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One night in Baltimore (this Saturday the 29th) Where to go???

Hello fellow chowhoundians.

I’m spending the weekend in Baltimore with my Girl-friend (she is doing a horse show in Owings Mill (?) ) Aaaaand, I would like to know where to go, maybe what to avoid, and some of your favorites. Remember: I have one night in B-more so I need to choose wisely.

I’m thinking about going to Woodberry Kitchen, or maybe that Hawaiian/fusion place (honestly it looks a bit cheesy --in the bad way)

So, let me know. Your suggestions should help a lot!

P.S. I'm from DC so it’s a shame I don’t know of some Baltimore staples, I would like to check out something particular to Baltimore however just a great place to eat/interesting restaurant would work too.

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Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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  1. Woodberry Kitchen is a good choice. The other restaurant you are thinking of is Roy's which I was VERY impressed with when I went there last year. If you're in Harbor East, then you may also want to consider Cinghaile - that's a nice one. But I also love Baltimore for their little restaurants like Henningers Tavern or Peters Inn, both of which are in Fells Point:

    http://www.petersinn.com/
    http://www.henningerstavern.com/

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    Woodberry Kitchen
    2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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      1. re: PatrickG

        I've had 2 meals at Woodberry Kitchen, neither one of which were particularly memorable and the second was rather horrible, so much so that the entire meal got refunded which speaks highly of the customer service, but the food was bad enough that I still haven't had any interest in going back. Bad as in fatty gristly steaks and very overcooked fish.

        I've also been to Salt twice and loved it both times. On the current menu, I've personally had the tuna and the halibut, both were good but the tuna was better. Several in my party ordered the Cuban braised Pork and were raving about it, the lamb was well liked as well. The Duck fat french fries are definitely delicious. I personally would choose Salt over Woodberry Kitchen any day.

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        Woodberry Kitchen
        2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

        1. re: jhjulie

          Perhaps Woodberry Kitchen is resting on its laurels. Too much hype. Haven't been there but it's on my "to go to" list. Sometimes restaurants get a bit laid back once they have achieved their "fame."

          But, in their defense, it could have been an off night for the restaurant. At lest they had the grace to refund your meal. That shows very positive intentions as to providing a good meal and service. FoiGras

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          Woodberry Kitchen
          2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

    1. Woodberry is great, but it's hard to get a reservation this late in the game. Salt is an excellent choice, but also may be hard to get a reservation at this point. If you go there, save room for their unique and delicious desserts!!!

      If you like tapas, check out Mezze and Pazo. They are quite different, but both great and fun. Mezze has great middle eastern food and is in Fell's Point, which is always fun. Pazo is a little trendier, but also is a fun date place.

      Another spot I love is Tio Pepes. It is really neat-- in a rowhouse basement, and has great spanish/portugese board. Not all chowhounders are fans, but I have never been dissapointed and think it's a gem!

      I also should mention the Wine Market. If you love wine, it's a fun place... you can shop for wine in the accompanying store and then have it with your dinner. The food is unqiue and always good.

      Enjoy Baltimore!

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      Mezze
      1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

      Wine Market
      921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

      Pazo Restaurant
      1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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      1. re: stephanieg

        I agree with "stephanieg" with regards to Mezze but definitely not Pazo. Too loud and tables so close that you dine with the strangers next to you.

        Tio Pepe's is an old stand-by, but NEVER ON A SATURDAY NIGHT. Forget about it.

        I like Tabrizi's, but I believe that "stephanieg" doesn't care for it. Hubby and I have always had good experiences there and it's a beautfiul setting. FoiGras

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        Mezze
        1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

        Tabrizi's
        500 Harborview Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230

        Pazo Restaurant
        1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        1. re: FoiGras

          I wouldn't say that I don't care for Tabrizi's, it just isn't one of my favorites. It's a lovely place, and you can't beat it's location right on the water. However, both times we were there, the service was unpolished and the food was good, but not memorable.

          1. re: FoiGras

            About Pazo... it really depends on where you are seated. We've requested tables off to the side before, and were actually able to have an intimate meal. But you do have a god point, some of the tables (especially downstairs) are awfully close!

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            Pazo Restaurant
            1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

            1. re: stephanieg

              I thought Pazo was an awful experience -- I wrote about it here. But perhaps it's improved. I know the old chef left.

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              Pazo Restaurant
              1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

              1. re: JonParker

                I'm curious to hear if things have changed since Tony took over...my experiece there was OK, but certainly not a place worth running back to considering the price.

                1. re: gregb

                  We were there the week after he took over and loved all our food. I don't recall now everything we got, but we had a fabulous wild mushroom white pizza, eggplant dip with fresh bread, a melt-in-your mouth fish dish... I'm curious if others also have enjoyed it....

            2. re: FoiGras

              It was me that doesn't like Tabrizis!

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              Tabrizi's
              500 Harborview Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230

              1. re: FoiGras

                Just curious - what's wrong with Tio Pepe's on a saturday night?

                1. re: jlin17

                  Not recently, but years ago, when making a dinner reservation at Tio's, we would show up about 5:30 for our early dining time and was made to wait about 20 to 30 minutes. Friends of ours would dine later, about 7 or so, with a reservation, and be kept waiting at the bar for nearly an hour. This is my only issue.

                  Now, that is the way it used to be. Perhaps the restaurant has become more attentive to honoring dinner reservations at the time they are made.

                  So, since my husband and I do like Tio's, we opted to make reservations on Sundays or a day early in the week, at the 5;30 time slot and had no problem. It's just a matter of choice. I prefer to dine early when a restaurant isn't crowded. It seems as though the service and food are more conducive to our lifestyle. We used to be in the "see and be seen, jet-set lifestyle." Now we just want a quiet, unobtrusive, delicious dinner at a fine dining establishment.

                  So, go for Tio's anytime, if you like their food, service, atmosphere. I do recommend Tio's despite many of the Chowhounder's negative attitude towards this older standby. FoiGras

            3. Give a look at The Brewer's Art. Good food in unique surroundings: http://www.thebrewersart.com/ The rabbit pot pie is very good. And the chili dog is superb.

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

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              1. re: bigterp1

                This is a good suggestion. As you'll gather from the site they brew their own line of beers and are rightly proud of them.

                Another good option is B&O Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco.

                And you should come back more often because there are plenty of places to recommend if you have more time!

              2. I just had another meal at Salt this past Wednesday night - and you can not go wrong there. Staff is friendly, food is inventive, fresh yet wonderfully comforting. I had the Foie Gras and Kobe Beef Slider as an opener and the Cuban braised pork shank - both excellent - and sampled the grilled spanish mackerel - perfectly executed. This is my go-to restaurant in Baltimore now, and the dress is anything everything from jeans to suits. If you're coming from DC I recommend reservations - and parking in the area can be challenge. Cinghiale is very nice, but can be very loud and portions vs. price sometimes leave me scratching my head, but I've never had a bad meal there. Blue Hill Tavern is also one of my new favorites - and has complementary valet parking and is a very easy on/off from I-95 just north of the tunnel.

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                Salt
                2127 E Pratt St Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21231

                Cinghiale
                822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                Blue Hill Tavern
                938 S Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21087

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                1. Can't go wrong with either Woodberry Kitchen or Salt IMO. Woodberry actually has some reservations available too.

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                  Woodberry Kitchen
                  2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD