Downtown Baltimore Monday, August 21st
I'll be at an event at the Convention Center in Baltimore and I'm looking for a restaurant for Monday night. It'll be me and another female co-worker. She's in from Boston and I live in Norfolk. Nothing too fancy, we'll be in business casual. Something that's fun and indicative of the city. We both like a few drinks, so a good bar is a must. I'd say $100 to $125 before tax and tip for the both of us. I don't know too much about her preferences, but I think she's pretty mainstream with an appreciation for great food.
Something that's walkable or a quick cab ride is fine too.
Thanks so much in advance!!
I would recommend Pazo restaurant, about a mile east of the Inner Harbor (take a cab). Very large well-decorated space inside, fun bar (including a lounge filled with comfortable chairs and couches), interesting small plates and larger entrees. Sort of pan-Mediterranean cuisine. Check their website:
I'd also recommend Pazo, but for another fun place in your price point that is unique to Baltimore with a good bar scene and excellent food, you should take a quick cab ride up Charles Street to the Brewer's Art - definitely open on Mondays. Have some drinks in the front area before dinner. It never disappoints me....
I think the key to your description is "something that's . . . indicative of the city." Whenever friends come in from town, including my friends from Boston, we always go to Brewer's Art and they just absolutely love it! It has the charm and eclectic nature of Baltimore, as well as some good home brews and great food. Eat in the bar, either upstairs or downstairs, and you can also order off the dining menu. It's very casual, but in a more mature and upscale way.
South of Harbor Pazza Luna in Locust Point or Bicycle. Little Italy is a Baltimore tradition although many restaurants are overrated. La Scala is decent. I personally think Sabatinos and Chiaparellis are overrated tourist traps. Mezze in Fells Point is fun - inexpensive tapas and you can walk around the Fells Point area to see "Baltimore:
Another vote for Brewer's Art. (Pazo does not fulfill the "indicative of the city" criterion), and neither, really, do Bicycle (which is now closed on Mondays), Pazza Luna, nor the Wine Market (the last esp. which could be anywhere -- all good places, though.
At Brewer's Art, downstairs is fun but smoky, ustairs a bit fancier. If you end up downstairs, tell Karma the bartender that Chowhound sent you -- I might be lurking there; if so, your first rounds on me.
And the food is very good (esp. the steak frites) and absolutely within your price range
For a little more "exotic" meal try the Helmand at 806 North Charles for the best Afghan food imaginable. You might consider Tio Pepe for more mainstream tastes at 10 E Franklin. Or make reservations and enjoy the Brass Elephant (good bar, too, in the Tusk Lounge).
924 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Tio Pepe Restaurante
10 E Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21202
806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201