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detroit1010 Dec 10, 2012 05:22 AM

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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    hotel RE: detroit1010 Dec 10, 2012 08:04 AM

    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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      detroit1010 RE: hotel Dec 10, 2012 03:04 PM

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

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      Hue RE: detroit1010 Dec 10, 2012 05:16 PM

      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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        hotel RE: Hue Dec 11, 2012 05:29 AM

        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.

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          RC51Mike RE: Hue Dec 11, 2012 05:41 AM

          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.

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            youami RE: RC51Mike Dec 11, 2012 07:31 AM

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

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              RC51Mike RE: youami Dec 11, 2012 07:34 AM

              Menu looks good. Adding it to my list.

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          stephanieg RE: detroit1010 Dec 11, 2012 07:47 AM

          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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            hotel RE: stephanieg Dec 11, 2012 08:33 AM

            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.

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              tartuffe RE: hotel Dec 11, 2012 10:50 AM

              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

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              FoiGras RE: stephanieg Dec 11, 2012 04:11 PM

              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

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              mariab RE: detroit1010 Dec 11, 2012 02:48 PM

              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/

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