Fell's Point in Baltimore is a great tourist area. The area is full of local bars and restaurants. Just for fun you need to go to Crabby Dick's. The seafood is great. The slogan is The Best of Everything Baltimore Has To Offer including Crabs Hon. That about sums it up. Then for laughs buy a Crabby Dick's souvineer tee shirt and wear it when you get back home. Watch everyone's face when they read the tee shirt.
Check out the web site. There is a very funny cartoon introduction.
The Bay Cafe is great for a lunch on your trip to Baltimore. The sandwiches are huge and over stuffed. The seafood is good. And you can sit outside along the harbor in the spring and summer. In the evenings there is an outdoor bar and entertainment.
Favorite Dish: Try the crab cakes or the catch of the day. The crab cakes are large and made with backfin lump crab meat which is the best part of the crab.
This place is definitely not for everyone. On the Baltimore/Washington forum on chowhound.com. the foodie sophisticates from DC post reviews wondering what exactly it is about this place.....they never "get it." But, I, and loads of people do.
Martick's started like as and old speakeasy. Morris, the cook, the owner, the guy who answers the door (you have to ring to get in...it WAS a speakeasy, after all) was born in this house, years and years ago. The place in sort of nominally French, with bizarre Baltimoresque touches, such as really good pate, served with saltine crackers. Xeroxed, filthy menus, a decor that could best be described as falling apart eccelectic....
However, it is good. I love the boullabaise, the creamy, rich sweet potato soup, and the osso bucco. The apps are usually quite good. The desserts are great.
The place can be packed, and you'll need reservations, or no one could have been there for days...you never know.
You can dress up, as befitting a typical French restaurant, or wear jeans and a tee shirt. No one cares.
It's a great place for any special occassion (such as a visit to Baltimore!)
Favorite Dish: I adore the pate and the boullabaise.
Sunday September 17, 2006
Get-together with Clarence, Ethel, Frank and Zana.
As Hans and I were staying at the RED ROOF INN in Timonium and Clarence and Ethel live in Timonium, Clarence picked us up and together we went to BLOB'S PARK which was a little drive away to Jessup MD. We pulled up the long roadway that led up to the main building, parked, walked in and paid our $5.00 cover charge, to cover the expense of the two-man band. There wasn't a lot of people in there, just us and a few people celebrating a birthday. We had some drinks, chatted and then ordered our meals from Dottie, our congenial, very efficient waitress. Hansi ordered Wiener Schnitzel, with applesauce and hot potato salad, I also had Wiener Schnitzel, but with dumplings and Saurkraut @ $10.50 per plate. I wasn't impressed with the dry wienerschnitzel, especially since it's supposed to be authentic German cuisine offered here. The saurkraut was OK as was the Dumplings.
BLOB'S PARK offers a full service bar with a huge variety of bottled beers from Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Poland, Lithuania, Austria and Latvia.
In an area, not far from the touristy harbor, called "Corned Beef Row" there is a deli called Attman's. Not only is the deli good, but the experience there is good too...if you like being yelled at (stop complaining: yell back...it's all in good humor; being jostled by others trying to get their pickles and sandwiches....but, the food's good, it's fun, and a bit of history....
Favorite Dish: Well, it's on "Corned Beef Row," so you can figure it out....personally, I'm quite partial to their terrific whitefish salad.
Kabobbi is a small Punjabi food vender in Fell's Point. There is basically a walk-up windown, and some places to stand and eat your meal.
Favorite Dish: The Kabobs are delicious!! If you are looking for a good taste, in a very casual atmosphere...... this is the place.
This tiny corner restaurant is my favorite I NEED a burger and a beer place. Although it's in heavily touristed Fell's Point, it's just away from the center enough to cater (mostly) to locals.
It's old..it's small, the kitchen is even smaller...so you often have to wait. In addition to a decent beer selection, their burgers are fantastic, big, and juicy, made from meat fresh beef that they've ground themselves.
