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Jun 22, 2011 08:19 AM

Top ten favorite things to eat (and where to get them) in Baltimore

I'm new in town; this thread was very popular on my old board so thought I'd give it a shot here. Choose your top ten favorite things to eat in and around Baltimore and tell me where I can find them :)

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  1. Welcome to Baltimore, hon!

    1. Crosstown burger with fried egg and candied bacon from Hamilton Tavern (Hamilton)
    2. White pizza from Matthew's Pizza (Highlandtown)
    3. Porketta sub from Mastellone's (Hamilton-ish)
    4. Almond croissants from Bonaparte Breads (Fells Point)
    5. Soon dubu chigae from Eel-town Flounder-ville (Ellicott City)
    6. Crab cakes from Duda's Tavern (Fells Point)
    7. Pork and cheese papusas from El Salvadore (Upper Fells Point)
    8. Stuffed Flounder Francaise from Ciao Bella (Little Italy)
    9. Pad Thai from Thai Jai Dee (Canton)
    10. Panko Encrusted Fried Oysters from Ryleigh's Oyster (Federal Hill)

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    1. re: ILoveBacon

      1. Honey Graham iced cream at Taharka Brothers' namesake shop.
      2. Lavender tea cake from Atwaters.
      3. Mint tagliatelle with lamb ragu from Cinghiale.
      4. Duckfat fries at Salt.
      5. Corned beef sandwich at Attman's Deli.
      6. Ahi Tuna, Jasmine Rice, Vanilla Soy Broth, and Siracha Aioli at Demi.
      7. Blue fish when it's a special at Woodberry Kitchen.
      8. Steak sandwich at Petit Louis.
      9. Chilled avocado soup at Dogwood Deli.
      10. Smoked salmon tacos from Neopol at Belvedere Square.

      Petit Louis
      4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

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

      822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

      1. re: m.binoir

        though this is very nearly a year old, i have to ask about the smoked salmon tacos, when do they have them? is this a special? never seen them before.

      2. re: ILoveBacon

        "8. Stuffed Flounder Francaise from Ciao Bella (Little Italy)"
        Is this a special? It doesn't seem to be on their (online) menu. Also, a "French" dish in an Italian restaurant as a favorite, hmm.

        The last time I ate in Ciao Bella (last month, in fact) I was underwhelmed. Crab toast - expensive, drowned in cheese, dubious tasting, nasty. Didn't finish it. Soup of the day - completely unremarkable, don't even remember what it was. White Clam Sauce (white reduction) over Linguine - mealy boxed pasta, minuscule number of clams, weird 'burnt' over-reduced sauce, icky. Ate only a portion. Left still hungry, displeased.

        Ciao Bella
        236 S. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

      3. Straight up Corned beef Sandwich Attmans Deli on Lombard Street

        Cloak and Dagger Sandwich Weis Deli on Lombard Street

        Hot Dog(with the works) Pollock Johnnies Wash. Blvd or Lex. Market

        Steamed Crabs Mr Bills Terrace in on Eastern Blvd in Essex

        Gyro Samos on Oldham Stret in Greektown

        Grilled Lamb Chops Zorba's on Eastern Ave in Greektown

        Fried Calamari Ikaros in Greektown

        Fried Chicken Chuckies in Hollins Market

        Zorba's Cafe
        1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        1. 1. Smoked gouda & seafood omelet at Mama's (sorry Scott Conant)
          2. Orange roughy tacos at Annabel Lee
          3. Chocolate/lime pudding dessert thingie at Blue Hill Tavern
          4. Any taco at Tortilla Sinaloa
          5. Garlic bread at Peter's Inn
          6. Pumpkin appetizer at Helmand
          7. Rosemary garlic fries at Brewers Art
          8. Fried edamame at Johnny Rads
          9. BBQ beef enchilada at Geckos
          10. Sausage saltimboca at Tutti Gusti

          Peter's Inn
          504 S Ann St, Baltimore, MD 21231

          Tutti Gusti
          3102 Fait Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

          Blue Hill Tavern
          938 S Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21087

          1 Reply
          1. re: youami

            I second the pumpkin appetizer at Helmand!

          2. No special order here, just ten things that came to mind:

            The Stu Special at Attmans
            Lamb gyro at Samos
            String Bean Roll from Cafe Zen
            The Parisian at Eddies
            The 2010 spicy chorizo pizza at Iggies
            A full meat/veggie combo platter at Dukem
            Pulled pork sandwich from Andy Nelsons
            The longhorn burger from Rec Room
            Med Ma Muang with chicken and shrimp at Thai Arroy
            Lunch buffet at the Ambassador

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            1. re: edresner

              No order here:

              Fresh pita at King's Kabob
              Govt Mule at Woodberry Kitchen
              Burger at McCabes
              Cubano at Havana Cafe
              Puttanesca sauce at (Little) Grano
              Tortillas de Puerco at Tortilleria Sinola
              Smoked bluefish from Neopol Smokery
              Fish noodles from Grace Garden
              Biscuit sandwiches from Blacksauce Kitchen (various farmer's mkts)
              Cajun fries from Annabelle Lee Tavern

              Grace Garden
              1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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

              3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

            2. Crabs: Live-Coveside Crabs, Dundalk. Steamed Carry-out-Conrads Crabs, Baynesville. Eat In: Skipjacks, Fullerton.
              Beer Mussels and Shrimp: Mamas on The Half Shell, Canton
              Shrimp Salad: Eddies of Roland Park
              Pulled Pork Sandwich: Big Bad Wolf, Hamilton
              Muffaletta: Trinacria, Downtown
              Pollo Ala Brasa: Chicken Rico, Highlandtown
              Tacos: Tortilleria, Fells Point
              Corned Beef on Rye: Attman's Deli, Little Italy-ish
              Sichuan Fish Filets: Grace Garden, Odenton
              Both Cheese Pie: Matthew's Pizza, Highlandtown

              Grace Garden
              1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

              4 Replies
              1. re: hon

                hon, I was researching crab houses to try (Specifically Mr. Bill's) and make a reservation this weekend and saw that you put Skipjacks on you list for Favorite Eat In Crab house. That was almost a year ago so I wanted to see if you still felt that way. It's close to where I live (Hamilton) so I thought maybe I'd give it a try. I never hear anyone else mention it so I was curious! Thanks!

                You recommended Conrads to me 5 years ago and I still go there... so I trust ya!

                1. re: tapas gal

                  Skipjacks has crabs year 'round, I think they get them from Texas so they are not local. That said, they have always been consistantly really good, I haven't been since October but might go this weekend. I have taken many friends there who raved about the crabs.

                  1. re: hon

                    Thanks hon!... I just made a reservation on Saturday... maybe I'll see ya there... :)