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10 Greatest Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Locations in Baltimore


Can you think of a cooler job than being paid to sample delicious comfort food from restaurant kitchens all over the country?

Well that’s what Guy Fieri gets to do in each episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (also known as Triple D). Fieri visits casual-dining restaurants where he hangs out with the chefs and watches them prepare their most popular menu items from start to finish.

What’s one of Fieri’s favorite cities? Well, Fieri visits Baltimore so often that he’s even dedicated an entire episode to Charm City bites. So next time you’re scratching your head trying to figure out where to go to eat, give one of these Triple D locations a shot.

#1 Chap’s Pit Beefchaps
5801 Pulaski Hwy
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Pit beef, chaps submarine, bull dog sandwich

Known for its famous Maryland pit beef sandwiches, Chap’s Pit Beef has been awarded ‘Best of Baltimore’ 24 years and counting.  Any local can tell you why. From beef to turkey, this meat lover’s dream infuses each bite with a hint of smoky charcoal goodness.

#2 Blue Moon Cafe
1621 Aliceanna St
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Captain Crunch french toast, red velvet pancakes, chile verde, Frito pie French toast

Captain Crunch cereal and French toast…why not marry the two together? Fieri finds some of the best comfort food here at Blue Moon Café and pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman favors the Sweet Baby Jesus with Scrapple — layers of fried hash browns, crabmeat, cheese, tomatoes and eggs, smothered in hollandaise made right in house.

#3 R & R Taqueria
7894 Washington Boulevard
Elkridge, MD

What to Order: Tacos al pastor, roasted lamb tacos

This Mexican deli located in a gas station serves up some of the best tacos in Maryland. That’s why Guy Fieri visited with former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann for this episode.

#4 BOP Brick Oven Pizza
800 S Broadway
Baltimore, MD
What to Order: Philly cheesesteak pizza, mac and cheese pizza, vegan cheese pizza
This isn’t your typical pizza place. The specialty cheesesteak pizza was put “up there with the best” by Guy. There truly is something for everyone here, even vegans!

#5 Joe Squared Pizzajoesquared
133 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Fried meat ravioli, bacon and clam pizza, flag pizza

Head into this pizza shop to try their four-cornered pie. The dough, made with imported Italian yeast, is made to impress, and the array of toppings seems endless. If that’s not enough for you, the fried ravioli is made completely from scratch. This location is another spot visited by Duff Goldman.

#6 Sip and Bite
2200 Boston St
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Spanakopita, crab cakes

This local landmark is a third-generation family-owned diner known for its crab cakes & diner fare. Guy loved the meaty texture and generous portions of the crab cakes. The spanakopita, cooked according to the family recipe, was another favorite.

#7 Dipasquale’s
3700 Gough St
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Arancini, lasagna, mozzarella, Lorenzo di Arabia pizza, “real deal” veal sandwich
The Di Pasquale family must be doing something right, considering this Italian market has been around since 1914. This Italian food specialty store has a cafe serving homemade soups, sandwiches, pizzas, beer and wine.

#8 Broadway Diner
6501 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Hungarian goulash, potato crusted salmon, shrimp creole

Big portions, lots of options, and open 24 hours – what more could you ask for? And if you’ve never tried goulash, try heading over to the place serving up the most “goulicious” version of it, according to Guy.

#9 Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
6526 Holabird Ave
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Crab cake, soft crab sandwich

This local legendary place making amazing crab and other seafood dishes. They’ve even got their food on the road with a Jimmy’s Famous Seafood food truck!

#10 Boulevard Dinerboulevarddiner
1660 Merritt Blvd
Dundalk, MD

What to Order: Sour beef and dumplings, stuffed grape leaves

This 60s style diner has garnered much popularity since it opened in 2001. A Chrome-and-neon landmark, Boulevard Diner is open 24 hours on weekends, serving traditional diner food and Greek fare.

Honorable Mentions

Stoney Creek
8238 Fort Smallwood Rd
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Steamed crab feast, crab cake, cream of crab soup, shrimp salad

G & A Restaurant
3802 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Crabcakes

1700 Thames St
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Irish bibimbap, seafood gumbo

Miss Shirley’s Cafe
750 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD

Johnny Rads
2108 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Risotto balls, train wreck pizza

Swallow at the Hollow
5921 York Rd
Baltimore, MD

What to Order:  Honey ghost wings, steak wrap, crab cake

5402 Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Bacon-wrapped meatloaf

21 N. Eutaw St
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Pork belly mac n cheese and boar sliders

Grano Pasta Bar
1031 W 36th St
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: Linguine Positano, ravioli ai funghi

The Smoking Swine
Roaming Food Truck
Baltimore, MD

What to Order: The Carolina, Beef Short Rib



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Real Estate Leader Josh Mente, is a founding member and owner of The MD Home Team of Keller Williams Excellence, and is responsible for business administration and marketing for the firm. Josh’s career path began in 1998 as a loan officer for Eastern Savings Bank, where he managed national accounts. He later joined Option One Mortgage originating more than 500 transactions per year valued at $100M+ in sales. In 2006, Mente shifted his expertise to real estate sales, gained his license and focused on buy/fix/sell transactions. Josh is a member of Elite Real Estate Network (ERN), the 2009 Rookie of the Year for Long and Foster corporate, and in 2012 ranked 206 and 2013 ranked 234 in Real Trends of the Wall Street Journal, ranking in the top 250 agents nationwide for all brokerages. From any early age, Josh was introverted and worked hard to overcome a fears of sales - a business that doesn't lend itself well to introverted people. When challenged by a manager that he didn’t have what it took for a specific job, Josh pushed forward and won approval in his new position. That was a pivotal moment that set the pace for his success in real estate sales. Having earned an AA degree from Montgomery College in business administration in 1995 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Towson University in Mass Communications 1997, Josh married his college sweetheart Melinda and they now have three wonderful daughters that provide the opportunity to watch them grow up and experience things for the first time. A committed sports fanatic, Josh spends time on the golf course, and follows the Ravens and Orioles as a season ticket holder. He is a part owner of two restaurants in Manhattan, enjoys music and time away with the family at their beach house in Rehoboth, DE. He hopes to find time for his hobbies that include building furniture, playing guitar, learning Spanish and flying planes.

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