Need Balt. suggestions please
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!
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!
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
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.
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!