Chloe’s top 5 places in Baltimore ended up being a overlap between my and Marie’s favorites. Instead, since Chloe has a diverse and more sophisticated palate than Marie or me, we all decided she should pick her top food/drink places to go in the city. Best pizza may not be a surprise to all who know Chloe…
Best Pizza: Diamondback Brewing Company in Locust Point
Diamondback (DB) is one of our favorite places to go in the city because of the atmosphere, and the pizza. Oh and Chloe says the beer is good too 😉 I’m not an IPA person, but their beer is mostly known for their hops. Chloe’s favorite beer there is the Green Machine. Since their recent beer release event with Star Bright Farm, they now have a delicious blueberry sour beer.
You are always in for a treat at DB with their pizza. Their pizza dough recipe came to fruition from experimenting many different recipes until it was decided on by all of the employees. That’s also how they picked their pizza sauce, and how they choose their seasonal pizzas.
The workers at DB have been our friends for a while now. They are good-hearted people rooted with a whole bunch of sarcasm (did I get that right? 😉 ). For the winter months, DB plans to have heaters and fire pits outside to continue to promote a covid-safe atmosphere.
Parking at DB: Diamondback is located in the McHenry Row shopping center, next to the Porter Street Apartments. Parking is free! You can park off of Porter Street in the motor court area outside of the Banner Building, or in one of the many parking lots on that street or in the shopping center area.
Best Atmosphere: The Choptank in Fells Point
Whenever out-of-towners visit, we always take them to Choptank because of the atmosphere and their food is delicious. This was on my top 5 list as well and is well-deserved. Whenever we go here, we feel like we are on vacation.
Choptank has a relaxed beach-vibe in the heart of Fells Point, especially if you have one of their frozen drinks. You really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Chloe and I can devour their cream of crab soup and not to mention, their homemade donuts for brunch are mouth-watering. Afterwards, explore our favorite town in Baltimore: Fells Point.
Parking: I recommend downloading the Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot (1401 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231) or parallel park on the streets around Broadway St. & Fleet St., or Caroline St. & Thames St. Some parallel parking uses Pay to Park stations, you just need to leave the ticket on your dashboard.
Best Wings: Delia Foley’s Pub in Federal Hill
Chloe describes Delia Foley’s as an Irish bar that has great wings and very good bar food. The atmosphere is like a typical sports bar with lots of TVs, and is a good place to watch sports. They are only open on some Sundays when the Ravens play due to liquor licensing rules. You can find them on Facebook to find out which Sundays they are open.
Delia Foley’s has boneless wings and regular wings, and many many many different delicious sauces based off of your spice and taste levels. You can get extra sauces on the side for 50 cents extra each. All of the food is really good and the bartenders were a great help!
Parking: There is street parking along Fort Avenue and Charles Street. Check the signs; usually on Charles Street they have the Pay to Park Stations. The earlier the better since parking is scarce (and for greater social distancing). Or, park in the nearby West Street Parking Garage or for free in the Locust Point area, just be prepared to walk a little ways.
Best Tacos: Vida Taco Bar in Harbor Point
This savory taco restaurant is set very close to the water of the inner harbor and makes for great views and a relaxing atmosphere. They made extra outdoor seating this year, which we have really enjoyed. They have a delicious queso dip, a wide variety of taco fillings, and 3 different taco shells: flour, corn, or a lettuce wrap.
Chloe’s favorite is the chorizo taco, and she loves the jalapeño margarita. I like their chicken taco, and the sweet potato taco. For drinks, I go for their classic margarita or the purple drank when I go on a Ravens game day (which is a regular marg mixed with sangria). Before you go here and before other locations close for the night, check out Fells Point, Harbor East, and/or The Sandlot.
This café is located on Cross Street, right next to the market. Spoons also expanded into the street this year to allow for outdoor seating. The food is delicious, and they present it beautifully as well. Chloe says they have creative food choices, good portions, and lots of options.
Before the pandemic, I went here with my large extended family. We each got something different from the menu and we all loved our meals. So you really can’t go wrong with your food choices. After you go to Spoons, check out the small business shops along Cross Street, and head to the beautiful views at Federal Hill Park. *Spoons was so crowded when we went there. We recommend you go before 9AM or order to-go and take it to the Park!
Parking: There are Pay to Park stations on the streets perpendicular to Cross Street (on Light Street and Charles Street). Or, you can park in the West Street Parking Garage.
Let us know (below) if one of these is on your favorites list, or if there’s another spot in town we should try! Cheers!