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Jan 31, 2007 07:47 AM

Belvedere Square... A great place to shop and eat

In Baltimore...

Just putting this out there.... for people looking for fun places to explore!

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    1. The Chili's is now Ryan's Daughter, an Irish pub. It's pretty standard but decent. The real food find there is Atwater's Ploughboy Soups. Sooooo goood. It's one of the few Baltimore places that consistently gets shout-outs from The Washington Post. Mmmm, soup.

      The rest of the market is very nice as well -- sort of pricey, but nice. And it's much, much better than it was 10 or even five years ago.

      1. who cares about shout-outs from the Post?
        but it has changed some in ten years.
        Also, Ceriello's is a great place to get meat and poultry products (and other stuff).

        1. GREG's Bagels.....not your typical bagel shop....all bagels are hand made....very UNIQUE flavors...great atmosphere....and Greg and his staff are OUTSTANDING !
          One of the most unique places to eat in Baltimore!!!

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          1. re: MDicecreamguy

            There is too much negativity on discussion boards (in general) and I debated posting a reply, but come on! Or should I say COME ON! Greg's Bagel's unique?

            He has an awesome selection of salmon, a wide variety of bagel sandwich options, numerous cream cheeses and fruit spreads. I guess one _could_ say that that alone makes him unique for Baltimore.

            His bagels taste a little different than what I'd call a New York bagel, sorry I can't be more specific. They are good. The last great bagel I had was in Park Slope.

            His staff _is_ hardworking and Greg deserves credit for staying put through the lean years. But here is the problem I have: a few years back there was a span of six months or a year when the shop was closed often: vacation then a tai chi retreat then airline tickets to Europe fell in their laps, etc. I think when Greg's not there the shop is closed. The last thing you need, when you just want to grab a bagel on the way to work, is to find the place closed. Then again. Then again.

            It's just a good bagel shop. One of the most unique places to eat in Baltimore? No.

            1. re: MDicecreamguy

              Have to agree about the sketchy hours. It is annoying when you drive to a store on your lunch hour and inexplicably find them closed - for weeks. But I do enjoy Greg's quirky personality and love the bagels, especially the spelt (sp?)ones.

            2. I disagree. Without a doubt, Greg's is one of the most unique places to eat in Baltimore. Handmade bagels, amazing salmons, each one with a story, off the beaten path toppings. Sure they're closed frequently, but here's a guy who is successfully bringing a relaxed, european work ethic to Baltimore. Do a great job, take the time off. Most people in that business work at least 10 hours a day, seven days a the cost of a unique, quality product & intelligent, human service. Greg has that in spades. You want hours, go to Starbucks, Panera or Dunkin Donuts. If you want creative, natural, delicious food, a wisecrack or two & possibly the disapointment of them being closed on Arbor Day go to Greg's.