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Best crab place in Baltimore and cheap eats??

missy52 Jun 9, 2008 05:32 PM

I am going to Baltimore in mid July and I have wanted to get some great crabs for a long time now. I have read that Mr. bills terrace inn is great but I dont know about waiting for long periods with a active three year old. Plese tell me of another great place that takes ressies or if Mr. bills is just so worth it anyway.

Also we will be there for three days and would like to know of other good places to eat at for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I dont want to spend more than $7-$10 per entree for breakfast or lunch and around $10-15 for dinner, except one night where I am willing to spend more for good crabs.

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  1. JonParker RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 12:47 AM

    Can you tell us where you'll be staying and whether or not you'll have a car?

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      missy52 RE: JonParker Jun 10, 2008 06:49 AM


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        missy52 RE: JonParker Jun 10, 2008 06:58 AM

        I will be staying in Linthicum Heights near Baltimore Airport. I will have a car with me, We would be willing to drive up to 30 min for great dinner, but the closer the better. We would like to have lunch/breakfast however, closer to the harbor as thats where we are going to spend alot of time.

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          hon RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 08:50 AM

          Near the Airport on Crain Hwy is the Seaside Restaurant, awesome crabs!


      2. baltoellen RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 08:42 AM

        Go to Lexington Mkt one day for lunch, and Cross Street Market for lunch the other day. Pleae search threads for Inner Harbor eats, since there are many of them.

        No good crab places near harbor. Current board fav is Mr Bill's, maybe about a 25 minute drive east of harbor complex area...

        1. Dennis S RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 09:49 AM

          G&M is right in that area - minutes from any hotel you'd be staying at. Good crabcake sandwich coming in around $12. It's oft-mentioned here.

          Just down the road from it is a place called Snyder's. It's not a stand-out in terms of cuisine, but in my mind it captures a certain flavor of Baltimore. It's also comforting - taking you back about 3 or 4 decades (including the wait staff).

          For breakfast, a couple of exits south is Frank's Diner - it's posted on the signs. I like the place and I get called "Hon" there - which is half the requirements needed for a proper diner : )

          Note that I'm just getting to know south Baltimore myself over the past couple of months (near weekly trips to visit a client with some overnights). Definitely hit Lexington Market, though, for lunch.

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            baltoellen RE: Dennis S Jun 10, 2008 01:01 PM

            G & M is mentioned here often, but it's usually about how awful it is. If the OP has never had a MD crabcake, this would be the very last place I'd send her--or, at the very least, she should compare G&M's version to the one at Faidley's.....

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              JonParker RE: Dennis S Jun 10, 2008 01:14 PM

              I agree about Frank's -- love it.

              I despise G&M though, and if they're going to Lexington Market they can get good crabcakes at Faidley's made with domestic crab rather than the imported junk at G&M.

              Mr. Bill's is the place to go for crabs, but if you're going to be near the harbor I had some good ones Friday night at Bo Brooks in Canton. It doesn't have the old time crab house atmosphere, but the crabs were big and tasty. They have lots of seating too.

              Cheap lunches near the harbor: Attman's Deli for sure, and maybe go over to Fells Point to one of the tortillerias. With Lexington Market, that makes three.

              The lunch budget is fine, but the dinner budget is a bit low. You could try going down to Federal Hill to Thai Arroy. Junior's Wine Bar nearby is a nice place that looks like it costs more than it does -- pizzas are around $12 and most entrees are under $20. Maybe go over to Fells Point to Carolina's Tex Mex -- great food and low prices.

              Or hit Matthew's Pizza on Eastern Avenue for one of the world's best pizzas (I'm not being hyperbolic either) -- that's a great low-cost option.

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                ko1 RE: JonParker Jun 10, 2008 01:28 PM

                Timbuktu's on Dorsey Road and Romano's on Ritchie highway are close to your hotel and reputed to use the beloved old G&M's recipe used before it was sold. I have not personally tried either.

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                  Hal Laurent RE: ko1 Jun 10, 2008 03:24 PM

                  I've had plenty of mediocre food at Romano's when dragged there for work events a few years ago (fortunately that doesn't happen any more). I never had the nerve to brave the crab cakes, though.

