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Prettypoodle Aug 17, 2008 11:04 PM

My husband and I are comming to Baltimore for a long weekend in mid October for our 10th wedding anniv. We are staying at a B & B and will have a car.

We are looking for some suggestions for three dinners (Friday, Saturday - the big day and Sunday) and lunches probably all three days too.

Here are the limitations and information about us:

I do not eat ANY shellfish or pork products. I will eat fish or chicken or beef. He is more flexable.

Friday and Sunday nights can be more casual, but we'd like a nice but not horribly pricey place for Saturday night. Music would be a nice touch. Liquor is optional, we are not big drinkers, though it might be nice for Saturday night.

We love Asian food (Chinese, Japanese - sushi included, Thai, Vietnamese, especially Pho) and Italian food (especially the types of places that grandma is in the back cooking her grandmother's recipes) but are open to any place that is not "just a crab house".

Lunch can be a local diner or any type of casual place except a fried chicken shack. We will be stopping for our fried chicken fix at Kosher Bites on the way home on Monday. IMO they have the very best fried chicken I have ever had!

Thanks in advance! I can't wait to see where you suggest!

  1. kukubura Aug 26, 2008 10:40 AM

    Brunch at b bistro is a good option. Same owners as The Helmand but the only similarity is the high standards.

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      brats_n_curds Aug 26, 2008 12:38 PM

      One Saturday dinner possibility that hasn't been mentioned would be Woodberry Kitchen. They have good atmosphere that fits the occasion I think (especially if you can get seated upstairs) and I think the food is fantastic.

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      aya Aug 25, 2008 05:42 PM

      Skip Minato. Very small portions. Could hardly find the avocado in my shrimp tempura roll. Smallest shrimp tempura I've ever seen. WAY-overcooked calamari; had to send it back. Miso blander than usual. Girlfriend's bento box looked pretty empty on arrival. Skimpy sashimi portion. However, the decor is cute!

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        Prettypoodle Aug 20, 2008 08:29 PM

        Keep the ideas comming please!

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          pomme de terre Aug 21, 2008 10:02 AM

          I'm on the Helmand bandwagon. It's really delicious and interesting, and is a good place for when you have a mix of conservative and adventurous eaters, like you and your husband. Get the aushak (Afghan ravoli type things). So good!

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          Mr. Scrapple Aug 19, 2008 09:40 PM


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            Prettypoodle Aug 20, 2008 08:27 PM

            Ok I will look them up. Just promise me I don;t have to eat scrapple. I live outside of Philadelphia, I don't eat it here, I won't eat it there, I won't eat it ANYWHERE!

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            MDicecreamguy Aug 19, 2008 05:07 AM

            Attmans on Lombard Street for lunch...."real Baltimore".....best Corned Beef sandwich anywhere but Katz's in New York

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              Prettypoodle Aug 20, 2008 08:25 PM

              Oh I wish you could have seen my husband's face when I mentioned Attmans! He just lit up the room! He LOVED that place growing up! (he grew up in Aberdeen) OK this is definately on the list!
              THANK YOU!

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              hawaiigrl2003 Aug 18, 2008 12:39 PM

              Try Chicken Rico for lunch. The atmosphere is weak, but the chicken rotisserie is amazing!

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                Prettypoodle Aug 20, 2008 08:21 PM

                Atmosphere isn't super important for every meal. Would this be a Peruvian chicken place (hoping for a yes!) We have not found near us since leaving Northern VA.
                If anyone knows of any Peruvian chicken places in the Philadelphia/King of Prussia, PA, PLEASE let me know!

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                  hon Aug 21, 2008 10:52 AM

                  Yes it is!

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                hotel Aug 18, 2008 08:07 AM

                If you love asian food you should not miss Thai Arroy (for lunch or dinner). It's the best Thai food I've ever had, is remarkably cheap, and happens to be BYOB. Take a six-pack of some decently hoppy beer and you'll be in heaven.

                You should check out The Helmand on N. Charles. It's really great Afghan cuisine, is really affordable, romantic and is popular on this board.

                If fish, but not shellfish is on the agenda for your nice meal I would suggest Kali's Court over Charleston, but it is also pricey.

                You may want to do brunch on Sunday at Little Havana. It's 15 dollars with bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's, and it is right on the water. YOU NEED A RESERVATION THOUGH.

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                  Prettypoodle Aug 20, 2008 08:18 PM

                  Ohhhh biottomless mimosas....that could be dangerous! MMMMM thanks for the yummy suggestion!

                  1. re: Prettypoodle
                    kukubura Aug 26, 2008 10:37 AM

                    The Helmand is a must but stay away from Little Havana. It's garbage.

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                  SGI Aug 18, 2008 07:53 AM

                  WOW! There's a alot of eating to be done. Here are some suggestions although there are certainly many other options. I'm not as knowledgable about the Italian dining in Baltimore so hopefully someone else will throw in a suggestion or two for you.

                  Friday lunch: Minato


                  Friday dinner: Henningers or Peter's Inn



                  Saturday lunch: Dogwood


                  Saturday dinner: Abacrombie


                  Sunday lunch: Rocket to Venus


                  Sunday dinner: The Bicycle


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                  1. re: SGI
                    Prettypoodle Aug 20, 2008 08:17 PM

                    Minato is a FANTASTIC suggestion, thanks! We will most certainly eat there!I am liking Rocket to Venus too.

                    Thanks so much for a great list and links too!

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                    KAZ Aug 18, 2008 07:30 AM

                    hhmm, now that's laying out a challenge.

                    Let's start with Saturday night. At first glance, The Charleston would seem to fit the bill, but it can get pricey. Check out the menu online and if it fits the budget, pull the trigger. If that's what you decide to do, there are alot of great cheap eats in Baltimore you can go to the rest of the weekend to help defray the costs.

                    In general, the places in Little Italy are mostly red-sauce, spaghetti-n-meatballs, lasagna with goooey cheese type of places. The exceptions are Boccaccio (which could be a good fall back plan for Saturday if the Charleston doesn't work out) and La Tavola which has excellent homemade pastas. Outside of Little Italy, there are a few nice options (Chingale, Sotto Sopra) but I would not describe them as grandma in the back type of places.

                    As for good cheap lunches, the "no friend chicken or shellfish" requirement really limits things! This is Baltimore!

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