The biggest rip off in Baltimore is the taxi drivers!
From BWI to city, we were told by the airport concierge that the usual fare is about $45 to Falls Road area, lo and behold, the taxi driver took us around the city on the high way after the Inner Harbor area and we ended up paying more than $70, by the meter!
Better way is by Light Rail. which cost you $1.60 to the city, if you are traveling light.
We found taxi drivers in Baltimore a rip off and not as honest as those in NYC, it is cheper to travel by cab in NYC, and you can easily hail one by the kerb there.
Unique Suggestions: Ask to pay a fixed fare from BWI
Fun Alternatives: LIGHT RAIL OR MARC TRAIN
ESPN Sports Zone is really disappointing. I remember when if first opened. When it was the First ESPN Sports Zone. It was pretty impressive. Now? Over-priced food and beverage and not enough seats. And if you DO want to sit - on a Football Sunday for example (God Forbid the Ravens are playing!) it's a $10.00 per person, PER HOUR MINIMUM!
Unique Suggestions: Sit outside... it's less crowded. Okay... it's HOT... but there is no 90 list to sit (OH YEAH.. there is a WAITING list to pay to sit to eat expensive food and drink expensive beer!)
Fun Alternatives: Houlihans... right around the corner... had TVs... and no covers... and cheaper beer and better looking food. We felt look idiots staying as long as we did at ESPN Sports Zone. DOH!
The Admirals Inn at Fell's Point probably has taken the crown for the worst meal of my life. My husband ordered the crab cake platter, I ordered the soft shell crab platter.
Both almost equally disgusting and thats before you factor in the seriously overpriced lunch menu. ($19 per for LUNCH)
The crab used in both dishes were old and putrid. No amount of tarter sauce or ketchup could cover up the sourness of the crab cake. The softshell crab ordered "sauted" was delivered to my table boiled, with a horrible uncleaned taste. It was diluted with water and slimey and the crab interior was obviously old as the texture was mooshy and bad tasting.
Unique Suggestions: Dont eat here.
As with any city with any sort of tourist infrastructure at all, Baltimore has its share of restaurants that feed off of the unsuspecting tourist who doesn't know any better.
I would recommend reading through the Baltimore posts on chowhound, http://www.chowhound.com/midatlantic/boards/dc/dc.html before your trip, but please do not post a question regarding finding crabs at the Inner Harbor. That is asked about once a week.
As with my previous trip, you won't even be at the Inner Harbor, but if you are there, wait to eat somewhere else. (If you must eat there, go to Afghan Kabob on the corner of Charles and Lombard Sts.)
I would also avoid the following places outside of Harborplace:
most places in Litty Italy
Unique Suggestions: If you want to go to one of these places, stickk with getting a drink or just an appetizer, and save your money and calories for something worthy!
Fun Alternatives: Head over to Greektown (Samos and Zorba's especially) instead of Little Italy, Fells Point, or the Harbor. It's not as well known as these other places, but it's great and more interesteing.
In Fells Point, try Duda's, or go to Upper Broadway, a few blocks north, and eat at the numerous Central American places.
I'd hoped to really see something special here, but it turned out that the EAPH is pretty far west, in a neighborhood that is pretty questionable. Do like I did and show up when its closed, its easy, snce its only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and even then only for a few hours and not guaranteed.
Unique Suggestions: Call 410-396-7932 before you go. In theory they are open noon until 3:45. If you don't, what I show you in this picture is really all there is to see.
Fun Alternatives: The Edgar Allan Poe gravesite.
Rollerblading with the Red Hot & Rollin' troupe at the Annual Preakness Parade!!
Precedes the annual Horse race in May!!!
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