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visiting Baltimore aquarium w/kids--lunch spots

ffxjack Jan 3, 2007 05:24 AM

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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    Hal Laurent RE: ffxjack Jan 3, 2007 11:22 AM

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

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      Leslie RE: Hal Laurent Jan 3, 2007 11:46 PM

      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.

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      tubman RE: ffxjack Jan 3, 2007 12:22 PM

      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. bolivianita RE: ffxjack Jan 3, 2007 02:01 PM

        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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          cbauer RE: bolivianita Jan 3, 2007 05:45 PM

          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)

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          drblog RE: ffxjack Jan 4, 2007 02:27 PM

          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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            hon RE: drblog Jan 4, 2007 03:02 PM

            Luigi Petti closed a while ago!

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            drblog RE: ffxjack Jan 4, 2007 03:20 PM

            Holy moley!

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              ffxjack RE: ffxjack Jan 4, 2007 11:37 PM

              Thanks for all the tips everyone!
              I think Little Italy sounds like a good idea. The no stroller policy would have been a very unpleasant surprise. Is the parking right at the Aquarium? Maybe we can leave our stroller in the car and then grab it to walk to lunch (my son's a terrible walker).

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                DanielK RE: ffxjack Jan 5, 2007 04:16 AM

                Slightly off Chowhound topic, but the Aquarium will CHECK your stroller if you don't want to leave it in the car, and swap it for a backpack if your child is small enough.

                There are parking lots in the neighborhood, but no parking right at the Aquarium.


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                sweetpotater RE: ffxjack Jan 5, 2007 12:40 AM

                What about that tapas chain restaurant in the Harbor? I think it's called La Tasca. Has anyone tried that?

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                  LGood RE: sweetpotater Jan 5, 2007 05:47 AM

                  There is plenty of food at the harbor, but I'd stay away from La Tasca. It's just a bit pricey for the very bland offerings. Also, ESPNZone is right next to the aquarium - terrible food, but plenty for the kids to do.
                  If you decide on Little Italy, try Amicci's. Very good, casual, and reasonable. Try their house specialty appetizer - it's a bread bowl topped with shrimp and a thick scampi sauce. Enough for 4 to share.

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