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krisrishere May 13, 2011 09:18 AM

My husband and I will arrive in Baltimore next Saturday night and leave first thing Monday morning - therefore we have 1 full day to enjoy Baltimore. Any can't miss places to visit? We love all types of food. I would like 1 nice restaurant for dinner on Sunday, maybe seafood? Any recs for a quick bite on Saturday night and during the day on Sunday would be appreciated. We will be staying at a condo located in the Inner Harbor.

  1. krisrishere May 24, 2011 10:20 AM

    Hey everyone! We just came back from a great (1) day in Baltimore. We wanted to try all of your recommendations, however there just wasn't time. By the time we got there on Saturday night we were exhausted and annoyed from the traffic so we grabbed a sandwich in the Inner Harbor, which sucked of course.

    Sunday morning we overslept which put a kink in our original plans of hitting the JFX market. Instead we went directly to the water taxi and went to Fort McHenry, then Fell's Point where we so hungry we literally went to the first place we saw - Jimmy's Restaurant. I had the Greek Chicken Sandwich which was exactly what I needed and wanted..my husband had a patty melt that he loved. We then toured around the area and eventually made our way back to see the USS Constellation and USS Torsk. After freshening up for dinner we took the water taxi back to Fell's Point and had dinner at Black Olive.

    Here's a link to my review of Black Olive on Yelp..honestly I was disappointed that we didn't have as good of an experience as you guys did.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/black-olive-b...

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

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      flavrmeistr May 24, 2011 11:34 AM

      Well, the main thing is that you hit Jimmy's for the true Baltimore experience. The ultimate Baltimore experience is shuffling into Jimmy's after a night of pub crawling in Fells Point and waking up in your car. Crispy scrapple and eggs, surly waitresses. Ah, the life!

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        krisrishere May 24, 2011 12:12 PM

        I'm glad! The highlight of the trip was going into the Sound Garden in Fell's Point and seeing all of the pictures of the actors from "The Wire" up on the wall! I thought if I hung out there long enough one of them would come in :)

    2. krisrishere May 18, 2011 05:04 PM

      Ok guys, one more question before I leave :) I've made a reservation at Black Olive for our "nice" Sunday night dinner, but we decided we wanted a quick no-frills meal on Saturday night when we get there. I know Kooper's Tavern was mentioned already..any additional thoughts about that? I've also had recs for Brewer's Art and Max's Taphouse.

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      Brewer's Art
      1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

      Kooper's Tavern
      1702 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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        FoiGras May 18, 2011 05:59 PM

        Brewer's Art--don't even have a familiarity with Kooper's Tavern, etc. At least you will hear favorable reviews with regards to the Brewer's Art, despite the fact that I can't actually recommend it since I haven't dined there in other 5 or 6 years. I do recall that it was worthwhile. FoiGras

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        Brewer's Art
        1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        Kooper's Tavern
        1702 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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          ronandaim May 18, 2011 06:01 PM

          IMO Max's is only good for beer. I'd pick Brewer's Art over Max's any day.

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          Brewer's Art
          1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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            kukubura May 18, 2011 06:49 PM

            Brewer's Art is terrific. Check out the downstairs. Very nice.

            Kooper's is very, very solid pub food but Brewer's is elevated pub food. Kooper's is in a more strollable neighborhood. Saturday around Brewer's used to get dicey but I think the underage BYOB club in the basement of the Belvedere is gone. Speaking of the Belvedere, if you want to see something cool, take a peek at the Owl Bar there. It's amazing looking.

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            Brewer's Art
            1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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              tizinu May 18, 2011 07:49 PM

              If you're going to the Black Olive on Sunday night, you can go to Max's afterwards for their impressive selection of beer. It's a longish walk or a short cab ride. You can also go to Bird's of a Feather for scotch afterwards (the bartender there is really nice when there aren't obnoxious people in there and it's a great scotch bar, but there is no food.) And there is Vaccarro's (the one in Fells Point) for amazing cannolis. AMAZING, and every time I go there I meet different out of towner regulars (meaning they fly in from other places and ALWAYS make a trip to Vaccarro's.) All of these places are on the southeast side of the city and are longish walks or super short cab rides.

              For Saturday night: I would go to Federal Hill or Mt. Vernon. They are different neighborhoods of Baltimore and you'll get a different vibe from them. Mt. Vernon: Brewer's Art for their garlic rosemary fries, Ressurection, and pub food. The downstairs is a great place to eat. There are plenty of bars around that area too, but the Brewer's Art is special and worth dining there.

              Federal Hill: Bluegrass is really great and very casual-- their crawfish hush puppies though not filled with crawfish are tasty and they make almost everything there (ketchup, mustard, etc..). Once again, lots of different bars in the area to peek into afterwards, though I haven't gone there to drink in a long time. Matsuri is consistent in their sushi (fresh, not too creative, but affordable) and the Sobo is casual yuppie comfort food that is affordable too. (Although those places I have a bit of a bias for because we've been going to them for over a decade) And if you plan it right, you can stroll around the inner harbor to walk off your food coma. :)

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              Brewer's Art
              1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

              Sobo Cafe
              6 W Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230

              Matsuri
              1105 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

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                Hal Laurent May 19, 2011 09:44 AM

                It's only 2 tenths of a mile from the Black Olive to Max's. Definitely no need for a cab.

