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Please help me get out of the Inner Harbor for lunch

VaPaula Apr 20, 2011 05:53 AM

I have a meeting in Baltimore tomorrow, right across from the Inner Harbor. I'll have about an hour for lunch, and will not have access to a car. Any suggestions? Open to any type of food, just as long as I can keep it under an hour, including walking time. I have been dragged by friends to every chain restaurant imagineable in that area, so am looking for something different.


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    Steve RE: VaPaula Apr 20, 2011 05:59 AM

    You need to look for divine intervention or a taxicab, whichever comes first.

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      doperry RE: VaPaula Apr 20, 2011 06:00 AM

      There's a place a little off the harbor called Alewife, it's just up Eutaw St across from the Hippodrome. I've not grabbed lunch there yet, but they've got a bar area and they cater to the hippodrome crowd, so you should be able to get something quick. If you're really pressed they've got a fantastic Kobe beef hot dog that comes in a pretzel roll that you could probably get and eat on the way.

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        ronandaim RE: VaPaula Apr 20, 2011 08:13 AM

        Try Fresh Farms Cafe on South Street at Redwood (across from the Au Bon Pain). It's maybe 2 blocks from the harbor and is reliably good. I discovered this place just before I stopped working downtown and actually miss it. The soup special changes, but I've had really good and spicy MD crab soup.


        You could try Miss Shirley's but I suspect you'd be cutting it close time-wise.

        Miss Shirley's
        750 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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          southbaltimoregirl RE: ronandaim Apr 20, 2011 09:41 AM

          you could try B&O Brasserie or check and see if the Gypsy Queen Food Truck will be near Pratt and Commerce St. (It's one of their stops). Good luck.

        2. JonParker RE: VaPaula Apr 20, 2011 10:52 AM

          Attman's Deli, right across President Street on Lombard. One of Baltimore's real gems.

          Another option is Isabella's, a really excellent sandwich and pizza joint in Little Italy.

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            lawhound RE: JonParker Apr 20, 2011 02:08 PM

            These are both excellent choices but bear in mind they are 10 mins. walk. Also within that radius are Mekong Delta (Vietnamese, of course); Milk & Honey (soup and sandwiches); Shapiro's Cafe (falafel, corned beef). Even closer is Rosina Gourmet (soups, sandwiches)

            At the harbor itself is Edo Sushi, which is a local chain of three sushi bars. Excellent sushi and hot food.

            Mekong Delta Cafe
            105 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201

            Rosina Gourmet
            300 E Lombard St Lbby 103, Baltimore, MD 21202

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              jvanderh RE: JonParker Apr 21, 2011 11:46 AM

              You really like Attman's? I had decent corned beef and a storebought kosher dog on a storebought roll with a cold slice of bologna slapped on top. I want to like it . . .

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                Steve RE: jvanderh Apr 21, 2011 11:51 AM

                I like Attman's too. I would have suggested it earlier, but I didn't think the OP could get there and back by walking. I usually get the corned beef and a potato knish.

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                  JonParker RE: jvanderh Apr 21, 2011 11:54 AM

                  I like their dogs a lot, but it's not what I would consider one of my favorite things ever.

                  The pastrami on rye with mustard is an outstanding sandwich though, and absolutely chowworthy though.

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                    VaPaula RE: JonParker Apr 21, 2011 12:39 PM

                    I am still laughing at the divine intervention comment.

                    Thanks, everyone. I ended up having even less than an hour, so went to Fresh Farms (thanks rondandaim). I liked it. The crab soup was a tad too salty for me, but it was worth it for the spice level. Good sandwich on good bread, and fast.

                    I am hanging onto the other recommendations for future reference, especially when we come back for our Annual Pilgrimage when the Yankees are in town.

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                      ronandaim RE: VaPaula Apr 21, 2011 12:45 PM

                      Thanks for the feedback. I also agree with the poster who recommended Rosina Gourmet. Be sure to keep that on the list for future visits.

                      Rosina Gourmet
                      2819 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD

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