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kid friendly near the Baltimore HIlton

adorno Oct 16, 2011 09:05 AM

Going to a conference next weekend with a 5 year old along with us. 3 adults.

We will go for any kind of cuisine (although one of the adults doesn't eat meat or fowl but loves fish). Quieter rather than noisy is preferable.

The 5 year old is happy with fries, pizza, hot dog, or rice with soy.

We will have a car but will probably be too tired from the conference to contemplate driving. Walking distance would be preferable.


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  1. Terrie H. RE: adorno Oct 16, 2011 09:22 AM

    Your post is one of the most requested on this board and use of the search feature will give you a bit of background. If you don't find your answer after reading all these previous threads, you will be able to narrow your quest down for more specific advice.


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    1. re: Terrie H.
      adorno RE: Terrie H. Oct 16, 2011 12:19 PM

      I actually did do a search on "baltimore hilton" and got nothing useful. Doing a search is not helpful at all. And the link you offered actually only sends me to page after page of chowhound recipes ( I gave up on scrolling thru this since none of it at the outset was relevant). So my original post stands and I'd still love someone to offer a helpful, concrete reply to it.


      1. re: adorno
        Terrie H. RE: adorno Oct 16, 2011 01:16 PM

        I'm so sorry that my link didn't work. I was trying to link you to a search of Inner harbor and children/kids. Most people with your question don't specify a particular hotel, but ask about the "Inner Harbor." The hotels in downtown Baltimore are pretty much grouped tightly within a few blocks so it isn't as if there are big neighborhoods separating them. I just know that you aren't alone in asking this same question and I wanted to give you a start. So sorry I didn't.

        1. re: adorno
          crackers RE: adorno Oct 16, 2011 01:24 PM

          A cursory search of the board came up with tons of threads, including these:
          1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700368 Dining and Dieting around the Inner Harbor -with vegetarians

          2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803041 Baltimore with Toddlers - Inner Harbor
          3. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796822 Cheap places to eat near Baltimore Inner Harbor
          4. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798037 - inner harbor . . . kids . . .blah blah blah
          5. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724691 - etc.

          and so forth. Like Terri H said, once you've gotten through these and the other threads listed at the bottom of each of these, you may want to narrow things down and ask for specific recommendations.

          1. re: crackers
            2000man RE: crackers Oct 20, 2011 08:07 AM

            I love that the OP didn't respond to this.

            1. re: 2000man
              adorno RE: 2000man Oct 20, 2011 08:16 AM

              I only didn't because I've been travelling and didn't have time. Also, I think my response might have come off as grumpy. I would have responded that "a cursory search" only comes up "with tons of threads" if one uses a term like "Inner Harbor" -- which I'd never heard of. I've never been to Baltimore and know nothing about it. I am often bothered when people answer specific queries (not just mine by the way) by saying that previous posts have addressed the query. The previous posts rarely have employed the same search terms as the newer person and this is why searches often come up empty. By saying a prior search has already taken care of the question, one often preempts a new and earnest request for info from getting answered. Never having heard of "inner harbor," I could not have done a cursory search of it. Locals need to remember that outsiders may not be in the know on a locale and that's in fact why they're posting a query.

              1. re: adorno
                2000man RE: adorno Oct 20, 2011 08:45 AM

                I am glad that you responded.

                I have heard good things about B & O nearby.

                Iggies has great pizza.

                You can also take the Light Rail to Lexington Market. Go to Faidley's and try their legendary crab cakes. There are several other options in the Lex. Market.

                I really like the Land of Kush. Vegan soul food place. You can take the light rail to get there.

                The JFX Farmer's Market is on Sunday morning and is great. I haven't tried Miss Shirley's downtown location, but the original has great southern food.

                I love Fells Point and suggest heading there. Pitango gelato is great. Lots of other good food there. It is far, but worth checking out.

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

                Lexington Market
                400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                Lex Cafe
                111 Massachusetts Ave NW Ste Bsmt, Washington, DC 20001

                1. re: 2000man
                  adorno RE: 2000man Oct 20, 2011 09:08 AM

                  This is the sort of helpful reply I was hoping for from the start so it is great to have this. My 5 year old loves trains so taking the Light Rail sounds like a good idea. Can you tell me more about that?

                  1. re: adorno
                    2000man RE: adorno Oct 20, 2011 09:24 AM

                    The light rail is slow and safe. If you go to the end of the line, you end up at Wegmans in Hunt Valley.

                    If your kid likes trains, take a cab to the B and O museum. Zella's pizza is good and near the museum.

                    1. re: 2000man
                      adorno RE: 2000man Oct 20, 2011 09:28 AM

                      Thanks! Most helpful.

                      1. re: 2000man
                        cpsbmore RE: 2000man Oct 21, 2011 04:35 AM

                        Zella's has gone way down hill since the new owners took over. You're best to stay with Iggies.

                        1. re: cpsbmore
                          JonParker RE: cpsbmore Oct 23, 2011 12:41 AM

                          I agree. Zella's was once great, but that's no longer true.

                    2. re: 2000man
                      ForFoodsSake RE: 2000man Oct 22, 2011 07:31 AM

                      B & O Brasserie would be fun for the adults and has some kid friendly options.

                      Miss Shirley's is also kid-appropriate, and has some great breakfast food.

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

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