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Recs for Camden Yards & Harbor Area 7/12-7/13?

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We are coming into Baltimore Mon night July 12, arriving via public transit and staying at the Marriot right by Camden Yards. We would like somewhere to go to dinner that night, as well as a recommendation for breakfast and/or lunch the next day. We will not have a car, so it needs to be easily accessible by public transit. Our plans include a Camden Yards tour at 11am on Tues, and I know its touristy, but I'd like to visit Inner Harbor, either Mon night or Tues day.

My husband is not an adventurous eater, so no ethnic places please. We like burgers, BBQ, Southern food, seafood, steaks and the like. We aren't looking for five star fancy, just a great local spot where you can get quality food.

Thank you from a Phoenix hound!

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  1. I'd head to the Abbey Burger Bistro in Federal Hill for lunch. They have a vast number of options in meats, breads, cheeses, and toppings and they let you customize your burger however you'd like. They also have a great beer selection with specials everyday.

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    Abbey Burger Bistro
    1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    1. Bluegrass Tavern isn't too far from you. I haven't been, but it has gotten great reviews and the menu looks fantastic. I was disappointed we didn't have time for it last weekend. I think it is walkable, but google map it to make sure.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Chip's in Little Italy has real good Fettuccine Alfredo. Can't speak for anything else on the menu if you insist on being brave and trying don't expect it to knock your socks off.
        Isabellas around the corner there too has great pizzas.
        Vacarros, cause I am sure someone will chime in, imo is overrated and a claustrophobic cluster-fuck EXPENSIVE mess of a bakery (if you can call it that).
        I am sure you're perusing your tourist guide now and seeing Vaccaros, but yea, just cause the line is out of the door doesn't mean jack.

        Pretty much how it goes with LI...each restaurant seems to or can have one or two stand-out dishes and the rest meh or bleh.

        Oh yea, Tuesday? Koopers Tavern in Fells has "Burger Day" 1702 Thames
        BYOB (Build Your Own Burgers) Special on Tuesday. You can go from 8oz to 16oz or more starting at $3.50. Add what you please.

        Not real far from you - Fells Point that is. Their burgers are real gooood. Nice place, Nice Staff. Nice area to walk around too.

        http://koopers.com/

        OHHH forgot to mention, if you head to FELLS for Koopers on BURGER DAY...swing by BONAPARTE BREADS @ 903 S. Ann. Just up the street. NOW THAT IS A REAL BAKERY. IT is French (duh), but they have some out of the world pastries and breads too....they sell quickly too and do brisk business for lunch!

        1. re: HungryinBmore

          I don't agree with the criticism of Vaccaro's, but there is an excellent pasticceria nearby that also serves great breakfast and lunch -- Cafe Pideigrotta. The owner claims to have invented tiramisu, and there is some evidence to support it.

      2. Update: We arrived tired during a huge thunderstorm, so we simply ate at The Yard, the restaurant inside our hotel the first night, and it was nothing special.

        The next day my plans were ruined by a tour of Camden Yards that ran too long (and was boring to boot), so we ate at Luna del Sea near the park, which was forgettable at best. The place was nearly empty, and the waitress tried to fill the space by chatting it up with us, but by that point I was not good company.

        So thank you for the recommendations, I'm just sorry I didn't get to use them.