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.
There are some good suggestions here. One consideration is how close to the ballpark you need the place to be. Are you willing to walk from Little Italy? Check out google maps to get an idea of walking distance, particularly if its one of those hot summer afternoons.
I would recommend Lexington Market for lunch. Its a large city market that is a favorite of locals for lunch (I eat lunch there probably twice a week). And its only a few blocks directly north of the stadium. There are multiple stands in the market each selling different items so there should be something in there for everyone. There are seats available upstairs as well. I say this just as a point of reference, its not a restaurant per se, as you requested.
For particulars, the chinese food in there is subpar, so you are best to avoid it regardless of allergies. My favorites: the polish sausage at Pollack Johnnies, coffee and hot dogs at Konstant's, the fried chicken at Park's and the Turkey sandwiches at Krauss'. There is also the city's best crab cakes at Faidley's (your son can pick out something he likes and you and your husband can dive into the crab!). Also make sure you grab some Berger Cookies and carry them into the ballpark!
Oh and the sweet potato donuts at Muhley's if they are available!
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.
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.
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!
My husband always tells family to go to a place called Pickles Pub (http://www.picklespub.com/).
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.