When my youngest moved to Baltimore, she made me promise I would not watch The Wire. She’s been there for six years now and I’ve kept my promise. Now she’s finished grad school. I just made my 6th visit to a city I love, a city from whence my ancestors came.
The city, Baltimore, is charming, especially on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We were the recipients of charming free beers. We ate charming free food. We met charming Uber drivers.
There is so much to love about Baltimore:
1. The pride. Residents of Baltimore are proud of their city. They are proud to live in Baltimore, to be from Baltimore. The friendliness. People smile. They say hello, good mornin’, how ya doin’, wassup. People in Baltimore are happy to chat with complete strangers.
2. It’s real. It’s gritty. If you want high-falutin’ go to trendy preppy D.C. Baltimore is as down to earth as it gets.
3. Federal Hill Park.
4. Ft. McHenry, Francis Scott Keyes and The Star Spangled Banner.
5. Camden Yards.
6. Fells Point (my daughter lives in Fells Point) and the Admiral Fell Inn and the ghosts.
7. Resurrection Beer.
8. The to-die-for food at Peter’s Inn. Worth the wait. Seriously good eats. One of the best meals we’ve ever had.
9. The Captain Crunch French Toast at Blue Moon Cafe.
10. The old synagogues and the Jewish Museum.
11. Random Hebrew placards marking former synagogues near Patterson Park.
12. The American Visionary Art Museum. (Do not miss. Best museum ever.)
13. The Mad Hatter.
14. Art Gallery of Fells Point, an Artist Coop– Check out Maury Dickson and his steampunk art.
15. Pitango Gelato, Fells Point. Try the afogado with chocolate-hazelnut gelato.
My daughter will be in Baltimore for another couple weeks. Then I get to watch The Wire.
Oh… while I was there checking out records I learned my great-grandmother was the daughter of a famous rabbi. Funny.