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My trip to Baltimore - full report

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Just spent a nice 48 hours in the Baltimore area, here's what I ate!

Grace Garden - This was a great meal, and I wrote a full report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806104. Highlights were the donuts, the fish noodles and the steamed pork with rice powder, but everything was good.

Miss Shirley's - We went to the location in Roland Park, which wasn't too crowded yet at 10:00 am on Saturday. I thought the breakfast menu was very fun and creative -lots of things that sounded good. We got the fried green tomatoes and crabcake benedict, which I thought was great. Eggs were nicely poached, hollandaise sauce wasn't overpowering, crabcakes were flavorful, fried tomatoes had a nice crunchy coating. I didn't really love the corn salsa that was served on the side, but it wasn't bad. We also got the cinnamon toast mini-waffles, which were a bit decadent - akin to eating a cinnamon bun from cinnabon, but a bit better. Prices were slightly high, but food was good, and I'd definitely return if back in Baltimore. I think it's worth it, although I wouldn't really want to wait for more than 20 mins to eat here.

The Smokery at Belvedere Market - We got a takeout cheese pie to eat for a snack later. We didn't heat it up, so it might have been less good than a heated version. I liked this, but didn't think it was worth the $11 price tag.

Pintago in Fells Point - We tried several flavors of sorbet: Rhubarb (which was great), Quince (too sweet for me), Tangerine (fine), Bitter Chocolate (pretty good), Strawberry (quite good). This was a nice place overall. While nearby, I bought two peaches at the farmers market. I ate these later, but they weren't that good.

Red Star Bar and Grill - Fells Point - Went here for Sunday brunch, which was OK. I had eggs florentine - eggs and hollandaise sauce were good, serving seemed a bit small though. The potatoes were a blend of sweet, purple and regular, and they were pretty good. Nothing very special about this place though.

G&M Crabcakes, near the airport - I went here before I went to the airport, and got a crabcake sandwich. The crabcake was filled with big lumps of crab, and I had heard good things, but I guess this style isn't really my cup of tea. It was too soft for me (I like it crispier) and I didn't like the spicing (or maybe lackthereof?).

That was pretty much it! Thanks Baltimore for the great weekend!

Dave MP

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Miss Shirley's Cafe
513 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

Grace Garden
1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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  1. Thanks for the report. Please don't think of G&M as our best crabcake--they admit they use pasteurized imported nonlocal nonfresh nontasty meat. But they're big. If you come back, let us know in advance.

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      1. re: hon

        Just wondering who told you good things about G&M crabcakes!

        1. re: baltoellen

          Heard about it third hand.....didn't read about it on Chowhound.

          1. re: Dave MP

            Yeah, you should have asked here. G&M is the worst.

    1. You peaked too early! After that start you were never going to keep up the quality. ;) Still, a nice weekend of eating.