Good Eats in Fells Point/Little Italy??
- wired_jibit Apr 24, 2008 06:56 PM
I will be in Baltimore for my second time this summer. I fell in love with Fells Point and Little Italy! Unfortunatly, I was not familiar with the area when I went. So, I stuck around the inner harbor....LAME I know. Can you give me some suggestions of places to eat all 3 meals....and maybe some snacks? Thanx!
I completely disagree with Blue Moon. I took 3 friends from out of town there the day before my wedding. After waiting for 30 minutes (which was expected) we had the worst server I've ever had. Over an hour after we ordered one of four dishes came out. It was eggs benedict with crab meat I believe. I was embarrassed by what they brought out. My friend from Washington State could tell that it was CANNED CRABMEAT. This is Baltimore. There is no excuse for having canned crabmeat on a dish like that.
Then to top it off, the three other dishes still hadn't arrived after another 20 minutes. How long does it take to make a freaking omelette? I told the waitress to forget it, give us the check for the coffee and the benedict and we went to Whole Foods. I'll never set foot in that place again.
Agree with avoiding Blue Moon. I'm still not sure why this place gets so many kudos on the site? There are lots of places in the area that out-of-towners can enjoy a great breakfast with GOOD and FRIENDLY service. Mama's on the Half Shell has a great brunch if you want to try Canton, a different neighborhood. Waterfront, Red Star and Koopers in Fells also have breakfast/brunch. I've also heard Ale mary's has a brunch but have not tried it. If you love the atmosphere of Fells, go to Mezze or the new Meli on Thames for dinner. Or Peter's Inn! If your last visit was some time ago, you may also want to explore the new Harbor East area "between" Little Italy and Fells via Fleet/Aliceanna.
I also didn't care for it. I went once and got a cheese omelette that was completely covered in greasy cheese to the point where it was hard to find the eggs, hash browns that had a strange, slick texture and also tasted mostly of grease, undercooked bacon and an ok biscuit.
I've been in no hurry to return. I'm thinking their forte might be sugary stuff, which I don't care for.
I second La Tavola. Ate lunch there and the bread basket alone was worth the trip! I had one of their fresh pastas and my mom had a bronzini with orange sauce. While the pasta was excellent, her fish was the winning entree.
When in Little Italy, I'd skip Vacarros and opt for Piedrogotta. They just expanded and their new space is beautiful! Owners are brimming with pride and took me on a tour of their kitchen last time I came in. Excellent biscotti and cream puffs worth every last calorie!
In Fells Point for dinner, Henningers Tavern
Dudas for great crab cakes and beer selection, the Waterfront Hotel for Brunch, the Cats Eye Pub for live music.
Canton, next door to Fells Point has a great seafood place called Mamas on the Half Shell, open for lunch and dinner and breakfast on the weekends.
Places I like in Fell's Point and Little Italy that I've tried:
Cafe Gia: trendy newer place.
Chiparelli's: My favorite traditional red sauce place.
Amicci's: Bargain Italian restaurant.
Pazo: been here once - Crazy, beautiful NY type atmosphere. Spanish food - owned by a famous local Chef.
Peter's Inn: Quirky dinner Tavern w/ good food - no reservations taken.
La Cazuala: Equadorian
Mezze: Mediteranian tapas - good value for fine dining.
Someone here on the board was saying that the Indian place in Little Italy is good. I walked in one time for directions and the woman working there was really nice. There's a place called Mehek in Fell's Point that's Indian and I had there lunch buffet one weekend - it was pretty good.
I found La Tavola to be pretentious and I was sort of offended that my lasagna portion was so small when I was paying good money for it.
Most, but not all of these places are open Sunday.
It's not a bad place to fall in love with honestly.
Fells Point: lots of lovely bars with many brews and all around a really nice place to walk around weather permitting. I'll stroll around Thames St. on the weekends during the summer. Places I'd recommend:
Blue Moon - breakfast - as you've already noticed there is a fairly common and fairly heated debate on this place. Service can often be quoted as "brusque". I love happen to like their omeletes and their home-made preservatives.
Dudas - very good bar-type food.
Pazo - if you don't mind the loud, chaotic atmosphere, this is a good place to sit and eat and just talk with company. Tapas food.
Mezze (and the more upscale Kali's Court by the same people) - Very good mediteranean food. Same owners opened up a place called Meli very close as well which focuses on more sweeter fares.
Timothy Dean - the expensive - some people have had really poor experiences here. I've been here once before and absolutely loved it. Admittedly this was more than 6 months ago, and I read recently about some financial issues about the building they're in.
Pitango Gelato - Snacks (I noticed you were looking) - A very nice gelato place, stop in and get something (love their dark chocolate or their sorberts), and start walking around.
Little Italy - there are a decent bit of naysayers to LI, and while it's understandable I still think there is definitely good food to be had.
Cafe Gia's - the so called "new kid" (which tells you how little the area has changed throughout time) - fantastic atmosphere, lovely service, and great food with good prices
Amicci's - the biggest 'bang for your buck' - I do love their pane rotundo (a huge app that's a bread bowl of garlicy butter and shrimp)
Aldos - the expensive - this'll hit your wallet hard but you'll love every minute of it that you aren't thinking about your bank statement. Truly fantastic
Snacks (because who doesn't love snacks) - I love Vaccaro's, and while I do admit that Piedrogotta does a whole lot of things right, a trip to Little Italy just wouldn't seem right without a stop at Vaccaro's. But trust me, if you can, stop by both (can make sure to get the cannoli's)!
Hope you enjoy your stay. Come back and tell us how everything went!
Order the G& G with country sausage at Blue Moon. Gravy, bacon, biscuits, eggs, cheese- all on the same plate! I am not even much of a breakfast food lover, but it's the most original indulgent breakfast I've ever had!
Henninger's and Peter's Inn in Fell's Point. We weren't that impressed with Mezze, decent food, but it might have just been the atmosphere which felt a little classy/uppity when we were more in the mood for something more low-key. Highly recommend the Wharf Rat, great neighborhood bar in Fell's Point. We felt like regulars after 15 mintues. And what's not to like about 3 pints for $4 before 4 pm?
Bonaparte for breakfast. They have excellent croissants, tea, sandwiches, and pastries. I have tried many Manhattan shops' croissants, but I still think Bonaparte's are the best.
Jimmy's in Fells Point for breakfast. The Sip N'Bite Cafe in Canton for lunch. Very decent diner food, cheap. I like the short ribs with real mashed potatoes. For like, $6!
Try Blue Moon on Aliceanna Street for breakfast. Their omlettes are awesome and don't miss their homemade cinnamon buns. The place is tiny, so expect a wait, but enjoy!!
Lunch options - try to get up to DiPasquale's in Highlandtown (east of Patterson Park, west of Canton) for incredible, fresh Italian sandwiches for lunch.
Try Peter's Inn in Fells Point or Heninger's for dinner. If you want Italian, in Little Italy there's Amicci's, Chiapparelli's, or if you are at a higher price point, Aldo's. I've heard great things about Cafe Gia, but have not been yet, but 'hounders seem to love it.
Snacks - Piedgrotta on Central Ave or Vaccaro's in Little Italy for Italian desserts.