The seafood entrees are also really solid...ranging from crab cakes to different smoked fish.
The restaurant itself is a local gem...and proud of it. During the winter months, the "table cloths" are emblazoned with the Raven's logo (the local football team); during the summer, it's changed to tablecloths with the Oriole bird. (baseball). And, in keeping with the Baltimore sports theme, there's usually at least one or two tvs on playing sports...and the onion rings on the menu go by the name of "how 'bout them O's." (translation: O's is the nickname for the Orioles.)
Favorite Dish: It's about the burgers for me. And the beer. Sometime nothing will satisfy like a nice medium rare burger and an ice cold beer.
Pit beef is one of many local delicacies. It's not bbq, but is beef brisket or roast beef cooked over coals.
There are many of these places out on Route 40 East, near the many hotels that rent room by the hour. However, my favorite, while it has a branch there, is also next to my favorite crab house, Mr Bill's.
Favorite Dish: You need to eat pit beef. I always ask for it "as raw as it's legal," and I get red meat that may not pass some health department standard. I've never gotten sick, but the more squeamish among you may order anything from rare to well-done, but why would anyone order well-done.
It's usually served with white bread. There is also a vat with onions, bbq, mustard, ketchup, and horseradish. In addition, they have Old Bay--the crab spice--for your fries.
There are some picnic tables out front, and some stools inside, but it's basically a carryout.
It's Friday and we're all hungry. So what to eat?? There was Hans and I, Kristi, Jen, Ethan and Alex. Nobody knew what they wanted. As we walked north along Charles Street I spotted a big EATS sign. So we checked it out. It was a Food Court -- perfect. Jen, Ethan, Alex and Kristi shared a large pizza. I had rotisseries chicken from Y Not Chicken. I had quarter chicken all white meat which came with a salad ( you could also have french fries ). Hans had a charbroiled steak sandwich.
Ok. I'm a local, live close to Fell's Point, and I didn't even know about this place until someone who live right around the corner told me about it. It's a gem. It's in Fell's Point, but just enough off the well-trodden tourist path to be thought of as a "find."
A cozy front bar, tv blaring with sports, good jukebox, and beer selection, and zillions of bottles of Grand Marnier grace the walls. (it's a "Grand Marnier bar"; long story....)
A comfortable, smallish dining room is in the back. The theme is cozy, not cutesy, nautical. The menu ranges for sandwiches and soups for under $10, to, on a recent visit, surf and turf, for $50.
Favorite Dish: The cream of crab soup is great. It's not a "crab milkshake" like so many other cream based soups become. The sashimi tuna app is fab.
You can never go wrong with the meatloaf, served with great mushroom gravy, and garlicky, garlic mashed potatoes.
Sandwiches, hot and cold, are served with homemade chips...which are warm and delish!
For a good cup of coffee and a decadent piece of pastry, try out the GRAND CAFE' which was on Charles Street, within walking distance of our hotel suite at the Tremont Park. Also availabe are parfaits. Scott (Shohman ) raved about the yogourt, granola and berry parfait he had there.
After we had our annual trip to the dentist, we stopped off here on the way to visit my mom.
According to their website, Gunnings in this location started in 1969, when Andrew E. Gunning, opened a hole-in-the-wall stag bar in South Baltimore. Offering only beer and shots of whiskey it became a favorite place for the blue collar workers of the Brooklyn neighborhood. It still has this atmosphere.
In 1970, Gunning’s son, Edward, a Baltimore policeman, decide it might be nice to offer the regulars something to munch on while they drank. He brought in five bushels of Baltimore traditional steamed Chesapeake Bay Blue crabs, and laid them out for nine dollars a dozen. Gunning’s Bar became “a Baltimore ‘Hon’ Crab House.”
Gunnings sold their city location and migrated south to Hanover, but the old location in Brooklyn is still there.
This is a local place with tables inside and outside and a sign outside (picture) warning of the attack crab.
