale’s in Highlandtown for their Italian and meatball subs.
Fried chicken livers from the Lexington Market.
- Bagel with lox and cream cheese or apricot spread from Greg’s. I’ve had Greg’s bagel, does it really matter how I topped it?
- Sit at the bar at Cinghiale and order anything. Talk to Rob about wine when Tony isn’t in town.
- Tamales from the food truck on Broadway. If by tamales you mean burgers and if by the food truck on Broadway you mean from Cooper’s Wagon? Why yes, I have.
- Coddies on a cracker from a rowhouse bar. Thanks, but no thanks.
- Wander aisles of exotic produce – lychees! jackfruit! Indian eggplant! – at H Mart or Lotte Plaza in Catonsville. Eat some yummy bi bim bap or udon soup at the food court and then pick up a beautiful fresh whole fish for dinner before you head home.
- Go to a bull/oyster roast or crab/shrimp feast at any number of Baltimore venues as long as you go to at least one at a V.F.W. hall, American Legion, Steelworkers Hall, fire hall, state park, etc.
- Prime rib at the Prime Rib.
- Greenberg Potato Skins from Prime Rib.
- How about the fried green pepper rings at Gunnings!
- You have to get a Popular Mozzarella Pie from Matthew’s Pizza!
- A baloney-wrapped hot dog from Attman’s.
- Pit beef from anywhere without a door. I’m a Canopy girl.
- Late night dinner at the Bel-Loc Diner.
Eat a “Tour of Samos” at Samos in Greektown (Greek salad, tzatziki and pita, kalamari, spinach pie, chicken souvlaki, dolmades, lamb chops, garlic shrimp, gyro, roasted potatoes).
- Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding at Ale Mary’s
- Eat anything on the menu at Andy Nelson’s. Many, many times. Andy Nelson, you’re my hero and I worship at your altar.
- Gravy fries. Are there any other kind?
- Chicken salad from Graul’s Market!
- Old-fashioned Maryland stuffed ham. I’ve had Turducken, that’s close enough.
- OTTERBEIN’S COOKIES!!!!!!!!!!! Hells to the YEA!
Raw beef and onion sandwich with raw yellow onion and salt and pepper on fresh rye bread (or pumpernickel).
- Buy a crepe at Sofi’s and enjoy it while watching a movie at the Charles. My crepe didn’t survive long enough to make it into the theater.
- Naron candy.
Polish dog with “the works” at Polock Johnny’s.
- Italian cold cut sub at Pastore’s in Towson.
- WOCKENFUSS CANDIES!!!!!!!!!! Wockenfuss was the official candy of the Easter Bunny.
- Order the chocolate-chili bread pudding at the Blue Agave. I don’t remember seeing that on the menu because clearly I would have ordered it if I had.
- Have a picnic at Fort McHenry. Does lunch on my elementary school field trip count? I think so.
- Any sandwich from Eddie’s in Roland Park. Shrimp salad.
- String bean rolls at Cafe Zen. Is that place still open? I’m giving myself the points just for having been there.
- Garlic fries at Brewer’s Art.
- Oysters and beer at Cross Street Market! That’s a Christmas tradition for everybody, right?
- Coffee from Zeke’s.
- Smoked platter from Neopol at Belvedere.
- Go to the Wine Market on a Monday night and enjoy a neighborhood discount (extended to all diners).
- Have an ice cream that contains vegetables at Dominion Ice Cream. [Ed.’s note: Now relocated to Hampden.] BAH note, that’s just a whole world of wrong.
Have Old Bay on things other than seafood. For instance, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw.
- Margarita in a hubcap from Nacho Mama’s. Good times!
- Take the Clipper City brewery tour.
- Have a Black Eyed Susan cupcake at Charm City Cupcakes. It’s one of my favorite things about Baltimore!
- Get fruit and veggies from an a-rab.
- Sip ‘n Bite. Not sure if I should admit to this one. But yes, I’ve been there. In formal wear. After being kicked out of Paper Moon.
- Sip a Bloody Mary with an Old Bay rimmer. I only see this done at Baltimore restaurants.
- Enjoy a meal at Salt.
Eat the Berger cookie pie at Dangerously Delicious Pies in Federal Hill. A new tradition built on the old.
- Mary Sue Easter Eggs. Using real butter makes Mary Sue better….
- Eat sushi in Towson.
- Wiener schnitzel, red cabbage, and more at Eichenkranz in Highlandtown. The last traditional German food in the city.
Ok, so if my math is right I only got 36 out of 100. Looks like I need to get out more often.