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sallyt Oct 26, 2011 05:30 AM


Boston CH coming to Baltimore for five days. Looking for recommendations for nice dinners (no ethnic, but would love great seafood, Italian), in no particular budget range, and good lunches/cafes, We'd drive for a good dinner, but I'll be at a conference, so breakfasts and lunches need to be within walking distance of the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott....

I read good things about Salts Tavern, Cinghiale, and Charleston... Can CHers confirm?


822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

  1. s
    sallyt Nov 6, 2011 03:16 PM

    Thanks for all of your recs. I wanted to update and let you know how INCREDIBLY well we ate -

    Lunches: Miss Shirley's was fine, not great - we all had a chopped salad with a crabcake on top. We neglected to ask how much the crabcake would be (listed as market price) and got our bill and it was $15/cake (about the size of a small woman's fist)! Ouch. Cafe Gia in Little Italy - basic delicious italian. Piedigrotta had delicious cannolis and cookies for after lunch. Taco Fiesta was not that great.

    Dinners: Cinghiale was amazing, and great service. I got a delicious lobster ravioli, butternut squash soup, and delicious desserts. Salt Tavern was fantastic - an amazing beet salad, good ravioli, and the goat cheese donuts were one of the best things that I've ever eaten. Helmand was very good - we have one in Boston, so it wasn't a big surprise, but everything was delicious. Charleston was last night, and was truly stupendous - we got the three course, and my favorites were the lobster bisque, arugula salad, and shrimp with greats. The service was beyond amazing, and considering how full we were, and how many free courses they "threw" in, it was a very reasonable tab. If I lived in Baltimore, this would be my go-to place for a special occasion - it was really perfect.

    Thanks again!

    Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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

    Cafe Gia
    410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

    Taco Fiesta
    618 S Exeter St, Baltimore, MD

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      ForFoodsSake Oct 29, 2011 08:06 AM

      I had an excellent meal at Cinghiale (the Osteria side) in August, and would absolutely recommend it.

      Also had a very good meal at B&O Brasserie.

      822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

      177 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

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      1. re: ForFoodsSake
        JonParker Oct 29, 2011 10:38 AM

        B&O > Cinghiale, IMO.

        822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

        1. re: JonParker
          FoiGras Oct 29, 2011 12:53 PM

          I second JonParker's opinion that B&O Brasserie is better then Cinghale and much better price point to boot. FoiGras

          1. re: FoiGras
            Teddybear Oct 31, 2011 12:16 PM

            I went to B&O last Friday -- if you like a fussy menu and not too much on your plate, this is the place to go.

            1. re: Teddybear
              tartuffe Oct 31, 2011 12:56 PM

              Cingiale is better tha B&O (altho bth are very good0

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        Sop Oct 27, 2011 11:24 AM

        In Harbor East, the enoteca side of Cinghiale is a must. Vino Rosina is a nice wine bar / smaller plates kind of place. Mixed opinions of Pazo, but I've always enjoyed it. It has a nice bar-lounge area too. Further east in Fells Point, there are plenty of decent bar/restaurants (Duda's, Alexander's) and more upscale options (Mezze, Kali's Court, Black Olive). For breakfast, definitely Miss Shirley's between Harbor East and the Inner Harbor or Blue Moon in Fell's.

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        1. re: Sop
          Joanie Oct 27, 2011 01:24 PM

          Pazo's on my list. Would I be able to watch Sun nite football there?

          Pazo Restaurant
          1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. re: Joanie
            Sop Oct 27, 2011 02:28 PM

            No TV - head east to Fell's Point and catch the 2nd half at Max's

          2. re: Sop
            sallyt Oct 28, 2011 04:17 AM

            Sop - thanks so much for the recs - I really appreciate the walking distance ones. Any other recs for bakeries or lunch places within walking distance?


            1. re: sallyt
              Sop Oct 31, 2011 07:57 AM

              Piedigrotta is a wonderful Italian bakery nearby. Attman's deli is a little bit further, but still very walkable.

          3. Joanie Oct 26, 2011 06:10 AM

            This thread from a couple days ago:


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