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Mar 24, 2010 08:32 AM

Funky, budget Friendly near Inner Harbor Baltimore

We're coming from NY to Baltimore(staying at the Inner Harbor) we've been before and use Whole foods for groceries and found a good sushi place near fells point, but wanted any recs for funky and/or ethnic restaurants. we're open to anything as long as it's good. and.. any BYOB places? the sushi place we used last year was BYOB- of course a plus to the budget!
any Asian greats?

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  1. Check out Thai Arroy on Light Street in Federal Hill.. The best Thai in the area, IMO, not too burdensome on the wallet and it's BYOB.

    Thai Arroy
    1019 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    1. I'm guessing the BYOB sushi place was Asahi Sushi? If's a great BYOB sushi place in Fell's Point and you should try it.

      Ra Sushi in Inner Harbor East is part of a (mostly West Coast) chain, but it's a fun atmosphere (if loud) and has a ton of daily specials at happy hour. Definitely funky! There's also Edo Sushi in the Inner Harbor, which has some seats on the outside deck, overlooking the Harbor itself. It's been a while since I've eaten there but I do remember liking the service and the view.

      Asahi Sushi
      13919 Baltimore Avenue Suite 4, Laurel, MD

      Edo Sushi
      53 E Padonia Rd, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093

      Ra Sushi
      701 S Eden St, Baltimore, MD 21231

        1. re: hon

          yum yum, went to asahi sushi tonight! delicious!
          we went to Ciao Bella last night in Little Italy- I cannot believe that a restaurant with such awful food can stay open! It was almost comical! I asked the waitress if the clams in the linguini with clam sauce were whole, and she said they were canned chopped clams! The chicken Marsala was grilled chicken with canned chopped mushrooms and overcooked tiny portion of horrible quality pasta- I'm not even sure how to explain how weird this food was. Pizzaria chicken dishes are superior. this was wild how awful it was and that the dining room was full.VERY strange to eat at a place and get food like this- Delta Airlines food is better on the flight here!

          Ciao Bella
          236 S. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

          1. re: yeshana

            As a matter of curiosity, why did you go to Ciao Bella in the first place?

            Ciao Bella
            236 S. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

            1. re: lawhound

              everything was a long wait,so I asked the valet guys at a fancy place where they thought the food was like their moms'.
              BAd reference, I suppose.

        2. I highly recommend Mr. Rain's Fun House in the American Visionary Arts Museum on the south side of the harbor The food and decor are funky with the sense of humor. The Chicken Pho, while not like traditional pho, was incredible. I only wish they served an entree size portion of it. It's generally asian fusion with a filipino influence (you don't see many filipino restaurants around, but the food is good). Worth a trip.

          1. Mekong Delta on Cathedral & Saratoga. BYOB Vietnamese, cheap and delicious. And I'll put a second nomination up there for Thai Arroy. Alas, neither are open on Mondays.

            I wasn't crazy about Mr Rain's Funhouse and it certainly doesn't fit the budget friendly part of this post. My wife's shrimp and grits were inedible. The grits were unseasoned, the "prawns" were as small as I've ever seen and over cooked. The kale that accompanied it was so over salted and bad, it tasted like what I imagine the harbor tastes like. The atmosphere there seems completely out of place. It seems like the space would be better suited for just a bar and some light snacks. The one room concept feels disjointed and their cocktails are a meager size for 12-14 dollars each.

            Thai Arroy
            1019 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

            Mekong Delta Cafe
            105 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201