Favorite Dish: I had soup (pictured-third photo), and we both had sandwiches. We shared and ENORMOUS eclair (Bob loves eclairs). The bill for lunch was $25.26 including tax, but before the tip was added.
Grab some quarters, find a parking meter, and walk a few blocks if you must....but PLEASE make an effort to visit this fantastic cafe located on the water.
Victor's may be a little tricky to find, but once you are there you can celebrate reaching your destination with a chilled beverage as you watch the boats glide by the outside dining area.
Victor's menu offers various types of casual cuisine that can certainly appeal to all taste buds. Perhaps you want to chug a few beers and dig into a pizza before the ballgame. Or maybe you'd like to sit at a quiet table for two, sip wine, and savor the delicious shrimp fettuccini. Just in the mood for a sandwich? No problem! Victor's offers a decent selection of sandwiches as well.
With reasonable prices, great food, and a fantastic view, Victor's has it all. Make the effort to find this cool little hideaway with amazing views of the Inner Harbor....I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Lexington Market is billed as the world's largest, continuously running market, opened in 1782 at the sight you will find it at today. This was my favorite out of the three food markets I visited (Lexington, Cross Street and Broadway) and was the largest with the most variety and most activity.
A word of caution: Ellen had told me that if I was on my own, I should probably take a cab over here even from Mount Vernon which was only about 5-6 blocks but since I had Ed with me, we walked. At no time did I feel unsafe, the market area was really lively late Saturday morning and everyone we encountered was friendly. You'll have to make that decision on your own.
Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-6 pm
Favorite Dish: Ellen (ellielou) typed up a list of her favorites at the Lexington Market and I followed them to a T knowing that she is as big of a foodie as me. There are lots and lots of other options but this is what we tried.
Ed (Kaspian) and I first stopped for a crab cake at Faidley's, known as one of the best places to get them in the city and they were delicious. Ed was a little surprised at the price ($12.95) but crab just isn't cheap, even if you are buying it at the source in Maryland.
We then we headed over to Park's Chicken and we and got ourselves each got a breast, Ed's naturally smothered in hot sauce, mine plain, and both of us were stuffed afterward. They also had corn bread and lots of different sides.
Our final stop was Berger's to get some of their famous cookies. Poor Ed didn't get to try them, that's what he gets for staying up too late, trusting me with his cookies and not wanting to carry a man purse! ;-) They were probably too sweet for him anyway, they are 1/3 cookie and 2/3 a fudgy chocolate frosting. Eat one and you'll get a sugar buzz, eat two and you might go into a sugar coma, three would probably result in death by chocolate. You can get these in other places around the city, Ellen tells me they sell them in 2 packs.
ONCE AGAIN: I HAVE THE SAD DUTY OF ADMITTING THAT THIS PLACE IS NOW CLOSED; APPARENTLY, THE DINERS IN BALTIMORE CANNOT SUPPORT GOOD, FUNKY, ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANTS. THERE IS ANOTHER ONE, CALLED DUKEM II, IN MT. VERNON IF THIS MAKES YOU WANT ETHIOPIAN FOOD....AGAIN, I'LL KEEP THIS UP HERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE, AND REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER FINE FIND.
This is a great place, just a bit away from the tourist hordes in Fells Point, yet close enough to walk.
This has standard Ethiopian dishes (if you've not had this food, you eat it with a special bread called injera...no forks, spoons, knives, or chopsticks)! Those who have had Ethiopian food, will notice this food is just about the best out there, however, it is not a spicy as the food you get in some places. However, you can let them know how hot you want it.
Two familes run this place, and they are lovely and accomodating. You will soon feel like family.
Favorite Dish: The doro wat is the national dish of Ethiopia. I am very fond of the lamb tibs, and the vegeterian combos. The lentil sambus can be greasy, but they are great, too.
A good way to begin your meal is with their terrific, lightly dressed green salad.
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