Inner Harbor East -- delivery or takeout (no car)
I've searched the boards and got some possible recommendations but the most recent (and relevant) seem to be from 2004 and 2005. We will be in Baltimore two nights, with two kids under two, and no car -- any recommendations for food places that will deliver to our hotel or are walking distance and will do takeout? We are staying at the Homewood Suites on S. President St.. We appreciate all sorts of food (especially of the Asian, Middle-Eastern, and African variety), but mostly need food that doesn't absolutely require two hands to eat (crabs are out). We'll be there on a Thursday and Friday, if that makes any difference. Thanks for your help!
Thanks everyone for your recommendations, they were very helpful. There being a Whole Foods around the corner (and a wine/beer store next door), we opted for that the first night, not having much time or inclination to search through menus, but we did get takeout from Lebanese Taverna the second night, and it was as good as you all described on this thread. We generally stay away from kids menus (especially since the kids are too small to warrant their own plate) but there were more than enough goodies on the main menu to satisfy the whole family. If we visit again, we'll hopefully have a chance to be more adventurous. Thanks again!
All these posters have the right idea. Keep in mind that there are LOTS of restaurants within a 15 minute walk, and all of them do carryout whether they advertise this or not. Delivery is tougher. But it's a very safe and pedestrian friendly area. In particular I recommend:
-Lebanese Taverna because it is awesome middle eastern and less than 1 block away and has an inspired kids menu.
-The two closest sushi restaurants, Chiu's (great sushi, 1 block away) and Ra (great creative sushi and fusion cuisine, 3 blocks).
-Duda's Tavern is a 10+ minute walk into Fells Point, but it has the best crabcakes in the area
-All of Little Italy is 5 minutes away. Isabellas has amazing sandwiches. Vaccaro's (dessert only) will make a cannoli lover out of the most avowed cannoli hater. La Scala is pricey and awesome and Amicci's is cheap and tasty.
-Attman's is a 10 minute walk north of Little Italy and is the best Jewish deli outside NY but don't go there after dark....it's on the edge of a sketchy neighborhood. Fine during the day.
I've lived two blocks from the Homewood Suites (right in the middle of Little Italy) for the past two years, and the delivery options around here are pretty bleak. If you want food to come to you, best option in the area is probably India Rasoi, which can be serviceable if unmemorable depending on what you get (ringing endorsement, I know). It's been two years and I'm still astounded by how few places around here deliver.
There are some pretty decent carry-out options right under your nose, though. One of the best bets, and appropriate since you mention Middle Eastern, is Lebanese Taverna. They're pretty darn tasty, they do a nice job with carry-out and they're about 100 yards from the Homewood lobby.
We also do Chiu's Sushi from time to time, but that's more of a commentary on its proximity than its quality. It scratches the itch.
As mentioned above, Elevation Burger is a good option. Imagine In-N-Out going green/organic and you'll pretty much have the idea. I mean, it's no In-N-Out (not even close), but it's worthy (of course, I suppose that might violate the two hand rule).
A far better idea, however, if sandwiches and sandwich-like items are fair game, would be to walk up to Attman's Deli. It's a little further -- maybe a ten minute walk -- but totally worth it. Stick to stuff like the corned beef, pastrami, brisket and the various combinations and permutations thereof and you'll be very happy. Stray from those and things get a little hit and miss. Unfortunately, they're only open until something like five or six depending on the day of the week.
Little Italy is a controversial subject and searching will bring up many threads. I'm of the opinion that pasta doesn't travel well to begin with, especially when it's... well... we're not going to revisit that subject :-) But if you decide to go that route, the options are well-covered elsewhere in the forum.
If Mexican grabs you at all, don't be seduced by Taco Fiesta, no matter how close and easy it is. It's lousy pseudo-Mex. Take a ten minute walk to the corner of Eastern and Broadway, however, and you're smack dab in the middle of an actual Mexican neighborhood with all of the associated hole-in-the-wall taquerias and such. My personal favorite for carry-out is El Taquito Mexicano, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the reigning neighborhood champ is Tortilleria Sinaloa. The latter always struck me as a touch gringified (everything's too lean), but it's good food and you can't beat tortillas that were made on site that morning. Also, about a block or two north of the corner (on Broadway), on the east side of the street is a pretty decent Peruvian chicken place, the name of which escapes me at the moment.
Directly across the street from the hotel you have some very basic bar/pub fare from James Joyce. Nothing that would be notable if you weren't staring right at it when you walk out the front door, but they'll serve you a decent meal.
And, of course, there's always Whole Foods right around the corner with all of the accompanying prepared foods / salad bar options.
Check out Elevation Burger on Aliceanna. They make a decent burger, not spectacular, but good. Their fries are very good however...be sure to load them up with the Old Bay placed around the restaurant to Baltimorize them.
Honestly there are a ton of restaurants in Harbor East, neighboring Little Italy & Fells Point that will service you though. A couple of other picks would be Friends on Aliceanna Street in Fells Point for well done Pub Grub. La Scala in Little Italy is good for sandwiches at lunchtime.
I know that Roy's (Hawaiian food) and Fleming's (Steak) in Harbor East has a courtesy shuttle that will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the restaurant so maybe the same shuttle will bring take out food to your hotel. I would check out their websites and call them to see if they would do this. I've eaten at both places. both are good. I like Roy's a lot. Their molten chocolate cake is to die for!! There is also Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East for your middle eastern fix. I'm sure they do take out but don't know if they deliver. If you order fr. Roy's or Fleming's tip the van driver well. He's a very nice man.