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Mar 24, 2011 07:29 PM

Fun/First Date

I am coming to Baltimore for Easter weekend to take a gorgeous girl out on our first date.

I am a planner, and promised I would take her out on a fun date. Unfortunately I am from Michigan and have never been to Baltimore. So this brings up a problem in that I dont know where to go, or what to do! So I have come across this wonderful board.

I'm looking for fun. Not fancy. It's crucial! I mean, we love to laugh and have a great time and we both have a strong awkward bone so we dont need mood lighting, or forced intamcy to add to that! She loves to take walks, or going on a hike, so maybe a walk somewhere? Talk and laugh and have fun looking at stuff then move onto dinner. She's pretty much a full fledged vegan. So when it comes to dinner, we need a place with either a good organic menu, or just a place that accommodate some vegan dishes.

I dont know I have done some research on different restaurants there in the city, but I wanted to specifically ask and see what we might be able to find out in the way of the entertainment area. What would something FUN to do? Aquarium? Walk around Lexington Market? I seriously have no idea.

If more info would help you be able to suggest a great first date that is very fun .. let me know!

Thanks in advance!

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. I had fun with a friend who was visiting Baltimore last fall by taking the water taxi around the harbor, we ended up getting off at I think it was Fells Point and walking around while I checked Chowhound on the smartphone to find a restaurant that was really great (forget what it was called but could find it again, not that it would help you - also not sure it was vegan, we are both unabashed carnivores). Of course weather might be an issue, and I'm not sure if there's any seasonal factor for the water taxi that might affect schedule for Easter Sunday. Good luck!

    1. How about the visionary art museum? Are there any silly Easter events you can take her to? (Easter egg hunt?)

      1. Whatever you do, do not take her to Lexington Market, place is not in the best area, lots of drug deals going down there and is not very vegan friendly....lots of fried chicken stands and meat shops.....I dont really know any vegan returants off the top of my head but the neighborhoods to look into are in Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill, mount veron..

        Lexington Market
        400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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        1. re: williebert

          I dunno. I think it's pretty cool. If she's super sheltered, maybe not. If she likes to cook, she might dig it.

        2. Sticky Rice (also in DC)

          This looked like a good list, then search the board for recs on places that look interesting.

          Sticky Rice
          1224 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

          1. Is she native to Baltimore? I've found that if you grow up somewhere you might go to museums on school trips and tourist attractions with visitors, and then there is a whole world of places you've never been even though they are right next door.

            Too cold for a harbor cruise?

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            1. re: GraydonCarter

              Ok ... Sticky Rice Baltimore is looking like the winner. Has anyone here actually been there?

              It looks fun, relaxed, hip, clean and accommodating to to vegan, but I would really like to hear from some people here?

              Yes, this girl IS a native to Baltimore. So I hear ya on the typical museums, but that American Visionary Art one looks super rad! Really different and unique, and it appears to be a place that based on the exhibits, would lend to great conversation.

              I will have to chew on the whole Lexington Market bit ... She is no where near sheltered, but i can see how it might seem/sound a touch sketchy.

              Someone talk to me about Fells Point. Nice place to just walk around? People watch, shops, talk, all that stuff? Or are there like, some must see/do attractions in that area? Is it a must to stroll down by the water? Some bench's or something to sit, or anything like that?

              I'm really sorry if this annoying or bothersome to you guys, just trying to get as many details as possible and plan something really cool!

              I appreciate all you help!

              Lexington Market
              400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

              Sticky Rice
              1224 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

              1. re: Ilikemsu

                Lex Market is fine, ok the neighborhood is a little scruffy, but some folks like to get their panties in a knot every time they see, well. I won't say anymore, just go rent the original Hairspray. Baltimore makes sense of all of John Waters movies. although I will allow that a vegan (esp one who made the decision on ethical grounds might very well be a bit horrified - but she's from there and surely knows what to expect) I had a hoot putzing around there in the food stalls (closed Sunday), then taking the streetcar down/up to Federal Hill and walking around the park, hitting a few places for drinks and checking out the Cross Street mkt. and back down to the Harbor and over to Fells point (for more drinks - I am SO predictable). so you're from Michigan? you'll (sadly) feel at home, a beautiful place with great people but the rust on the closed industries isn't going away anytime soon.

                1. re: Ilikemsu

                  The Visionary Art museum is great. And there's a separate building with "interactive art" (i.e., you press a button and something changes), that's quite unique and lots of fun.
                  If the weather is great, I love the idea of taking the water taxi over to Fell's Point. It's a great place to walk around-- cobblestone streets, cute shops, and even some small art galleries. I'd also urge you to check out Mezze-- a wonderful tapas restaurant with many excellent vegan choices. You can have lots of fun sharing a range of small dishes and perhaps a pitcher of their yummy sangria! Afterwards, you can walk around the block to Pitango Gelato, which is amazing. It's especially fun to taste (for free!) a few of their flavors before picking one out. Enjoy the date, and let us know how it goes!!!

                  1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

                  Pitango Gelato
                  802 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD

                  1. re: stephanieg

                    Fells is good to walk around. I second the suggestion that you hit Pitango. They've got sorbet, too.