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3 days in Baltimore-Where *MUST* I eat?

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Hi,

My fiance and I are heading to Baltimore for a long weekend at the end of the month. We'll be catching the Red Sox/Orioles game and be staying in the Inner Harbor. We won't have a car (not sure if we'll need one?). What restaurants MUST we try? Any quintessential places every visitor to Baltimore must hit up while in town? What are your favorites?

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  1. Penny, can you give us some price points and any likes or dislikes?

    The Inner Harbor itself is not that much of a foodie spot (lots of chains) but it's flanked by Inner Harbor East and Federal Hill, which are great spots to eat. I don't think you'll need a car to find some good eats.

    1. If you want a taste of Baltimore style seafood, Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton is a great place. You would have to cab-it there.

      1. Several Places:

        Vaccaro's in Little Italy for the best cannolis and terrific Italian pastries.

        Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market for the best Lump Crabcakes known to man. Near the ballpark too.

        Trinacria on Paca St just north of Lexington Market for great Italian deli sandwiches. Amazingly cheap too. Get the Chicken Parm sub. Also close to the ballpark.

        DiPasquale's on Gough St in Highlandtown for one of the best Italian delis on the east coast. My fave sandwich if the Santino - Prosciutto, Fresh Mozz, Fresh Baked Bread, Basil, Tomatoes, Olive Oil.

        The Helmand on Charles Street in Mount Vernon for amazing Afghan.

        Baltimore Farmers Market under the JFX (I-83) on Sunday mornings.

        There are many, many more....but I've run out of time.

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        1. re: Jonny Pops

          Tio Pepe's (Spanish) is an institution. Near the Harbor- But you would need a cab/car for a short ride.

        2. Woodberry Kitchen. Not quintessential but one of the best in town. You can take the Light Rail from the Inner Harbor to the Woodberry stop.

          1. no visit to baltimore is complete without spending some time in fells point! so i recommend heading to mezze - fabulous tapas and you really won't go hungry. i always over order there and when does that happen at a tapas place? after dinner you can head down to some quintessential baltimore bars that are also on thames street like cats eye pub and waterfront hotel. good live music and lots of beers to choose from. max's further down on broadway is also worth checking out post-dinner. i would recommend that you NOT go to bertha's for dinner which amongst some has a reputation for good mussels...however i have found them to be mushy and sub-par. and the rest of the menu is blah. HAVE FUN!

            1. I recommend that you leave the touristic zone and go to Greektown on the eastern edge of the city, and enjoy three of Baltimore's best bargain restaurants, Acropolis, Ikaros, and Samos.

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              1. re: elgringoviejo

                Don't forget ZORBA'S

                1. re: Hue

                  Thanks for the reminder. Opa!

              2. If the goal is to have a Balmore experience, you must get crabs and beer. Phillips in Inner Harbor is all tourist. Capt James crab deck (avoid the restaurant) is real Baltimore... on the water, excellent crabs, not much else. Close to Inner Harbor. Also good LP Steamers (eat outside on the upstairs deck). Less rustic with diverse menu (but can still eat on the water and get dirty) Bo Brooks. Obrycki's gets lots of press. Their pepper seasoning is great, but it is not on the water and is very pricey.
                Also agree about Fell's Point. Would consider Pierpointe. Totally Baltimore, the chef, Nancy Longo, loves to talk to visitors.
                For lunch, walk to Cork's and get one of the grilled cheese sandwiches.

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                1. re: cdubya

                  Haven't been to Pierpoint in years. I truly believe that this is one of Baltimore's under-the-radar--under appreciated restaurant.

                  But, I do believe that the restaurant atmosphere, itself needs a bit of update--maybe it has happened since I haven't been in quite some time. FoiGras