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

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                theminx May 20, 2011 09:13 AM

                Definitely Brewer's Art.

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                  jvanderh May 21, 2011 06:42 AM

                  I vote for Shepherd's Pie with cheese at James Joyce.

                2. krisrishere May 16, 2011 08:30 AM

                  Wow, so many great recs! Thanks everyone!

                  We definitely want to check out JFX Market on Sunday morning. My husband just told me he wanted seafood for dinner on Sunday night, any thoughts on that? Price really isn't an issue. Also, what would be a good late dinner on Saturday? Like I said before, we are staying in a condo near Inner Harbor - apparently we can see both Inner Harbor and Camden Yards from the house; both within a short walking distance.

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                    kukubura May 16, 2011 08:54 AM

                    BBBBBBBB&&&&&&&&OOOOOOOOO

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                      tizinu May 16, 2011 09:33 AM

                      the Black Olive. The owner's have the fish shipped in every night and it's the best place that I've ever had Dover sole from. Tom Sietsema of the WashingtonPost loves it too.

                      They have an amazing fish stew that will just floor you.

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

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                        krisrishere May 16, 2011 09:53 AM

                        Wow, I didn't see the fish list link the first time I looked at their website - very impressive!

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                          Hue May 18, 2011 10:18 AM

                          If you decide on the BLACK OLIVE and they have St. Peter's Fish, jump at the chance. Not always available and sells out quickly!!

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                            gregb May 18, 2011 11:25 AM

                            tilapia?

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                              dining with doc May 18, 2011 06:19 PM

                              st peters fish when in israel but aka tilapia in the usa.
                              saturday night: beer and burger or crab cake at The Owl Bar
                              Sunday morning: graze and eat at the Outdoor farmers market. great omelets, falafal pita sandwich, fried fish sandwich and much more. you will have a blast. bring a cooler
                              Sunday lunch- may not be needed because of the volume of food you eat at the market
                              Sunday dinner- Black Olive

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

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                      elgringoviejo May 14, 2011 08:23 AM

                      Greektown Grill on Eastern Avenue in Greektown serves excellent authentic Greek food for a reasonable price than do its Greektown competitors. I have very much enjoyed theri pastitsio and authentic gyro, made with real pork rather than processed meat.

                      1. kukubura May 13, 2011 03:49 PM

                        I could have sworn someone on here recommended B&O Brasserie. It's near your hotel and it's outstanding. The new chef is amazing and the bar chef is a national award winner for some of the most truly special cocktails you will ever have.

                        Fell's Point is a lovely neighborhood to stroll around during the day. Two places I often recommend there:
                        - Tortilleria Sinaloa, an awesome little storefront Mexican restaurant that I love love love
                        - Kooper's Tavern for totally rock-solid pub food elevated with really nice ingredients.

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                        Kooper's Tavern
                        1702 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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                          2000man May 14, 2011 07:03 AM

                          I like Duda's better than Kooper's. Though, I have eaten many meals at Koopers and like most of them very well. I had some burgers there on burger night that were that great. What did I expect on dollar burger night? Once and while, Friends used have a couple of good things on the menu.

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                            Hal Laurent May 14, 2011 08:55 AM

                            Friends is gone. That location now houses Sticky Rice.

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                              2000man May 14, 2011 07:01 PM

                              :(

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                              theminx May 20, 2011 09:12 AM

                              I've only ever had dried-out tough burgers and horrible service at Duda's - three separate occasions in three different years. Can't be coincidence.

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                            stephanieg May 13, 2011 01:52 PM

                            The Black Olive would be a wonderful place for a nice dinner. We were there last weekend and enjoyed amazing seafood-- I especially recommend the Russ' scallop appetizer (perfectly grilled scallops) and the grilled shrimp appetizer (these are huge and delicious, but be warned, they are also expensive!!!). And if you like eggplant, the eggplant dip is a must! We all had delicious bronzini as our entree. The restaurant also has a fabulous wine list. After (or before) dinner, definitely stroll around the Fells Point area. It's a great place to walk around. And if you want something sweet, there is a fantastic gelato place in that neighborhood (Pitango Gelato).

                            There are many excellent "quick bite" places. Do you have a specific cuisine or atmosphere in mind? That would help narrow them down!

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

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                              Hal Laurent May 13, 2011 04:37 PM

                              The Black Olive is very, very, good. It's not cheap though, if that matters.

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

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                                jvanderh May 21, 2011 06:37 AM

                                I really, really like their taramosalata.

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                                2000man May 14, 2011 07:04 AM

                                Pitango is great. Def, Chowhound type of ice cream place.

