Eating out and saving money in the Baltimore area
What are some great/very good restaurants that you really love where the check is actually shockingly low? With the way the economy seems to be heading I'm thinking that often times I still want to go out but it's nice to save money too. Places I really enjoy that are cheap are:
Double T Diner Rt 40 in White Marsh
Damons in Perry Hall
Panera Bread maybe?
La Cazuala (only been here once but it was good and inexpensive)
Canella's Deli in Perry Hall (great subs at luch time)
Kitchen of India
Mt Everest on Belair Rd
Chaps Pit Beef
I'm sure everyone is not going to agree with all my choices, but what places do you really like that are surprisingly cheap?
A couple that came to mind. Not always the excellent food, but always solid:
El Salto (both north and south) - we always make it out for around $20 without alcohol
Pasticccio in Canton - pastas are typically around $10
Ding How - their lunch special for less than $6.00 can't be beat
And for specials $10 pasta night and $1 martini (at the bar) at Pazza Luna is really nice
1401 E.Clement Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
5513 Ritchie Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21225
2400 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224
Ding How Restaurant
631 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
This topic is of particular interest to me as my husband and I had a SERIOUS visit from the tax man this month and the purse strings are very tight.
Generally, we save by going to BYOB places since the biggest part of our dining out bill usually comes from wine.
So, our dining out choices are:
HON bar on Wednesday nights (half priced wine night)
Orchard Tree Market & Cafe (BYOB)
Victor's Cafe in Timonium (BYOB)
Carry out from almost anywhere tends to make the bill go down for us as well- ordering less food and not tipping on the added treats lowers the final tab
I went to Canella's on Saturday. I ended up ordering my favorite default sub that I usually get from any deli/sub shop, Italilan Cold Cut. The sub good, above average even. Plenty of meats, along with right amount of peppers, spices, and not too much mayo. My only complaint is that I would like to have seen it on a crustier roll. While the roll was good and soft, the bottom of the sub became a tad soggy from the oil. I think a bread with a little more crusty outside would really make this a great sub. I would def go back and try more of their menu.
gibber: "I used to love Canella's but once it changed to Tuscano's they changed their bread (now it is just an average sub roll) and their cheese steak meat."
MY RESPONSE: Is that the old location on Harford Road? You can't blame Canella's for that - the only Canella's location currently is on Belair Road in Perry Hall. They closed their Harford Road location.
I suppose the word ‘cheap’ is very dependent on past experiences. I have a few friends who have moved to Baltimore from big cities that still consider $15-$20 entrees as ‘cheap eats’. That said, a few extra places do come to mind in terms of decent food for great prices:
Pho #1 and Pho Nam
A number of the Indian Lunch buffets (if you're into that) have above-average food.
I second Chaps and Amicci's as good deals.