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May 12, 2005
Besides Crab Cakes

Yesterday, I received confirmation that in thirteen months I will be a Baltimorean. My wife will be doing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins, and as I'm somewhat fond of her, I'll be tagging along.

This is a great excuse for culinary adventurism, so I have an open question for Chicagoans and Baltimoreans -

For the Chicagoans: What local foods or restaurants are must-haves over the next year so I'll leave Chicago with fond culinary memories?

For the Baltimoreans, what foods or restaurants do I have to try in Mob Town/Charm City? Remember that I'm a fish-eating otherwise vegetarian who is (wait for it) allergic to those lovely crab cakes you serve, as well as any form of crab, shrimp, or lobster.

And is it true you call styrofoam "skyraphone"? I'll be quizzing you Marylanders later on where to find good Indian, Mexican, and East Asian cuisine in Baltimore, so start researching.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at May 12, 2005 9:17 AM | TrackBack
Comments

But noncrustacean shellfish are fine for you, yes? In that case, Eat Bertha's Mussels.

[Strictly speaking, I can lay greater claim to Chicago than to Bal-mer, but I couldn't keep my nose out.]

Posted by Elsa on May 12, 2005 at 1:47 PM

Thanks, Elsa! In fact, I love mussels, oysters, clams, you name it. Bertha's is a good start. Any other suggestions out there?

Posted by barrett on May 12, 2005 at 2:14 PM

Bertha's is great--if you love tourists. The mussels have gone down hill in recent times.

The Helmand is great for reasonably priced Afghan food.

Oysters on the half shell are a good deal at Lexington Market. They're not bad at Cross Street Market as well.

Posted by Ed on May 13, 2005 at 1:35 PM

Stop in at Tio Pepe at 10 East Franklin St. I worked there for 18 months, bar and dining room, when I was at JHU. Try the garlic shrimp apetizer, pallella, and chocolate souffle (not on the menu).

Also, there are some great places in Little Italy - especially Vacario's for desert.

Pretty good Irish grub at Mick O'Shea's. Great food and ambiance at 24-hour diner Paper Moon, right by the Homewood campus. Also agree with the previous poster on Helmand.

Check out City Paper's annual Best of Baltimore. http://www.citypaper.com/bob/default.asp?issueDate=9/22/2004

Unfortunately, one of the iconic Baltimore eateries is no more...
http://www.citypaper.com/bob/story.asp?id=389
http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/articles/haus0300.htm

Enjoy...

Posted by on May 13, 2005 at 6:46 PM

A great vegetarian place near Hopkins is One World Cafe: http://one-world-cafe.com/. They have espresso drinks and a bar, too. The best of all worlds!

I agree with the Little Italy recommendation.

Baltimore has a lot of great restaurants and neighborhoods. You'll eat well, don't worry!

Posted by Paige on September 2, 2005 at 3:31 PM

A great vegetarian place near Hopkins is One World Cafe: one-world-cafe.com. They have espresso drinks and a bar, too. The best of all worlds!

I agree with the Little Italy recommendation.

Baltimore has a lot of great restaurants and neighborhoods. You'll eat well, don't worry!

Posted by Paige on September 2, 2005 at 3:33 PM