Baltimore newbie seeks recommendations for dinner
- Cocinero Cubano Dec 22, 2008 11:18 AM
My wife and I are going to Baltimore for a party on Saturday evening, but want to get a nice, good, but not terribly expensive dinner before hand. I've not been to Charm City in quite some time, and am only familiar with: Charleston; Helmand; and The Brewer's Art. None I've been too, I've only read about them on the board.
Any suggestions are welcomed. We like all types of fare, but are looking for something unique to the city, and in moderate range; $15 - 20 for entrees. I figure this prices out Charleston.
Thanks for your help!
Some quick thoughts -- Sotto Sopra on Charles Street is a bit higher than your range but a very nice local Italian place -- I love their duck ravioli, when they have it. Blue Agave is very good Mexican on S. Light Street and in the price range. Bicycle, further south on Light is very good, but pricey. There are some very good Greek places in Greektown, off the beaten path out on Eastern Avenue -- the small Samos is very good, and they are all in your price range.
Check out Corks in Federal Hill, Thai Arroy in Federal Hill, Asahi Sushi in Fells Point, and Samos in Greektown. All are in your price range and excellent.
Mezze and Meli in Fells Point may be just what you are looking for. Owned by the same people, both restaurants are stylish and within your price range. FoiGras
There is always Duda's on Thames Street in Fells Point..more bar than restaurant, but good chow
Henningers on Bank Street price may be an issue but good chow
Gia's in Little Italy (Eastern Ave)
Hull Street Blues in Locust Point/Federal Hill area off Fort Ave.
I would go to the Helmand if you have not been there. It's reasonably priced, has consistently excellent food, is unique to Baltimore - I believe the owner is a brother of the current Pres of Afghanistan (could be wrong) and it's in a great location. You should go to that hotel for a drink before dinner. Does anyone know the name of that hotel just up the street with the bar providing for views of the city - the name escapes me.
IIRC there are several Helmands across the US, owned by the same family.
but they are really good. I liked the pumpkin ravioli when it was on the menu at the one I used to go to in CA. and they know from lamb.
looking forward to my own first real B'more trip in a coupla months (work meetings don't count)
The Helmand is great. Brewer's Art? Not worth the attitude. Charleston is quite nice, but also quite expensive. Nacho Mama's is good mexican- not so much on the atmosphere, but the food is quality. There is a (relatively) new restaurant in Canton called 'Saute' which was surprisingly good- pulled duck nachos (tasted better than it sounds- ouch.). Mezze also is a good idea, but it may be a challenge getting a table on a Saturday night this time of year...