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novice16 May 24, 2007 07:05 PM

In town visiting my parents and want to go out for dinner downtown in Baltimore on Friday night (tomorrow). They never go downtown so don't know what places are good. I haven't lived here in 10 years. Somewhere near the water is always nice. Any good suggestions?!

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    CAB1 May 24, 2007 07:33 PM

    depends on price point.. PAZO is a trendy (outstanding design) warehouse taps place. Roys and Oceanaire are nice but $$$$. On the harbor itself phillips, j pauls, cheese cake factory, is so-so quality food but great views.

    1. BmoreHound May 24, 2007 07:46 PM

      what do you mean by "downtown"; what kind of food do you want to eat; how much are you willing to spend?

      and for the love of dog, please don't take them to phillips.

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        elnicka May 25, 2007 06:16 AM

        Thisty Dog and Bicycle in Federal Hill are great. Brewer's Art or Helmand in Mt. Vernon. Milton's on the 300 Block of Charles is pretty good and very cheap. Little Havanna is right on the water and has great cuban food. Waterfront Hotel in Fell's Point is also fantastic and has water views.

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          venera May 25, 2007 06:52 AM

          You're not going to find anything really worthwhile in the Inner Harbor. Don't waste your money or your sanity---long waits for really average food.

          I'd recommend Kali's Mezze in Fells Point. You can all order a bunch of small plates and taste a bunch of very yummy stuff. It's close to the water, but they only have a few tables outside.

          If you want funky and fun, go to Zodiac in Station North across from the Charles. It's an eclectic place with great food. It has vegan, veg, and meaty options, and the food is really very good. If you sit outside you can do some great people-watching.

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            jstroose May 25, 2007 06:53 AM

            Pazza Luna recently reopened in Locust Point - used to be quite good - I think now owned by people from Sotta Sopra. Most Harborplace restaurants are fair - Cheesecake is fun at the lower price point - you'll wait though - also PF Changs is new on Pratt across from Harbor if you don't mind chain Chinese. The bars in Canton are always a possibility. Mamas on the half Shell is good but doesn't take reservations. Claddaghs Pub has good food as well. There are so many decent restaurants downtown.

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              treetop tom May 25, 2007 07:55 AM

              Stay out of Canton on a Friday night unless your parents have a nostalgic hunger for the days of the fraternity rush. Mama's on the Half Shell and all the other bars in Canton Square become clogged with whooping twenty-somethings eager to start the par-tay weekend. And while it's nice that Mama's pays homage to Connolly's (a long-gone but fondly remembered seafood house that operated in a Quonset hut at the old Inner Harbor), they could at least spell the name right on their menu ("Connelly's" WTF?). What's next? Homages to "Teeo Peppy's" and "Housener's"?

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                Jason1 May 25, 2007 08:31 AM

                While it can be tough to park in Canton, the upstairs of Mama's doesn't have much in the way of partying going on. They certainly can put their name in and wait outside in the nice weather avoiding the bar scene. Of course, it also depends on the time of night they go. Menu quirks aside, the food is fantastic and a great value.

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              Jason1 May 25, 2007 07:03 AM

              Depends on where, what type of food and how much you want to spend. Assuming this is casual, my personal favorites are Mama's on the Half Shell, La Cazuela and Birches.

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                novice16 May 29, 2007 11:25 AM

                Thanks everyone! We went to Mama's on the half shell and it was great!

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                  hon May 29, 2007 11:39 AM

                  Excellent, what didya get?

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                    novice16 Aug 1, 2007 03:06 PM

                    steamed shrimp appetizer and a yummy crab cake. I always like to get crab cakes when I go back to Maryland. It's the only place I'll eat them!

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