Baltimore has many restaurants that have been tried and true when it comes to the hype they have produced. From breakfast to dessert, these five restaurants have a strong reputation and have earned it. Don’t let the long lines or crowded dining turn you away from being able to join in on promoting the hype.


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

Gertrude’s is located within the Baltimore Museum of Art and has become known as a go to for reliable and moderately priced Chesapeake dishes. One highlight that it is known for is the “Tuesdays with Gertie” menu specials from 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. every Tuesday. These $12 menu specials are worth all of the hype with dishes like the crab cake platter, single-fry oysters and the Maryland pan fried chicken. It has also been named a winner of OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.

The Food Market
1017 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 366-0606

Located right in the heart of the home of Baltimore “hons” on The Avenue in Hampdem, The Food Market brings patrons comfort food in a modern sociable space. The menu offers well-known ingredients in unique and inspired dishes. When starting off, follow the lead on hype with the Amish soft pretzel sticks served with a beer-cheese fondue for dipping. The main course dishes offer a variety of delectables like the shrimp dinner with the cheddar grits, and ouille sausage and cajun thyme cream, or the signature Pat Lafrieda burger.

The Helmand
806 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 752-0311

The Helmand, located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, has been offering Baltimore diners Afghan cuisine with an elegant atmosphere for over 25 years. Patrons are drawn in to try the Kaddo Borwani (pan-fried baby pumpkin), Dwopiaza (seasoned tenderloin of lamb) and the Aushak (leek-filled ravioli). It is also known as a great place to celebrate a special event because the owners and restaurant always make it memorable.

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(Credit, Jessica Lemmo)

Blue Moon Cafe  
1621 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 522-3940

Owner and Chef Sarah Simington opened this acclaimed breakfast spot in the historic Fells Point neighborhood in 1996. Simington’s passion and attitude not only comes through in her dishes but also in the decor, which is a mix of bright and funky meets rock and roll. The homemade cinnamon rolls will bring anyone back again, but don’t forget to try her well-known dish of Captain Crunch french toast or one of the weekly specials that she posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page. A second location in Federal Hills at 1024 Light Street is in the works, bringing all of the same great hype plus some extras.

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(Credit, Jessica Lemmo)

Shoo-Fly Diner
510 E. Belvedere Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21212
(410) 464-9222

Shoo-Fly Diner is a creation of well-known restauranteurs Amy and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen. Here you will find a family atmosphere (it even has a kids’ play area) with drink and food selections that anyone of any age will like. The menu of classics and Chesapeake region ingredients includes items like disco fries, a fried chicken supper and nightly blue plate specials.

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Jessica Lemmo loves to write about Baltimore’s great restaurants. From food service to the atmosphere, you can be sure Jessica will cover the entire restaurant experience. She especially likes finding her readers great discounts. Her work can be found on