Dinner Recommendations around the Hippodrome in Baltimore?
My friends and I are coming up from DC to see "Wicked" at the Hippodrome on Wednesday and were hoping to eat dinner around there. Any recommendations for delicious, pretty fast and affordable food around there? One of my friends is a vegetarian, so it would be nice to have an option for her I suppose.
Thanks for your help!
Maggie Moore's (right across the street from the Hippodrome) has had mixed reviews. I like the menu (seems promising), but the service wasn't great when I was there and the food was pretty good but not excellent. My vegetarian friend ordered a risotto dish that arrived not at all how it was described on the menu, and they tried to charge her $2 more for it than the menu price, claiming it was an "outdated" menu.
My lamb stew was a little bland - very meaty, but lacked complexity of flavor.
That said, they know they get a lot of pre-theater customers and do an excellent job getting you out the door in time to catch the show.
Had dinner at Mem Sahib last week pre-show (Avenue Q). It was our second time attempting to have dinner there, as the first time a few months ago we got there only to find that they were closed for a private party and had to go to Maggie Moore's at the last minute. This time was the first time we actually ate there.
This time, we were the only patrons in the entire restaurant, despite an almost sold out audience at Avenue Q. As a result - we were very "attentively" attended to - i.e., hovering - as our server served our rice onto our plates, refilled water every 5 minutes, and spooned more of our entrees onto our rice for us too. Probably a little more "assistance" than I need while eating my dinner, thank you.
We were only able to choose from the pre-theater prix fixe dinner menu (3 courses for $20), which is 80% the same as the regular menu. Veggie samosas to start (our only option for 1st course) were terrific as they came with both a mint chutney and a very delicious chickpea stew "dipping portion" (that was more the size of a cup of soup). The samosas were freshly fried and piping hot. My tandoori chicken entree was fine if a little dry, and my friend's butter chicken (masala) was good and very buttery. Dessert choices were masala chai or kheer (rice pudding) with almonds. We chose the chai. However, we were comped both a serving of naan as well as the rice pudding... both of which were quick yummy.
Overall - I was impressed by the quality of the food. It wasn't spicy at all (though I wouldn't have minded if it were), and the service was great. However - I'm used to Indian restaurants having much more extensive menus, so I was a little frustrated at the limited choices (even if it weren't prix fixe, the dinner menu is still limited). They're quite aware of the theater showtime, and got us in and out of there in 58 minutes flat (and we weren't really rushing either). I may be back, but can find other pretty fast options for less than $20 if we eat elsewhere downtown (parking in Fells Point on a weeknight around 6pm not bad) and then just drive over on a theater night since I usually go midweek.
Maggie Moore's is not great. The only thing it has going for it is that it's across the street. Definately don't get the burgers. The irish nachos (thinly sliced potatoes instead of chips) are pretty good in a gross cheese-covered way.
I've only been to Mem Sahib for the lunch buffet, but it is pretty good. One of my Indian friends I've been with says it's not spicy enough, but that is good for me :)
There's really not much else around right now. There's a Taco Fiesta (i think that's what it's called) around the corner that's actually decent. They don't have a liquor license yet though.
I agree on both Mem Sahib and maggie's. The former is better for food, but Maggie's is in a lovely building. Just don't expect better than decent. The Irish specialties are surely frozen, but satisfying. The burgers are bad.