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Martha Jul 22, 2008 10:33 AM

I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and would like some recommendations for a late lunch/early dinner. My husband attended JHU in the 1980s, so his reference point is quite dated. We'd like a pleasant environment, good reasonably priced food. A place worth checking out while we're in Charm City. It doesn't have to be near the hospital, just not involve a rigamarole to get there.

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    SGI RE: Martha Jul 22, 2008 11:27 AM

    Hi Martha - the hospital and the JHU campus are a bit of a distance from one another. If you want to be relatively near the hospital, consider:

    1) Meli - Fell's Point; just had dinner there last weekend and it was lovely. Plus, you can then stroll around the area and take in some of Baltimore.
    2) Henninger's
    3) Salt

    If you want to eat by JHU so your husband can reminisce while also seeing how much it's changed, consider:

    1) Gertrude's at the BMA - Chesapeake style food to get the whole Baltimore food experience going
    2) The Spice Company
    3) The Ambassador - sit out on the back deck and listen to the fountain while enjoying wonderful Indian food

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      ko1 RE: SGI Jul 22, 2008 12:37 PM

      Henninger's, Peter's, and Meze are all in near-by Fells Point and quite good. Do a search for Fells Point and you'll find more about these restaurants and others. Duda's is a great bar dor burgers and crabcakes and such. Not all these places are open for lunch, so check.

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        cprofit RE: ko1 Jul 23, 2008 11:42 AM

        Ko1 - All excellent choices...

    2. littlew1ng RE: Martha Jul 22, 2008 03:25 PM

      zodiac — great food, creative cocktails, across the street from cute little theater, too
      chiapparellis — best salad EVER EVER, and very cheap eats here, casual
      Gertrudes at BMA — i second this suggestion, very good food, quiet and intimate
      sotto sopra — really great italian, oh so good so good, very romantic, beautiful restaurant

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        JonParker RE: littlew1ng Jul 22, 2008 06:10 PM

        Zodiac is adequate, not great. I wouldn't travel to eat there. Ditto Chiapparellis.

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          ko1 RE: littlew1ng Jul 23, 2008 12:42 PM

          None of these are in the area and none are what I consider a destination restaurant (although I hear Sotta Sopra has improved). Gertrude's is certainly worth checking out if you're looking for something nice in walking distance of JHU.

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          dining with doc RE: Martha Jul 22, 2008 06:41 PM

          If you are up to it, get a dozen crabs and a pitcher of suds at Obrycki's crab house not far from the hospital, or consider graizing at Lexington Market. Arguably the best crab cake anywhere is at Faidly's and it is hard to beat a half dozen freshly shucked oysters or clams. Follow it up with a bag of warm freshly roasted peanuts, some Berger's chocolate top cookies and you are in heaven!!!!!

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            brats_n_curds RE: dining with doc Jul 22, 2008 07:53 PM

            How about Samos? You're pretty close to Greektown. If I lived closer, I'd be there all the time; their food is awesome.


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              Hal Laurent RE: dining with doc Jul 23, 2008 06:26 AM

              I don't think Obrycki's is open for lunch.

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                Martha RE: Hal Laurent Jul 23, 2008 06:48 PM

                Thanks for all your recommendations. We were done at the hospital around 4:30, so we headed over to JHU for my husband to go down memory lane, seeing his frat house and the empty block where the row house he lived in was. When we were done, we headed over to Salt and enjoyed an excellent meal. We live in Reston, VA, which because of high rents, only has chains--ah, the malling of America. So we love going to independent restaurants. We found a true gem in Salt. It was perfect.

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