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What's in Baltimore, that you wish was in DC?

Aka, reasons for a quick road trip.

I can't imagine Balitmoreans thinking the opposite thought though, but if they do please enlighten us....

Thanks in advance,
WIA

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    Altman's Deli

    1. Pit beef

      Faidley's raw bar. I can get great oysters in DC, and there are some nice raw bars with happy hours, but nothing beats the experience of standing elbow to elbow with fellow slurpers in Lexington Market while eating and drinking.

      I have never had lake trout or a chicken box, but I don't think you can find those in DC (well, maybe in some of the Chinese/sub/chicken with mambo sauce places, but I'm not sure.)

      1. > I can't imagine Balitmoreans thinking the opposite thought though, but if they do please enlighten us....

        Baltimore is greatly lacking in French bistros compared to DC.

        1. You asked for enlightenment, so here you go:

          --Was at Eden Center yesterday, and I can say that we really don't really have much in the way of Vietnamese food here, and not one banh mi place;

          --Also, more and varied Chinese offerings in metro area, although Baltimore-metro area definitely claims Grace Garden;

          --I haven't been in years, but I thought Sushi Taro was way better than anything on this end of I-95;

          --And, you have way more Ethiopian options. For some reason, even Dukem here is not as good as their parent restaurant on U St.

          But, that's really about it.

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          1. re: baltoellen

            Baltimore needs DC's dim sum and Peruvian-style pollo joints. DC needs Baltimore's Greektown standouts.

            1. re: chowsearch

              Baltimore isn't lacking in Peruvian-style pollo joints. Chicken Rico in Highlandtown is one very good example.

              1. re: Hal Laurent

                Agree--we do have one of each that are ok, but just ok. I like Chicken Rico, but mostly because we don't have better. It isn't as good as even the poorer-performing DC pollo places, and it, the one on Broadway and Rinconcito Peruano (not a pollo place per se) all have a high dwell time--their turnover is lower than the DC places, so the birds sit. And we do have Asian Court in EC, but it's notches below even the maligned DC dim sum places like Good Fortune in Wheaton, the closest one. Asian Court's been crowded weekends, maybe other operators will note. And there's a new pollo place under construction last checked at 175 and Rt. 1 in Jessup. (Hope someone sends up a flare when that opens.)
                MD Pollo Smackdown thread--a dozen places around the DC/MD beltway
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599575

                1. re: Hal Laurent

                  Hurrah for Chicken Rico, it is as good as any DC-area Peruvian chicken joint.

              2. Pit beef. Lake Trout. Funky chicken places like one in the back corner of Lex mkt.

                Specifically some place like Snyder's Willow Grove.

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                1. re: Dennis S

                  I bet DC'ers wish they had Greek restaurants as good as Samos!!!

                  1. re: lrebetsky0423

                    I should attempt a visit at Samos. There is a place here in Reston that my brother, who is very familiar with Crete, signs off as being the real deal. I love it, but don't have the direct familiarity.