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                                2000man May 13, 2011 12:23 PM

                                JFX Farmer's market on Sunday morning. There is a huge thread discussing this near the top of the board.

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                                  kukubura May 13, 2011 03:47 PM

                                  This is absolutely the best thing you can do in Baltimore on a Sunday (or really any day.) This Farmers Market is easily one of the most impressive things in our city. There is a ton of good prepared food to eat. The fried fish guy is a personal favorite but there are lots.

                                  Also, on market days the next-door Hollywood Diner (the diner from Diner) uses that day's fresh produce from the market in their specials. Really nice omlettes and things.

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                                    baltoellen May 13, 2011 06:50 PM

                                    A hearty third for the JFX Market. It's a pretty incredible place. I do think, sadly, that the Hollywood Diner has closed.

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                                      JonParker May 13, 2011 08:56 PM

                                      I saw it open last week I think. It does seem to come and go a lot though. And of course, I vote for the market too.

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                                        JonParker May 15, 2011 05:30 AM

                                        It does appear that they are closed. There was no sign of life 10 minutes before their 8am opening time, and a peek through the window showed sections of booths stacked on the counter.

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                                      tizinu May 14, 2011 07:15 PM

                                      I miss the JFX farmer's market-- it is comparable to those in California in terms of size. You'll love it.

                                      I would also suggest a quick trip to Woodberry Kitchen if you have the chance, as well as Bluegrass, and the Black Olive-- all great recommendations. If you want to do something artsy, the Walters Art Gallery is free and the American Visionary Art Museum is just wickedly cool.

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                                      Woodberry Kitchen
                                      2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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

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                                    fedhillhound May 13, 2011 12:02 PM

                                    Bluegrass on Hanover Street is one of the best meals I've had recently. Also, Wine Market on Fort Avenue

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                                    Wine Market
                                    921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

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                                      JonParker May 13, 2011 09:01 PM

                                      I may be geographically biased, but I think Blue Grass is one of the best places in town. It's a place that turns out consistently excellent food, and the charcuterie puts anyone else's to shame.

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                                        shorty40cdm May 18, 2011 09:32 AM

                                        I third Bluegrass--very good service and great food!

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                                        jvanderh May 21, 2011 06:36 AM

                                        I forth it! I may be a little biased too, though.

                                      3. woodleyparkhound May 13, 2011 09:31 AM

                                        Don't miss Lexington Market... Faidley's there is legendary for crab cakes. Oops! Nevermind... the market is closed on Sunday.

                                        Did you mean you are leaving first thing MONDAY morning??

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                                        Lexington Market
                                        400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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                                          krisrishere May 13, 2011 10:12 AM

                                          Whoops! You're correct - getting there Saturday night, leaving Monday morning.

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                                            Worldwide Diner May 13, 2011 11:59 AM

                                            If you're not from a city with great delis, you can go to Attman's on Sunday. I made a stop there in the midst of my roadtrip once and really enjoyed it. I don't know if Charleston is open on Sundays but that's one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, if not the best.

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                                              Hal Laurent May 13, 2011 04:34 PM

                                              Charleston is closed on Sundays.

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                                            flavrmeistr May 13, 2011 05:21 PM

                                            The Cross Street Market is open on Sundays. Large selection of raw oysters an clams, sushi, steamed and fried seafood accompanied by cold beer and cocktails. Great way to spend a Sunday, before or after you go up the hill to check out Ft. McHenry.

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                                              JonParker May 13, 2011 08:53 PM

                                              To clarify that, Cross Street Market is indeed closed on Sunday. However, Nick's at the east end is open. I'm not a fan though. I think they've gone way downhill over the last few years. Nick's was one of the reasons I moved to Federal Hill. Now I never bother.

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                                                flavrmeistr May 14, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                I still bother on occasion. It's a little expensive, but it's still fun. Not too many raw bars around anymore and Nick's has it all.

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                                                  JonParker May 15, 2011 05:39 AM

                                                  For oysters I go across the street to Ryleighs, which has a far better selection and a $1 oyster happy hour. I once got an oyster sandwich at Nicks that was three small oysters on white bread for $10. It was pathetic, especially compared to Ryleighs oyster loaf.

                                                  I used to love Nicks before the last market remodel, when they hand breaded the fried shrimp and Bruce Lee Wings was tucked in the corner, but it just depresses me now.

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                                                    flavrmeistr May 16, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                    $1 oyster happy hour sounds pretty good. Thanks for the tip, Jon. Would that be across Light Street?

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                                                      kukubura May 16, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                      It's on the other side of the harbor. between Light st and S Charles

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                                                        JonParker May 16, 2011 10:17 AM

                                                        On the other side of the harbor? It's right across Cross street from the market, about halfway down.

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                                                          kukubura May 16, 2011 10:27 AM

                                                          I just meant to orient it from where they're staying. It's not by Harborplace. It's on the other side.

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