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baltimore special lunch

foster May 1, 2007 03:04 PM

My mother's office always goes out to lunch for special occasions & have recently been on a roll on my recommendations. The biggest hit was Gertrudes - the menu & setting were perfect. Now I am stumped, it seems most places I think of do not serve lunch.

The best i can do this time is the Brass Elephant, but I am little worried it will be musty & stuffy (literally & figuratively). Black Olive is a thought, but is the setting special? Is Brightons good food?

The restrictions are - no Indian. Good crabcakes are necessary. Doesnt have to be Baltimore proper, Harford or Howard would be OK...

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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    travelbuff May 6, 2007 05:05 PM

    Sotto Sopra on Charles St. serves lunch, and it's quite good.

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      charmedgirl May 2, 2007 06:03 AM

      No ingenious suggestions here, but in answer to your question the Black Olive is great for lunch. I was there last week and had an absolutely terrific meal (octopus salad was delicious, rockfish special very good). Based on my experience I sent a friend with visiting in-laws there a few days later and he came back raving. As for ambiance, I thought it was very nice. The exposed brick was attractive, and the windows in front let in much of the afternoon sunlight, making it a bright and shiney experience all around. I would like to try it at night though, I imagine it could be quite romantic, if sat at the right table.

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        hon May 2, 2007 06:02 AM

        Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton

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          Hue May 2, 2007 05:11 AM

          Samo's off Eastern Ave(on Oldham Street) in the Greek neighborhood, The ambiance
          ain't the greatest but the food is worth it...

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            jrussd May 1, 2007 05:25 PM

            Have you tried Petit Louis in Roland Park? They serve lunch. I've only been to dinner, but it's excellent. Can only assume lunch is just as desirable and worthy.

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