Baltimore is a city where the hip and the high society mix freely. Interesting cuisine is being served in places with a decidedly casual feel, though we still have special occasion dining, too. There are several restaurants that have two sides to their interiors, allowing different experiences to take place. Baltimore has access to the finest bounty in the nation: seafood such as Maryland Blue crab, cod, striped bass that we call "rockfish", trout from our nearby mountains, as well as tomatoes, heirloom corn, peaches, cantaloupe and even obscure hot peppers. Maybe surprisingly to some, Baltimore is also a city where you can also get a world-class steak.
Baltimore has several places that other cities call "restaurant row". The major streets, the Harbor, Harbor East, the neighborhoods have stretches where you'll discover restaurant after restaurant. Some people will like having wide selection, while others will try them all in a progressive dinner.
The region is home to different ethnic groups – both in the city and in the suburbs – creating a melting pot of flavors.
With a vibrant professional economy, there are definitely upscale options, yet this is a city with a blue collar heritage that appreciates value in all things.