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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.

    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.

        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.

            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.

            Hunan Taste
            718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

      2. Petit Louis

        Jack's Bistro

        Crepe du Jour

        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.

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

          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

            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.

              1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

              802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

              1. Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton for seafood.

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                1. re: hon

                  Gotta admit I'm scratching my head at alot of these recommendations for 20-somethings looking for "fun" places.

                  For fun, I'd decide on the neighborhood first. If Canton is your place, I'd take Hon's Mama's on the Half Shell, or the neighboring Nacho Mama's as good combos of food and fun.

                  If you go to Fells Point, I'd either hit up the El Taquito (BYOB) on Eastern for real mexican or Duda's on Thames for crab cakes and shrimp and then bar hop.

                  Brewers Art is a good recommendation in Mt Vernon as is Rocket to Venus in Hampden if you consider (or want to consider) yourself as part of the hipster crowd.

                  Hope that helps.

                  Nacho Mama's
                  2907 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224

                  Brewers Art
                  1106 N Charles St Ste 100, Baltimore, MD 21201

                2. Sotto Sopra for great Italian food and good wine
                  Attmans Deli- for corned beef sandwiches
                  Vaccaros- for ice cream, and cannolis
                  Chiapparelli's - for the house salad.
                  Bertha Mussels- for Mussels
                  This link also should help you.


                  237 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

                  Sotto Sopra Restaurant
                  405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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                  1. re: Jeremy303

                    what kind of vegetarian eats corned beef? please read the request before jumping in with recommendations. attman's is great, but not exactly a vegetarian paradise unless you're talking whitefish or maybe nova on a bagel.

                    1. re: indcgirl

                      Who said vegetarian? They just don't eat red meat. Attman's has plenty to offer: chopped chicken liver, smoked turkey, shrimp salad, lox , tuna salad, chicken salad, knish, potato pancakes, matzoh ball soup etc. Their turkey reuben (the "Billy Reuben" I think it's called), is very good for non-red meat eaters.

                      1. re: crackers

                        You're right, crackers--I overinterpreted their red meat comment to cut out meat completely. But you did say Attman's for "corned beef sandwiches", which is pretty red, no?

                  2. I second Attman's and third Mama's on the Half Shell. Mama's is a fun atmosphere in Canton, and the seafood is very good. Others: Ryleigh's Oyster Pub in Federal Hill, Zorba's in Greektown for grilled fish and seafood in an unpretentious homey atmosphere, and Pazo for trendy tapas (yeah, I know it's not been getting much love lately on Chowhound, but it's fun to sit in the lounge and graze through the small plates.) Brewer's Art - the bar menu, and the beer. For something different, head to Pig Town's Elfegne Ethiopian Cafe http://www.citypaper.com/eat/review.a...

                    And save some appetite for Miss Shirley's http://www.missshirleys.com/

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

                    4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

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

                    Pazo Restaurant
                    1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

                    1. I will also add:
                      Peters in Fells Point
                      Rocket to Venus in Hampden

                      1. If you are coming this weekend, these recs may be too late, but here goes:

                        Baltimore is not much of a coktail town, but three possibilities are: 1. Downtown, the B&O Restaurant (at the Monaco) on Charles Street. Food is also good. 2. Woodberry Kitchen, which is in a beautiful space, and has great food and a great winelist as well. Usually gets booked up on weekends, but maybe early or late at the bar. Several miles north of downtown, accessible by car or light rail (Woodberry stop). 3. Grand Cru, a wine bar with exc cocktails also and snacks. It's in Belvedere Square 6 miles N of downtown, same place as Neopol which is mentioned below. Only accessible by car.

                        Woodberry Kitchen
                        2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

                        1. There are lots of great suggestions here already. Bluegrass tavern on Hanover St. in Federal Hill actually has a great drink list- lots of bourbons, wines, beers and cocktails. The only thing is there menu is red meat heavy. During the day, I'd pay a visit to the Tortilleria Sinaloa if you're in the Fells Point area for great tacos and tamales.

                          BlueGrass Tavern
                          1500 S Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21230