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need suggestions for after Walters Museum Baltimore

sylviag Dec 2, 2006 07:30 PM

We are driving down from Philly on Thursday to see the exhibit at the Walters Art Gallery.

We would like suggestions for dinner at a place that is:
not too noisy
not Asian, Indian or Mexican
not too far a ride
not ultra-fancy - no jacket and tie place

Years ago we used to go to an old-fashioned Italian restaurant - I think it was called Marconi's - but I don't know if it even exits any more, or if it's any good.

Italian, American, seafood, steak - any of those would be okay.

Thanks in advance.

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    profjmm Dec 2, 2006 08:16 PM

    Sotto Sopra is a couple of blocks south of the Walters on Charles Street. It's Italian and the pastas are delicious.

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      jes Dec 2, 2006 08:19 PM

      iggies. a BYOB pizza place on charles.

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        asiege2 Dec 3, 2006 07:38 AM

        Psst... Calvert, not Charles.

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        Hue Dec 2, 2006 09:24 PM

        The Brewers Art is a short ride away on Charles Street.
        Great Belgian beers and well prepared foods(for sure try the garlic rosemary fries). Both dining room and a bar area
        very comfortable.
        Yes Marconi's is no longer...another venerable institution Peter Angelos has managed to oblivion

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          Hue Dec 2, 2006 09:26 PM

          Oops forgot to paste this


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            switipi1121 Dec 2, 2006 11:06 PM

            Sascha's is also on Charles St and offers great food with reasonable specials

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              curious4food Dec 3, 2006 04:22 PM

              saffron is located 1 block north of the museum on charles. the cuisine is contemporary american.

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                curious4food Dec 3, 2006 04:26 PM

                i'd also second iggies on calvert. not a big fan of sotta sopra. no real culinary technique/zeal involved in making overcooked pasta swimming in liquid.

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                  bolivianita Dec 3, 2006 05:06 PM

                  Sotto Sopra used to be so nice...is it really that bad? Haven't been in ages.

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                    curious4food Dec 3, 2006 07:34 PM

                    i think the restaurant had success recruiting young italian recruits from overseas pre-9/11, lax work visas.

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                      bolivianita Dec 3, 2006 08:22 PM

                      I know this was the practice for many years after Ricardo "retired" his apron. I knew several of the guys he brought over but I guess all good things must come to an end.

                2. ko1 Dec 3, 2006 10:38 PM

                  If you're looking for steak. the best Baltimore has to offer is at the original Prime Rib on Calvert Street, about 1/2 mile away. There's a newer one in Philly as well. Pricey but worth it.

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                    jes Dec 3, 2006 11:08 PM

                    except the OP said no tie and jacket,... that eliminates the Prime Rib.

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                      crowsonguy Dec 4, 2006 04:33 AM

                      on Thursdays at Prime Rib they have less expensive items and a relaxed dress code. By the way, what does OP stand for? Original poster? I've never been sure.

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                      frites Dec 4, 2006 03:02 PM

                      Beware... Thursday is the Monument Lighting in the park next to the Walters. Usually a big crowd and most of the restaurants in the area get hit pretty hard. Reservations are a must. The lighting starts around 6 pm. Should be an added bit of fun for your trip though.

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                        sylviag Dec 4, 2006 03:22 PM

                        Thanks so much for all the great suggestions.

                        Our trip for this Thursday was just cancelled (our friends had to cancel) and we will have to reschedule. That solves the problem of the crowds for this Thursday!

                        I am saving all these suggestions, because we hope to come down before the Courbet exhibit ends. It looks like we'll have many good choices of where to eat.

                        You have a great Board and I've enjoyed reading the posts.
                        Thanks again.

                        Sylvia in Philly

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                          gore Dec 4, 2006 04:19 PM

                          I'm just happy you'll be seeing the Courbet exhibition! I second the Sascha's tip. It's very close-by, and its eclectic men should satisfy most tastes.

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                            hon Dec 4, 2006 05:18 PM

                            I 3rd Saschas!

                          2. Ell Gee Dec 5, 2006 02:02 PM

                            Is Afghan fare out? The Walters is a hop and a skip from the best Afghan restaurant around, the Helmand (www.helmand.com) on N. Charles St. It would be very worth your while to give it a try. See all the local boards for opinions about this restaurant -- they're generally very enthusiastic.

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                              bolivianita Dec 5, 2006 04:50 PM

                              Yum... the Helmand is a great rec.

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                              gore Dec 5, 2006 02:51 PM

                              A small caveat re. Sascha's : I think maybe Thursday (when the OP is planning her visit) is Jazz Night.

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                                galleycat Dec 5, 2006 03:15 PM

                                sylviag - if you are the one who steered me to Overtures in Philly, I owe you one! I would recommend walking a few block north to the Brass Elephant at 924 N. Charles. http://host143.ipowerweb.com/~brassel...
                                The menu has been nicely updated and it has some of the most classic decor in town - yet it is casual enough that a jacket and tie are not required.

                                I'll add my $.02 to the chorus of those who have been sorely disappointed by Sotta Sopra recently, and Saschas is more of a lunch soup/salad/sandwich place. Iggies is ultra casual and funky (counter service, set your own table, mismatched everything...) - not a dinner destination.

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                                1. re: galleycat
                                  sylviag Dec 5, 2006 08:20 PM

                                  galleycat, that was me. So glad you enjoyed Overtures.
                                  We've had to postpone our Baltimore trip from this week, but thanks for the suggestion. Everything sounds so good that we're just going to have to start driving down on a regular basis!
                                  It's a pleasure reading an active Board like this one.
                                  When we do get to the Walters - soon, I hope - I'll report back.

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                                  gore Dec 5, 2006 06:55 PM

                                  About Sascha's being a lunch soup/salad/sandwich place -- not so. It is by day just that, but by night it's a proper dinner-y restaurant with table service, full entrees, bar service, etc. I'm pushing it a little only because it is so very convenient to the Walters -- the OP won't have to re-park. I'm still worried about the jazz, though.

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                                    frites Dec 5, 2006 07:01 PM

                                    Don't worry about Jazz night. It's just an added bonus. The bands are very mellow and it doesn't cost any extra. plus they start at either 7 or 8 pm so an early diner won't even notice.

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                                    artnuvo Dec 5, 2006 07:39 PM

                                    helmand, afghan food. make a resevation.

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