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May 26, 2010 11:28 AM

Recommendations for Mt. Vernon, please.

I recently acquired a new job in the Mt. Vernon area. I'm looking for some good grub in walking distance from the area around the Washington Monument.

I've been to Iggies, Soups On, Cozy Corner, Gallery Cafe and Marie Louise Bistro. I like most types of food and am not afraid to try something new. I love soup - I miss going to Atwaters. I also appreciate real Thai food and good sushi. I hear that there's a fusion place around the corner but I'm not much of a fusion type of girl. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Definitely check out Dukem on Maryland at Chase. Great Ethiopian food, I usually have the staff make suggestions and to date they've done a fantastic job picking different options to sample.

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    1. re: edresner

      I've never had Ethiopian food but have been curious about it. Could you please recommend some things that are a must try?

      1. re: derailed16

        I've really enjoyed the lamb special tibs and some of the combination platters. It tends to be a lot of food, best enjoyed in groups if you have others at your office who are adventurous eaters.

        1. re: edresner

          Hmm...will have to gather together some peeps for this venture. My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach, so I'd be in some big trouble if I went by myself. HA! Thanks.

    2. Hey, (during work hours) neighbor!

      Sushi--Minato in the 1000 block of North Charles or Joss Cafe in the 400 block. These are my two favorite sushi places in Baltimore, hands down. I think the quality of fish is outstanding, and as someone who doesn't like complicated rolls but rather simple nigiri/sashimi, so that's important!

      Thai--I'm not a huge fan of either of the two Thai places in Mt. Vernon. My Thai, the fusion place, is eh. Thairish, the takeout place next to it, is also eh. For Thai I'd rather head to Federal Hill for Thai Arroy or to Greenmount to Thai Restaurant (my favorite.) I ate at Banthai ONCE, liked it okay, but they put ten extra dollars on my credit card and I never went back after that.

      Do you like Indian food? There are tons of really great Indian restaurants in Mt. Vernon on Charles Street. Kumari is more Nepalese. Indigma is modernized "fusion-esque", but is really, really good. Mughal Garden and Akbar are the other two. All of these have really excellent, well-priced lunch buffets.

      I eat at City Cafe (Cathedral and Eager) more than I should. I like their coffee, I love their food, and I sit there and use their WiFi all the time.

      Thai Arroy
      1019 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

      My Thai
      800 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      Kumari Restaurant
      911 N Charles St Ste B, Baltimore, MD 21201

      806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      Banthai Restaurant
      340 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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      1. re: smilesmalltimore

        All sound great. Yes, I love Indian food - but my lactose intolerance doesn't, hehe. I'm still trying to find my way around the neighborhood. I'm not sure how far I can go without getting lost and getting back to the office in a reasonable amount of time - but I will probably try them all at one point or another :) Thanks so much!

        1. re: smilesmalltimore

          Had lunch at the City Cafe today. Looks like I'll be eating there more than I should too. Had the Chicken Fun Salad - it was tasty, huge, and... Fun!

          1. re: smilesmalltimore

            Thai Restaurant on Greenmount is an excellent full service restaurant. Thairish serves quite good curries at bargain prices.

            806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          2. I live in Mount Vernon - if you like soup, you might want to try Nina's on the corner of Centre and Calvert. She does a wonderful spicy ramen soup. I like her sushi rolls, too. And her tofu teriyaki.

            Very casual, but the Midtown Yacht Club does great Mexican grub, and I'm also quite fond of their turkey burger and crab/artichoke dip.

            Midtown Yacht Club
            15 E Centre St Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21202

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            1. re: amyatkendall

              Mmm...Nina's sounds delightful. May have to go there today! Is their tofu teriyaki fried? I'm pretty sure I know where both are, so I look forward to trying them both out!

              1. re: amyatkendall

                Thanks so much amyatkendall! Just tried Nina's and it was great. I ended up getting the Pork Bulgoki because it's far too hot for soup today. Very friendly and I especially love that my food was delivery by a drop-down basket from the second floor!

                1. re: derailed16

                  Glad you liked it! When the weather gets hot, be sure to try her lemonade! Her tofu teriyaki isn't deep fried - it may be lightly pan-fried, but the texture reminds me of my own baked tofu. It's got a crisp topping but the inside is chewy.

                2. re: amyatkendall

                  Ooh... my ears perked up at "ramen". Ramen? In Baltimore City no less? I must investigate... :)

                  BTW, Zhongshan is, by all reports, not particularly good, but you're welcome to try it and report back something different.

                  1. re: daveinmd

                    LOL. Thanks for the head's up. I'll trust your judgement!

                3. I forgot to mention that I'm also a sucker for Chinese food. Are there any decent restaurants or carry out places in the area? Ones that serve fried rice that isn't yellow but brown - the way it's supposed to be :)

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                  1. re: derailed16

                    Feast at 4 East is open for lunch Wed through Sat (I think). Their great outdoor garden is my Thursday lunchtime decompression spot. They are at 4 East Madison, right around the corner from El Patron.

                    1. re: LGood

                      Is Feast @ 4 East more of a eat-in sort of place?

                  2. Also live in Mt. Vernon and would agree with a lot of the suggestions people have already given you (especially Nina's, I probably eat there more than anywhere else). On the more downtown side - have had a couple good meals at Maisy's for dinner. Also like Sofi's Crepes and this little sandwich place called Take It Away which is hidden on Lexington in between St. Paul and Charles. My boyfriend likes the Caribbean place in the food court by the Super Fresh on Charles though I've never been there. We also both really like Mick O'Sheas for your basic beer and pub food, but Brewer's Art is the ultimate brew pub in the neighborhood.

                    As far as Thai goes I have yet to try Thai Landing which is more north in Mt. Vernon but I hear it's better than My Thai which I'm not all that fond of.

                    Not sure about Chinese food as I haven't really tried any in the area, there is a place called Zhongshan on Park Ave but I haven't been yet.

                    Brewer's Art
                    1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                    Sofi's Crepes
                    1723 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                    My Thai
                    800 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                    Thai Landing
                    1207 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                    Take It Away
                    200 Saint Paul St Ste 102, Baltimore, MD 21202

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                    1. re: jhjulie

                      I've heard only good things about Sofi's Crepes, so that will be next on my list. Love, love, love the Brewers Art, but it's not open for lunch (I think). I've been to Thai Landing. It's pretty good, but I'm a little more fond of Ban Thai - probably biased because my parents knew the owners :)