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I'm planning a dinner gathering in the Inner Harbor for a largish "mixed" group (5 adults, 7 children) on Friday evening. Kid-friendly and moderate priced needed.

We're meeting near harborplace and I'd rather not have to get cabs, so short walk is the best.

People are from all over and they are looking to me to plan, since I live here, but I NEVER go to the harbor. Any recommendations of an interesting place, or even which chain place can best accommodate a group like that?

Thanks!

Marny

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  1. As much as this pains me..Get thee to the Cheesecake Factory...Oh I've sold my soul...but it fits your needs.

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    1. re: rHairing

      If you do decide on a chain, I'd recommend one of the chains that takes reservations. I'm thinking PF Changs or Fogo de Chao (which may be a little on the pricey side).

      Little Italy is only a few blocks away and the options are better. Personally, I'd take a group (especially one that involves so many children) to Amicci's. It's casual, kid-friendly, and very affordable. It's very standard Italian-American fare, but I have never had a bad experience. Search the board for other Little Italy options.

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      Amiccis
      231 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

      1. re: ronandaim

        Fogo de Chao is far from being moderately priced, nor is PF Changs. At least Changs is somewhat in the zone for providing a price point that is accommodating for your request--along with kid-friendly atmosphere.

        I agree that Cheesecake Factory is a viable option. But, can you wait for endless minutes/hours with 7 children running about before being seated at a table?

        It may be better to go with "ronandaim's" suggestion to dine at Amicci's (or other Little Italy restaurant)_--pay a bit more , but have comfort. Good luck. I'm certain that other CH's will provide ample options. FoiGras

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        Amiccis
        231 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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

        1. re: FoiGras

          PF Changs is certainly in the same dollar range as Cheesecake Factory. Actually, I'd say it's less b/c you won't be tempted to buy a $7 slice of cheesecake!!

          1. re: ronandaim

            ronandaim--yes, you are quite correct. And, if you dine between 4 & 6 p.m. at Changs, there is a happy hour menu which supplies very large portions of some interesting items. The ribs are meaty, the Ahi tuna is served with an excellent salad, and I love the tempura-type fried green beans. FoiGras

            1. re: FoiGras

              I saw that there's a Two Boots in the Powerplant area (across from the Port Discovery Children's Museum).
              http://www.twoboots.com/TW2008/baltim...
              I haven't been to the one in Baltimore but we went with a large group and young children in Brooklyn and it was great ... pizza was good and very kid friendly.

    2. I recommend Miss Shirley's - they have a huge menu, good prices, nothing fancy but some nice touches and everything I've had there has been tasty. Walking distance from the Harbor. In addition to snadwiches, burgers, sandwiches, they do a lot of brunch/breakfast items, so that's fun for the kids to have breakfast for dinner. Excellent eggs benedict.

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

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      1. re: Mowald

        Agreed, but Miss Shirley's closes at 3:30.

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