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My brother keeps telling me I need to try Helen's Garen in Baltimore b/c of the amazing food. I checked out the menu and it looked pretty average. I love my brother but his taste in food isn't so discerning. Has anyone been there and is it really worth it?

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  1. I'm the only person I know who doesn't like the food at Helen's Garden. I think most of it is pretty bland and pedestrian. I will state that they have a decent brunch on the weekends though. If you want good food in the Canton area, try Salt in upper Fells Point on Collington St. It's New American, very different from Helen's Garden, but amazing! Try the duck fat french fries.

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    1. re: jrl2929

      agree w/ poster. also try jack's bistro. good food for buck. salt's french fries are very good. other items were irrgular, did not succeed.

      1. re: jrl2929

        Actually, I've posted the same thing on here for a while, but people seem to like it. I've never had what I consider a really good meal at Helen's, although I've been dragged there on multiple occasions.

        I like the 1/2 price wine night with apps at the bar, but that's more for the scene and wine than the food.

      2. I went to Helen's Garden expecting magic, but found it only adequate. I think it's a better lunch place, where you can get a nicely done, lightly dressed salad. But it didn't knock my socks off the way I expected. Average is a good way to describe how I feel about it. I've only been twice in 5 years. There are just too many better places to eat at.

        They used to have 1/2 price wine or entrees (or some sort of 1/2 price special) Wednesday nights. Perhaps that may serve as incentive to give it a try.

        In the Canton area, I'd choose Red Fish or Jack's Bistro over Helen's. No question.

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        1. re: venera

          I want to second (or third) these comments. It has adequate food, the kind that's pretty forgettable.

          1. re: baltoellen

            I used to love the restaurant but I think its gone down a bit in quality and creativity.

            I say try BIRCHES....

            1. re: MegMD

              I second the Birches recommendation! Have been there multiple times and really enjoy it. They offer both comfort food and intricate selections. Whatever you get to eat, definitely hold off for the chocolate cake. The menu says it takes 20 minutes to bake, but I've waited an hour for it several times. Trust me--it's definitely worth it. And, it comes with a bourbon caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Can't beat that!

        2. My review from September. I rated it a solid B. Nothing fabulous but nothing bad either. Perfectly acceptable. I'd go back, but probably not unless someone else suggested it since there are so many other places I'd like to try.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/32650...

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          1. re: charmedgirl

            Thanks everyone! I have been to Salt for drinks (and I have heard about their fries) and I have been to Red Fish. I have yet to try Birches and Jack's Bistro. Are either of these places vegetarian friendly? If so, do you have any suggestions?

            1. re: gooseterp

              Haven't been to Birches, but Jack's Bistro has a veggie bento box that was a great and a bodhi dal (coconut milk and lentil dish) that our server raved about. (I want to go back and try that dal, it sounded reealllly good!)

              They are definitely veg-friendly at Jack's. I reviewed it a few months ago when I tried it out but am too lazy to look up the thread for you. --V