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Best 4 or 5 restaurants in Baltimore and surrounding burbs

Don't get a chance to go up to Charm city that often - I'm a D.C.'er\
Love to get a few good places to eat from pizza to fun places to Yikes this is a fortune - appreciate any comments about them
thanks so much for your time

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  1. Pizza; Matthew's on Eastern avenue.

    I recommend that visitors go to Greektown a bit further out Eastern avenue, Acropolis has great lamb baked in the giouvetsi, fried calamari and specials(if they have lamb baked with avgolemono and artichokes do not pass it by). Ikaros is almost as good and has a wider menu.

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    1. "Yikes this is expensive": Charleston. Really top notch continental (?) fare.

      "Fun": Cross Street Market for oysters, coddies, sushi and beer

      "Only in Bawlmer": Martick's French Restaurant. The owner is legendary (cooks in his underwear), the place is funky (snakeskin wallpaper) and you need to be in the know (it looks like a dump and you can't open the door from the outside) but you MUST check it out.

      "Quintessential": Jumbo lump crab cakes at Faidley's in the Lexington Market.

      "Great neighborhood place for dinner": Henniger's Tavern. Definitely two steps up from "tavern" food. I had great lamb chops there last week.

      Hope this helps.

      Warthog to recommend Ras Doobies in t minus 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

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      1. for pizza, luv iggies on calvert. neopolitan style artisanal pizza. for beer and crab cake sandwich i like capt. larry's on fort ave. charleston is def. the most expensive restaurant in this zip code. last time i was there, appx. 3-4 years ago, was not impressed based on price point. service top notch, wine list very extensive. my 2 cents. anyone cooking in there underwear leaves me a little cause to be concerned.

        1. Tapas--try Pazo and Tapas Teatro, both excellent, different atmospheres. Mezze is also good

          You should go to Martick's while you can

          Steak--Prime Rib (get the steak) or Oregon Grille (had a fantastic strip there last weekend)

          less $$$--Helmand's, makes you love Afghan food

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          1. re: tartuffe

            Looking at Marticks website today, it appears to be somehwhat down (at least the directions page, and some of the other pages; front page is up).

            A lot of the links say "This website is discontinued; contact..."

            Is the restaurant still in business? Maybe they just have a bad website.

            1. re: tartuffe

              I don't get Pazo... I am sorry I went there and all the service staff were amazingly stuck up and too cool for school. This was early fall. Two dishes stood out in my mind the heirloom tomato salad that was $6.50 and had about 8 slices of mealy tomato. That is not acceptable in Maryland in September. A roasted shallot dish with goat cheese. This dish was really great and accentuated the sweetness of the shallots. Everything else was mediocre at best. I would not put this down as a destination spot in Baltimore.

            2. thank you for the reply

              1. I agree that Charleston is overpriced for what you get. What we love is TImothy Dean on Eastern Ave...fells point. Also, in Canton, Helens Garden has one of the best tenderloins I ever had. We were there Wednesday and my husband wants to go back tonight. More pricy is the Black Olive but a wonderful experience. For casual try the midtown yacht club...I think its on center st. but great burgers and onion rings and wings.

                1. The Helmand was the first place I was taken in Baltimore when job hunting 15 years ago--and may have been the thing that tipped the scale for me. I stayed, and have been many, many times since. Afghan food, reasonably priced, with terrific service (many of the waiters have been there as long as I've lived here) in a lovely atmosphere (brick walls, flickering candles) on Charles Street. Never had Afghan food? Do a "tapas" dinner of all the appetizers--try the kaddo bowrani--a delectable sweetened pumpkin dish in a yogurt sauce. Remains my favorite place in town, among many good ones.