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24 hours in Baltimore

christinebryson Jun 11, 2010 01:17 PM

Hello chowhounders-

I have spent two days reading all the old posts on Baltimore and wanted to see if you had any ideas for my family. We are headed to a doctors appt at Johns Hopkins so we will be in town (from DC area) for about 24 hours. I will have my hubby and 2 yr old daughter with me (makes things a little tricky-er). We are staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Harbor East area.

Planning to come into town after lunch time and visit the Lexington Market to pick up some snacky type stuff. (Any favorites?)

Then after checking into the hotel I think we will walk over to the Water Taxi (daughter will love a boat ride) and head to dinner somewhere with good crabcakes/seafood off of one of the Water Taxi stops. I love a trendy spot but I am sure that most of the seafood places at the docks are going to be more my hubbys style (paper tableclothes/picnic tables etc) Was thinking of maybe Bo Brooks in Canton? Are any of these near the Water Taxi line (By The Docks in Essex, Pappas on Taylor Ave., and Dock of the Bay in Millers Island.) Whats your favorite?

The next morning we will just grab something at the hotel as we are headed to the Aquarium right when they open. But for lunch I was thinking Attman's deli (do they have seating areas inside the deli?) I know my husband would like it. Also loved the creative sandwhiches on the menu at the Dogwood Deli but it is kind of far from where we are staying right....any other spots like that closer to the Innerharbor?

Then as we are heading out of town any good cupcake/dessert/chocolate shops that we should grab something to take home...who am I kidding--eat on the car ride home:)

I always get the best advice from this site. Our last trip to the Florida Keys were a homerun~every restaurant we ate at was suggested on Chowhound and we loved all of them!

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Bo Brooks Restaurant
2701 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Dock of the Bay
9025 Cuckold Point Rd, Sparrows Point, MD 21219

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  1. hill food RE: christinebryson Jun 11, 2010 08:12 PM

    Attman's original location has tables (but no table service) don't know about the new 2nd place.

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      Hue RE: christinebryson Jun 12, 2010 10:32 AM

      Take the water taxi to the Fells Point stop, Duda's on Thames Street is a good bet, but it's a bar atmosphere(two year old?). Another choice in Fells Point, Kalis Court, Mezze and Meli all the same restaurant group, usually good seafood and small plates.
      Lunch the next day, Attmans is a great chooice(Corned Beef on Rye with mustard, a Dr. Browns Cream soda and a pickle
      There is seating in the Lombard Street location.
      Second option for lunch is Isabella's in Little Italy on High Street

      1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

      Little Italy Restaurant
      6920 Bradlick Shopping Ctr, Annandale, VA 22003

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        ktracy RE: christinebryson Jun 12, 2010 11:21 AM

        I love the sandwiches at Rosina Gourmet in Canton. It's a short walk from the water taxi stop by First Mariner Building on Boston Street. There is also a crab place called Captain James which IS a water taxi stop between Fells Point and Canton.

        Rosina Gourmet
        2819 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD

        1. baltoellen RE: christinebryson Jun 12, 2010 04:02 PM

          If you've been reading though the old posts, you know that there is some disagreement about Lexington Market. I am firmly in the you must go there it's great camp.

          By the Docks is not by any docks and no where near a water taxi stop. Ditto Pappas and Dock of the Bay (which is really on the bay).

          Attman's is always great and always an experience. A very good choice.

          Captain James Landing has a crab deck and is right at a water taxi stop in Canton. You might want to check them out instead of Bo Brooks. They are maybe a 10 minute stroll along the pier behind Boston Street from each other.

          Lexington Market
          400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          Bo Brooks Restaurant
          2701 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          By the Docks
          3321 Eastern Blvd, Middle River, MD 21220

          Captain James Landing
          2127 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231

          Dock of the Bay
          9025 Cuckold Point Rd, Sparrows Point, MD 21219

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            dining with doc RE: christinebryson Jun 13, 2010 09:47 AM

            despite what others have said, I would definitely do Lexington Market. Lets just say it is colorful with all ethnic people represented. I have never had a safety issue there. Go to Faidley's and get the most expensive crab cake they offer as well as crab soup and some oysters and clams on the half shell. Wash down with a cold beer. Go to Pollack Johnny's stand and get a polish sausage with the works. Go to the fried chicken stand and get fried chicken livers. Mary Mervis for great hot corned beef sandwiches. go to the nut stand outside and get hot freshly roasted peanuts. Go to the Berger Cookie stand and buy a package of Berger Chocolate top cookies and wash it down with cold milk,
            Would also do a lunch at Attman's on Lombard Street for great Jewish Deli. Hot Corned Beef or Pastrami, Motzah ball soup, coddie;s (cold codfish cake on saltines with mustard) etc
            would walk around fells point and bar hop.
            Also finally would go out for a crab feast for dinner. Although everyone has their fav's, I think Obrycki;s has always been good when I have been there with heavy big crabs. A crab feast would be crab soup, steamed spiced shrimp,steamed soft shell clams, sliced beefsteak tomato, corn on the cob, jumbo hot steamed crabs and plenty of cold beer. Life does not get much better than that
            finally would do Miss Shirleys for breakfast

            Lexington Market
            400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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            1. re: dining with doc
              kukubura RE: dining with doc Jun 15, 2010 04:36 AM

              The little one might really learn a lot of new vocabulary at Lexington Market!

              Lexington Market
              400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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              pomme de terre RE: christinebryson Jun 15, 2010 05:49 PM

              For sweets, visit Glarus Chocolatier, which is a few blocks from your hotel, or Vaccarro's of LIttle Italy, which is a bit farther walk but tasty (if a little pricey). Also, Berger Cookies, which are locally made and sparingly available in DC.

              If you have time in the AM on the second day, it might be worth trying to get a seat at the Blue Moon Cafe in Fell's Point which is maybe a 10 minute walk from your hotel. Amazing breakfast food in a tiiiiny space, totally kid friendly in that it's super loud. There's also Miss Shirley's near the Inner Harbor, which I hear has a great breakfast.

              And I haven't been to Captain James in forever, but you should know that it's shaped like a boat, which a two-year-old might appreciate.

              Blue Moon Cafe
              1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

              Miss Shirley's
              750 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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              1. re: pomme de terre
                hill food RE: pomme de terre Jun 15, 2010 06:40 PM

                oh Vaccaro's. among the best canoli ever. and amaretto cookies.

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                christinebryson RE: christinebryson Jun 16, 2010 01:18 PM

                Thanks so much for all your great ideas~I wish we had more time to try all of the great places you all mentioned!


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                1. re: christinebryson
                  Bob W RE: christinebryson Jun 16, 2010 01:58 PM

                  Here are two more for you! Guaranteed to please. Both are outstanding bakeries with French accents, as you can probably guess from the names.

                  1. Bonaparte Breads, 903 South Ann St., Fells Point. Water Taxi accessible. Walkable from your hotel if it's not too hot.
                  2. Patisserie Poupon, 820 East Baltimore St. Walkable from your hotel. As I noted in a post that is now seven (!) years old, PP got its start thanks to Baltimore's unique "shopstead" program, which helped revitalize the downtrodden 800 block of East Baltimore St. I see you are from DC so you might know their Wisconsin Ave location. If so, I'd go to Bonaparte.

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