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Jul 23, 2006 06:37 PM

Otakon Convention at Baltimore - inner harbor?!!?

Being the good girlfriend, I volunteered to go with my boyfriend to his annual convention at the Baltimore Convention center by inner harbor. I don't want to spend the entire weekend eating at Hooters and ESPN zone so can someone PLEASE recommend anything near by (within walking distance or less than 15 min drive). Asian restaurants (no Indian) would be great! Seafood? Japanese? Italian? French? Fancy? Food stand? ANYTHING!!

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Walking distance is a very vague concept(and not sure where you are staying). That being said let us suggest the following for a less than 15 minute drive.
    Lexington Market(from my persepective within walking distance WWD) try Faidley's if noting else.
    Cross Street Market(WWD) give Nick's Seafood a try, or Bruce Lee's Wings and dessert at Pedragota(sic)
    Attmans Deli on Lombard Street(WWD) for the corned beef sandwich.

    Little Italy area just across the harbor(WWD)
    Boccacios Pricey but Good
    La Scala also pricey but good
    CAVEAT EMPTOR on Chipparelis and Sabatino's
    Dessert at Vaccaro's ..get the cannoli
    Hull Street Blues off Fort Ave in South Balt(not WWD)
    The Wine Market also off Fort Ave (not WWD)
    Fells Point area(take the water taxi from the inner harbor)
    also has a variety of restaurants.
    Canton Area (less then 15 min. ride , not sure about the water taxi)also has a very wide range of restaurants .

    1. I disagree on the dessert at Viccaro's. This is a well known place for the Italian pastries & gelato, which means long lines, crowded tables and "tourist". Went for my sister-in-law's birthday at our dinner companions' insistence. Not worth it.
      When are you going? This week is Restaurant week.

      One thing I did on my last visit and while my brother was at work was to go to the Walters Art Museum and have lunch at Sascha's 527, on the opposite corner. This is in Mt. Vernon, just a few blocks over from the convention center.

      Oh, and if you like dogs, Thirsty Dog Pub in Federal Hill. Excellent pizzas and dog friendly.

      1. I just got from bmore after a week. I would highly recommend a trip out to Greek Town. We ate at a place called Somos (sp?) but I sure there are other places just as good. The food, the prices and portions were excellent.

        1. ahhh, you just ruined one of my favorite days of the year. That is walking by the convention center on my way to work and thinking to myself "I know there are alot of characters in Baltimore but this is ridiculous!" before realizing that what seems like 100,000 people are all in line for Otakon.

          It sounds like from your post that you are only accompaning a convention goer. In that case, I would avoid the harbor all toghether during the extent of the convention otherwise you are likely to get a Japanamation sword in the eye when the table next to you gets up from their meal.

          There is a ton of great food in Baltimore. If you are more specific about type of food and/or other activities you are interested in, you might get some more local recommendaitons.

          Regardless, definitely check out the Lexington Market for lunch. It is just a few blocks directly north of the convention center. You actually can go there for lunch a few days in a row and not go through everything. You have to try the crab cakes at Faidley's (best in Baltimore and by extension therefore the world), Pollack Johnnies for polish sausage, berger cookies, sweet potato donuts from Muhley.

          1. Ras Doobie
            213 South Penn Street - one block east of MLK, one block south of Pratt.

            Jamaican food, vegetarian options, not too expensive, nice vibe, and they wouldn't freak if somebody showed up in anime character costume

            Open Weds-Sat.

            410 752 3896

            Tell Doobie and Nzinga that Brother Ken the disc golfer sent you!

            Another good choice in the 15 minute drive category is Joe Squared, at the SE corner of Howard and North (just over the bridge on Howard)

            Joe Squared has a very ecletic and creative menu, mostly focused on pizza (sourdough crust!), sandwiches, and multiple variants on their style of rissoto. They also have a bar stocked with an impressive collection of rums, and they usually have a small rotating collection of interesting beers on draft.