My daughter, granddaughter 7, and I went to Baltimore for a few days over spring break. I read many threads-was only able to go a few places. Loved the laid back, friendly feelings from all the staff where we went. They were all nice. No one was pretentious.
Most of the places are in the Fells Point Area. Started by sharing an appetizer of pierogies and a bowl of borscht at Ze Mean Bean. Loved the variety of pierogies. The borscht was good and a little spicy. I like my own borscht with beef for a more hearty soup, but this borscht was very good and light. Loved the atmosphere with the wood, very cozy. Would love to live in the area and have their after work pierogie special.
Alladin on Rt 3 (2032 Plank Rd) is a favorite for really fresh ingredients Middle Eastern, possibly Lebanese-not sure. Reasonably priced. Has a non-smoking room and a separate Hooka bar that's very popular with the college crowd.
Poppy Hill Tuscan Kitchen off William Street on Charles Street has really good Italian-a little more expensive.
Down the street at 311 William Street, French man and chef that worked in D.C. and then started his own restaurant many years ago in Fredericksburg, very good French food, La Petite Auberge. Not more than chains like Outback or Bonefish.
For a fun summer lunch or night try Rick's on the River(Potomac River) in Fairview Beach 540-775-4600-they have limited hours-call first. Has a bar on the beach with sand toys for kids.
Sammy T's in the historic district on Caroline Street has vegetarian like falafel's and sandwiches, chili, reasonably priced, tin ceilings, booths, and a bar. Been here 20 or more years.
For a nice dinner out, The Bavarian Chef has great German food in the old train station. Entrees around 20-25.
El Asador at 100 Old Greenwich Dr. off Lafayette Blvd is not fancy-tv with Spanish soap operas playing-reasonably priced- El Salvadoran food.