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Great Casual Eatery in Baltimore

My husband and I are finally getting a night out without the toddler and have a party to go to that begins at 8:00 on Saturday. Any ideas on where we can go for a nice dinner prior to the party that won't break the bank? I've heard good things about Pazo, but haven't been to Baltimore in quite a while.

Thanks!

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  1. Henningers Tavern in Fells Point
    www.henningerstavern.com

    Salt in Butchers Hill
    www.salttavern.com

    Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton
    www.mamasonthehalfshell.com

    1. If it's nice out, I highly recommend b in Bolton Hill. Sit outside and enjoy the great food and surroundings, and share a nice bottle of wine.

      b bistro
      1501 Bolton St.

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      1. re: toro head

        head to b bistro on tuesdays for half price wine nite. the northern style italian food is excellent. a really good sound restaurant. think off the beaten path.
        brunches on sunday are better than most in town.

      2. I've had great food at Chameleon Cafe in Baltimore... It's on Harford Rd. The outdoor patio overlooks a safeway parking lot, but other than that it's really lovely.
        www.thechameleoncafe.com

        Pazo is fun, too!

        I'm also a fan of Peter's Inn in Fells Point. They change the menu every week and do not take reservations, so get there early.

        have a lovely evening out!
        jules

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        1. re: jules c

          Depending on how big of eaters you are, Peter's Inn can be a really good deal as well. My wife and I often split three of their appetizers (which are pretty generous) between us and fill up. They have a limited menu though, so I'd suggest checking it out online (petersinn.com) to see if there's something that appeals to you.

          1. re: ark

            Peter's menu doesn't really change that much. They are very good at slightly changing past menus to appear fresh and new. Maybe they understand their limitations. It's a cool place though.

        2. I was disappointed with b -- every dish we had was mediocre. Really liked the atmosphere and service, though.

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          1. re: sweetpotater

            I guess it's partly the luck of the draw, partly what you want. b is not spectacular, but I think its food, based on three visits, is very good. And when I got takeout, cos my family was sick, even that was good, and packed with care and attention. Their Hereford Beef is particularly good.

            1. re: sweetpotater

              I had brunch at b Bistro this past weekend and was pretty disappointed myself. The food was okay, nothing special, but the prices were simply ridiculous. $6 for a "hand squeezed OJ" should tell you all you need to know. This is exactly the kind of neighborhood place that I'd love to see thriving...and god knows that neighborhood needs more restaurants. But those prices are simply out of hand, and this is coming from a New Yorker who goes out for brunch every weekend.

            2. So, where did you wind up going?

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              1. re: hon

                We ended up going to the Brewers Art on Charles Street. The party was up by JHU, so my husband wanted to stick to somewhere in the Charles Street area.

                We both had the steak frites and split an order of the mussels. We thought both were very good and there were nice portion sizes - huge steak cooked perfectly - medium rare; nice matchstick garlic frites and the mussels tasted of lobster broth and had a smoked ham flavor that was very unusual. The wine list wasn't bad either - we had a nice Shiraz with our meal.

                Next time I get up that way, I'm headed to some of the suggested restaurants. I'm interested in trying Salt, Peters Inn and Pazo.

                Thanks to everyone for the suggestions - can't wait to try them out!

              2. Pazo's is great. On another current thread (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...) I raved about Pazo's for a 21st birthday dinner. The decor was fabulous (dark, hard to read the menu, but exotic/romantic), every bit of food was delicious, even loved the background music "played" by a DJ. Sharing all the dishes fostered conviviality. The servers were always bringing another dish; there was never any down time, waiting for the next course. The bill for five of us was $180 plus tip; that included a small dish (tapas size) and a large dish for each, three glasses of wine, four desserts. Oh, and two extra portions of bruschetta, it was so good.
                The restaurant was booked up and the bar was pretty full. I didn't hang out there, but on the other thread folks said the bar is "the place to see and be seen".