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Help with good eats near Hopkins

I would not recommend Birches to someone dealing with the stress of a spouse in the hospital. The 1+ hour wait for food plus the high probability of a run-in with the appalling attitude of the owners and staff makes it a no-go for me in this situation. Food can be pretty good, though.

As stated above, check out Fells, Canton and Harbor East and I will also add Mt. Vernon. Look into Sotto Sopra in Mt. Vernon.

Jun 03, 2011
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Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

I would not recommend any Baltimore pizza to someone who lives in NYC.

And I'm not familiar with NYC Thai, but there must be a ton of places better than the mediocre Thai Arroy.

DaphneDuck, I think you should try to squeeze in some crabs. There are suggestions all over this board. This might work for Monday lunch since I would assume most of the crab houses would be open on Memorial Day.

May 25, 2011
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Top ten over-rated restaurants in Baltimore

If you look for something to complain about, you'll probably find it.

I don't think Matthew's is overrated. Personally, it's not for me, but I guess it's good for what it is. No doubt some people love the cakey pie.

Corks is a little weird. I've had a couple of good meals there, but the atmosphere is a little strange. It has reasonable prices for good food. Ive never heard anyone ever call the food amazing or unbelievable, so it's probably not overrated, either.

I had a great meal at Woodberry, but it's the kind of place that people love to hate. So no surprise it's on a list like this.

As for Jack's, you must be referring to the rap it got from the tuna and pop rocks. The current menu offers such oddities as steak with potatoes and a "pork chop" -- whatever that is...

I'm more interested in underrated restaurants, but if I had to pick one that was overrated, it's Thai Arroy. Nice people serving pretty food, but with a total lack of flavor by Thai standards. BYOB is nice, though.

Apr 15, 2011
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Where to Buy Live Lobsters In Baltimore/Parkville/Towson Area?

I haven't been to Conrad's in a while, but I do recall a lobster tank right as you walk in on the wall to the left. I've never had their lobster, but all the other fresh seafood I've had there is top notch.

Dec 21, 2010
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Good steakhouse in Baltimore?

I agree that Prime Rib has the best food, but I don't think it's the best choice. It would be a little stuffy for a group of guys who are coming to see a football game. It's a quiet, low-light, piano player type place. The clientele are generally the older / retired types and have probably been eating there and staring at the same decor since it opened. Not the type of place I would bring my football fan friends if they came to town.

Other than that, it's just the chains which are pretty much indistinguishable. I haven't been to all of them, but I have had a couple of good experiences at Fleming's and that might be a more appropriate setting.

Dec 08, 2010
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Visiting Baltimore for a week

Well, I guess if you're set on going to G&M, it's best to go there first.

You'll get the worst out of the way early and enjoy the rest of what the city has to offer.

I don't love crab cakes, but G&M was the first I had after moving to Baltimore and after all the hype about it being the "best", "world famous", etc., it made me think I hated them.

Dec 01, 2010
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Baltimore in December.....

"We'd prefer somewhere with good food and Great libations that isn't your run of the mill crappy ESPN Zone.... etc. If for some reason these places actually exist in Baltimore,"

Not sure exactly what that means... maybe you would feel more comfortable if you moved the party to DC.

Ryleigh's is a good suggestion. I suggested it to some friends of mine for a casual bachelor party dinner and they said it was perfect. There are a number of semi-private areas where they could push a few tables together and you'll have your own space. I would call to let them know you're coming.

Lexington Market is nothing special to begin with and definitely not a place I would want to go for my bachelor party or suggest to anyone else. It's the default suggestion by a few posters for every out of town visitor no matter what the criteria. Not bachelor party appropriate IMO. Cross St. Market is a better choice, primarily because of Nick's where you can hang out, get some seafood, drink and watch football. For the non-seafood fans, the market also has vendors wings, pretzel dogs, fried chicken, sandwiches, etc.

Nov 10, 2010
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sandwiches in baltimore

Mastellone's is owned by the same folks as DiPasquale's. The food selection (especially fresh) is significantly smaller, but so are the crowds - it doesn't get the Food Network crowd of DiPasquale's. The sandwich menus are very similar, if not identical. The Old World Italian is ridiculously good.

