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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
3700 Gough St
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
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
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!
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.
8238 Fort Smallwood Rd
What to Order: Steamed crab feast, crab cake, cream of crab soup, shrimp salad
G & A Restaurant
3802 Eastern Ave
What to Order: Crabcakes
1700 Thames St
What to Order: Irish bibimbap, seafood gumbo
Miss Shirley’s Cafe
750 E Pratt St
2108 Eastern Ave
What to Order: Risotto balls, train wreck pizza
Swallow at the Hollow
5921 York Rd
What to Order: Honey ghost wings, steak wrap, crab cake
5402 Harford Rd
What to Order: Bacon-wrapped meatloaf
21 N. Eutaw St
What to Order: Pork belly mac n cheese and boar sliders
Grano Pasta Bar
1031 W 36th St
What to Order: Linguine Positano, ravioli ai funghi
The Smoking Swine
Roaming Food Truck
What to Order: The Carolina, Beef Short Rib