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One Meal in Baltimore

I am traveling to Baltimore from New York for business and I'll be staying in the Downtown area. I am looking for something within walking distance or a short cab for a classic Baltimore lunch. Price not terribly important - just looking for the best Baltimore has to offer.

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  1. If you want to walk we're going to need some more detailed hotel information. The harbor kind of splits the city in half for walking.

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    1. re: hotel

      I am staying at the Tremont Suites on St Paul Place.

    2. Try Ryleighs near Cross Street Market..short cab ride
      http://www.ryleighs.com/

      Or Mama's on The Half Shell in Canton a bit longer cab ride
      http://www.mamasmd.com/MamasSite/

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      1. re: Hue

        Ryleigh's is a good choice for high quality, locally sourced seafood, and it's not a very far cab ride from your hotel. Mama's is a bit of hike. If you want "classic" Baltimore you should probably walk to Lexington Market and eat some oysters and a crabcake (maybe a coddie) at Faidley's then grab a Berger cookie for dessert.

        That being said, it's not glamorous and isn't exactly for the timid.

        1. re: Hue

          Don't get to Baltimore all that much but these two would be my choices too. Did not get in Ryleighs (the night of a Ravens game) but someone with us from New England and former commercial shellfisherman blessed it upon perusing the oyster menu.

          Had a fantastic time at Mama's on the Half Shell. Great vibe, service and really fresh seafood in a very casual neighborhood bar atmosphere. Our NE friend raved about the quality of the food and especially the oysters. We're looking for our next opportunity to Baltimore just so we can stop there again.

          1. re: RC51Mike

            Along these lines, Thames Street Oyster House. They serve lunch until 2:30 and have a nice selection of beer and oysters!

            1. re: youami

              Menu looks good. Adding it to my list.

        2. If you want to walk, consider Tio Pepes. It's top-notch Spanish food in a cozy space that has been around for decades. A favorite, classic dish is the shrimp in garlic, but really everything is wonderful.

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          1. re: stephanieg

            It's really not that top notch, although it is a very cool space and I've had several memorable meals there. You can find similar atmosphere and better Spanish food in Manhattan, however.

            1. re: hotel

              Almost everything is better in Manhattan--except hard crabs. If you're looking for something uniquely Baltimorean forget Tio Pepe's and go to Faidley's (over-rated these days, but still an experience), an oyster bar like Ryleigh's, or something off the wall like Mr Rains' Fun House--the latter two can be walked or a short cab ride

            2. re: stephanieg

              Steph--definitely agree with the Tio's suggestion. It is always a "go to" place and has been consistent over the years. The shrimp in garlic is notable--my faves are the roasted suckling pig with black beans or the sole with lump crabmeat. Very rich, but well worth the calories. the house salad is also very good. FoiGras

            3. I would suggest Nick's at Cross Street Market. The oysters are fresh. The steamed spiced shrimp are delicious people are friendly. And the scene is Baltimore. http://www.nicksoysterbar.com/