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Baltimore Lunch

hungry_fox Apr 22, 2009 10:11 AM

My college graduation is coming up at the end of may and after the ceremony on their way back to NY and PA my family members want to stop off in Baltimore for lunch. They're looking for a decent sized meal, moderately priced nothing too expensive and because my family tends to be a little more upscale, it can't be a hole in the wall but please I'd love it to be still casual and comfortable. There will be at least 1 vegetarian with us and one younger eater who prefers simple contemporary cuisine, our party will be between 7 and 12 people and if it's at all possible a few of them have requested that the restaurant be on the water or possibly around the inner harbor (possibly little italy?). Please, no McCormick or Philips, thanks all!

  1. BaltoPhilFood Apr 23, 2009 09:36 AM

    Miss Shirley's in the Constellation Energy Building is open for lunch on the weekdays and now on the weekends. Sounds like it suits your needs (well, it's not ON the water but it's close). I haven't been to Peacock Cafe but that is on the water, maybe someone can provide some info.

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    1. re: BaltoPhilFood
      pomme de terre Apr 23, 2009 10:25 AM

      I've only been to Peacock in Georgetown, but I liked it very much! Loved the burger with gorgonzola.

    2. k
      KAZ Apr 23, 2009 09:34 AM

      When I first read your post, I thought of Petite Louis' lunch. It sounds like exactly what you describe, great food, a little upscale but comfortable and not too expensive. It is not anywhere near the water though.

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        pomme de terre Apr 23, 2009 06:25 AM

        How about Lebanese Taverna in Inner Harbor East? The space is pretty and has windows on the water. They can handle a big crowd. It's very vegetarian friendly, but with lots for meat-eaters, too. It won't break the bank and is still pretty elegant to boot. There is a kids' menu as well.

        Lebanese Taverna
        719 S. President Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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        1. re: pomme de terre
          hungry_fox Apr 23, 2009 08:56 AM

          I wish, I go to Lebanese Taverna in Silver spring all the time, the food is unfortunately a little too complex or "weird" for the younger eater.

          1. re: hungry_fox
            pomme de terre Apr 23, 2009 10:24 AM

            Hmm, too bad. They do have the "pidas" which are basically pizzas.

            Cinghiale (next door to LT) has a lot of the same good points, but is quite a bit more expensive. Kooper's Tavern (a bit further afield in Fell's Point) is not as fancy as the other two, but serves great pub grub and is near the water. The vegetarian will have to hunt a bit for something, but there are definitely options. Kooper's isn't a showplace inside like the other two, but it's nice enough.

            1. re: pomme de terre
              Hal Laurent Apr 23, 2009 12:52 PM

              I don't believe Cinghiale is open for lunch anyway.

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          dancinagain Apr 22, 2009 10:51 AM

          I recommend Bay Cafe in Canton. It's not too upscale and they give you plenty of food for your money. The shrimp salad is very good and you can see outside or inside.

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          1. re: dancinagain
            davestar Apr 22, 2009 11:39 AM

            No offense dancinagain, but Bay Cafe is pretty much universally regarded as a bad place to eat, not to mention its status as douche-central.

            1. re: davestar
              abovethewaves Apr 22, 2009 11:52 AM

              Couldn't have said it better myself!

              1. re: abovethewaves
                hon Apr 22, 2009 12:43 PM

                Shrimp salad was the one thing I would go to the Bay cafe for but the last time I had it, it was room temperature and the pasta salad was actually warm, not good.

                1. re: hon
                  baltymoron Apr 23, 2009 05:12 AM

                  Baltimore has lots of good options. I think a place that would hit the mark nicely and allow for a nice Baltimore neighborhood walk is the Dogwood--- Dogwood Gourmet:
                  I've only been a couple of times, but think it's a nice little place in a good part of town.

                  1. re: hon
                    KAZ Apr 23, 2009 09:32 AM

                    I agree. I've had pretty decent shrimp salad at the Bay Cafe

            2. h
              hon Apr 22, 2009 10:34 AM

              Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton, great MD seafood, I am sure the vegetarian can find something. They are not on the water but are near it by a few blocks if you all want to walk down afterwards. Baltimore restaurants on the water tend to rely on their view and not their food to get people there.

              1. invinotheresverde Apr 22, 2009 10:20 AM

                I've only been to Baltimore ten or so times, but I can't think of anything directly on the water that isn't chain central, except for the Rusty Scupper (and even I know that's no good). Seems everything is a chain or a chain-type place.

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