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Best $50/plate meal in Baltimore area?

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Hey there Baltimore/DC Chowhounds!

I'm a Boston chowhound looking to treat a good friend of mine living in Baltimore to a quality meal and am looking to spend $50/person for it, so go for it...given that I've never spent any quality time in Baltimore, I need suggestions. No limits as far as cuisine goes with the only exception being sushi. I haven't quite gotten him interested in the raw fish thing yet....some day!

Thanks!

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  1. Are you looking for something downtown, or are you looking for something outside of the touristy harbor area?

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    1. re: Robearjr

      Definitely outside the touristy district. My friend's a native (almost) and I can't think of many cities where the best food is in the same places as tourists.
      Thanks in advance,

    2. I think that you could have a great time at La Cazuela if you're in the Fell's Point area. ~$15-$20 entrees, appetizers and drinks, should put you at a little less than $50 a person. I also love Mama's on the Halfshell, Birches, Chameleon Cafe, Heningers, and the Helmand as additional options. Maybe Petit Louis if you're looking for French, but it could be close on the price.

      1. Petit Louis is in Baltimore upscale Roland Park neighborhood. The food and service are both strong, and it is not touristy. The seating is close, so if you're looking for a quiet place, it probably won't work. $50 would get you a very nice meal there. I would go with french onion soup, duck confit and pot de creme if I wanted something comforting, or Vichyssoise, grilled scallops and seasonal fruit if I wanted something a little lite. You could do this and a glass of wine for $50. Here is a link www.petitlouis.com

        If you wanted something more in the city, you could try b bistro in Bolton Hill, which may remind you of Beacon Hill.

        1. http://www.henningerstavern.com

          1. The Chameleon Cafe, great ambitious food, reasonably priced, in a relaxed atmosphere, with house-made charcuterie. All that and it's a mile from my house! www.thechameleoncafe.com