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Jul 9, 2010 12:14 PM

Balimore Aquarium Tomorrow. Need food before and after torture.

I was thinking about Faidleys for brunch. Then aquarium probably from 1-4. Any suggestions for dinner? Nothing fancy, just really damn good. I will eat anything that will fit in my mouth if it is homemade and delicious. A killer pit beef or Italian or Mexican joint perhaps? Something that we can't get down here in the DC metro area. I am willing to drive a bit of course.

I could retitle this post as WWSE. Where would Steve eat?

Have a great weekend all. Thanks for any heads up for manana.


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  1. If you want to have some fun, take the group to Dick's Last Resort, where the servers are hilariously obnoxious. This just opened up last weekend.
    The food is not amazing, but the atmosphere is funny.

    1. Chipparelli's in Little Italy is probably the best Italian spot. A lot of people rave about Sabatino's...I wasn't impressed. Della Notte is also decent.

      Della Notte
      801 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

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

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      1. re: thefabfoodie

        Does Chipparelli's make all their own pasta? I'll take a look at the website. Thanks.

        1. re: thefabfoodie

          I would skip Chipparelli's which was great in the 1970's but not any longer. Take a water taxi from the harbor over to Fells Point and walk around and drink/eat, Pizza at Brick Oven Pizza, Mussels at Bertha's and many more choices . leave room for desert and then take another water taxi back to the harbor and walk a few blocks to little italy and have deserts at Vacarro's Italian Pastry Shop Restaurant.

        2. You'd do well to check these boards for inner harbor eats. The topic has been discussed...and discussed.....I'd say you'd do well to take the BW Pkwy home to DC, and stop at Grace Garden along the way. (Very long thread on GG here, to give you an idea.)

          Grace Garden
          1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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          1. re: baltoellen

            Awesome recommendation. Thank you.

            1. re: sekelmaan

              But stop at Faidley's for the best crabcake in the universe before the WhaleJail.

          2. Miss Shirley's on East Pratt for brunch
            Ryleigh's Oyster Bar in Federal Hill - walkable less than a mile or five minutes in the car. Cheap parking in the Cross St. garage.
            Avoid the tourist traps of Little Italy, including the two mentioned above.
            Grace Garden would be a great choice on the way back to DC.

            Grace Garden
            1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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

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

            1. Without adding to the food recs, I suggest getting to the Aquarium before they open the doors, rather than the afternoon. It will be wall-to-wall people starting about noon.

              My m.o. with the kids has always been to get there before they open, see the earliest dolphin show possible, and then have a later lunch.