Want to try a new restaurant but still feel confident that you’re going to get a good meal? The best way to do that is to pick a “celebrity chef” who has a proven track record of providing excellent meals.

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Duff Goldman

Charm City Cakes
2936 Remington Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 235-9229

You can see Duff Goldman on the Food Network show “Ace of Cakes.” Charm City Cakes can make any sort of cake you can imagine. The cakes are truly works of art and, like art, they do not come cheap. Cakes start at $1,000—but when you see them, you know they’re worth the money.

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Mark Laubner

Silks Restaurant
320 Blenheim Lane
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
(410) 939-8887, ext. 5

Mark Laubner’s Silks Restaurant offers a good reason to head to Havre de Grace. Options include the Shrimp Cassandra, Santa Fe Chicken, or slow-cooked St. Louis Ribs. There’s even a surf and turf option (steak and crabcakes).

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E. Michael Reidt

B&O American Brasserie
2 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 692-6172

E. Michael Reidt is the chef for B&O American Brasserie. He offers dishes like foie gras and oxtail terrine, Gunpowder Farms bison carpaccio and duck leg confit. For the less adventurous, there are also options like chicken, salmon and, on Saturdays, pork chops and applesauce.

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Jesse Sandlin

58 W. Biddle Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 837-3630

Abacrombie chef Jesse Sandlin is a huge part of what makes Abacrombie a world-famous restaurant. The menu offers choices like beef carpaccio, pan-seared ahi and roasted quail wrapped in bacon. The only problem is narrowing it down to one entrée.

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John Shields

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 889-3399

John Shields offers amazing food at Gertrude’s. You can build your own crabcake, enjoy mussels or crab imperial. If you’re not a seafood fan, there’s also steak, chicken or turkey dishes. The brunch is also spectacular.

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Bryan Voltaggio

228 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 696-VOLT (8658)

Bryan Voltaggio was a contestant on Top Chef and now his restaurant Volt is very popular. You can enjoy dishes like pineland farm beef strip loin, lamb or pork. Or there’s even a 21-course tasting menu. Either way, save room for dessert. Options include a lemon tart or “textures of chocolate.”