Chloe’s “Best” Foodie Places in Baltimore (with parking information!)

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.

Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you park in this area. Park along Point Street for parallel parking. Signs will tell you which code to use for the app.

Best Brunch: Spoons Café in Federal Hill

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!

Marie’s Top 5 Things to do in Baltimore (with Parking Information!)

Marie is not from Baltimore, so she has a different perspective on the city than me. Here are her top things to do when family or friends visit. One similarity is that we both have Fells Point on our Top 5 List.

1) Thames Street Oyster House in Fells Point

When you step into Fells Point, it brings you back to the days of Prohibition. There’s even a sign that is still on one of the buildings (I dare you to look for it!). This town has lots of shops and restaurants and has a beautiful walkway along the water. The Thames Street Oyster House is Marie’s favorite restaurant in Baltimore because the outdoor patio is “AMAZING” and the seafood is delicious. She takes everyone from out of town here and recommends you get the seafood salad and the appetizer with octopus (both pictured below).

Parking: I recommend downloading the Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot, 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.

2) Historic Streets near Federal Hill Park

Federal Hill offers one of the most majestic views of the city. As you leave the Hill, walk around the charming historic streets of row homes. One street that I love is Montgomery Street. Here is just one example that brings you back into the olden-days.

From there you can walk to Cross Street Market area and visit either The Charmery for ice cream or Ceremony Coffee depending on the hour. Spoons and Blue Moon Too are great brunch spots.

Parking: West street parking garage is near Cross Street Market. There’s always parallel parking with the Pay to Park stations along Key Highway, Light Street, and Charles Street.

3) Fort McHenry

This National Monument and Historic Shrine is very scenic spot to enjoy for picnics or a nice walk. Along the water, there is a 1-mile path around the Fort and a large field area. The museum is not open yet, but it is worth a visit when it does! The gates are open 9AM-5PM. Afterwards, grab a snow cone at Ice Queens along Fort Avenue, and head to Under Armour Promenade (see Rosie’s Top 5 list about UA).

Parking: There is a FREE parking lot inside the gates of the park. Also, there’s free parallel parking along Fort Avenue in Locust Point.

4) The Walter’s Art Museum in Mount Vernon

This museum is located very close to the Baltimore Basilica, Peabody Library, and the Washington Monument. It opened its doors in 1934 and is free, thanks to donors and city grants. Marie’s favorite part about this museum is that it is connected to a mansion that people used to live in. When you walk in this section, there is a beautiful stained-glass dome at the very top of a spiral staircase. The Sculpture Court in the museum is breath-taking; a lot of weddings are held here. Unfortunately, the Sculpture Court and the mansion are closed, but only until mid-November due to covid regulations. You can donate any amount to the museum and be invited to their virtual gala on October 17.

Parking: We had no issues parallel parking on the street a few blocks away, but here is more information for a nearby parking lot.

5) Baltimore Museum of Art in Charles Village

This historic building is located on the Johns Hopkins University campus and was designed by architect John Russell Pope in the 1920s. This museum is on Marie’s top 5 because it has the largest collection in the world of Henry Matisse (more than 1,000 pieces), and there is one magnificent room in the museum entirely covered by paintings. It also features two landscaped gardens with sculptures from the 1900s. BMA is free to the public! It is open 10AM – 5:30PM on the weekends, and right now they have timed entries to limit the amount of visitors and promote social distancing.

Gertrude’s Restaurant is attached to the museum and is one of the best restaurants in the city. The crab cakes are fantastic, and desserts are mouth-watering. I go here for journal clubs with my coworkers and it never fails to impress.

Parking: Click here for parking information.

*When we wanted to go to the museum, the timed entries were all booked. We will go here soon to add pictures 😉 I will post when it’s updated!