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Frustrated former DC chick now in Canton

enginerd Nov 16, 2007 12:38 PM

I used to live in Arlington and have been in Canton for a few months now. I am starting to miss all my old NOVA and DC resturaunts. I have found some good places here, but I just not satisfied yet. I am looking for some more good resturaunts in Canton, Fells, harbor east, ect.. I know there are a lot of good places in Fed Hill, but I want someplace I can walk to. I just feel like I keep eating the same bar food over and over and over. Here are the places I have liked so far, just so you know where I have been.

Bartenders pizza
Chiu's Sushi (love it but it is a bit pricey for all the time sushi)
John Stevens LTD
Claddagh Pub

Any new suggestions would make my day! I am not too afraid to try anything once!

Also where I can get an awesome carry out sandwhich. I seriously miss Lost Dog Cafe :(.


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    Darin RE: enginerd Nov 16, 2007 01:23 PM

    You're not far from Patterson Park, home to Salt and Three. Both would get you out of bar-food territory.

    And of course there's Matthew's Pizza.

    Mezze in Fells Point is worth a try. But I'm drawing a blank on the carry out sandwich right now.

    1. greglor RE: enginerd Nov 16, 2007 03:52 PM

      Peter's Inn is the best restaurant in the area (in my opinion). When you first walk in you'll think you're in the wrong place, but the food is outrageous (and not super expensive - $25 for a steak is about the most expensive thing on the menu).

      Make sure you try the mango-chipotle wings at Gecko's! To die for.

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        MDicecreamguy RE: enginerd Nov 16, 2007 04:11 PM

        For a really AWESOME carry out sandwich......I suggest Attman's Deli on Lombard St.....It's a Baltimore institution for about 100 years......nothing even remotely like it in DC.

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          enginerd RE: MDicecreamguy Nov 18, 2007 06:48 PM

          Yeah, we went to Attman's 2 weeks ago and I did think it was amazing. Not exactly the type of sandwich place I am looking for. Lost Dog is more like a really creative sandwich place, rather than a deli. The only thing that I found so far kind of similar was dogwood deli in hampden, but the menu was a bit limited. Lost Dog has over 50 types of sandwiches. I might just have to give up and adapt on this one :). And then make sure next time I head down to go there.

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          jkosnett RE: enginerd Nov 16, 2007 06:12 PM

          Run, don't walk, to Helen's (three doors down from Claddagh) and go to the BAR, not the dining room, when there is half-price wine. Then order from the food menu and start talking to whomever is around. My wife and I go there about every third Sunday, when Tim is the bartender and the kitchen has awesome specials.

          Jack's Bistro (I'm sure you've seen posts on this) two blocks south of the square on Elliott Street is also outstanding. But Helen's is our favorite.

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            chowsearch RE: jkosnett Nov 16, 2007 10:28 PM

            Greektown with the legendary Samos and Zorba's is farther than a walk but pretty darn good.

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              enginerd RE: jkosnett Nov 18, 2007 06:49 PM

              Yeah my cousin mentioned Helens. I really do want to go there, I just haven't had the chance yet. Now I know to eat at the bar :) thanks!

              I'll have to try Jacks also.

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                sweetpotater RE: jkosnett Nov 25, 2007 04:30 PM

                I can't stand Helen's but I've tried just about everything on the menu at Jack's and love it all.

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                sylsyrf RE: enginerd Nov 16, 2007 10:39 PM

                Jacks Bistro(3123 Elliot St.) as was pointed out is absolutely wonderful. They have happy hour from 5-7 as well as from 11-1, where you have $2 off all beers, wines, and specialty drinks, as well as appetizers. Colby and Jamie are great bartenders..

                In addition, you've should check out Salt(2127 E. Pratt) as was suggested. My good friend Cole is the head bartender. Stop in, say hello and have him make you one of his fantastic cocktails. Also Mezze(1606 Thames St.) as suggested is a wonderful small plate place.

                Try out Blue Moon Café on weekends, it is a fantastic spot for brunch/lunch(they get slammed often though, so be advised)

                If you're willing to walk to Harbor East, they you should have no problem heading to Il Scalino(313 S. High Street) or Attman's(1019 E. Lombard) for a sandwich. They're deli's and both have a great selection of product. Also Duda's Tavern(1600 Thames St.) in Fells is a nice place to stop off for a bite.

                In addition if you haven't been, you should head in to Chesapeake Wine(2400 Boston St.) sometime. Absolutely wonderful by the glass wine selection, also serving as a liquor/wine/etc carry out shop. Karen and the staff are great. You'll like it.

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                  profjmm RE: sylsyrf Nov 17, 2007 05:30 AM

                  Ditto on Chesapeake Wine. They also have some fun small plates, and I love their taleggio/truffle oil pizza.

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                    enginerd RE: sylsyrf Nov 18, 2007 06:50 PM

                    I haven't been to Chesapeake yet because I wasn't quire sure what it is. Thanks for the info and all the suggestions!

