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July 7, 2010

A new way to eat up Charm City

Berger CookiesCharm City Food Tours has started offering tours in Fells Point, taking groups around for 3 1/2 hours of walking and eating.

Owned by a group that gives food tours in Washington, the Baltimore operation began about a month ago.

It is slated to expand soon to Federal Hill, Mount Vernon, Little Italy, Lexington Market and possibly Cross Street Market.

Here's how the Fells Point tour gets billed:

"Join us as we bring you through a town of narrow rowhouses, cobbled streets, and fantastic local cuisine, encapsulating three centuries' worth of charm. See what makes this former port town so unique and delicious."

Tour-takers in Fells Point get to have a drink at "the nation's only Grand Marnier club," taste a local sausage, sample a smoked crabcake, have something undetermined at The Black Olive, dine on local sausages, have "Baltimore's best burger," try an "indigenous cookie," and have more dessert at Meli.

"It's a fun way to see an area," said Jeff Swedarsky, owner of both D.C. Metro Food Tours and Charm City Food Tours. Participants in Baltimore and Washington tend to be about half locals, half tourists.

The tours run Wednesdays through Sundays, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 pm

Cost is $50 per person  (plus a $2 ticketing fee). Tickets are available by calling (800) 979-3370.

Sun file photo of an "indigenous cookie"
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 8:16 AM | | Comments (13)


"former port town"?

Former? Did I miss something?

$50 for a sausage and cookie, a mini crab ball & a shot? not sure it'll work in this town! Money is tight.

I've been on their tour and it's worth every penny! Very fun, informative and a great way to see the real city as a local...not just as a tourist!

A sip of this and a bite of that for $50? Too many restaurant specials with value for your dollars that are better choices.

The actual website is They are offering a great deal more than a sausage and cookie, a mini crab ball & a shot. It sounds like a very good deal, particularly for that type of variety in that neighborhood combined with the experience factor.


Guess the port went down wiht Sobotka

Just took this tour last week--- its Awesome! Definatly a lot more than 2 things. We stopped at 7 places then.

I guess sometimes its a lot more fun to be cynical on these things.

Just took this tour last week--- its Awesome! Definatly a lot more than 2 things. We stopped at 7 places.

I would do it again for sure.

Just took this tour last week--- its Awesome! Definatly a lot more than 2 things. We stopped at 7 places.

I would do it again for sure.

The website looks to have been slapped together somewhat hastily - the about page references only DC, not Baltimore. Major faux pas.

I emailed the website owners, and they assured me the DC references would be replaced later today.

we are not impressed. don't think it'll make it-website weak too

how about a nice happy Fells Point cruise on your own. I bet some people have some great recommendatios too.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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