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Jun 24, 2011 10:52 AM

New to Federal Hill & trying to be the hostess with the mostest.....

So we're moving into our house in Federal Hill next month, so naturally we're having a few visitors to help us get settled and to just come visit. We LOVE local restaurants and bars and like to try just about anything. With the visitors coming, we'd like to keep it on the cheap if possible. What are some of the best places to go? We'll mostly be interested in dinner, brunch, and happy hours.

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  1. As a fellow Federal Hill resident a few places and deals off the top of my head I enjoy being able to walk to on a consistent basis:

    Ryleighs - $1 oysters during happy hour, shore night on Tuesdays, and solid food all around.
    Thai Arroy - BYOB if you eat there, but it's often tough to get a table so I often end up carrying out
    Matsuri - dependable sushi, pretty good deals for multiple rolls, really nice staff
    Two good upscale places for nicer occassions, Bluegrass and Wine Market, money generally well spent at both.
    Outside dining at Tabrizis and Little Havana (food isn't amazing, but it's a great patio for enjoying happy hour)
    Brunch at Regi's

    4 Replies
    1. re: edresner

      The food at Little Havana is downright terrible.

      Bluegrass, however, is a gem!

      1. re: kukubura

        I've never had any terrible food at Little Havana. . .

        Agree with all the recommendations above, also Elvis's is great for cheap takeout. I like the chicken quesadilla. I like the hummus, grape leaves and cabbage rolls at Byblos. Baba's is really Locust Point, but it's great. Don't forget Cross Street market, too! The tepanyaki is pretty good, and we don't have any good Chinese food, but the joint in the market is the best we've got. I also like the pizza at Pub Dog, but I recommend ordering it with extra sauce. We got surprisingly decent chicken souvlaki from Uncle Pete's. Brunch, I like Mother's, Spoon's (long wait for a table, usually, though) and Metropolitan. Centro does food specials one night. Mother's and Ropewalk have burger night, and Mother's also has seafood specials on Wednesdays with especially good scallops.

        Oh, and by the way, welcome to the neighborhood! :-) I'm the gal desperately trying to teach leash manners to the black and white malamute.

        1. re: jvanderh

          Agree totally about Elvis and Bybos (although avoid the nachos at Elvis -- stick to the tacos or burritos). Pub Dog pizza is good too.

          If I'm in the mood for cheap delivery, I tend to go with Uncle Pete's or Mikie's Pizza. I'm not big on Mother's -- I've only eaten there once, but the atmosphere was really offputting. I love the cheese steaks at MaGerk's, but you've got to go off hours if you don't want to be overrun by overgrown frat boys there for $2 Miller Lights.

          I like the fried chicken place at the Light Street end of Cross Street Market -- it's no Chuckie's or Parks, but it's pretty good. Thai Arroy is good, as is the place right across the street,Thai Yum. The latter is a lot less busy.

          You can get good Italian subs at Trattoria Annamaria. Ropewalk has decent bar food with nightly specials.

          Thai Arroy
          1019 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

          Trattoria Annamaria
          1035 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

          1. re: JonParker

            I think 1006 or Thai Yum or whatever they're calling it now is underrated, especially the desserts.