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Mar 7, 2011 07:23 AM

Three lunches/dinners in Baltimore

We will be staying in the Inner Harbor area, but driving isn't a problem (not as far as DC, please).
Need recommendations for lunches and dinners...know crabs are out of season, but still would like to try our hand at cracking a few. Don't want to break the bank, though, if possible.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. It's not the best time of year for steamed crabs ...
    Some quick thoughts:

    A good general restaurant rec. in the Inner Harbor area is B&O Brasserie.
    Many people also enjoy Pazo in Fells Point, although it's a little over-rated. Still, a nice space.

    Pazo Restaurant
    1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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    1. re: southbaltimoregirl

      Thanks for the info. We're also looking (if the crabs aren't available) for crabcakes or other "B'more" kind of stuff...we've got a lot of Italian places here, so that's not something we would need. Fells Point sounds like it has a lot of choices, but we'll put Pazo on the list.

      Pazo Restaurant
      1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      1. re: mninj

        For crab cakes, fried and raw oysters, steamed shrimp, creme of crab soup, etc. go to Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton next door to Fells Point.

        (yes, FoiGras, I recommended it again)

        1. re: hon

          I really like Mamas, as well. It feels like a Baltimore kind of place and I'm addicted to the crab imperial.

          1. re: Terrie H.

            I've never had the crab imperial, but I always leave there disappointed. On my last visit, I though the crab dip was pasty and bland and everything else was super greasy. Lots of people love this place, but I just don't get it.

    2. For crabs head to Ocean Pride on York Road just North of Towson. They always have quality crabs and their prices are generally better than those at Bo Brooks or Canton Dockside. Other good seafood options as well.

      1. For fantastic seafood, check out Black Olive at Fell's Point. The pompano I had there years ago still stands out as one of the very best whole fish preparations I've ever had.

        Black Olive
        814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

        1. Check out Jacks bistro in Canton a little weird but good. Bolton Hill Bistro-B is good. Costas Inn has crabs year round. Crabs could be painfully expensive this time of year Im guessing $65 a dozen minimum.Call ahead or just have a crab cake. Samos has good greek food. Pazo is a great space the although I might be over the food. Salt tavern would be a good choice for dinner.

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

          Pazo Restaurant
          1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. For dessert hit up Pitango in Fells Point - Best Gelato Ever!

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              1. re: jvanderh

                Yes, Pintango. I love their cardamon gelato, especially combined with black tea gelato
                (chai-like), although all their flavors are good.

                Def. taste a bunch before you buy. It's fun.