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Dec 25, 2010 03:57 PM

New Year's Eve Baltimore Inner Harbor Early Dinner?

We are trying to do NYE on a budget and are fortunate enough to have received an overnight room at the Inner Harbor as a gift. Plan is to park the car, have an early dinner and chill out at the hotel until fireworks time.

Looking for a casual budget-friendly (around $20 pp, no alchohol) within walking distance.

Good Deli Sandwiches

Sports Bars and other loud places

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Not sure what their NYE hours are, but for your budget you may want to check Isabellas in Little Italy. Accommodates your first and third likes well. Cafe Gia gets mixed reviews on this board, but may also work for Italian.

    Northwest of the Inner Harbor hotels but still within walking/light rail distance is Trinacria. Excellent sandwiches but not open in the evenings.

    Cafe Gia
    410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

    1. Where exactly are you staying?

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      1. Attman's Deli

        Attman's Authentic Ny Deli
        1019 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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        1. re: hon

          +100. If you like deli sandwiches, this is the place. You'll come in well under $20 pp too.

          1. re: JonParker

            Also, I'm not sure what time they close, but Isabella's in Little Italy is very affordable and has far better food than most of the places charging four times as much in that neighborhood.


        2. Take a look at the Charm City Circulator: I can't think of anything that close to the Hilton within your price range that I'd recommend. However, the Charm City Circulator (which is free, clean, and easy) will get you to so many, much better options.

          I easiest route will take you down Light Street into Federal Hill. Regi's is right on Light Street and they will have plenty of options within your price range. I've been several times and have never been disappointed.

          Regi's Bar and Restaurant
          1002 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

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          1. re: ronandaim

            Thank you all for your suggestions. I will check into all of them. And thanks ronandaim for the reminder about the Circulator. We had actually brought that up in a discussion about NYE but I forgot about it until you mentioned it again.

            1. re: OneSonTwoCats

              If I can I'll extrapolate a bit on these recs.

              Attman's is not a table service restaurant -- you order at the counter, get your food, and if you wish to eat in you take it into the adjacent dining room. It's very much an old school deli, but their pastrami and corned beef puts any other place in this area to shame. It's simply magnificent -- I've called it one of Baltimore's best restaurants, and if your criteria is doing really well what they set out to do, I'll stand by that.

              Isabella's is a really overlooked gem -- Italian subs and pizza, four or five tables, doing largely a take out business. Again, you'll order at the counter and pick up your food there, but it's really good.

              Regi's is a neighborhood joint that honestly really wants to put out better food than it does. I go there once in a while since it's very close to me, but while I've never been disappointed in anything, I've never been wowed by anything either. It's a table service place with entrees mostly in the $20 range. I'd say it's real advantage over the other two places is that it's open later -- I'm pretty sure Attman's closes at 7, and I'm not sure about Isabella's since their hours aren't on their web site.

              If you decide to walk (or Circulate) into Federal Hill, I'd also toss in Corks. You could go over budget there if you chose to, but some of my favorite dishes there, including their excellent fondue, are well within your price range -- I think the fondue is $8, and most of their sandwiches are in the $10 range. Corks, along with Ryleigh's Oyster Bar (the oyster loaf sandwich is magnificent), are my favorite neighborhood joints that would meet your criteria.

              1026 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

              Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
              36 E. Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230