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visiting Baltimore aquarium w/kids--lunch spots

We're thinking of taking my 3 yr old and newborn up to the aquarium in Baltimore soon. Any suggestions for a decent place for lunch nearby?

Looking for something decent, with plenty of parking, and, of course, kid friendly. Thanks!

A previous thread suggested Mama's on the Half Shell. How far walk/drive is that?

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  1. Mama's is too far to walk, but a short drive.

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    1. re: Hal Laurent

      Mama's is great but has a no reservation policy. We went for dinner and waited more than 1 1/2 hours for a table. I am not sure about the wait for lunch.

    2. Little Italy is only about six blocks away. We've found Sabatino's to be very kid-friendly at lunchtime, and I'm sure any number of the other restaurants there would be, as well. Street parking is easy during the week, or there's a big public garage on President St. which could do double-duty for both the aquarium and Little Italy.

      (I don't mean to get off-topic, but note that the Aquarium has a no-stroller policy. Nasty surprise if you're not prepared for it.)

      1. Stay far away from the Aquariums cafeteria...its the worst food I have had in my life! Also on a side note The aquarium is discounted fridays after 5pm ($5 vs. $20+) so a late lunch might be something to consider followed by a visit to the aquarium. The water taxi can get you all around in the fells point, harbour area and fort mchenry so your options are expanded beyond the innner harbour.

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        1. re: bolivianita

          Also, remember you can buy your tickets online and also print out a coupon for getting a discount on parking.

          On Topic - James Joyce Pub is right around the corner for lunch (it's not just a pub - it has restaurant seating)

        2. I agree that you should stay away from the Aquarium cafeteria; for that matter you might as well basically stay away from about everything down at the harbor. Little Italy is a great option (Luigi Petti is good) and it's a nice couple of blocks walk. Ruth's Chris steakhouse is also right there.

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          1. re: drblog

            Luigi Petti closed a while ago!