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                    ko1 RE: Hal Laurent Jun 11, 2008 11:19 AM

                    I had plenty of mediocre meals there when I lived in the area a few years back. The SIL of G&M's original owner bought it a couple of years ago and supposedly its changed, especially the crabcakes.

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                  Dennis S RE: JonParker Jun 10, 2008 02:30 PM

                  Alright, I stand corrected on G&M. Thanks for that. I actually only went on my trip last week for the first time. I ended up not having the crabcake for some reason I can't remember. The service was awful and the sandwich I got was worse (french dip). I had left assuming that the crabcake was the saving grace - everyone else in the place seemed to be getting it, and there was a line out the door the night before when I went to Snyders.

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                    missy52 RE: JonParker Jun 10, 2008 03:09 PM

                    I probably could spend a little more for dinner. I guess around $50 for the three of us considering my son will probably share with me, Just did not want to spend too much on this trip but if its really worth it I will.

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                      baltoellen RE: JonParker Jun 10, 2008 04:57 PM

                      Tell me. Tell me. Tell me about this Franks's, please.

                      Thank you very much.

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                        MDicecreamguy RE: baltoellen Jun 10, 2008 05:21 PM

                        I wouldn't get too excited about Franks Diner. I've been there for breakfast a few times. Nothing special.

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                          Dennis S RE: MDicecreamguy Jun 11, 2008 04:53 AM

                          Right - nothing over the top, but a solid one-off diner, which is getting all the more rare these days. Worth a stop in if you like diners.

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                            JonParker RE: Dennis S Jun 11, 2008 06:21 AM

                            Exactly. I get disappointed by most diners that are either icky (Sip & Bite or Double T) or gimmicky (Paper Moon). Franks is a good solid diner with decent food, strong coffee, and lots of pie. This kind of place is a rarity anymore.

                            One thing I miss about Columbia was Sunday morning breakfasts at Franks. As diners go, it's a good one.

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                              baltoellen RE: JonParker Jun 11, 2008 06:44 AM

                              Don't you go dissin' the Sip & Bite now! I am *still* upset that the changed their sign....

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                                hon RE: baltoellen Jun 11, 2008 06:54 AM

                                I love the Sip 'n Bite at around 2:30am after being out drinking for a while and I need a patty melt.

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                        gregb RE: JonParker Jun 11, 2008 06:28 AM

                        World's best? I may have to respectfully disagree with that statement Jon.

                        The pizza is probably some of the best in the city because it is unique, but calling it "world's best" is insulting on many different levels. I hope no one from Italy is reading this post!

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                      jfish RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 12:50 PM

                      I like O'Brycki's in Fells Point for crabs; never had a bad experience. Others on this board feel differently. Be forwarned, crabs are expensive everywhere.

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                        enginerd RE: jfish Jun 10, 2008 06:58 PM

                        Yeah, I got to have crabs at Obrycki's 2 weekends ago with a group of people. Maybe this board had just set my expectations so low, but I thought it was rather good. The seasoning was different yes, and I can steam crabs better myself, but they were definitely still tasty, and very meaty. They were expensive, but as Jfish said, they are always expensive.

                        Considering that it is IN Baltimore City and tasty and very meaty, I would have no issues taking people there if leaving the city wasn't an option.

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                        igrowveggies RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 01:30 PM

                        If you're in Federal Hill, Nick's Fish House is a good place for crabs, mainly because of the setting (you're on the water...) Also, Ryleigh's offers $9 Soup and full sandwich deals for lunch and I think they also have kids menus... however, my favorite place to eat crabs is Captain James Landing, you sit outside, on the water, and it just feels comfy :) Hope this helps!

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                          xpatticakesx RE: missy52 Jun 10, 2008 03:06 PM

                          You're in luck! The Baltimore Sun's blog/column Dining@Large just finished up Crab Week last week and had many recommendations in the city as well as the surrounding areas.


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                            missy52 RE: xpatticakesx Jun 11, 2008 12:10 PM

                            Thanks for the link! I guess that does answer my question about a great crab place. I think I am going to try Mr Bills or Cantlers!

                            You can still keep coming with the cheap eats however! Thanks!

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