As Seen on TV

Where Baltimore - - Contents - BY BROOKE SABIN

In this food-ob­sessed city, it’s no sur­prise that the Food Net­work hosts have come call­ing. Read about some restau­rants they’ve vis­ited and the dishes that win their good reviews.

For a small city, Bal­ti­more’s 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, and click on “Restau­rants.”— BS


On “Din­ers, Drive- Ins and Dives,” Fieri has parked his red Ca­maro at a dozen Bal­ti­more venues. At Can­ton’s Sip & Bite, where third­gen­er­a­tion own­ers Tony and Sofia Vasil­i­ades serve heap­ing por­tions of made-from­scratch 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, Broad- way 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, short­hand for choco­late, marsh­mal­low and peanuts smooshed into a glass and topped with a hard sugar crust.


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.

Wood­berry Kitchen’s CMP

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