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Trip to Baltimore Need Some Restaurant Advice

I will be making a trip to Baltimore for the weekend with a friend and could use some advice on where to eat. The only place on the agenda so far is Iggies Pizza. Here are some basic guidelines:

We're in our 20's so fun places that aren't too stuffy
We love seafood and ethnic food
We don't eat red meat, so no steak houses or burger places
Looking places with good wine and/or cocktails

I hope you all can give us some great advice!

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  1. Calamari at Acropolis on Eastern avenue, Grilled whole fish at Ikaros on same in Greektown, chicken with mole poblano and various antojitos mexicanos at Mi Viejo Pueblito on Conkling street, Italian food at La Tavola in Little Italy, Chinese food at Kirby's on south Charles street near the Federal Hill historic district, India Tandoor on North Charles street and east 21st street are among my faves.

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    India Tandoor
    2101 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

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    1. re: elgringoviejo

      I gotta say that I wasn't impressed with Kirby's at all.

      1. re: JonParker

        Kirby's stir-fried hardened bean curd is as authentic as anything at Grace Garden or Hunan Taste. The hot and sour soup is different, but IMO a refreshing change-of-pace. The fried wonton appetizers are Chinese-American, but delicious nonetheless. The whole fish is also the equal of Grace Garden and Hunan Taste. The twice-cooked pork is excellent. The mushu pork is very good.

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        Grace Garden
        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

        Hunan Taste
        718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

        1. re: elgringoviejo

          It may be authentic, but it just didn't impress me overmuch. The bean curd was actually what I got based on reviews (possibly by you) on this board. I'd be willing to give it another shot, and I have no doubt that it's the best Chinese in Federal Hill anyway, but the one time I went I was let down.

          1. re: JonParker

            kirby's is not what I would consider authentic Chinese food of any style. We also tried the "hardened bean curd" based on a review and it was unlike anything we have eaten in China or Taiwan. And that said it did not pass the taste test for American chinese food. Very disappointing and not in the same league of Hunan Taste or Grace Garden.

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            Grace Garden
            1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

            Hunan Taste
            718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

          2. re: elgringoviejo

            I forgot to mention that Hunan Taste serves a very authentic Hot and Sour Soup which has the traditional lily flowers, pork blood curd, wood ears and sea cucumber. We did not try this at Kirby's. But it is rare to find the real thing when it comes to Hot and Sour soup.

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            Hunan Taste
            718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

      2. Petit Louis

        Jack's Bistro

        Crepe du Jour

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        Jack's Bistro
        3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

        Petit Louis
        4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

        1. Cazbar -- Turkish mezes, lots of no red meat options

          Brewer's Art (of course) -- some really great veg dishes and good beer, of course

          Neopol Smokery & Grand Cru at Belvedere Market -- smoked fish, crepes (with smoked filling), cheese tarts, have them brought to you in the wine bar (or have something from one of the other places there). A good lunch option away from tourist areas.

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

          Cazbar
          316 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21282

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          1. re: zebcook

            "Egyptian Pizza" is located at Belvedere also, they used to have yummy smallish pizzas that would also make a yummy lunch (haven't been in years though)

          2. Mezze in Fells Point offers many vegetarian options and has a young, spirited atmosphere. Great Sangria and cocktails. Afterwards you can meander through the area. Lots of eccentricity, clubs (with music), bars and shops, along with other dining venues. FoiGras

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            Mezze
            1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

            1. I second Foi Gras' Mezze recommendation. Delicious middle eastern tapas, with tons of excellent vegetarian and seafood options (definitely try the salmon, which will melt in your mouth).
              I'd also add Indigma to your list. Excellent Indian food (if you like spicy dishes, try the chicken 65!)-- you can order both tradtional dishes as well as more innovative ones. It also has a great drink and wine menu.

              I wouldn't venture all the way up to Egyptian pizza. While the food is good, it's pretty much a family place and has no liquor license.

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              Mezze
              1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

              Indigma
              802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201