BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is ranked among the top 10 foodie cities across the nation, according to Yelp.

Baltimore ranks no. 9 not only for its crab cakes and Old Bay seasoning, but because of its array of restaurants options from casual pubs to eateries with award-winning chefs.

From casual pubs to award-winning chefs to food halls, many people in Baltimore agree with the high rating.

“Absolutely it’s a big foodie city, fine restaurants all over and fine prices,” said Myron Sears of NW Baltimore.

Tony Foreman of the Foreman Wolf Group, which owns several restaurants in the city said Baltimore should be ranked even higher.

“I don’t know how they rank somebody ahead of us, there’s huge energy right now in Baltimore, there are a lot of people who develop a lot of skills and have a lot of ideas, whether it’s little places or big places there are things opening all over and Baltimore is loaded with food-oriented amenities,” Foreman said.

Yelp praises Charm City for offering an array of dining spots, one of the most popular places is Faidley’s Seafood in Lexington Market, famous for its crab cakes and seafood.

“The fish here is good and the seafood is always amazing in Baltimore,” said Cierra Riley of West Baltimore.

From steaks at Bar Vasquez to a sandwich at Ekiben, Baltimore has become a foodie paradise.

“Baltimore takes its knocks, I wish the visitation was higher, maybe surveys like this will drive more visitation to the city as a food destination,” Foreman said.

 

Yelp suggests foodies try the sweet potato polenta at Water For Chocolate and the buffalo mushroom wrap at Annabel Lee Tavern.

The no. 1 foodie city was San Francisco followed by St. Louis, Mo and Honolulu.

Other cities in the top 10 are Plano, Tx (4), San Diego (5), Las Vegas (6), Richmond (7), Pittsburgh (8) and Austin (10).

Yelp’s data science team compared each cities new restaurants, ratings, reviews, cuisine diversity and percentage of food photos to reveal where Yelpers like to eat.

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