Oct 07, 2010
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Sports bar for Saints games in Baltimore area?

I'm pretty sure you won't have a problem finding the game at the Bel Air bars - Looney's, Magerks, etc.

Sep 17, 2010
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Three dinners in Baltimore - looking for casual spot with good food. Maybe a great NY style pizza?

Go to Iggies.

Pizza Johns is nothing special. I went once and never had the urge to make the trip again. Bagby's didn't impress me, either. The crust was nice, thin and crisp, but the pizza as a whole didn't have much flavor.

Aug 26, 2010
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Three dinners in Baltimore - looking for casual spot with good food. Maybe a great NY style pizza?

For pizza that's walkable in that area, I would suggest Two Boots in Power Plant Live. I've had their plain and pepperoni slices and both are very good for a Baltimore version of NY style. They also have some fancier options. But I would recommend going on the early side as the area gets exponentially frattier as the night goes on.

BOP is junk.

Iggie's is nice, but in addition to being anal about their "rules", they let people bring their dogs inside with them. Not sure if it makes a difference to you, just something you should know.

Aug 26, 2010
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Baltimore Restaurant Week

I agree that restaurant week in Baltimore isn't much of an event for diners. I haven't been since they raised the prices $5 last year. The restaurants that need the business typically aren't set up to handle it. And most aren't even a deal. However, some places extend it through the end of the month.

For example, The Prime Rib has the deal though Sept 5. If you do get a reservation there during Restaurant Week, you can wait an hour after your reservation time to be seated. But go next week and you'll be seated immediately and don't have to sit in a packed dining room. It's much more pleasant.

The website lists all the places that are extending it - some other notables: Adela, Aldo's, Alizee, Kali's Court, Louisiana, Meli, Mezze, Black Olive.

Aug 20, 2010
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Annapolis and Baltimore dining questions

Take a look at Ryleigh's in Federal Hill. I wouldn't recommend it for Tuesday, since that is $2 crab night and it gets packed. Monday they have $1 oysters all night (I think). Sounds like there's something for everyone at the price you're looking for. I've never had a bad meal there.

http://www.ryleighs.com

Chaps would be a good stop on your way out of town. It's a good cheap sandwich, but not as great as the folks at Food Network would have you believe.

Aug 03, 2010
Chowtimore in Washington DC & Baltimore

Annapolis and Baltimore dining questions

Don't go to G&M.

Faidley's has beer.

If you can list some things your relatives DO eat and a price range, it would be easier to offer suggestions. Or you could just go to the tourist places in the Inner Harbor.

Aug 03, 2010
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Help! I'm Afraid Of The Suburbs!!!

Definitely check out Springfield Farm. Great beef, poultry, eggs, etc. And you can get chicken backs, feet, beef bones and what not for stocks. They are only open Fri-Sun though.

Pasta Blitz in Timonuim is my go-to place for pizza when I'm in the area. Pasta Mista is good, too.

Jul 21, 2010
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Late lunch close to Inner Harbor, seeking seafood and relaxation.

The Circulator does not go to Canton. And the line that goes to Fells in not in operation yet, though the Harbor East stop on the orange line is pretty close.

Jul 20, 2010
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Restaurants That Have Slipped. Baltimore

Abbey Burger Bistro. I don't know if they switched beef providers or what, but I was in there a couple of weeks ago and the beef was tasteless. I couldn't tell the difference from any of the other sub par bar food burgers in the city. It was also overcooked. When the whole schtick is burgers, the cooks should be well-advised to pay attention to the difference between medium-rare and medium-well. I would much rather have a Five Guys burger that what I got at Abbey last time.

I'll give them another shot, but if it's more mediocre food, I'll look elsewhere for my burgers.

Jul 16, 2010
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Casual Eats- Baltimore

Mi Viejo Pueblito

Haven't been yet, but it's up on my list of places to check out. And BYOB.

More info here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708601

Jul 08, 2010
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Steamed crabs in Baltimore- how much are they running?

$50 for mediums at Canton Dockside.

May 26, 2010
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Visiting the INner Harbour

Asahi Sushi in Fells Point. Cheap, simple, good and BYOB.

May 25, 2010
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Baltimore Delivery - Harbor East

Ding How for Chinese.

