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Cheap places to eat near Baltimore Inner Harbor?

stacy0722 Jul 19, 2011 11:13 PM

Hey, so my friend and I are both 16 and we're taking the bus to Baltimore's Inner Harbor next week. We're gonna be spending the whole day, from morning till late afternoon. What are some cheap places we could grab breakfast and lunch? I know most of the places in the actual harbor area aren't very good, so what places are there that are close enough for us to walk to? I'm looking for more of a take out/cafe type of place, and not really a formal sit down restaurant. Thanks!

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  1. JonParker Jul 20, 2011 04:25 AM

    Two very walkable places near the harbor:

    1. Attmans Deli on Lombard St. Best corned beef and pastrami around.

    2. Isabella's in Little Italy. Great sandwiches and pizza.

    Either one will feed you well and cheaply.

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    1. re: JonParker
      kukubura Jul 20, 2011 06:22 AM

      Those are great suggestions. If I were 16 I'd love them both.

      1. re: JonParker
        chowsearch Jul 20, 2011 08:48 AM

        Attman's is a little far for strangers to walk, wonder how that Lenny's branch is doing in Harborplace? Think they would like Lexington market if they're brave?

        1. re: chowsearch
          JonParker Jul 20, 2011 09:33 AM

          I found that reply a little strange, so I checked it on Google maps. From the corner of Light and Pratt in the heart of the harbor, Attman's is 0.7 miles and Lexington Market is 0.9 miles. Either is an easy walk. And I'd definitely walk to Attman's over gong to Lenny's -- not only is the food better, but the experience is always a lot of fun.

          That said, Lexington Market is also a great choice. Crab cakes, coddies, Pollock Johnnie's with the works, Parks fried chicken. I just ate and I'm getting hungry again.

          Lexington Market
          400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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        stacy0722 Jul 20, 2011 02:14 PM

        Thanks for all the feedback so far! Little Italy sounds really cool, but so does Lexington Market!
        I've been reading review of the market on Yelp and it sounds really awesome! We're a girl and boy, so do you think it might be too "dangerous"?? I really wanna go...it sounds so cool!

        Lexington Market
        400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        Little Italy Restaurant
        6920 Bradlick Shopping Ctr, Annandale, VA 22003

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        1. re: stacy0722
          Vidute Jul 20, 2011 08:03 PM

          You don't have to walk to LIttle Italy. The Charm City Circulator and it's Water Taxi are free! This can expand your choices for cheap, good eats into Federal HIll, Little Italy, Fells Point, Mount Vernon. The Orange route will drop you off by University hospital, which is only about a three-block walk to Lexington Market. Cheapest breakfast is at Lexington Market- $2 for a two-egg, home fries, sausage/bacon and toast meal. And if the day's a scorcher, a huge fruit shake from the market is about $4. Max's Empanadas in Little Italy is both cheap and good! Jimmy's in Fells Point is a long-time breakfast tradition. Thai Yum in Federal Hill is budget-friendly for lunch. If you decide to stick around Harborplace for lunch, there's Five Guys burgers. All of these places are reachable. Here's the link to the Charm City Circulator:


          Welcome to Baltimore! Hope you have a great time!

          Lexington Market
          400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          Max's Empanadas
          313 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

          1. re: stacy0722
            4X4 Jul 21, 2011 05:38 AM

            Definitely go to Lexington Market. If you go on a Saturday afternoon there's usually a band playing there from noon - 2:00. (my band plays there a few times a year, always a fun gig.)

            The market is very close to Westminster Church, where Edgar Allen Poe is buried.

            Lexington Market
            400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

            1. re: stacy0722
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              Dancing Monkey Jul 20, 2011 04:47 PM

              Breakfast is a tough one. In the harbor area Miss Shirley's on Pratt Street is great, and I think they do takeout, but it's definitely expensive and primarily a sit-down place.

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

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              1. re: Dancing Monkey
                JonParker Jul 20, 2011 05:42 PM

                Ok so its not chowish, but the few times I've been peckish at the harbor in the morning I've gone for a bagel or muffin from Panera Bread. Not great, but acceptable.

                1. re: JonParker
                  kukubura Jul 21, 2011 02:50 PM

                  Come on now.

                  I just had lunch at the new Lenny's in the Harbor. Soulless. Felt like a Chipotle. Considering "Corned Beef Row" is not far away at all and hosts the original Lenny's (plus Weiss and, the best, Attman's) I don't think anyone who would bother to post here should go out of their way to eat there. It's convenient if you're around there for work (which is my excuse) but really.

                  That said, Lenny's has breakfast.

                  1. re: kukubura
                    lawhound Jul 25, 2011 07:55 AM

                    Complete agreement with Kukubura. In fact I would say that Chipotle has considerably more soul than Lenny's at the IH. My cloak & dagger was fine. but not of Attman's quality, and the place felt dead.

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