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Sun. nite football in Balt.

Joanie Oct 19, 2011 06:59 AM

Hi, I'll be in Baltimore Sun. 11/13 and want to watch the Pats at the bar of a fun, cool and/or interesting place but not an overly crowded sports bar. Not sure where I'm staying, hoping to priceline something in the Inner Harbor. Who's got decent food and a few interested football fans but not all jarheads eating chicken wings?

I'll also be there the 10th and remember enjoying happy hour at Blue Sea Grill and crabcakes at Duda's. Any other thoughts for an interesting happy hour and/or dinner for a solo diner? Thanks.

Blue Sea Grill
614 Water Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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    ohbilly RE: Joanie Oct 19, 2011 10:47 AM

    most sports related bars will likely be filled with drunk Ravens fans. Ravens are out of town playing against Seattle at 4:05, which means they'll be drunk by the time the Pats play at 8:00.

    Since the Pats have the night game, any restaurant that has a TV will probably be playing the game. Bluegrass Tavern has 2 large tv's at the bar. You can enjoy the game quietly while eating their good food.

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      Joanie RE: ohbilly Oct 20, 2011 04:22 AM

      Both recs are in Federal Hill (looks like a can of worms was opened and I missed some deleted replies, hmm), is that walkable from the Marriott Waterfront (where I ended up with a good deal)? The Bluegrass is def. more interesting but I see both places say "no substitutions" on their menus for the burgers, seems odd. Bluegrass seems like it'd be less crowded than the Abbey.

      I got breakfast before at Jimmy's which was fine, any other down home places? Any happy hour faves? Thanks in advance.

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        ohbilly RE: Joanie Oct 20, 2011 05:37 AM

        I am not a fan of Abbey. They offer many options for a "make your own" burger, but they can't cook the burger to your temperature. 3 for 3 on getting the burger well done. I agree that their beer selection is good, but you can get that at other places. The burger at Bluegrass is really good. Another good place for a burger is up at Mick O'Shea's. They have tv's and usually have a decent mix of non-Irish taps.

        As far as happy hours, Baltimore really lacks on good food happy hours, it's mostly specials on drinks.

        many of the down home places are closing. a good place to go, if you have a car, is Pete's Grill in the Waverly neighborhood. 32nd/Greenmount. Sip and Bite on Boston recently remodeled, but they are always good for standard diner food.

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          hon RE: ohbilly Oct 21, 2011 06:21 AM

          There are great food specials, for instance Mt. Washington Tavern has free happy hour oysters on thursday and free happy hour shrimp on fridays. Mamas on the Half Shell M-F, 3:00 to 7:00pm has 6 Chincoteagues for $6, 1.5lbs of Mussels for $6, 1/2 lb steamed shrimp for $7, etc. Taco Fiesta every friday has a taco bar buffet free with a 2 drink purchase. The Wine market has $3 appetizers for happy hour. Pratt Street Ale House has $1 Taco Tuesdays. There are tons more out there.

          Taco Fiesta
          618 S Exeter St, Baltimore, MD

          Pratt Street Ale House
          206 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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            Joanie RE: hon Oct 21, 2011 11:41 AM

            Thanks, I saw some info on this site (among others):


            Does Pazo have a bar? I had them on my list before and the small plates look great, wondering if football would be on there (or maybe I'll go on my Thurs. nite in town).

            And what do you guys like in the Lex Mkt? I'll probably go to Faidley's again (I read the discussion on best crabcake) but want to bring something back to Boston. I remember so many good looking choices a few years ago. What's good and travels well? Thanks.

            Pazo Restaurant
            1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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              baltoellen RE: Joanie Oct 21, 2011 02:26 PM

              Bring Berger cookies back to Boston. You can get them at Lexington Market. There are quite a few threads on Lexington Market worth searching through, but highlights also include Parks Fried Chicken (go for the gizzards), Pollock Johnny's dogs, and shrimp salad from Mary Mervis.

              Lexington Market
              400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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      abovethewaves RE: Joanie Oct 19, 2011 02:59 PM

      I would go to Abbey Burger Bistro in Fereal Hill. Good burgers and excellent wings. Flat screens and a comforrtable bar. Fantastic beer selection too.

      Abbey Burger Bistro
      1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

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