May 06, 2010
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Lexington or Cross Street Market

Agree that Lexington Market isn't so nice, but if you just want a crab cake, it's a better choice.

Apr 20, 2010
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Pizza in Baltimore

Almost as bad as the snobs who say you need to specify the "style" of "NY Style" and proceed to rattle off all different types of "NY Style" pizza... as if because a type of pizza is made in at least one restaurant in NY, it qualifies...

That said, I grew up in NY and the best NY style I have found in the Baltimore area are (in order):

Pasta Blitz - Timonium
Pasta Mista - Towson/Canton
Chef Paolino - Catonsville (the downtown location was far inferior the one time I tried it)

While none of these will compete for the best slice in the world, they are all solid and if I want a slice or two, I never feel let down at any of them.

Mar 25, 2010
Chowtimore in Washington DC & Baltimore

Boston Chowhound needs recommendation near (ish) to BWI

15-20 minutes will get you into Baltimore City. The Wine Market is just off 95 and easy to get to. I would definitely make a reservation for a Friday night. For basic, no frills sushi, there's Matsu in Linthicum. Not really "high-end" sushi (Baltimore doesn't have that anyway) and maybe too casual for what you're looking for, but it's good for what it is.

If you do a search for Federal Hill or Locust Point, you'll get some more recs within 15-20 min.

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Wine Market
921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

Mar 25, 2010
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Birthday dinner in Baltimore. Help me decide.

I would also pick Woodberry Kitchen from your list, but I think Salt is exactly what you're looking for.

Jan 23, 2010
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Pazo -- whoa, that was awful

I'm not a fan of Pazo myself, but I don't see anything in the review that supports the headline of "awful". Some things were "ok", "good", "very good", "decent" others "bland", not exciting, etc... Some good, some not so good. It just sounds like you had an average meal at above average prices. Unfortunate, maybe. But that's not awful.

You say nothing was "even really good" and then go on to say the white anchovies were "very good". And the agnolotti was even better than the the anchovies, so that must have been at least "very good", as well.

It seems like the title is there just to get attention...

Nov 09, 2009
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Food near First Mariner arena

Frank and Nic's is a couple of blocks away, in the Zenith building. It's good for what it is - a step up from typical bar food, but still reasonably priced. There are also some pricier entrees, but I've stuck with the apps and sandwiches and haven't been disappointed. It will be happy hour when you're there, so you could just get a bunch of the $5 apps and be set.

http://www.frankandnics.com/

Nov 07, 2009
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Restaurant Week(s)

Baltimore Restaurant Week is pretty much a scam. It's disappointing that the local food cheerleaders, err media, are afraid to mention that you don't save more than $3 or so at the vast majority of the restaurants. And at some you OVERPAY. A lot of people are convinced it's a "deal" just because of the name. A marketing success for the restaurants, but little in terms of value for the customers - especially if you don't normally order three courses. I'm certainly not going to deal with the crowds, service / food issues and a menu that is probably chosen based on profit margin rather than quality when I could go to a non-participating restaurant and get equally good food at the same price and without the hassles.

Most of the steakhouses, which traditionally offered the best value during restaurant week, have similar prix fixe menus available all the time. Baltimore just doesn't have enough participating restaurants that offer value for a pared-down menu at $30.

The bright side is that we can find good food at reasonable prices year-round, without the gimmicks.

Aug 14, 2009
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Brisket -

Aug 04, 2009
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Lexington Mkt Bmore?

Just because Lexington Market is "unique" or "real Baltimore" (whatever that means) doesn't mean it's good. Out of the 100+ vendors you never see more than 5 or so that are actually recommended. The market caters toward lower-class, poverty-stricken Baltimore residents. The food that is offered is what those people are used to and can afford. They also drive the "atmosphere" that is often mentioned. You will find low quality produce, meat, seafood and a lot of greasy and fried foods. Sure, there are a few diamonds in the rough, but nothing that warrants going out of your way. Anything in Lexington Market can be found at better quality in a better atmosphere somewhere nearby. I went once and never went back.

Faidley's might be the one place to actually check out regardless of its location, but I'm not a big fan of crab cakes in general, so I can't comment on those.

I guess it all depends on what you're looking for.

Jul 21, 2009
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