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Balt: Good lunch near Inner Harbor? (sigh)

I know, I know, I shouldn't even be asking this but are there any convenient sit-down lunches near the Inner Harbor to take a visiting colleague that are conducive to conversation? Is the re-opened Werner's any good? The City Hall power-lunch thing is intriguing although I've only been there once (during jury duty, of course)

B&O has been a bit of a let down the last couple of times I was there plus I doubt we'll be having cocktails so that knocks out a major argument. There won't be time to go too far afield. Any places I might be overlooking?

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  1. Is Harbor East in consideration? Wit & Wisdom? Lamill for lunch is always good, too.

    Complete agreement on B&O. Our last visit included obviously microwaved dinner rolls, a side of veggies that were undoubtedly frozen and two desserts that were so stale we had to send them back. I've ruled it out entirely aside from the great cocktail program.

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    1. re: stellabay

      Harbor East might work, although my colleague's hotel is over there so he's probably eaten all over there lately.

      I wonder if Attman's would work, if a more local place would be of interest. Heh, or the back of Cinco de Mayo, if he likes tacos! Seems a little crazy. We'll probably end up with less time than it would take to get over there and back, unfortunately.

    2. Cafe Gia's on Eastern Ave in Lilttle Italy was always a good destination!!!

      1. My husband and I actually just had a fabulous lunch at Cazbar. We both had a delicious, fresh salad topped with tender, moist, perfectly seasoned chicken kebabs. The prices were quite reasonable, and it was extremely conducive to conversation,

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        1. re: stephanieg

          Cazbar is a possibility... I'd forgotten about them. I had lunch there once and thought it was pretty solid. It's a bit of a hike for a quick lunch but could work.

          Anyone been to the Women's Industrial Exchange lately?

        2. Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East?

          1. So you wouldn't consider Rusty Scupper or Mr Rains Fun House?

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            1. re: GraydonCarter

              Mr Rains Fun House is reliably inconsistent (and therefore overpriced)

              1. re: curioussheridan

                It's also another place I'd rather have cocktails anyway. Plus I think it's too far for a quick lunch.

                Thanks everyone, I'm sure I can find something from among these. Werner's is the most convenient serious contender and its status as "classic" Baltimore might make it more interesting for an out-of-towner. But it would be good to know if anyone had any more recent experiences there.

                1. re: kukubura

                  I ate at "new" Werners a few months ago. It was fine. Now has some Greek options on the menu.

                  1. re: lawhound

                    That's where we went in the end, largely because there just was no time to go further and it's really close to the office. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Werner's isn't Noma but it is historically interesting to a visitor, so at least that gave it an edge.

                    Hopefully some day we'll get some really creative options right in the "heart" of the harbor.

            2. crazy johns. tables in back. definitely conducive to conversation! ;)

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              1. re: Vidute

                ho ho THAT would work out great!