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Eat good food, then drink/schmooze in Baltimore?

travelmad478 Oct 24, 2012 01:31 PM

A friend and I are looking to get together in Baltimore on a Monday evening to eat some good chow and then sit around and natter for a few hours--my preference is to do both things in the same place. I'm not looking for fine dining or real fancy--pricing should be mid-range or below. The two critical criteria are (1) a place that's comfortable to hang out for a few hours and talk, so places like hard-core Chinese, Ethiopian, etc. are probably out, and (2) a good beer or drink list--so places like hard-core Chinese, Ethiopian, etc. are probably out :-). Not that I don't like hard-core Chinese, Ethiopian, etc., but this is not that kind of evening.

From a short perusal of the boards, I've come up with Peter's Inn, Bluegrass, and Darker than Blue. Would they fit the bill? Are there other good options?

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    Hue RE: travelmad478 Oct 24, 2012 01:41 PM

    Here are a few notions
    Hull Street Blues in the Fedreral Hill area, tell them your plans.that you may be lingering...
    you can eat in the dining room the kibitz in the bar
    Ikaros in Greektown...same scenario!!!

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      kukubura RE: Hue Oct 24, 2012 03:29 PM

      I once lingered looooong past closing time at Hull St. I don't remember the last part of the night although apparently it included Sip n Bite in the wee wee hours.

      B and O Brasserie could be another good choice. Fantastic cocktails, a comfy lounge area, solid food...

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        dining with doc RE: Hue Oct 24, 2012 05:42 PM

        Recently went to Ikaros and was so disappointed. The food was awful. Samos is so much better but it is byob and I am not sure it is open on Mondays.

      2. fldhkybnva RE: travelmad478 Oct 24, 2012 01:49 PM

        Annabel Lee Tavern in Canton is great, but reservations highly recommended.

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          FoiGras RE: travelmad478 Oct 24, 2012 04:15 PM

          Mezze in
          Fells Point might be an option. Tapas-type cuisine--Monday's are not a night conducive to crowds that would usually occupy the restaurant near and on the weekends.
          Sharing the "small plates" sets the tone for casual grazing and taking one's time.. Good Sangria and other drink options. You could also meander throughout the neighborhood for other places--despite knowing that your preference is to domicile yourselves in one location. But, if the weather is nice it would be fun to walk about the area, enjoy the Autumnal essence and explore other places to get a mix of different types of cuisines and drinks. FoiGras

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            lawhound RE: FoiGras Oct 25, 2012 12:17 PM

            Second Mezze for lingering.

          2. crackers RE: travelmad478 Oct 24, 2012 04:56 PM

            Peter's Inn is not open on Mondays, so that's out.
            Bluegrass would work I think, for lingering.
            I'd definitely check out the menu at Pazo to see if it's to your liking. (It is closed on October 28, however, for a private event) http://www.pazorestaurant.com/uploads...
            They have a very comfy lounge area where it's ok to order off the full menu or a series of tapas (don't order all at once - stretch things out as you go along). I've done several "hanging out" dinners in the lounge area and enjoyed it very much and never felt like we were overstaying our welcome.

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              curioussheridan RE: crackers Oct 24, 2012 06:35 PM

              Darker Than Blue closes fairly early, and if there are no other customers...

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              Hal Laurent RE: travelmad478 Oct 24, 2012 08:17 PM

              Cinghiale in Harbor East is a thought. We often eat at the bar there, and then you could hang out at the bar as long as you want. If they have them on the menu (availability is spotty) make sure you get the crispy olives.

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                lawhound RE: Hal Laurent Oct 25, 2012 12:18 PM

                Also second Cinghiale, especially on a Monday it won't be very crowded.

              2. crosby_p RE: travelmad478 Oct 25, 2012 12:36 PM

                Bluegrass would get my vote.

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                  stephanieg RE: travelmad478 Oct 25, 2012 03:41 PM

                  I love Mezze, but with your interest in good beers, I'd recommend Heavy Seas Alehouse (http://heavyseasalehouse.com/). Excellent food, great drinks, and relaxed atmosphere. Can't go wrong there!!!

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                    armybaker RE: stephanieg Oct 26, 2012 07:58 AM

                    heavy seas bar area is pretty decent for lingering. I agree with Mezze and also like Tapas Adela in Fells

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                    isabellacat RE: travelmad478 Oct 25, 2012 04:23 PM

                    The bf and I often sit at the bar at the B&O and eat dinner. The drinks are fabulous. You can linger as long as you want.

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                      travelmad478 RE: travelmad478 Oct 25, 2012 08:48 PM

                      Thanks all! Some very good ideas here. I'll report back after the fact.

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                        hon RE: travelmad478 Oct 26, 2012 06:39 AM

                        Birroteca in Hamdpen would be perfect!

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