                  2. Chowtimore RE: enginerd Nov 17, 2007 07:10 AM

                    DiPasquale's in Highlandtown is my favorite sandwich place in the entire city. I had the enormous meatball sub yesterday - one sandwich lasted for lunch and dinner. It's half an Italian loaf hollowed out and stuffed with meatball and provolone. The 'Old World Italian' and 'The Santino' are also good - but whatever you get, be sure to specify the hard roll. They have some other stuff, but I always go for a sandwich and occasionally pick up some prepared foods and pizza dough.

                    Lulu's on Aliceanna at Broadway - their menu may look like typical bar food, but definitely check it out for the specials.

                    Py, the new pizza place in the square - they are still working out some kinks and the crust isn't as crispy as I usually like it, but as far as pizza in the immediate area goes, it is good and they deliver.

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                      AckAck RE: enginerd Nov 17, 2007 08:32 AM

                      I second the suggestions for Peters Inn (one of the best meals I've eaten recently, and its cozy and just damn cool), Salt and Blue Moon for breakfast. There are plenty of latin restaurants in Fells Point. La Cazuela at 1718 Eastern Ave has really good Ecuadorian food. Also, venture further east along Eastern Avenue and go to Greektown, specifically, Samos. They dont take reservations, but if there is a wait its for a good reason. The food is great, its casual and its BYOB. The "Tour of Samos" sampler is amazing.

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                        tartuffe RE: AckAck Nov 17, 2007 09:31 AM

                        Attman's and Peter's Inn are really good suggestions. you're also close mto the Cindy Wolfe/Tony Foreman eempire of Charleston (best and priciest resto in town, Paz (fab mezze), and Cingiale (terriffic No italian)

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                        enginerd RE: enginerd Nov 18, 2007 06:51 PM

                        Thanks to everyone! Now I have a list of new places to try. A lot of these places I have seen or read about, but it is nice to have someone tell me GO THERE- you won't regret it :).

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                          vicenteELbrujo RE: enginerd Nov 19, 2007 05:01 AM

                          try True, in Fells Point. i liked it.

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                            tennisgal1206 RE: vicenteELbrujo Nov 19, 2007 06:37 AM

                            I heard True closed. Can anyone confirm?

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                              crowsonguy RE: tennisgal1206 Nov 21, 2007 08:34 PM

                              Yes, it's truly closed. Planning on reopening under new ownership, and I presume new name

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                            hon RE: enginerd Nov 19, 2007 06:32 AM

                            Henningers Tavern

                            1. aussiewonder RE: enginerd Nov 19, 2007 10:04 AM

                              As other posters have said: Salt, DiPasquales, Three..., Henningers, Jack's Bistro, Peter's Inn, Attmans all great places to go. Rosina's Gourmet on the square, or a half block down, has pretty good sandwiches but they're expensive. True did close down a couple of months back and FYI:if you're dining @ Helen's Garden in the bar area and you're a single woman then (and I'm sure I'm going to feel the wrath, but IMO) bewarned: the bar seems to attract the 40+, professional, desperately single male. Great every so often for conversation, not so great when you really just want to enjoy wine and dinner!

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                                ktracy RE: enginerd Nov 25, 2007 04:01 PM

                                For sandwiches, I really like Rosina Gourmet in Canton (1 block west of the Quiznos) – also they have really wonderful espresso.

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                                  loveisfood RE: enginerd Jan 3, 2008 11:50 AM

                                  if you are looking for awesome food, in walking distance, that diverts from typical bar food, you must get yourself to the Yellow Dog Tavern on the corner of Foster and Potomac off the beaten path in canton. it is run by cool people that care...they serve only sustainable meat and animal products. they also have put lots of thought into the menu and it shows. you must try the spinach dip.
                                  someone mentioned Lulu's which was an awesome bar. it is now closed but good thing for you a new venue has snagged the awesome chef that called Lulu's home. he is now working out of the new, quaint, and totally baltimore Annabelle Lee's on the corner of Clinton and Fleet near Highlandtown. you will fall in love once you walk in with the decor, the atmosphere and of course the food. its so good that you will have to come back for seconds!
                                  and lastly i agree that DiPasquale's is a great sandwich shop. try the shrimp salad sandwich. you can also pick up all sorts of italian goodies and wine to boot. happy picking!

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                                    food1e RE: enginerd Jan 4, 2008 01:03 PM

                                    I'm also new to Canton & still finding my way around.

                                    Here are the places I've discovered (and like) in the area so far:
                                    Helen's Garden - good food, but the fun here is at the bar.
                                    Jack's Bistro - excellent food & fun bar area.
                                    Yellow Dog Tavern - excellent food, nice atmosphere.
                                    Mama's - good food, very casual.

                                    Red Star in Fell's Point - love this place.

                                    Tonight I'm going to try Henningers.

                                    Birches - I've been once, must have been a bad night, because I'd heard such good reviews. But the service was terrible, the place was a bit dingy, and the food really wasn;t all that good.

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                                      enginerd RE: food1e Jan 6, 2008 05:42 PM

                                      I've been to about half those places so far and I agree. I think the food at Birches is excellent, but when you go there, you kind of have to plan on being there awhile. While everyone is very friendly, everything is very slow. It always takes a while to get both my drinks and food. So I basically never go there when I am in a rush or starving. It is nice for having a relaxing dinner though.

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