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Jun 17, 2007 06:50 PM

Lunch Near Ball Park - Baltimore

I'll be in Baltimore with my family a week from Thursday. We're going to see the Orioles play the Yankees and I need a good restaurant nearby to the ball park, Italian or American best bets and reasonable in price - nothing expensive. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have a fairly picky 11 year old boy and anything beyond these are difficult - also he's allergic to seafood and nuts so Chinese and oriental in any way is not good. My husband and I would love it but my son wouldn't be able to eat anything (usually most oriental food is cooked in peanut oil and there are nut oils from the actual nuts too left in woks sometimes. Can't take any chances).

Thanks in advance.

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  1. My husband always tells family to go to a place called Pickles Pub (

    They serve some seafood as well as other things, but I'm not sure if they fry everything in the same oil, which may cause allergies. You have to select "online menu" under the "order" tab to see the menu.

    1. You may wish to search for the many, many, many previous posts of where to eat in/near the Inner Harbor.

      1. Head over to Little ITaly (across the Harbor) for Italian. You'll get differeing opinions on these boards. I like Chiparelli's. Awesome salad, great gnocchi, etc. Avoid Sabatino's. There are lots to choose from.

        In the Harbor, there are lots of the big chains, most aren't worth anything. The exception would probably be Roy's Hawaiian fusion.

        There is also GREAT food at the Orioles ballpark. So, you may want to just wait and eat at the ballpark. And, there are some good street vendors leading into the park. I had one of the best grilled burgers of my life on a corner by the park. Nice thing is, you can take in the food you buy from the outside vendors. So, definitely buy your peanuts OUTSIDE the park - better tasting and cheaper!

        1. You can save a lot of money by packing your own drinks and snacks to bring to the game (you can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages in from outside in plastic containers), and this also allows you to plan for specific tastes/needs/dietary restrictions of your family. I can't believe I'm suggesting it it after an awful experience I had there, but you may want to try J. Paul's in Harbor Place. As an out-of-towner needing a "safe" and fairly family-friendly place, that will give you a decent harborfront location and lots of familiar things to choose from, and its a reasonably short walk from the park.

          Immediately before and after games, particularly yankees and sox games, Pickles is a noisy bar and can get pretty crowded. Probalby not the best place for a family.

          1. Stay away from 5 Guys @ the Inner Harbor. They serve great burgers, but they use peanut oil to fry their fries and have pails of peanuts around for people waiting for their burgers.

            I usually bring my own food into the stadium or just buy one of their giant $5 hotdogs.They have a nice program where DD's over the age of 21 yr can get 2 free sodas. Also there is a nice picnic area inside the stadium if you don't feel comfortable eating a meal at your seats.

            3 Replies
            1. re: viperlush

              "They serve great burgers, but they use peanut oil to fry their fries and have pails of peanuts around for people waiting for their burgers."

              Why is this a bad thing?

              1. re: toro head

                "Why is this a bad thing?"

                Because they have a child with a peanut allergy.

                1. re: Hal Laurent

                  DUOH! Forgot about that part. Sorry!!