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Best Restaurants in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area

thestickman1 Jun 11, 2010 06:26 PM

I will be visiting the Inner Harbor this summer and I am curious to know where to eat. I would like to a good place to get steamed crabs. I would also like to know a good place to for 4 guys to go to dinner that is not a chain. Can anyone help? I thank you in advance.

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  1. JonParker RE: thestickman1 Jun 12, 2010 08:21 AM

    Surprisingly there's not a lot of crab places around the harbor, even though this gets asked quite a bit.

    I don't know helpful this will be, but here goes.

    Obrycki's is very close. I haven't been there, but I have heard they are decent if expensive. Bo Brooks in Canton is wildly inconsistent in the times I've been there. Once really good, second time subpar. I haven't been to L.P. Steamers either, mostly because one of our trusted crab Chowhounds says to stay away, so I do. I know Captain James Landing does them. On Tuesday (I think) Ryleigh's Oyster bar in Federal Hill is an easy walk from the harbor and has $2 crabs, but I don't think they serve them the rest of the time.

    What sort of place (type of food, price) are you guys looking for dinner? The Harbor proper is mostly crap chains, but there are good options either south or east of the harbor.

    Bo Brooks Restaurant
    2701 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21201

    Obrycki's Crab House & Seafood Restaurant
    1727 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21231

    Captain James Landing
    2127 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231

    Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
    36 E. Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

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    1. re: JonParker
      elgringoviejo RE: JonParker Jun 13, 2010 07:36 AM

      If they go that far they might as well go to Greektown, where there are four excellent Greek restaurants; Acropolis, Ikaros, Zorba's, and Samos.

      4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

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      hon RE: thestickman1 Jun 14, 2010 06:56 AM

      for dinner go to Fells Point to Henningers Tavern for dinner

      or go to Canton and go to Mamas on the Half Shell

      1. kukubura RE: thestickman1 Jun 14, 2010 08:09 PM

        Harbor is all chains or crap that should be chains. Four guys? Head a little north to the B&O Brasserie or The Brewer's Art.

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

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          thestickman1 RE: thestickman1 Jul 7, 2010 06:20 AM

          Thank you everyone for your help!

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          1. re: thestickman1
            ronandaim RE: thestickman1 Jul 7, 2010 02:17 PM

            Another option is to take the Charm City Circulator (it's free) and venture a little further out from the Harbor. The routes are super direct and everything is easily navigated. I'd recommend Zella's in Hollins Market.


            1. re: ronandaim
              HungryinBmore RE: ronandaim Jul 7, 2010 11:57 PM

              Abby burger Bistro

              1. re: HungryinBmore
                ronandaim RE: HungryinBmore Jul 8, 2010 06:19 PM

                Good suggestion and also on the Charm City Circulator route...

                1. re: ronandaim
                  chowsearch RE: ronandaim Jul 9, 2010 12:18 AM

                  I respectfully disagree with sending visitors to wander around Zella's. If they need pizza, Bagby's in Harbor East or Isabella's in Little Italy might be appropriate, but our pizza is not that notable. Greektown or South Baltimore or Brewer's Art may be more enjoyable than the Hollins Market area for visitors if they were to want to travel, but I think they are requesting walking distance from Horribleplace...which means Little Italy/Harbor East at the furthest to visitors, maybe Federal Hill.

                  1. re: chowsearch
                    ronandaim RE: chowsearch Jul 9, 2010 08:26 AM

                    I stand by my recommendation of Zella's. I've never had anything there that wasn't very, very good. And it just a nice place where nice people work. Having never been to Bagby's or Isabella's, I can't vouch for them.

                    I do however agree that Harborplace is terrible. I meant only to suggest that the CCC offers free, easy transportation to many other nearby locations where the options are much more plentiful. The requestor--as always--can take it or leave it.

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