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Gonna be in Baltimore for 2 days.

singhhb Mar 2, 2009 07:41 PM

Coming down from NYC to check out Baltimore. What do I HAVE to check out before I leave?

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    dining with doc Apr 10, 2009 08:05 AM

    tio pepe's- high end spanish
    black olive- middle eastern/ mediteranean in fells point
    obrycki's- maryland crab house
    lexington market- walk the market and have a dozen oysters and a backfin lump crab cake at faidleys, a chocolate top cookie at Bergers bakery, an italian sausage at Pollack Johnnies, some fresh roasted peanuts out front some fresh Utz potato chips at the Utz stand and whatever else floats your boat during your grazing. go during the day not at night--closed and not safe at night
    Ickaro's-greek food
    charlestown's- excellent in Fells Point area

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    1. re: dining with doc
      KAZ Apr 10, 2009 09:13 AM

      An ITALIAN sausage from Pollack Johnnies? And you may want to wait for the heat to calm down before shopping for any "products" from the Utz potato chip guy ...


      1. re: KAZ
        hill food Apr 11, 2009 03:15 AM

        holy cow!

        but for anyone skeptical, fresh made chips really are (more than a few steps) above on the junk ladder. also available at Cross Street Market.

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      pomme de terre Apr 10, 2009 06:38 AM

      The Brewer's Art has an interesting menu and great locally brewed Belgian-style beers.

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        BawlmerWhites Apr 9, 2009 02:00 PM

        What type of cuisine or price range?
        THe Charleston Goup is $$$ but alwaya are great dining experince:
        http://www.thecharlestongrp.com/- 5 excellent restaurants to choose from
        Petite louis is my favoriete french bistro.
        LaFamiglia is a great italian place- http://lafamigliabaltimore.com/
        Gertrudes at the TheBaltimore Museum of Art nice Maryalnd cuisine

        1. hill food Mar 4, 2009 06:36 PM

          B'more neophyte here: Vaccaro's at Albemarle beats the 2xxx blocks of Steinway street in Astoria for Italian bakery.(not by much, but enough)

          what's cool about Faidley's is while standing and slurping down the (cheap and plump!) oysters - not from the Bay sadly - shucker said Gulf, one can ponder the signs and consider what one might stew with the offered fresh muskrat.

          not food, but call ahead to the medical examiners office for creepshow dioramas used in forensic training for the last 50 years not generally on public view - keep meaning to check that one out.

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          1. re: hill food
            crackers Mar 5, 2009 01:56 AM

            Hill food: that last sentence is the most bizarre non-sequitor I have ever read on Chowhound! Thanks for the laugh (I think.)

            And isn't it pathetically emblematic that the oysters at Faidley's don't even come from Maryland any more?

            1. re: crackers
              hill food Mar 5, 2009 11:25 AM

              turns out I was wrong, they're in Bethesda now at NIH.

              it is sad about the Bay oyster situation, worried about the proposed introduction of non-native species.

              1. re: hill food
                alkapal Mar 9, 2009 06:11 AM

                so we should see the creepshow dioramas after dining in bethesda? ;-).

                1. re: alkapal
                  hill food Mar 9, 2009 08:21 PM

                  given the lenghty security at NIH and the size, it sounds like more of a weekday brunch thing...

                  or before dinner!

            2. re: hill food
              indcgirl Mar 13, 2009 05:44 PM

              For Italian baked goods, I prefer Piedigrotta at 1300 Bank St. , Suite 140 (410-522-6900)
              Tuesday - Saturday: 6:30a - 6p, Sunday: 6:30a - 3p, Monday: Closed. While it looks as colorful and crisp as other Italian bakeries, everything there TASTES better (IMHO).

              1. re: indcgirl
                hill food Mar 13, 2009 10:42 PM

                will have to add for next time

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              flavrmeistr Mar 4, 2009 08:23 AM

              The Lexington Market. Get some oysters and a crab cake at Faidley's

              1. k
                KAZ Mar 4, 2009 06:23 AM

                It would help to be more specific. Are you looking for the ultimate crab cake? Interested in the Baltimore bar/food scene? Are you going to be here in the summer and want to try a sno(w)ball with marshmellow topping? Want the best of Baltimore pit beef? There are probably places you HAVE to check out in each of those categories that are unique to Charm City.

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                  Hue Mar 4, 2009 05:06 AM

                  Maybe a trip thru Fells Point...Dudas, One Eyed Mikes, John Stevens, Wharf Rat, Berthas
                  Ale Mary's will give you another "take on" Baltimore...These are local "gin mills" that serve decent food

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                    Beto_pan Mar 3, 2009 09:14 AM

                    I would highly recommend Woodberry Kitchen. They got a mention in Bon Appetit last month (The photo in the article is them). If you go, make sure you finish your meal with coffee, since they do such a wonderful job of it.


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                    1. re: Beto_pan
                      OmnivoreinMD Mar 3, 2009 12:59 PM

                      I agree. Woodberry is a great spot.

                      1. re: OmnivoreinMD
                        bobovespa Mar 3, 2009 05:09 PM

                        +1 more on Woodberry Kitchen. Here are some things we particularly enjoyed over Valentine's Day weekend: the pears and the deviled eggs on the snacks menu; the chilled beets; poblano sausage and the hunter's sausage. Really, everything was excellent.

                      2. re: Beto_pan
                        radioman18 Mar 17, 2009 11:06 AM

                        You definitely won't go wrong trying Woodberry Kitchen. If you want to stay away from the tourists in Little Italy, try Sammy's for Italian food, right off North Charles St.

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