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Yes, it's sometimes called Smalltimore, but the dining and drinking scene in Maryland's biggest city is anything but. Creative chefs are taking advantage of the city's position between fertile farms and the Chesapeake Bay to source meats, produce and seafood, as well as abundant foraged greens and mushrooms. Local breweries crank out creative beers, while Maryland's wineries are producing more and more award-winning bottles. Whether you're looking to splurge or check out a chef-owned BYO spot, now is your chance to find out why Baltimore is called Charm City. — Martha Thomas, food editor, Baltimore Style

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