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'Bizarre Foods' paints unsentimental portrait of Baltimore

'Bizarre Foods' paints unsentimental portrait of Baltimore

That's a relief.

The last time a Travel Channel food show featured Baltimore, everyone was royally annoyed.

But Andrew Zimmern's “Bizarre Foods America” show has a different agenda than Anthony Bourdain's “No Reservations,” which baked Baltimore into an unsavory “Rust-Belt” pie back in 2009.

Baltimore came across better, and more accurately, on the Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay episode of “Bizarre Foods” that premiered on Monday.

“Bizarre Foods” works so well because Zimmern is genuinely interested in what he's experiencing but also sensitive to a city’s feelings. He manages to present positive stories and images without sugar-coating. He shows the wealth of...