boston chowhound visiting baltimore
My SO and I will be visiting friends in Baltimore for three days this weekend and I am looking for suggestions for places to go where we can get something unique/regional. On one of my only other trips to Baltimore we ended up at a touristy place and I had some mediocre crabcakes. This time around the friends have a nine month old so I am looking for options for take out or places that won't mind a small well behaved child. Also there are already plans to hit the farmers market, which I have enjoyed in the past. Thanks.
I personally enjoy the Sunday market under 83 better than the Saturday one. We've tried both.
I really liked our breakfast a few months ago at the Blue Moon in Fells...we haven't been back because SO doesn't want to wait. However, they're open 11pm-3pm, so if you're into eating late (or early), I recommend it and the bacon apple pancakes. Seems kid-friendly enough.
I know people here might rag on it, but we also enjoy the paper moon - and it's kid friendly. It's 24/7, has good breakfast stuff (that's all I've had there) and you can take a picture in front of Charm City Cakes (from foodTV). There can be a wait, but I have enjoyed every visit there.
Don't know much about any other meals...we're losers and usually just go for breakfast:)
have a good trip - this weekend there were TONS of Bostonians in B'More for the games..it was just like being in new england again with all the accents!
"Unique/regional" i'm going to assume means seafood, more specifcally crabs. Pretty much every restaurant will have at least one dish that is their take and nod to the seafood of the region...whether its a pasta featuring crab or style of MD Crab soup, shouldn't be hard to find.
For kid friendly/carry out try: Sunday JFX market for breakfast of crepes, pitbeef, fresh eggs/omlettes; and other delights! Miss Shirleys on Coldspring; Bills Terrace Inn for crabs (a good regional carryout option); Belvedere Square on Fridays or Mill Valley Center has a family friday dinner.
i think BaltoEllen recently posted on here (within the last few weeks) about uniquely 'Baltimore' foods that she could bring as gifts to hosts out west. I seem to remember that post had several great suggestions for local culinary delicacies that you might want to try when in town.
here's that link:
how adventurous are you in terms of how far from the tourist areas are you willing to venture?
For example, when I was in college in Baltimore we used to go to a barbecue joint called Leon's Pigpen (aptly named) in a neighborhood so bad someone would run in for the food while the wheelman stayed out front with the car running.
Visit the Lexington Market and have a Faidley's crabcake. The rest of the market caters to a poorer soul-food clientele but is an interesting place to walk around.
LP Steamers in Locust Point offers a different kind of Baltimore experience, an old fashioned blue collar South Baltimore bar/restaurant with excellent steamed crab and shrimp.
The Women's Industrial Exchange on Charles Street in Mt. Vernon is another long-standing Baltimore institution, and while the menu at first may seem mundane to you (chicken saland and tomato aspic luncheons), the food is finely prepared and well worth a lunch.
I'll pipe in a word for the Waverly market. While the downtown farmer's market on Sunday mornings is entertaining and has more prepared foods and arts/crafts stalls, I prefer the Saturday market in Waverly as it's handier for me and not as crowded yet offers just as wide a range of excellent produce. All the key players are at both markets.
While Taverna Lebanese in Harbor East isn't quite a Baltimore institution (it's a family owned chain of restaurants based in DC), the Lebanese food/mezze is excellent and reasonably priced and in a wonderful setting right by the waterfront.