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Jul 12, 2007 07:11 AM

BYOB / Moderate Eating in Baltimore?

A friend who is briefly going through a bit of a tough time financially is insisting on taking me out to dinner as a thank you / birthday treat. Since she won't take 'No' (or other suggestions) for an answer, I'm trying to think of places Charm City has that are intimate but not too expensive, and would make for a nice evening out - possibly a BYOB or somewhere with a moderate corkage fee, so that I can at least offer to take care of the wine.

So far this morning, I'm drawing a bit of a blank and have only been able to come up with Iggies (which I love, but we've done that to death) or possibly Samos. Anyone else have any suggestions?

Thanks very much in advance...

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  1. The small dining room at One-Eyed Mike's is small and cute in that nautical way. They have a menu of very reasonably priced soups, sandwiches, and salads. It may be worth checking out. They also have night of the week specials.

    (Eating at either the bar or the back deck certainly isn't what anyone would call 'intimate' though.)

    1. What about Thai Arroy in Federal Hill? It's BYOB, relatively cheap, and the servers and owners are the kind of nice, decent people that would make you want to come back even if the food wasn't good (although it is).

      Also, congratulations on having friends like that. And happy birthday.

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      1. re: JonParker

        Thanks very much...

        I've always liked One Eyed Mikes for the service, food and beers - not sure how I left that off.

        I've also never had the chance to try Thai Arroy but haven't had Thai in a while and am always happy to help support good owners....thanks.

        Any other ideas out there?

      2. Iggie's! BYOB (or wine clearly)

        Yummy pizza (and last time I went great tomato/red pepper soup). Very nice people. Not expensive, and if you can snag an individual table, can be intimate. I love sitting at the group table though. More fun :)

        1. Isn't La Cazuela BYOB? The food there's terrific, and would make a nice evening.

          1. Depending on how much you want to spend, I would go somewhere that has a special for the mind: Helen's $12 Wednesday's; $10 Gertie's Tuesday's @ BMA; Wine Market's Monday special; $12 Sunday Entrees @ Jack's Bistro (call ahead, i think the second last or the last sunday of the month they run a diff special); Birches has specials most nights of the week etc... That way you can go somewhere nice but perhaps not fork out quite so much $$$.

            There are also plenty of ethnic places to go that offer good dollar value. And, while I know you mention it as a dinner date, sometimes lunch, brunch or breakfast are a bit cheaper and just as nice and fun.

            Happy Birthday!