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Nov 21, 2001 02:23 PM

Last-minute suggestions for Inner Harbor meals?

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Hey folks - my hubby, kid & I are spending this weekend at Inner Harbor. We'll be staying at the Renaissance Harborplace & walking to kid-friendly places like Port Discovery, Maritime Museum, Public Works Museum & MD Science Ctr. Any recommendations of places right in that area for lunch & dinner that are preferably non-chain & not too pricey? Thanks!

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  1. For lunch, try the Women's Industrial Exchange on Charles. It's a longer walk from the Inner Harbor (about ten blocks), but it's cheap, homemade food with a ton of history.

    In nearby Little Italy, Luigi Pettis is the best value--as opposed to lots of the other "name" Little Italy restaurants which can cost tons (especially if you get the specials--ask for the price because they can be two times the price of the average entree).

    I hear the DuClaw Brew Pub has very good bar food at not outrageous prices.

    Finally, if you're feeling somewhat adventurous, I'd highly recommend Martick's--but make a reservation and take a cab. It used to be a speakeasy and then a Baltimore institution, but it's in an iffy area, so it's not really on people's radar screen. My wife and I had a very good meal there for about $75.00 with wine, and the owner has been cooking there for forty years so he knows what he's doing.

    Hope you have a great time in Charm City!

    1. Another new place is Mondo Bondo in the Power Plant Live complex, which is right across the street from the Power Plant (where ESPN Zone and Hard Rock Cafe are). Not-too-expensive, decent pizza/pasta, nothing fancy but probably more kid-friendly than some places in the area. I agree that Martick's and the others listed are good, but if you want to keep it walking distance, that's an option. If you don't mind walking to Federal Hill, there are some other good places there--I like Sobo Cafe (the kids will love the mac and cheese), though some find the service aggravating. But that is kind of a hike with kids in tow. Still, you could take in the view from Federal Hill and walk through the Cross Street Market while there. Just another option.

      1. Due to wet weather which limited some of our walking, we ended up at City Lights at Harborplace & had a tasty seafood dinner with good service & a nice view at night. After some water taxi rides, we discovered the Petticoat Tea Room in Fells Point right near the water, and indulged in afternoon tea with savories which was lovely. Would have loved to have spent more time in F.P. but we plan to return some day. Since we had the breakfast buffet at Windows in our hotel (the Renaissance), we'd skip lunches. Our Sat. dinner was an easy-out - Cap. City Brewing Co. at Harborplace, partly because I had an Entertainment card which meant the cheaper entree was free.
        Also enjoyed a terrific "Pajama Game" revival at Center Stage, and we liked the Museum of Industry & MD Science Ctr best. Lots more to see & do for a trip next year.