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Jun 13, 2011 12:34 PM

Need some specific rec's for Baltimore (Canton/Fells Point)

I will be docking in Baltimore this weekend and staying on our boat in a marina close to the Captain James. My husband is a chef and we're serious chowhounds-- but that def doesn't have to mean high end or fancy... just great food. We particularly like seafood, but are up for anything unique.

Here's what I'd like some suggestions for:

* Good food-centric happy hour for Friday evening, but must have outside tables-- we travel with our dog and need to bring her with us.

* Good place to take Dad for lunch on Saturday - again needs to have dog-friendly seating.

* What do you suggest for take-out crabs from this neighborhood. How is the Captain James crab house (vs. Obrykis?).

* What is within walking distance for breakfast, brunch, and late night grub? We tend to graze with drinks and apps throughout the evening, rather than sit down to a big meal. Does not need to be dog-friendly.

* How is the Bay Cafe these days? Is there still a raw bar at Cross Street Market on Sundays? Is Faidley's open on the weekends?

* What is the best bet for a unique cocktail menu in this part of Baltimore?

Thanks hon!

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  1. Saturday lunch that is dog friendly - Shucker's is in Fells and they have outdoor seating and there are usually dogs sitting at tables.

    Breakfast - Bonaparte Breads has outdoor seating and is good for a light breakfast (pastries).

    Late night foods - Sip & Bite is a block away from Captain James and is good for late night (open 24) cheap eats. Ale Mary's is pretty good for grub as well but not open as late.

    I didn't have that great of an experience at Bay Cafe. Best crabs I've had recently is actually at Canton Dockside. They have outdoor seating but it's further down on Boston Street.

    Raw bar is still there at Cross Street and I believe it's open on Sundays. Not sure about Faidley's.

    Pazo has a nice cocktail menu and is in Habor East. B&O Brasserie does as well but is in downtown on Charles/Baltimore.

    Hope this helps!

    1. I'd consider Chris' Seafood for carry out crabs. In fact, they deliver. In case they don't deliver to your boat, it's easy walking distance from where you'll be docked.

      You also might want to consider taking a taxi over to the JFX Market on Sunday morning. Check out long thread here for info.

      1. Sip and Bite is a good choice for an old-fashioned greasy breakfast. They have real ham, rather than ham from rectangular pigs. Another good choice for that would be Jimmy's on the square in Fells Point.

        Faidley's is not open on Sundays, but is on Saturdays (I think).

        Bay Cafe mostly just has a great view, and you'll have that from your boat.

        Chris' Seafood has good crabs. I've never had crabs from Captain James (I usually buy live crabs from Chris' and cook them at home), but they're certainly convenient to your location. And if the weather isn't too horribly humid (it's nice today, but I don't know if it will hold 'til the weekend) their deck could be a pleasant place to eat.

        Arguably the best restaurant in Baltimore (Charleston) isn't far away in Harbor East, but that doesn't really fit your grazing through the evening thing, and they aren't open on Sunday.

        1. Definitely try Tabrizis. It's on the water, has dockside accommodations, and many locals "parade" their pooches on the promenade and outside the restaurant, where there is dining. FoiGras

          500 Harborview Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230

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          1. re: FoiGras

            Tabrizi's is clear on the other side of the harbor. Not exactly conveniently located.

          2. Kisling's Tavern on Fleet St. Great for grazing and very close to where you're docked. Good crab cakes, shrimp salad (try the Neptune Club Sandwich- crab cake topped with shrimp salad), steamed shrimp, wings, and wonderful soups. Decent beer selection. Friendly staff.