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Baltimore Wkend: Loyola College area/N Charles St / Towson areas

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Visiting our son who just started school in Baltimore.
Looking for some recs for the weekend.

Friday Nite dinner : son tells us about a outstanding Afghan restaraunt he was taken too - but cannot recall name.....any ideas? Only clue is that it is owned by a relative or friend of curent Prez of Afghanistan?
Sat morning breakfast - close to campus - searching these Boards - - Miss Shirley's seems like the favorite! That will be our choice I think - unless any othere suggestions nearby as well?

Sat Dinner: unless someone here can come up with a fun place, close to campus that serves early dinners - I think we will be stuck eating on campus (help me???) because we have tickets to a campus event at 7:30......

Sun morning: thinking about finding our way to one of those farmes markets I read about on these Boards? are they still open down there? ...... or is there anyplace near the water for a great brunch and view?


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  1. Welcome to Baltimore! The Afghan restaurant is called Helmand on N Charles St about 3 to 5 miles south of Loyola, and yes it is owned by President Karzai's brother.

    On Saturday night given your time constraints, you should try Petit Louis bistro on Roland Avenue very close to Loyola. Make reservations.

    Sorry but I can't help on the brunch front.

    1. I'd hit the market on Sunday and just eat there. Crepes, mini donuts, coffee, sausage, lots of good stuff.

      However, if you wanna eat at a place, i heart Blue Moon in Fells point. I think you could also get something at Boneparte Breads on the water and sit outside.

      1. If you don't go the farmer's market check out....The Waterfront Hotel has a pretty decent brunch, good prices, on the water in fells (Thames Street) and the food is very good. It's not gourmet fine dining but it is tasty, hearty, creative and good value. Your son will probably think you're hip given that it's smack in the middle of where the college crowd hangs out on weekend nights.

        Sat dinner...consider...the entire of Cold Spring is dominated by the Dopkin empire (Alonso's; Miss Shirleys; Loco Hombre; Spaghetti Eddies) any of these server all day and are close to campus. My opinion differs on the food but it'll be better than what's available on campus.
        Or...go south on Keswick right into the heart of Hampden and check out some of the places on the avenue. Most serve all day, so you should be able to get in there early enough to make the 7:30pm show, I would search the boards for rec's.
        Also, Mount Washington isn't far, there's Mt Washington Tavern and Ethel and Ramones.
        And yes, Roland Park does have Petit Louis.

        1. near loyola is petit louis bistro which is a very good french bistro. The Afghan restaurant is on North Charles street and called Helmand and is also very good. A long time Baltimore fav is on Cold Spring Lane near Loyola and called Alonso's and they have a fantastic and humongous burger that you will come back for

          1. Options for Sat dinner - very close to campus:

            Sushi Hana in Towson
            Egyptian Pizza (Mediterranean and Pizza) at Belvedere Square
            For very casual and quick - Pollo Amigo, 714 York Rd just north of the Towson circle has Peruvian chicken, plantains, yuca, etc. Order at the counter, grab one of the 2-3 tables in the restaurant.

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            1. re: bluepig1

              Also at Belvedere Square (1 mile from campus on York Road) is Atwater's Ploughboy soups which are (usually) great and (usually) quick. A limited menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. I am surprised I'm the first to mention it.

              And make reservations at The Helmand for Friday night, if no one has mentioned it.

            2. Another vote for Helmand (a universal Baltimore favorite) and Miss Shirleys for brunch. For Saturday night, if you're willing to eat on the early side, the Avenue in Hampden (36th Street) is close to Hopkins-- at least as close as Petit Louis. You'll find more casual fare there, but Golden West is generally pretty good, as is Rocket to Venus and the underrated Susie's Soba. Petit Louis has great food, but is very pricey and not a meal you want to rush through.

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              1. re: imgould

                FWIW, our wait on Friday at rocket to venus was ridiculous. people linger - which is fine - but we waited what i consider to be way too long for what we had.

                oh well!

              2. The Helmand is excellent, and I'll second (or third) Petit Louis for Saturday dinner, but I'd recommend Golden West Cafe in Hampden for Saturday breakfast over Miss Shirley's. It's pretty much down to personal taste, but I find Miss Shirley's ever-so-slightly overrated.

                Golden West Cafe
                1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

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                1. re: matt8313

                  Congrats on your son going to Loyola. I went to loyola years ago and one of my favorite places when I was there was McCabes on Falls Rd, just south of Coldspring Lane (my mother loved it). Excellend crab cakes and good prices, its a local family restaurant that serves up normal american food, but just right.

                  For breakfast you must go to Pete's grille on York Road and 28th. Its not pretty but its good breakfast and very baltimore.

                  For a slice of Pizza go to Fortunatos up York Rd on the way to Towson its in the strip mall where Giant is. It's not the best in Baltimore but its where everyone in that area goes and it was good back in the day.

                  1. re: cleveland park

                    Golden West has good food, but if you get cranky over service issues, it's not the place for you.

                    I love Pete's Grille, but it's definitely more of a dinery, breakfast place than a brunch place. (Hmmmm, home fries.) I haven't been to Two Sisters Grille in Remington, which is owned by the same people, but they do advertise a brunch.

                    Make sure you go to the Helmand at some point! Petit Louis is a nice, parents-are-in-town sort of place, too. Atwater's has really delicious soup and sandwiches and will definitely get you back to campus by 7:30, but it's more of a cafe than a restaurant, so if you want to talk and catch up it might be a bit noisy.

                      1. re: cleveland park

                        HELMAND looks like a keeper for sure.
                        Lots of great ideas guys!

                        Will report back when I return!

                2. Just in case you don't make it to the market, on Coldspring next to Miss Shirley's is a great coffee place named Evergreen Cafe. Their danger muffins and Cherry Garcia cookies and good strong coffee are excellent. They do some sandwiches, salads and brakfast things via counter service.

                  1. Definitely check out the farmer's market on Sunday morning. Very fun and lots of eating options. I love the crepes (don't worry the line moves quickly), the sausage biscuits (right next the crepe place, there's a really nice woman who sells chorizo and bacon) and Zeke's coffee (roasted in Baltimore! and again, the line moves quickly!).

                    here's a link to city webpage on the market, although it doesn't actually look that helpful :)