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Hi Baltimore Hounds,

Two of us from Boston are coming down for a weekend for a wedding in November. We're staying near the National Aquarium and will probably have time for two dinners and a lunch. We will have a rental car although we might not be able to get far away due to time constraints with the wedding and associated events. So ideally something between Downtown and BWI.

I am looking for one non-expenses-spared place for a blow-out meal that's fantastic, and ideally two other places that are really special and unique to Baltimore. We love authentic Chinese food, but anything is fair game.

Thanks so much for any suggestions!

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  1. Having lived in Boston for a year, I would advise you to save yourself the trouble of having chinese food in Baltimore. What you have is probably better. That being said, you should check out the menu at Charleston's. That would definitely qualify for your no-expense spared meal. Other interesting meals in Baltimore would be Salt for a casual fun meal, Crabs are the quintessential cuisine of Baltimore. Depending on who's recommending the crabs, some places downtown are good, and some others prefer the more suburban locations. My personal favorites are Costas Inn, or Cantlers. While the crabs are somewhat tastier (in my opinion) at Costas, Cantlers has the advantage of being on the water in Annapolis. Both of these locations may be out of your travel radius, but I thought I might mention them just in case.

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    Costas Inn Restaurant
    4100 N Point Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222

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    1. re: bunerabbit

      There's actually excellent Chinese near BWI. Grace Garden, a kind of dumpy place in a strip mall on 175 was the place that made me decide that Chinese food was worth eating in the first place. Go, order off the Chinese menu, be open to the chef's suggestions, and you'll have a first rate meal. The ambiance won't impress you, but the food will for sure.

      Agree with Charleston for the no expense spared meal. Love that place.

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      Charleston
      1000 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

      Grace Garden
      1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

      1. re: JonParker

        Second Grace Garden. And don't be scared off by the looks of the strip mall. There's a thread on this board with something like 200 responses - you can find a lot of specific recs in there.

        Edit: Here's the link I referenced:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5201...

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        Grace Garden
        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

    2. Third motion for Charleston (no expense spared..make that reservation now!), and for the best Chinese food this side of NYC's Chinatown: Grace Garden.

      Enjoy!

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      Grace Garden
      1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

      1. Thanks so much to you all for the excellent suggestions. As usual, Chowhounders everywhere are right on target.

        So unfortunately I had the timing of the wedding a little off, and we did not make it to Charleston's for our blow-out meal, but it sounds wonderful.

        We did end up at Costas Inn for lunch, and had quite a few crabs. I'm not a crab person, but my DC is, and she was super-excited by the prospect and satiated by the result.

        Grace Garden sounds absolutely fantastic, but is closed on Sundays . . . which I didn't realize until Sunday morning. Fortunately some searching through the board led us to Hunan Taste instead, which was beyond terrific. I wrote a little about our experience there at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/668736 but I'll include some pictures from Costas Inn and Hunan Taste here as well.

        Thanks again for helping to make our trip to Baltimore filled not only with the celebration of our friend's wedding, but with some superlative chow as well. Hope to visit again soon!

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        Costas Inn Restaurant
        4100 N Point Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222

        Grace Garden
        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

        Hunan Taste
        718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228