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Lunch in Baltimore

rudmansjmu Apr 18, 2008 08:38 AM

My Mom and I eat lunch together every Sat and are looking for new places. Here's an incomplete list of places we've already tried.
Dogwood Deli
Soup's on at Roses' Cookies
Golden West
Helen's Garden
Nacho Mamas
Orchard Cafe
Desert Cafe
Night of the Cookers
Cafe Spice
Mango Grove
Egyptian Cafe
Yabba Pot

We love to try new things so we're up for any suggestions you might have.
Also, we don't object to driving. Would go into the city, to Columbia, Towson, etc.
Thanks Hounds!

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    tartuffe Aug 8, 2008 08:27 AM

    The Wine Market on Fort Ave has excellent lunches (and dinners). Meli in Fells Point ditto

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      SonyBony Aug 7, 2008 12:59 PM

      I suggest Carson's Creekside. There is a deck for outside seating on the water... A secret gem of Middle River..

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        bbrown305 Jun 14, 2008 01:50 PM

        If you want pizza, Brick Oven Pizza is the place to go especially for lunch.

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        1. re: bbrown305
          MarcDC Jun 18, 2008 06:53 AM

          I think Brick Oven Pizza is very average.... tastes similar to a Freschetta pizza


          1. re: MarcDC
            kelarry Jun 19, 2008 08:15 PM

            I much prefer Hot Tomato pizza just across the street from BOP, & they're open til well after the bars close every night of the week.

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          SGI Apr 24, 2008 12:13 PM

          Whew! A comprehensive list and tons of good recommendations. To add to the list, I just checked out Catonsville Gournet on Frederick Ave. for lunch and would recommend it. A very seafood-centric restaurant with a cute decor that would likely fit the bill for lunch with mom. There are also salads, sandwiches, etc. It also allows for easy access to stroll around historic Ellicott City afterwards to antique shop or simply pass time.

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            Whitemarshjohn Apr 21, 2008 07:25 AM

            Lunch places not mentioned yet:
            Fiesta Mexicana: small, one table and stools, excellent food
            Orchard Market: Lunch buffet starts at 1:00? Iranian - very good.
            Chiparelli's: My red sauce old fashioned Italian favorite.
            Ann Arundel Seafood: all types of steamed and fried seafood - very casual.
            Tersiguels: French, expensive, excellent food and service.
            Edo Sushi: Think they have 4 locations. Owings Mills Blvd and Timonium were good.
            Chicken Rico: excellent chicken + sides in Hispanic part of Eastern Ave.
            Canella's Deli: Perry Hall Rt. 1: Cheap but fresh subs - mostly takout w/ tables.

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            1. re: Whitemarshjohn
              kelarry Apr 23, 2008 10:32 PM

              Try Gecko's! Check out my response to the cheap eats post. I think their happy hour starts at 3 as well.

            2. baltoellen Apr 19, 2008 04:54 PM

              How about Chap's on Pulaski Hwy? Hard to find better pit beef around. (And, the Food Network was filming there this afternoon.)

              There's a great, simple Argentine place, El Patio, in Jessup that I'd highly recommend. Fantastic empanadas.

              Carolina's Tex-Mex on B'dwy. Lebanese Taverna at Harbor East.

              You also don't have any Southeast or East Asian on your list. How about Pho #1 on Rte 40 just inside the beltway, or Sushi Hana in Towson or Lake Falls Village?

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                BigLouie Apr 19, 2008 03:49 PM

                Lots of good suggestions here, if you are a BBQ fan u must experience excellent North Carolina type BBQ at Andy Nelsons.

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                  a70wilson Apr 19, 2008 06:11 AM

                  What a list. Let's see...

                  We've put Matthew's PIzza back into our rotation - not sure why it fell out, but it is delicious.

                  For something simple, we like the sandwiches at Rosina Gourmet. Not a lot of seating, but several tables for 2.

                  And then the best of the lot for casual lunch, IMHO, Dipasquale's in Highlandtown. A range from brick oven pizzas, to sandwiches, to pasta dishes, to things like shrimp salad (which my father-in-law says is the best he's ever had). They aren't open in the evening, so lunch is definitely the time to go.

