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Three dinners in Baltimore - looking for casual spot with good food. Maybe a great NY style pizza?

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teejaymoore Aug 25, 2010 12:37 PM

Thanks for the posts to date. Team is working through the weekend so trying to feed them well. So far we are doing: Woodberry Kitchen (Sunday early since didn't grab a reservation in time) and Cinghiale (Friday evening). Since those two are on the "nicer" end looking for something casual for the other night.

I see that Salt gets good reviews but still a little pricey (have to worry about the expense account a little bit). Any casual/less expensive recommendations - even a great NY style pizzeria with salads and wine would be welcome.

Thanks

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

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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    teejaymoore Aug 25, 2010 12:58 PM

    OK - I did some legwork and narrowed it down to three: 1) Pizza John's, 2) Matthew's Pizzeria and 3) BOP - Brick Oven Pizza. We're staying at the Marriott Waterfront so I would lean towards Matthew's (close) or BOP (walkable) but I'm willing to grab a cab for GREAT pizza.

    By great pizza, I'm much more into fresh gourmet toppings and thin crust than the deep dish Chicago nightmare (before I get all the heckles, I lived in Chicago for years and appreciate deep dish, just not my thing). Love true Italian pizzas (herbs, fresh tomatoes, etc.). Thanks for the advice.

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    Pizza Johns
    113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221

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      Hal Laurent Aug 25, 2010 06:02 PM

      Pizza John's is anything but gourmet.

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      Pizza Johns
      113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221

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        teejaymoore Aug 25, 2010 07:26 PM

        Hal - not looking for gourmet. Just really good (non deep dish) pizza. I've pretty much ruled out Matthew's (seems to get props for its deep dish) so down to BOP, Pizza John's or Iggys.

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        Pizza Johns
        113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221

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          Sop Aug 26, 2010 04:37 PM

          Heard good things about Bagby Pizza Co right near you in Harbor East - thin crust & lots of fresh toppings

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      derailed16 Aug 25, 2010 01:11 PM

      Iggies in Mt. Vernon (Baltimore City) on Calvert Street. Great thin crust pizzas and nice salads but it's BYOB.

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      Iggies
      818 N Calvert St Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21202

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        JonParker Aug 25, 2010 01:16 PM

        I love your #2 choice and like your #1 choice, but it sounds like you'd really be happier with Iggie's than anything else.

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          teejaymoore Aug 25, 2010 01:20 PM

          Thanks derailed16. BYOB is a plus in my book since from Napa and prefer to bring our own rather than pay extra $$ to buy it off winelist.

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            derailed16 Aug 25, 2010 01:23 PM

            No problem. Enjoy!

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              teejaymoore Aug 25, 2010 02:05 PM

              More importantly, any good wine shops downtown near the Marriott Waterfront??

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                Trip Klaus Aug 25, 2010 03:31 PM

                Bin 604 owned by the same people as Cinghale ahs a very good selection and is very close to the hotel in Harbor East.

                Be careful with a group at Iggie's, they have a bad reputation for their strict rules about who can sit where.

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          FoiGras Aug 25, 2010 02:19 PM

          NOt sure if the price range will be okay, but you may want to try Brewer's Art on North Charles Street. There are probably enough lower end options to fit into your budget.

          My husband and I like to dine at Mezze in Fells Point. Yes, ordering too many tapas can quickly add up, but being aware of what you are selecting can keep your budget within a reasonably affordable range. FoiGras

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

          Mezze
          1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

          1. Chowtimore Aug 26, 2010 05:58 PM

            For pizza that's walkable in that area, I would suggest Two Boots in Power Plant Live. I've had their plain and pepperoni slices and both are very good for a Baltimore version of NY style. They also have some fancier options. But I would recommend going on the early side as the area gets exponentially frattier as the night goes on.

            BOP is junk.

            Iggie's is nice, but in addition to being anal about their "rules", they let people bring their dogs inside with them. Not sure if it makes a difference to you, just something you should know.

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              teejaymoore Aug 26, 2010 06:44 PM

              So BOP is off the list. We're now down to Bagby's, Iggies or Pizza Johns.

              Iggies - Anal rules not an issue (there are only four of us) and don't mind dogs in the restaurant. A little odd, but not a big deal (and I am a dog owner/lover).

              Pizza Johns - sounds good but is it worth the trek?

              Bagby's - close which is nice but willing to travel is the pizza is a standout elsewhere.

              If it makes a difference, we're doing Woodberry Kitchen and Cinghiale the other two nights so just looking for great pizza in a comfortable spot (not fast food but not fancy).

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

              Cinghiale
              822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

              Pizza Johns
              113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221

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                Chowtimore Aug 26, 2010 07:27 PM

                Go to Iggies.

                Pizza Johns is nothing special. I went once and never had the urge to make the trip again. Bagby's didn't impress me, either. The crust was nice, thin and crisp, but the pizza as a whole didn't have much flavor.

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                  teejaymoore Aug 27, 2010 05:39 AM

                  Thanks Chowtimore. Iggy's it is. Maybe I'll sit next to a nice dog since I'm away for work all weekend and miss mine.

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                    nyawira Aug 27, 2010 07:59 AM

                    I just went to Iggys for the first time last week - it's literally the best pizza I have ever had in my entire life. Maybe I'm sheltered, but there you have it.

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