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Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

Awesome! Thanks for the recommendations.

Blue Crab visiting baltimore in the next 2 weeks.

What places do you get local crabs for carry out? Even thouhg it won't be until next summer I'm always looking for a good crab shack with local crabs. Thanks

Coming to Pittsburghs.What's the Best ?

I will be in town for a concert and would like recommendations for the city's best cheap eats. Looking for a place that you order at the counter and then just wait for your food. But somethig that is just fantastic. I like all kinds of stuff. Staying at the Best Western Parkway Center so close is better.But really looking for the something memorable.Thanks guys.

Jun 25, 2013
tobynissly in Pennsylvania

Cooked Collard Greens Baltimore

Any suggestions on where to get good cooked greens in Baltimore. Would prefer carry out type place. Not expecting anything mindblowing.

Bland Produce JFX Farmer's Market

My post was a general statement about the produce I've tried so far. About a dozen different vendors over the last couple of years. Not saying there isn't some good produce out there. I just haven't had anything yet that was above average. I will say that I stopped at a roadside stand I like in N.J. last weekend and got great blueberries,corn peaches, tomatoes, etc. I guess it all depends on finding the farmer's doing quality work.

Bland Produce JFX Farmer's Market

I have been underwhelmed with the quality of the produce here. All of it looks fresh and great but tastes bland. I love going for the eggs, pickles, and bacon. But as far as corn, tomatoes, cantalope, broccoli, etc, forget it. No flavor. Doesn't seem to matter which vendor I go to. Maybe they need to rotate there crops better. Something ain't working. Anyway, Eddies in Roland Park always has consistently awesome local produce so it can be done. The local corn and peaches they have right now are fantastic.

Best deli on Corned Beef Row?

The problem with the reuben from Weiss is that bread is just toasted and then sandwich is zapped in microwave. Still a really good sandwich but not grilled. Unfortunately I don't think anyplace on corned beef row has a grilled reuben. My favorite place for straight up corned beef is still Attman's.

Top ten favorite things to eat (and where to get them) in Baltimore

My Top Ten Favorites:

1. Faidley's crab cakes
2.Attman's corned beef
3.Ikaros -Mousaka, spinach pie, greek salad
4.Andy Nelson's pulled pork sandwich
5. Thai restaurant-Pad Thai,Basil green pea stir fry
6.Salty Dog steamed crabs
7.Patisserie Poupon desserts
8.Petit Louis french onion soup
9.Sip and Bite chicken souvlaki
10.Ambassador Outside-Special occasion.Anything

Pioneer Pit Beef

Glad you liked the pit beef from Beefalo Bob's. Everyone's got their fave place for certain foods. I work right down the street from Pioneer so I'll have to check it again.

Beefalo Bob's
107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

Best Place for Fried Seafood Platter Carry Out Baltimore

Where can I get a good fried seafood platter to go in the Baltimore area. I'm craving one like I get at the beach in New Jersey. Don't know if it's going to be that good, but any suggestions would help. Thanks.

Pioneer Pit Beef

I had Beefalo Bob's pit beef at the Hon Fest last year where they were smoking it up. It was truly the best I have ever had. Blew away Pioneer and Chaps. Haven't been to Pasadena but am seriously considering it. Dont' waste your time with whoever is cooking it at the Farmer's Market. It sucks.

Beefalo Bob's
107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

Local produce JFX Market

Thanks.This information has been helpful.

Local produce JFX Market

I've been to the market here a couple of times and really enjoy it.Got some great pickels and awesome bacon. However when it comes to produce I'm at a bit of a loss as to what's local. Saw lots of brocolli and spinach, etc but wonder if this is just shipped in from other places. Don't want to pay $$$ for what I can get at the Giant for cheaper. Any recs on stands that grow most of there own produce.Obviously it depends on what's in season now.

Andy Nelsons - still considered the best BBQ in D.C. - Baltimore area ?

Andy Nelson's has awesome pulled pork! It is the best around. The sides are average and to me the rub on the ribs was way too salted.

Best Fried Chicken/Collard Greens Lexington Market

Who has the best fried chicken and cooked greens in the Market ? They don't have to be the same stand. I'm game to try all the places but would like a good starting point.

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Attman's Deli

Attmans is definately the best.Been going there for years. I've heard people talk about Weiss being better so I tried a corned beef on rye with mustard. It was o.k but a bit on the dry side. The dill pickles are nowhere near as good either. Given the food and the incredibly depressing atmosphere, I won't be back.

Woodberry kitchen is the best Baltimore has to offer?

Interesting that you say service is lacking in this town. I would definately agree it leaves a lot to be desired. I never though of it as specific to Baltimore, however. But you may be correct.I can't tell you how many times I've had to flag down a waiter. Until it's time to pay the bill of course. I used to wait tables for many years so I know what it's like to provide good service. I haven't really traveled much in the last couple years so hard for me to weigh in on other cities. I do remember being in California about five years ago and thinking how friendly everyone was. I found it refreshing.

Good Hamburger Buns Baltimore Area

I just got my new issue of Bon Appetit magazine and staring at me on the cover is a big juicy grilled hamburger with a fantastic looking sesame seed bun. It got me in the mood to cook up some tasty burgers. Only problem is I can't find a bun that even comes close to the one on that magazine. Anybody got a recommendation for a place that sells really good rolls for burgers? I'm not expecting anything earth shattering here. But would like to find a better roll than the supermarket variety.