                  Di Pasquale's Gourmet Italian
                  3700 Gough St, Baltimore, MD

                  Matthew's Pizzaria
                  3131 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                  Rosina Gourmet
                  2819 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD

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                  1. re: a70wilson
                    kelarry Apr 19, 2008 01:42 PM

                    I forgot about Ryleigh's & Di Pasquale! Both are very good.

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                    Hue Apr 18, 2008 10:34 AM

                    Had several great lunches at Gia's Cafe in Little Italy! Eastern Ave and High St

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                      kelarry Apr 19, 2008 12:45 AM

                      Skip Faidley's, it's overrated. Helen's does a nice job on wine OFFERINGS, but with so many pours opened for so long, my experience has left me with oxidized wine. Vito's in cockeysville/timonium is certainly worth a visit. Trust me. The meat is fresh & the olive oil is unlike ANYTHING you've ever tasted! Birches is not open for lunch, but you should give it a shot for dinner. It's neighborhood grub- hit or miss. I don't get the Mamma's on the Half Shell draw, but they do have great oysters there (the ONLY thing I order- & if they have: Bouisoilel oysters, get them!). Try One Eyed Mikes in Fells Pt. for lunch.- it's dark & a bit depressing BUT ask to sit on the patio, & it will make up for it. They do a decent job. Also, there's a place called, Carolyn's Cafe- Carribean-amazing(!!) on Penn St-b/tween fed hill & otterbein. Get the curried goat, rudmansjmu! I know you're adventurous enough to try it!

                      1. re: kelarry
                        charmedgirl Apr 19, 2008 02:33 PM

                        Don't skip Faidley's. The crabcake is delicious.

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                          dining with doc Aug 8, 2008 09:46 AM

                          I agree, don't skip Faidley's. The premium backfin crab cake is a good as it gets. Plus a ice cold beer with some freshly shucked oysters in that atmosphere takes you back in time. Also, you can walk and graze around the rest of Lexington Market. Have fun

                        2. re: kelarry
                          rudmansjmu Apr 24, 2008 05:50 AM

                          This past Sat we ended up at Vito's in Cockeysville. Ordered sandwiches but they were really well made, the kind of sandwiches that you're still talking about 5 days later. They were both specials so I'm not sure if they'd be on the menu again but I had the prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, tomato and olive oil on ciabatta. My Mom had the oil packed tuna with roasted red pepper on ciabatta. The bread was amazing and that olive oil was every bit as good as kelarry suggested. Would love to return this Sat, but alas, we always go somewhere new.

                        3. re: Hue
                          rudmansjmu Jun 9, 2008 06:47 PM

                          Went there this Sat. Thanks for the recommendation! We loved it. Both had a variety of a chicken sandwich. Hers features eggplant, arugula, and goat cheese. Mine had sorentino ham, provolone cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Chicken was perfectly grilled and tasted, not overwhelmingly, of rosemary. Bread on the sandwich was excellent, and Gia said it came from Della Notte's bakery. Saved room for tiramisu which was worth every last little calorie!

                        4. BaltoPhilFood Apr 18, 2008 09:09 AM

                          My mom and I had a great time at Chesapeake Wine Company on a saturday afternoon; although wine and snacks is considered lunch by us! Mama's on the Half Shell outside was a fun lunch too. She liked Miss Shirley's and Petit Louis as well. I think that's a great tradition! Would love to know where you end up!

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                            MarcDC Apr 18, 2008 08:46 AM

                            Helmand? Joung Kak? Faidleys?

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                            1. re: MarcDC
                              bmore_flavor Apr 18, 2008 09:09 AM

                              Mamas on the Halfshell
                              Ryleigh's oyster bar
                              Belvedere Square Market (Ikan sushi or that soup place)
                              Holy Frijoles

                              1. re: bmore_flavor
                                rudmansjmu Apr 18, 2008 10:23 AM

                                I didn't know Birches was open for lunch. Have been DYING to go there!

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                                  kelarry Apr 19, 2008 12:59 AM

                                  ONLY open for dinner.

                              2. re: MarcDC
                                Wangus Apr 18, 2008 11:36 AM

                                Just a note: I'm don't think the Helmand opens for lunch.

                                I agree with Faidleys without a doubt. I'd also throw in Andy Nelson's (Timonium/Cockeysville) for some fantastic bbq. Also, Atwaters is a pretty common staple for us.

                                I don't know if you or your mom is into pizza, but that's something I tend to do for lunch with friends or family. Matthew's, Iggies, Zella's, etc.

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