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2 Excellent Finds in Baltimore!!!

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If you're planning to spend a weekend in Baltimore as my wife and I and some friends did just recently, may I recommend you stay at a lovely B and B in the Mt. Vernon section, one of the loveiest parts of the town? It is the Governemnt House (1125 N Calvert St (NOT Charles St as one internet site mistakenly identified), 410-539-0566. It is a lovlingly restored mansion with a lot of antiques and two pool tables in the basement, and very competitvely priced. The rooms were large and comfortable. One of the managers, Beverly, was a font of info about Baltimore--where to eat, what to see and her recommendations were right on!

One of the restaurants she suggested was the seafood/Italian La Tesso Tano, 58 W Biddle St, only 4 blocks away from the B and B, and very close to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Simply, it was one of the best meals I have had from beginning to end. While it wasn't cheap (about $80 per couple including drinks, tax and tip), you got a lot of excellent, interesting food for the money.

If you try either one, let me know what you think.

Steve
NYC

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions for Baltimore. My sister lives there and I like to tell her about new places. You wrote that you went to two places, but only wrote about La Tesso Tano. What was the other place? Any other places you could suggest would be great. thanks

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    1. re: iris

      Iris, The other place we ate in was completely forgettable. I think it was called Bertha's and it was in the Fells Point section. The food was very mediocre; the paella had an iodine taste from the shrimp. Beverly from the B and B did not recommend this place. She recommended a soul food restaurant which we did not make it to. I'm sure it would have been very good.

      1. re: Steve

        Oh, dear, sorry you wound up at Bertha's. FWIW, it was GREAT once, but has fallen about as far as a restaurant can fall.

        You should always check in here before eating...a quick search would have revealed a strong "steer clear" warning re: Bertha's. And this board has tons of great tips,so there's less need to trust B&B clerks (unless they seem super-reliable).

        In fact, that's why I built the site: so none of us would have to rely on B&B clerks (no diss intended to Beverly, who may happen to be a super chowhound for all I know)!

        ciao

        1. re: Jim Leff

          Melissa, Thanks for the info. I loved the weekend in Baltimore and hope to return soon. I will definitely act on your recommendations.

          Jim, just to be clear, Beverly at the Government Inn did not recommend Bertha's. She recommended La Tessa Tano which was outstanding. Anyway, I will definitely use the Chowhound site the next time I take a trip. I have used it for NYC (that is where I live) but I didn't know it tracked Baltimore restaurants as well.

          Take care all,

          Steve

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          Melissa Garland

          Oh NO! I truly despair when someone eats bad food in my neighborhood. There is no point in it when there is good food to be had.

          The next time that you come back to Fells Point try tandoori chicken pizza at the Nile Cafe (on Broadway, across the square from Bertha's) or go to Duda's, a nice little pub at the corner of Bond and Thames for crabcakes. Good pierogis and borchst can be had at Ze Mean Bean (Fleet St.- a slight walk), or if you want to stay in the immediate vicinity of the harbor Margaret's Cafe Open is a nice little restaurant tucked away on Fell St.

          Do NOT under any circumstances eat at the tourist traps (Bertha's, Lista's, The Browns Wharf Restaurant (or whatever they are calling it these days), The Pier. They are bad, bad, bad.

          If you don't mind spending a few bucks, the Black Olive (on Bond St.) is wonderful, but you have to make reservations in advance. The fish that they serve there is very fresh- the owners have it brought in every single day. After you are seated Mr. Spiliadis (one of the owners) will walk you to a glass display case where the fish and lovingly describe each one in detail. Most are served simply grilled (no covering up any of the flavor with sauces). This restaurant has received rave reviews in a lot of different papers, and I think that they are deserved.

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            Melissa Garland

            Oh NO! I truly despair when someone eats bad food in my neighborhood. There is no point in it when there is good food to be had.

            The next time that you come back to Fells Point try tandoori chicken pizza at the Nile Cafe (on Broadway, across the square from Bertha's) or go to Duda's, a nice little pub at the corner of Bond and Thames for crabcakes. Good pierogis and borchst can be had at Ze Mean Bean (Fleet St.- a slight walk), or if you want to stay in the immediate vicinity of the harbor Margaret's Cafe Open is a nice little restaurant tucked away on Fell St.

            Do NOT under any circumstances eat at the tourist traps (Bertha's, Lista's, The Browns Wharf Restaurant (or whatever they are calling it these days), The Pier. They are bad, bad, bad.

            If you don't mind spending a few bucks, the Black Olive (on Bond St.) is wonderful, but you have to make reservations in advance. The fish that they serve there is very fresh- the owners have it brought in every single day. After you are seated Mr. Spiliadis (one of the owners) will walk you to a glass display case where the fish is kept and lovingly describe each one in detail. Most are served simply grilled (no covering up any of the flavor with sauces). This restaurant has received rave reviews in a lot of different papers, and I think that they are deserved.