The Best of Maryland: Top 10 Dishes of 2017

Nomsters, we had a helluva year eating, and we can’t believe 2017’s coming to an end.  In honor of the new year, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten favorite eats in Maryland.  We’ll be sharing similar lists for DC and SF as well so make sure you check back soon.  Soooo, let’s get to it!  Here’s the best of Maryland…

1.  Pitango Bakery & Cafe’s cruffin:  we can’t even begin to tell you guys how much we loved eating at their location in Fell’s Point.  Their cruffin was seriously one of the best pastries we’ve had in YEARS, and their almond croissant was just as good.  It was really tough choosing between the two, but luckily you guys don’t have to.  Go get one of each and report back!  And get a Red sandwich while you’re at it.  Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and avocado on tomato focaccia? Um, we think yes.  So. much. yes.  Click to read more about our experience at Pitango.

pitango cruffin

2.  Vivo’s bucatini lobster & shrimp:  who knew you could find solid Italian cuisine in Hanover, MD?  We’re definitely regulars at Vivo Italian Kitchen, but we only ever get the following:  the bucatini mentioned previously and their mafaldine bolognese.  The bucatini’s made with roasted tomatoes, chardonnay, thyme and cream, while the mafaldine’s made with housemade sausage, braised short rib and warm ricotta.  Come for their lunch specials or 3-course prix fixe dinners on Friday & Saturday nights to get the most bang for your buck. Click to read more about our experience at Vivo.

best pasta in maryland

3.  Pinstripes’ tenderloin sliders:  ermergerd, we love Pinstripes so, SO much.  Everything was nomtastic, but their tenderloin sliders were exceptional.  They were cooked medium with bordelaise, shallot mayo, and…magic.  Their stuffed mushrooms were also very tasty so make sure you guys give ’em a try, and end your meal on a sweet note with a sundae (in a housemade waffle bowl). Click to read more about our experience at Pinstripes.

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best sliders at pike & rose

4.  Wit & Wisdom’s bread pudding:  Omg, if you’re looking for a kickass dessert in Baltimore, go to Wit & Wisdom.  Seriously.  Dyan Ng, the pastry chef there, is beyond incredible.  The last time we went, we got two of her desserts, and both of them were ridiculously tasty.  They were *drum roll please* the chocolate bar and bread pudding.  Now, the chocolate bar was good, but holy crap, the bread pudding was to die for, like we may or may not have licked the bottom of the plate.  Ok, we didn’t do that, but we almost did, ha.  It was served warm with gelato, and it was honestly one of the best desserts we’ve ever had so run, don’t walk.  And click to read more about our experience at W&W.

delicious desserts in baltimore

5.  Mid Atlantic Seafood’s stuffed shrimp: Quite possibly the BEST stuffed shrimp we’ve ever had.  MAS doesn’t mess around.  Everything we got there was on point, but the stuffed shrimp was goals.  They were fried to absolute perfection (no grease, thank god) and PACKED with jumbo lump crabmeat.  Get 3 for $9.99 or 5 for $12.99 – includes 2 sides.  Now, the exterior isn’t anything special, and it’s attached to a liquor store, but save your judgement until AFTER you try their food.  We can pretty much guarantee you’ll love their noms!  Click to read more about our experience at Mid Atlantic Seafood.

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amazing seafood in laurel

6.  Gordon Ramsay Steak’s beef wellington: When David Lee, the food and beverage director at Horseshoe Casino, invited us to come eat at his new steakhouse, we didn’t even pretend to think twice.  We walked in with high expectations yet the food and service STILL managed to wow us.  The beef wellington was cooked to perfection and was served medium rare with root veggies and mash.  Another favorite was the American wagyu filet and of course, the sticky toffee pudding.  Our full review of Gordon Ramsay Steak is coming up soon so keep an eye out, Nomsters.

best food at horseshoe casino

7.  Owen’s Ordinary bucatini & mushroom bolognese:  Another very solid pasta dish.  If you’re a fan of mushrooms, you’ll absolutely love this plate.  The noodles are cooked to al dente perfection, and the ratio of carb to sauce is on point.  Make sure you get an order of their crispy shrimp sliders while you’re at it!  If you go for brunch, try some of their unique waffle offerings.  Click to read more about our experience at Owen’s Ordinary.

owen's ordinary at pike & rose

8.  Da Rae Won’s jja jang myun:  if you love asian noodles, this joint will be your new go-to.  They easily serve THE best jja jang myun in the area, like no other place even comes close.  They make all their noodz fresh in house – it’s called soo tah gook su FYI, and it roughly translates to handmade noodles – and is topped with a thick black bean sauce with diced pork and vegetables.  They also serve other Chinese Korean dishes here, but the jjamppong (noodles with seafood in a spicy soup) and jja jang myun are the must-try bowls here!  They don’t have a site, but their address is as follows for those of you interested: 5013 Garrett Avenue, Beltsville, MD, 20705.

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9.  Blk // Sugar’s ube croissant:  If you’re looking for a cool place to eat in Baltimore, R. House is an absolute must.  It’s a really trendy dining hall with various different vendors like be.bim, BRD, Hilo, and Stall 11. Unfortunately, Blk // Sugar’s no longer there, but apparently Krystal Mack’s looking to open her own space soon.  All we know is that we’re gonna be one of the first peeps in line.  We’ve been dying to try one of her charcoal activated brownies, and we miss her ube croissants oh so much.

best pastries in baltimore

10.  Apropoe’s cauliflower ravioli: Um, we had no idea cauliflower ravioli existed…and we had no idea we would like it.  If you had told us that we’d be listing veggie ravioli on our “best of” list a year ago, we would’ve laughed in your face, but Apropoe’s showed us the light.  Head on over to Harbor East to try this unique and uber delicious pasta dish, and get their bittersweet chocolate torte to finish your meal off.  Click to read more about our experience at Apropoe’s.

cauliflower ravioli

Alright Nomsters, that’s it for today!  We’d love to hear your thoughts on the restaurants we featured for our best of Maryland roundup.  Have you guys tried any of these dishes? If yes, what did you think?


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