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Very cheap eats in Fells Pt/Inner Harbor/Federal Hill area

My high school-age daughter is planning a party for a friend, and the guests can't afford more than $20/person. Any chance anyone knows of a suitable restaurant that could accomodate a dozen or so (well-behaved) high school kids?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. How about some place like BOP Pizza in Fells Point? You could probably fit about a dozen kids around the tables, or you can take the pizza outside and eat it in the square. $20 per person should be plenty.

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    1. re: KAZ

      El Trovador on Broadway does a good cheap party

      1. re: chowsearch

        If they like Thai- I would think that you could eat for $20 a head at Thai Arroy on Federal Hill. Also, Mother's- you can eat sandwhiches and buegers for $20 a person. I will polit out that many of the places in Fed Hill/Fells point are Bar/Restaurants. While a place like Mothers certainly is a large part restaurnat, you might want to consult with parents and make sure they are ok with thier kids going there.

    2. I would call to see if you can reserve space for 12 but I think Matthew's Pizza in Highlandtown would fit the bill.

      1. how about Nacho Mamas?

        1. How about Iggie's pizza on Calvert st. in Mt. Vernon? You can try to reserve the communal long table in the middle. Don't know if they take reservations but the pizza is yummy and atmosphere is fun.

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          1. re: amaebi

            I have held a few party's there and they are great and very accomodating- they will even let you decorate if you ask. It's a great place and if you get lots of little pizza's everyone can be adventourous- currently they have 2 seaosnal pies that I reccomend- the pear/balsamic and the potato w/ italian meat(can't remember name)
            A couple of Mac& Cheese for the table is great!!!

            1. re: poached

              (site is not letting me edit so I'll continue)
              If you are firmly committed to your loc. I'd reccomend SoBo in Fed Hill. A Funky Arty reasonable place with food that should please a range of tastes. I Recently took my highschool age nephew and a few friends. They loved it and it avoids the whole bar overexposure issue.

              1. re: poached

                You'd be hard pressed to feed a crowd for under $20 a person at SoBo. I didn't like the food that well either, but that's only based on one visit.

                1. re: JonParker

                  Really? I've found that they had several inexpensive options- last time we went the bill was 16-25 a head: entree w/ either soup or dessert.
                  As far as food It's simple but the ingredents are good and fresh- I'm not claiming this to be my favorite place I just think it is a good place that was liked by highschool foodies-thats all

                  1. re: poached

                    Again, I've only been there once, but I'm pretty sure there were one or two options at $13-15 and went up from there, with most options in the $20 area. Once you include drink, tax and tip you're going over $20 a person easily unless you're very careful to order from the lower end where your choices are limited.

                    To easily keep it under $20 a person you need lots of options in the $10-15 range, and SoBo doesn't fit that bill. It's possible to do that there, but it takes caution in ordering.

                    Ellen's suggestions below are spot on, as are the Thai Arroy and Iggie's recs. Luca's Cafe and Junior's Wine Bar in Locust Point and Federal Hill respectively are nice places with a interesting pizzas that are $11-12.. Neither is a place that I'd be afraid to recommend to high schoolers.

          2. Carolina's Tex-Mex would definitely fit the bill--and, I think, would seem very exotic! If they stuck to simpler fare, the very cute nautical dining room at One-Eyed Mike's would also work.

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            1. re: baltoellen

              One-eyed Mike's is very dark and the dining somewhat depressing or too mature. I think a more upbeat place would appeal to high schoolers. I think Pazo would be great especially if the kids opted for the 1/2 portion offerings of the entrees there.

            2. red star bar in fells point. if its not a friday or saturday night, it shouldnt be a problem that people arent drinking. would be a fun atmosphere too.

              taco fiesta in harbor east is more casual but could hang out upstairs there and be well under budget.

              1. Thank you for these great suggestions! I'll check them out.

                1. Also, I haven't eaten in Lemongrass yet but its trendy Thai food. Lots of options around $10. The "scene" might be fun for a bunch of HS kids. Haven't eaten there so need to ask others about the food.

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                  1. re: jes

                    I went to Lemongrass a few weeks ago and was sort of disappointed with the food personally - but only because it wasn't nearly spicy enough. But, I'll fully admit that I like food quite a bit hotter than the majority of Americans I know. I also think that the dumplings we ordered were pre-made and re-heated before they were brought to our table as they were pretty dried out and tasteless.

                    That being said, I think I would have been thrilled to go to Lemongrass when I was in high school (instead of TGIF or whatever crap I ate back then). It's definitely trendy, and fun inside. If you want to pick a place based on price point and atmosphere (not food), this is a good one.

                  2. I'd probably recommend an ethnic place as they are usually cheaper and may seem more adventurous for a high schooler. Ding How is chinese in Fells Point and can handle it. I would imagine the thai place on boston street would be available too.

                    A couple of family friendly places are Austin Grill and Amiccis.

                    If you think about it, could you please post what place is eventually chosen and how it works out? I think some of us would be interested in knowing what places would be willing to do this and how things turn out. For example, I can't imagine sending my high school daughter to a place like Mothers or Nacho Mamas or even One-Eyed Mikes (although I know that they'll end up there someday, I wouldn't want to be the one to send them there).

                    1. Well, as happens with teens, the plan changed. However we did check out a few places. One-Eyed Mike seemed too bar-like, BOP had the right kind of food, but it seemed too small for the big group. The one we liked best was Red Star. Their upstairs would have been perfect except that they had two parties booked there. We were focusing on Fells Point and we were about to check out El Trovador when the plans changed. Thanks for all your help!