With many school districts sending representatives to Baltimore for the conferences this weekend, I thought there were a few tools you need to keep in the old toolbelt to make this trip fun and a little safer.
Baltimore is much more than The Corner, The Wire, or Homicide - all three great shows depicting this city (and with sad accuracy) but there is also a lot of stuff that might be more appetizing then running through the streets of those areas.
Here's a starter set of links I recommend that might build your confidence and get you just a little further outside of the Inner Harbor (also known as "the bubble") for people from out of town.
But, like we say "let the teachers teach, let the coaches coach" so I asked the person I trust who is much more in tune with the happenings of Baltimore (thanks Kerri Norris, 98 Rock) so she gave me a killer list of what's in different areas of downtown (sections are Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Harbor East, Little Italy, Canton and Federal Hill) and some serious recommendations on where to get the best burger, why you don't eat sushi in Fells' Point, and where to find the only Grand Marnier bar where you can purchase your own bottle and leave it for us to finish after you leave. So, enjoy:
Dick’s is fun, typical chain, not really my cup of tea though. Food is just OK.
Just walk around, you’ll find some places to eat- most are chains but you have to walk around if you’ve never been here before.
Horse you came in on
Bond Street Social is “hip”- however, the servings are like tapas size and it’s annoying. So don’t let people hype this up and make you feel like you HAVE to go.
One Eyed Mike’s
Thames Street Oyster House
Mama’s on the Half Shell
Federal Hill: this is where the crazy’s hang out (especially this weekend - nice weather, Yankees/O's series)
Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar
Little Havana- this is more Locust Point than in the heart of Fed Hill, right on the outside.
If you are planning on going there on weekends (day or night) , you will find yourself in the middle of degenerate and drunk hooligans- keep an open mind J
The Italian bakery! Get cannoli’s J -- there is also one in Canton
(Max's Taphouse in Fells Point has a nice variety of drinks/food and is the official headquarters for the World Cup finals Sunday)