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I will be in Baltimore for work the Thursday and Friday of Labor Day weekend. I'll be there for lunch and dinner (and probably drinks afterward) the first day and breakfast the second day. Because of work, I'ld like to stick to the Inner Harbor, but will venture further for something amazing. Where should I eat? Usually I prefer local hole-in-the-walls over the hoity toity types, but I eat just about anything. Would love some local suggestions! Thanks in advance!

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  1. For breakfast near the Inner Harbor, your only real option is Miss Shirley's. It's hard not to like! Search the board a bit, this question gets asked a lot and there's a lot of advice. Generally speaking, few will recommend anything at the Inner Harbor. You'll need to either bring some good walking shoes, take a cab, or check out the Charm City Circulator (which is free, clean, and easy). Little Italy, Harbor East, Federal Hill, Hollins Market, and Mount Vernon are all nearby neighborhoods with much better options. The Charm City Circulator will take you to all of these places.

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

    1. Take the circulator to Mothers and get the crab McMothers! Best brunch ever. The inner harbor is not rife with hole-in-the-walls, I'm afraid. I really like Roy's and Fogo de Chao, but I think both of those are chains, and they're both pretty expensive.

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      1. re: jvanderh

        If you want a blast of Old Baltimore, you could go to Werners for lunch, only 2-3 blocks northfrom the water. Or, for better food (but a slightly longer walk or v short cab ride), go to Attmans (east of weater) for great corned beef, pastrami and other Jewish deli faves. About the same distance, but in Little Italy (also east), is Cafe Isabella -- great pizza and sandwiches, esp the porchetta. Also a 10-minute walk, but to the west, is Trinacria for great sanwiches (but no place to eat there) -- think of a great Italian delicatessan, faithfully preserved from the 1940s. Sandwiches only.

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

      2. Lexington Market is a great place for lunch.

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        Lexington Market
        400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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        1. re: elgringoviejo

          Yes on Saturday go to Faidleys at Lexington Market- order the jumbo lump- don't skimp you won't be sorry- get a beer and grab a spot at one of the stand up tables and you will get a taste of Baltimore! they serve the cakes with crackers and that is the proper way to eat them. additioanlly if you get the platter get the mac and cheese and cucumber salad for sides. After you are done go to the Bergers Bakery stall (in the market) and get yourself some fudgey Berger cookies.

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          Lexington Market
          400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. re: poached

            Rather than get sides I like to get a crab cake and a couple of coddies. A coddie is a uniquely Baltimore thing -- it's about a 50-50 mixture of mashed potato and cod that's seasoned and then fried. You can get a crab cake (albeit not a really great one) just about anywhere in the country, but I can't think of anywhere else that you'll find a coddie.

        2. A healthy walk (or short cab ride) towards Fells Point will get you to Blue Moon Cafe, whose Capn Crunch French Toast is one of the best breakfast dishes on the planet. They have great omelettes, too and a pointedly counter-cultural atmosphere.

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          Blue Moon Cafe
          1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231