Mexican Restaurant Baltimore

Is there anyplace that makes their own hard taco shells in town? Have tried a bunch of places over the years in Fells Point and not really too impressed with the taste. Most of the food is very average despite the variety of choices, and I have tried a lot of dishes. I know the authentic places only use soft tortillas and I'm perfectly fine with that. But sometimes you just want a good crunchy taco. Call it Tex Mex or whatever you like. Not looking to start a big discusion of authentic versus inauthentic. In LA there are tons of joints that make their own shells. Not so here.

Vaccaro's Italian Pastries @ Union Station closed

I used to be a big fan of Vacarros but I had a cannoli there recently and it didn't have the same great taste that they used to have. I finally hit on it when I got that familiar burning sensation in my throat. Corn syrup!

Good Corn Baltimore

Has anyone found a store that sells really good white corn? I know the supermarkets sell it but I haven't been too impressed with the taste. Obviously that is to be expected. Also seeing a lot of bi- colored corn, which just doesn't do it for me. The corn I have bought in Baltimore so far has been rather tasteless and/or chewy. I know there is the farmers market but wondering if there is a good produce stand or market that has it. The best white corn I have had this year was from a roadside stand in New Jersey. Absolutely fantastic.

Restaurants That Have Slipped. Baltimore

I can see your point and think that could be true in certain circumstances. However, with the Helmand, I loved the food every time I went there for years, except the last two times. I really think the quality of preparation has gone downhill. As for Salt, I think the innovation is still ongoing but the taste is lacking. You also have to throw in the human aspect of who happens to be cooking that night. The actual line chef who made my first great Hungarian goulash is probably long gone.

Restaurants That Have Slipped. Baltimore

Are there any restaurants out there you used to think were good but not anymore? Another poster somewhere said the Helmand and I would have to agree. The Helmand was one of my faves for years but the last two times I've been there were disapointing. The entrees lacked the usual subtle distinction of flavors. They just seemed thrown together. The beef on one of their regular specials was also so chewy it was had to swallow. The big price increase doesn't help either. Although I would grant them higher prices if the food hadn't become so average. My other choice is Salt. That restaurant rocked when it first opened and for a year or so later. I have been there since ,about four or five times, and don't even remember what I had. I keep expecting to taste something like the sublime Hungarian goulash they used to have on the menu. The last time I was there I had the ginger beer marinated ribs that came highly recommended. They came out tasting sickly sweet with no other flavor to speak of. Never again.

Restaurants Everyone Loves Except You

Have to sadly agree about the Helmand.The last two times I was there it was kind of dissapointing. Sad because it used to be one of my faves. There wasn't the usual subtle dinstinction of flavors in the entrees. They just kind of seemed thrown together. Plus the beef on one their regular specials was just way to tough and stringy. Combine that with the price hike and it makes me not really miss the place.

No Tomato Zone

I can't good tomatoes for the life of me. I heard on the news there is a tomato glut in Florida ,or somewhere down south, and the fruit is rotting on the vine.Basically prices have plummeted and farmers are practically giving them away.However when I go into my local supermarket(Giant, Superfresh, etc.) all I see are tasteless greenhouse tomatoes or foreign product, all at exorbitant prices. I plan on going to the farmer's market as I am sure quality is better though not necessarily price. Maybe once the local crop comes in things. So how did the tomato become such a pathetic and expensive vegetable? I blame genetic fruit and the generally low standards of food quality in this country.

Jul 14, 2010
tobynissly in General Topics

Beefalo Bob's Pit Beef

Anybody been to this place in Pasadena? I had their pit beef at Honfest and it was really the best pit beef I've had in years. Great charred taste and not too tough. Much better than Pioneer or Chaps. The only downside was the commercial brand barbeque sauce but the horseradish and onion made up for it. I'm not really a fan of Honfest but I might be able to brave it next year for a quick pit beef.

Beefalo Bob's
107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

Thai on Greenmount -- questions

I second the greatness of Thai restaurant. I have tried them all in Baltimore and this is still my favorite. My go to stir fries are the basil and green pea with chicken and the cashew nut and dried chili with pork. Their spring rolls and the sweet chili sauce that goes with them are wonderful. The pad thai rocks as well. Try it for sure.

Baltimore Crabs

Bo Brook's crabs used to be great but they have gone way downhill. Light and reheated again and again to the point of overkill. I think they don't even care about the quality of the product anymore. It's all about squeezing every last dime out of those crabs. Speaking on that subject, where else would you go pay $40.00 to have a reheated meal? Nowhere. But crab places do it all the time. Have only been to Canton Dockside once and thought the crabs were pretty good. You might just get lucky and they'll be great. I'd say that's your best bet for the area.

Bo Brooks Restaurant
2701 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Canton Dockside
3301 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Crabs in South Baltimore

I love,love, love Salty Dog in Dundalk for carry out crabs. I've lived in Baltimore my whole life and am pretty critical when it comes to crabs. They certainly can steam up whatever you need. The seasoning is perfect and the crabs are heavy and fresh. Probably not close to where you live, but if you want great crabs you gotta drive the distance. I won't go anywhere else.

Herr's Potato Chips Baltimore

Anyone know where to get Herr's chips in Baltimore? They used to sell them here a few years ago but now they've dropped out of sight. When I'm passing through NJ or PA I always pick up a big bag to go with that MSG chip dip,