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Jun 23, 2009 01:38 PM

Baltimore for a weekend

Hey everyone,

A group of us from Boston and NYC are heading to Baltimore for the World Football Challange July 24th-25th. We will be staying near the Inner Harbor.

On the 24th we will be looking for a lunch spot and then a place for dinner near M&T Bank Stadium before the game at 8:00. After the match a cocktail bar would be nice for all of us to hang that evening as well.

On the 25th, breakfast and Lunch before we head off to the airport.

Now the criteria. We would all love to try some of the Baltimore classics like Steamed Crab, Pit Beef, Lake trout, Coddies, etc....Now I know that when people come to Boston I advise them not to JUST eat Chowder, Lobster Rolls and Oysters, but I think that it would be nice to at least try something that Baltimore is known for throughout the country.

For dinner the night of the match we would need a moderately priced restaurant (Entrees under $25), casual (We will be in our Jerseys) but a fun and active atmosphere; and most of all important Excellent food where the Chef and Kitchen staff are top notch. We have no preferences on ethnic or American.

Thank you in advance.

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  1. In Federal Hill (walking distance south of Inner Harbor):Cross St market, Mother's, McGerks, Looney's (Canton) Pickles is right next to the stadium, Locust Point (across the water from the Inner Harbor where Ft Henry is) used to have lots of neighborhood haunts, but the area has changed since the last time I was around.

    These places don't have 'chefs' but illegal aliens in the back or owner operated; but a true piece of Ballimur

    1. Pioneer Pit Beef is fantastic, literally a shack underneath the highway just west of Baltimore. No seating at all, eat on your car. Not open Sundays. Get the roast beef with tiger sauce (creamy horseradish). Don't fool around with their other meats cause you may want a second pit beef sandwich.

      They have both steamed crabs and coddies at Gunnings. You'll need a car to get there. Wherever you go at that time of year, expect a long wait for crabs unless you get in as soon as the place opens.

      If you need a place easy enough to get to by taxi, then go to Attman's. Batimore is also famous for the corned beef, and Attman's is located on the historic Corned Beef Row, though there are only three places left now. Corned beef, pastrami (I like a combo), and brisket are all top tier. Good knishes as well.

      1. Thank you for the rec's so far, one major piece of information I left out is that we will be car-less, so the restaurants will have to be either Public Transport accessible, by foot or cab.


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        1. re: Matt H

          One cool thing about Baltimore is that you can take the water taxi to all the different "neighborhoods on the water". Ask the taxi attendant and he will tell you where to get off and which way to walk towards your destination. $7 to ride all day.

          Fells Point - One Eyed Mike's, Duda's, Max's Tap House (best beer selection in town)

          Canton - Mama's On The Half Shell, Mahaffey's (great beer selection)

          Federal Hill - Ryleigh's, Mother's, Cork's

          Check out all the above places online and look at their menus. Also, right near the stadium is Pickles, which will have a "beer garden" open outside the day of the games.

        2. Friday Lunch...agree with Steve Attman's

          on Lombard street..walkable from the Inner Harbor..great deli(corned beef, on rye, mustard a half done pickle and a Dr Browns Cream soda) and coddies are usually available...
          Friday Ryleighs

          on Cross Street not that far from M&T Stadium(across Hamburg Street and south on Charles Street) Great Oyster bar with crabcakes.
          Drinks later wander back to Cross Street area make a choice.
          Saturday breakfast at Miss Shirley's

          on Pratt Street...Lunch head to Little Italy and find Isabellas
          or great sandwiches/pizza

          1. Thank you so far for the rec's, based on what I see so far:

            Fri Lunch: Attman's
            Fri Dinner: Ryleigh's
            Sat Breakfast: Miss Shirley's

            After searching it seems as if it is going to be quite difficult to find a Pit Beef spot that is close enough to downtown that we can access it. Any hope at all, even if its a half decent place we will be happy.

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            1. re: Matt H

              Can't help on the pit beef -- now, if you were staying through SUNDAY morning, there would be excellent pit beef under the freeway at the Sunday farmers' market.

              I would rethink Miss Shirleys for breakfast on Saturday. The downtown location is in a new office building and you could as easily be in Minneapolis or Kansas City. Not far away is the Blue Moon --

              1621 Aliceanna St
              Baltimore, MD 21231-2925
              (410) 522-3940

              which has excellent food (quite a bit more down to earth) but tends to fill up early.

              1. re: lawhound

                The Minneapolis and Kansas City references gave me a good chuckle... seems like a strange comparison!

                Based on what the OP has described above, I would reccomend Miss Shirley's over Blue Moon 10 out of 10 times. If you are looking for top-notch, original, and well-executed dishes, Miss Shirley's is surely the place to be. Granted the location and atmosphere might not be as "interesting" (read as: 20 minute walk followed by a 60 minute wait followed by frech toast crusted in captain crunch for $12. WTF?).

                1. re: gregb

                  I love both Miss Shirley's and Blue Moon but you will be seated immediately at Miss Shirley's and it is way closer.

                  I ate at Miss Shirley's Monday morning. It was a beautiful day and I sat outside, next to the canal. There were lovely flowers and a view of the shot tower and the harbor. Fantastic food. Could not have asked for a better location. My omelet was $14, but it was filled with shrimp so I can't complain.

              2. re: Matt H

                No pit beef. There's nothing (except the Farmer's market on Sunday). It's very sad.

                1. re: dcopeland

                  I know it's gotten mixed reviews on this board, but the new place Harborque just off Key Highway offers pit beef.

                  Harbor Que
                  1421 Lawrence St, Baltimore, MD

                  1. re: bordeauxfan

                    Really??? That's huge news. Have you tried it? Is it really pit beef? Because I've seen bbq places that claim to have pit beef and really just have bbq-ed shredded beef.

                    1. re: bordeauxfan

                      Harborque is the worst bbq I've ever had. It used to be a pit beef/Indian food joint and now the same owners made it into a bbq place. I don't even think they have a smoker.

                      1. re: abovethewaves

                        So after looking at Google Maps it seems like Chaps Pit Beef is accessible by the Bus (35 Bus). Would it be an advisable trip to plan?

                        1. re: Matt H

                          It would be a very long bus ride, and you'd want to hope the bus stop is very close to Chaps, as it's not a pedestrian-friendly area. Might take awhile to get a bus back, also, especially on a weekend. I'd probably advise against it.

                          1. re: Hal Laurent

                            Yeah...I wouldn't recommend the bus to anyone. Either water taxi or regular taxi all weekend.