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Sep 2, 2009 07:56 AM

Best of Baltimore needed

Planning a weekend in Baltimore for our anniversary. My husband is a former chef, and we are both serious foodies. Looking for:

- The best place to go for crabs
- The best Baltimore has to offer in fine, gourmet dining
- Any other best of Baltimore we should not miss- does not have to be elegant but something we should not miss
- Best places for brunch, casual breakfast, and weekend lunch
- Something fun we should do during day

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  1. For Dinner Sotto Sopra, is an excellent Italian Restaurant, very romantic place. Great place to celebrate your anniversary.

    Make sure you go to Lexington Market and have some Burger Cookies, and a Faidleys Crabcake.

    Attmans Deli has the best corned beef sandwiches, This place is an insitution that has been in Baltimore since 1915.

    Good place for Brunch is Miss Shirley's Cafe.

    Something fun to do during the day is take the water taxi to Fells Point.
    Hope this helps Enjoy.

    1. best restaurant: Charleston with award winning chef Cindy Wolf

      old baltimore standby's: Tio Pepe for excellent Spanish cuisine and The Prime Rib for prime meats and seafoods

      breakfast: Abercrombie for french toast coated with captain crunch then cooked

      fun and lunch: although attmans is an institution and is good for lunch, Lexington market should be a foodie field trip. This inner city market with stands is fun to walk, look, smell and taste. Go to Faidleys raw bar and chow down a dozen fresh shucked oysters on the half shell and the premium crabcake and then wash them down with a cold beer. follow that with the local Berger Bakery famous chocolate top cookies (a glass of cold milk is perfect to wash that down) If you go to attmans, in addition to a corned beef or pastrami sandwich, try a coddie on a cracker with mustard....also a baltimore tradition and it tastes great

      Camden Yards: if orioles are in town take in an orioles game in the nicest baseball stadium anywhere, if not in town, take a tour of the stadium including the press box, visitors dugout, and computor/communications room

      Fells Point : take a water taxi from the inner harbor to fells point and take in the funky stores, boutiques, stop at a couple of bars for cocktails, eat some mussels at Bertha's

      Little Italy: Vaccarro's bakery for great italian pastrys and gelato

      Inner Harbor: touristy but fun. outside performers, people watching, boats, sun, water plus the National Aquarium is outstanding. Might want to buy timed tickets on the internet in advance!

      have fun

      2 Replies
      1. re: dining with doc

        I forgot to mention Vaccarro's, wow what was I thinking, Defintely go to Vaccarro's for incredible cannoli's and ice cream

        1. re: Jeremy303

          Better cannoli than Vaccaro's to be found at Piedigrotta. And save the ice cream calories for Pitango gelato at 802 S Broadway ( While at Pitango, get the coffee or affogato.

          Piedigrotta Bakery
          1300 Bank Street Suite 140, Baltimore, MD 21231

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        1. Piettagrotta (sp?) in Fells Point puts Vaccaro's to shame.

          1. Not open Sundays, but Pioneer Pit Beef is literally a shack under the highway. The kind of find Chowhounds dream about. Get the roast beef, ordered rare or medium rare, haunts me still, months after I had it. Very good with the Tiger Sauce. Don't bother with their other meats.

            Bill's Terrace Inn for crabs, opens at 4pm, and that's when you should get there or you'll have a long wait.

            Neither is in a convenient location for visiting downtown Baltimore. But both are experiences you cannot get anywhere else.

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            1. re: Steve

              Agree with Bill's. But don't get ahead of me in line on Sunday.
              Where is Pioneer Pit Beef? Please?

              1. re: crowsonguy

                Pioneer Pit Beef
                1600 N. Rolling Rd.
                (Rolling Rd. and Johnnycake Rd. right underneath I-70 just west of 695.)
                Windsor Mill, MD (410) 455-0415