Need recommendations for good eats around the inner harbor..Homewood Suites
I am so happy to find this site!!! Please help me make this weekend special for my 2yr old and hubby!!
We plan on going to the aquarium and the harbor, but have no clue about dinner with a very well behaved 2 yr old.
What are the best, cheap eats with good food ... Indian? Gourmet Pizza?
To answer your pizza question -- downtown/nearby are three pretty good pizza spots. Iggie's is less than a mile north of you on Calvert St; thin crust pizza with a great range of toppings; BYO. Joe Squared is another half mile past that on North Avenue. It's not my favorite, but some compare its thinnish crust coal-fired pizza favorably to Iggies; great selection of toppings (German pizza, anyone?). It's a bar, though (e.g. wide rum selection), so maybe for lunch? Finally, several miles east of you on Eastern Avenue is Mathews, which is thicker crust, more out of the old school, but very, very good.
Iggie's is great, but the people there are a bit too tightly wound IMO. TOO many rules. (See: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/enter...) I only order takeout from that place.
BUT! to your point! Harbor East, which is um, east of the Inner Harbor has a pizza joint, Bagby's Pizza, that's slightly cheaper than Iggies, definitely family friendly, and is pretty good. Thin crust pizzas, a good mix of creative and run-of-the-mill toppings, and daily specials that are sometimes a lovely surprise. You can take the free(!) Circulator from the Inner Harbor to Harbor East.
Best Indian, IMO -- is Kumari, which is another Circulator ride north up Charles (I'm assuming you don't want to drive around). My friend and I went on an informal tour of Baltimore's Indian buffets -- the city has a freakish number of Indian restaurants for its size -- and Kumari's is hands down the best, in taste, variety (they switch up their offerings daily) and price ($8-10 pp). Great for families -- one of the Sunday buffet regulars (other than ourselves) is a woman and her 6-year-old daughter.
For Thai, you can take the Circulator south to Federal Hill to Thai Arroy (i dig their noodle dishes), or up north on Charles to My Thai; they're both almost equally good, but the service is MUCH better at Thai Arroy and the prices are slightly better too, if memory serves.
Lastly, I can't mention cheap and delicious in this post without mentioning Mekong Delta -- they're a couple of blocks south of the central branch of the Pratt Library, and just off of Charles Street -- it's a mom and pop Vietnamese restaurant, open barely two years, and the pho is amazing. Fried rice is also off the chain, as are the summer rolls. It's also super kid friendly -- the owners have a wall of art and homework from their two sons. (The only way they could be more perfect is if they served banh mi, which I've asked them to do, and they're firmly said no).
Now, if you have a car -- it's a whole other ball game. (Though I'd still stand by these recommendations, too!)
818 N Calvert St Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21202
1019 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Mekong Delta Cafe
105 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201
800 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
911 N Charles St Ste B, Baltimore, MD 21201
IMO the non-pizza fare at Bagby's is way better than the pizza. I haven't been back, but I wouldn't get the pizza again. It's too thin (cracker-like) for my taste. However, Harbor East is a very good starting point. I'm partial to Roy's. It's part of a very small chain and they serve Hawaiian-Asian fusion food. And I think this is a fine choice for a well-behaved child. Not sure if they have a children's menu...
More like 30 locations....Though they are owned by OSI Restaurant Partners which also owns other, much larger, chains.
My greater point being that it doesn't feel like a chain. Certain menu items appear everywhere, but the executive chef at each location has a lot of control over the menu. I think the end result is quite nice. They put out a consistently good product.
"Certain menu items appear everywhere, but the executive chef at each location has a lot of control over the menu... They put out a consistently good product."
Agreed. We've eaten at almost every Roy's location -- plus two that are now closed -- and have never had a disappointment, other than the fact that most are not open for lunch. Three years ago we were told that we were about to get a Roy's in DC, but I guess the economy put the kibosh on that.
I sound like a broken record, but really, pastrami or corned beef at Attman's Deli is the best cheap meal in the whole city, not just the harbor area. Also, they close at 7 I think, so if you're looking for dinner dinner it's not really workable.
Iggies is also good, but seating can be a pain there. It is right on the Circulator route though.
Attman's Authentic Ny Deli
1019 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Ronandaim, along with Lawhound, recommended Roy's. Yes, I am in agreement with their favorable take on the restaurant, but would definitely caution you to peruse the menu on line, as it definitely doesn't fit into the "cheap eats" category that you seem to be leaning towards. FoiGras
Hi, since you have a child, I suggest Two Boots Pizza at the Marketplace. They have unusual but good toppings/combinations on a very unique cornmeal crust. PLUS, they have a little climb-up step for the lil ones to peek into the open kitchen. The pizza maker then hands them a little dough to play with. Keeps 'em busy for a few minutes :)
Have a good trip to Baltimore!