2009 Best of Baltimore Poll Results
Baltimore Magazine’s 2009 Best of Baltimore Reader’s Poll is final and a few of the results:
Best Bagel – Panera, (???) Greg’s second, Goldberg’s third, either of which is better
Best Burger – Five Guy’s (OK by me)
Best Crabcake – G&M (Yep)
Best Crabs – Costas’, Mr. Bill’s, Obryki’s
Best Italian – La Scala
Best Mex – Nacho Mama’s
Best Pizza – Matthew’s
Best Bar – Brewer’s Art
Best Seafood – Oceanaire
See the whole list at:
But they are chains, national chains and Baltimore is a great seafood city that also happens to have one of the best steak houses in America which started there. There is nothing unique about them, nothing that speaks of the city they are in. There was a time when the original Oceanaire in Minneapolis (on the second floor in the back of an office building) at least felt like a Minneapolis seafood restaurant-for whatever that might mean. Now, every Oceanaire that I go in from D. C. to Orlando to Indianapolis, etc. feels like Minneapolis to me. I react negatively to D. C. "best of" polls which are similar in naming national chains as among the best. Still, there was a time when the Chesapeake would have been the city's best seafood restaurant and, without question, the Prime Rib would have been the best steak house just as O'Donnell's was Washington's best seafood restaurant on Pennsylvania avenue. Ironically, many believe that the Prime Rib is D. C.'s best steak house and perhaps Philly's, too, yet it started in Baltimore.
Sorry for my rant but far too many people vote in these polls who have never had a bite in what they are voting for.