OT: Moving to...Baltimore (I Know, I Know)

Hey FAM! I know it's been a minute or two since I've been on, but I hope everyone is having a great summer and is ready for some football. One of the highlights of my summer was that I got to meet Brent Pry at the RVA Tailgate Tour (along with Amy Pry and Bud) and I must say, if I wasn't 5'9" 165 lbs., I'd run through a wall for that guy. He's as genuine as they come and I can't way to support him here at Tech. We'll be at the ODU opener ready to get this season started.

Anyway. Bull-duh-more (in an Al Michaels' voice). We're moving there in a few weeks. I landed a great job that I can't turn down and after the initial shock of moving there, my loving wife is fully onboard and we're really excited. I know everyone has mixed opinions on Baltimore (as does everyone on everywhere) but I've talked to enough close friends that I trust that have me pretty jazzed up about it. I have quickly found out that people here defend their crab cakes like Bostonians defend their lobstah and New Yorker's their $1 slices. I digress. We'll be living in the Inner Harbor and my job will be just south in Linthicum by BWI Airport.

That said, any recommendations from the Maryland Hokie contingent on TKP on dive bars, must-go-to seafood joints, and places to watch the games would be much appreciated. Thanks ya'll. Go Hokies!

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It's been years since I have been there (talking early 90's), but the whole Inner Harbor area and the aquarium is definitely cool.

It's been a while since you've been there...early 90's. Was. Was cool.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Aquarium is still cool
Someone bough the inner harbor (or something like that) and is redeveloping it. Hooray

Bo Brooks Crabhouse & Tiki Bar.

Quintessential Baltimore spot for blue crab.

Pioneer Pit Beef in Catonsville. Go there as much as you possibly can. It's cash only. You walk up to a shack with wood strewn around the back and it's the best pit beef sandwich you can get. Easily outclasses Chap's.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

I'm salivating just looking at the pictures online. Thanks!

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Agreed. Great little spot

This. When I lived in Falls Church, I made the drive up at least once every couple of weeks. Cash only. Get there early. The location is behind a liquor store and there is just a picnic bench (or your car) to eat it fresh. But, you won't find a better sandwich of any kind, anywhere. Get medium rare with a slice of onion and tiger sauce. You won't be disappointed.

Tochtermans is a good fishing tackle shop in the city.

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"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

When I saw "Pit Beef" I was just waiting on French to reply.

I am nothing if not consistent

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Who knew that a little shack under a bridge would contain such quality?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Your comment fired me up. Nominally to celebrate Susan's birthday with a Revolutionary War history tour around Philadelphia (Valley Forge/Washington's Crossing), I made sure to organize our drive up to guarantee a stop at Pioneer Pit Beef on the drive up. Winning.

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Hell yea! I was lucky that I had to drive North of Baltimore over the weekend. Which immediately meant a super pit beef, medium rare with onions and horse radish for lunch!

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Lived in Columbia, MD for 25 years. Let me know if you need any 411

I've heard good things about Columbia. My in-laws lived there for years as well. If we stay put for a while and buy a house, I'll probably be looking that way.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Its getting busier by the day, but it is growing in a positive way. Better restaurants, entertainment, etc. The best thing is the diverse "villages" each one has its own little flair. The mall/merriweather area is indistinguishable from 15 years ago- a lot of modern development there.

Every time I go back to the mall or Merriweather I am stunned at how different it is.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Grew up in Ellicott City, went to Wilde Lake right by the mall and Merriweather. Cannot leg this enough, blows my mind anytime I drive around there!

If you like craft beer, then check out Sapwood Cellars in Columbia. Lots of fun stuff. They're best know for IPAs and mixed fermentation sours, but they're doing more and more stouts and lagers, too.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Prob best in the state.

(And, just opinion, eff Union Brewing.)
There are lots of breweries in B'more that produce what I call gateway beers. Think Saranac and Pete's wicked level beer back in the day. Not terrible, but not the Sapwood quality. You'll get a ton of reco's for city breweries, but they all are meh imho.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
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I'm most impressed that I've only had one of their beers that I thought was okay for what they said it was. Everything else is bang on. And it was their Belgian Tripel, which Belgians aren't really their wheelhouse anyway. Otherwise I start getting annoyed at how damned consistently excellent they are.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Mum's is a great dive bar. They make their own krupnikas (Lithuanian honey liquor) and if you order a #1 you get a shot with a Natty Bo chaser.

Love it. That sounds like my kind of place. Thanks.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I've been the area almost 7 years now.

Some of my favorites:
Clavel for tacos & margs
Ekiben for fried chicken sandwich
Kokos for crab cakes
Blacksauce for breakfast biscuit sandwiches
the Charmery and Bmore Licks for ice cream
Nepenthe and Union are my favorite breweries.

Welcome to Baltimore!

Thanks for putting that together, much appreciated!

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Big second on Ekiben and the Charmery. I just moved from Catonsville after 6 years and those two were staples.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Sorry to double tap, the Guiness Open Gate Brewery is a weekend spot if you are looking to go have some weird stuff, though don't sleep on local spots too. Heavy Seas Brewery is amazing and just down the street. Charm City Meadery is another cool local joint if you're looking to grab drinks,

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

My brother lived on his boat and in a condo (both, at different times) right on the Inner Harbor for years, and I visited him often. For dive bars, Little Havana is a place where we often used to drink & shoot pool. Food is OK, beer is cold. There is a great Tiki hut bar on the pier at Fells Point...loved that place. Just stay away from the touristy places in the Inner Harbor.

Thanks! Reminds me of a place here in downtown Richmond that I love (Havana '59) except you get views of the harbor instead of Richmond's finest pot holes.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Grew up just north of Ballmer.
Fell's Point has all the dive beer with good beer you want.
Eat Bertha's Mussels was the ubiquitous green bumper sticker that was everywhere. Bertha's is a little sailor bar that's as skinny as it gets. Has 2 taps of real beer engines that serve alternately fantastic british ciders like Strongbow or Real Ale. Itsy bitsy kithchen that only does steamed shellfish and they are dam good.
More character than Looney Tunes. It has soaked up spilled beer for a couple hundred years in one form or another.

Max's is stones throw away. At one time it had more taps than any other bar on the east coast. Bar next to Max's is the bar the cop owned in The Wire. It's changed hands and gentrified since then though.

Little Italy, just a bit further north, real Italian food and gangster lookin places like godfather era, because they are.

Stroll through these couple blocks, its great stuff.

Balmer's version of the sandwich is the Pit Beef. It's a bottom round, slow cooked on a rotisseri for a very long time then sliced thin and served with horseradish sauce and fresh onion and a tomato slice on a fresh roll. Its the most secret best sandwich in existence.

Market street open market. It actually is on Market Street. Gotta go get your fresh there. It's not far from where you'll live.

Lots of good local music starting up near there as there's colleges and universities that start there and run in a line through Baltimore City college, Loyola, UM Balt., Johns Hopkins...

And it's pronounced Bahlmer. Like Jim Palmer, except with a "B".

This is going to be great for the ACC.

+1 for Bertha's Mussels

Thanks Egbert. Per usual, you had me ROFL while providing some incredibly useful information. Serious question: Do they really pronounce it Bahlmer up 'ere?

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

In some variation the older residents do.
Bahlmer or Balldmer.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Serious question: Do they really pronounce it Bahlmer up 'ere?

Yes. Ballmer, the largest city (but not the capital) of Murrlin.

In 'Murica.

Have yet to find a crab cake that beats Timbuktu, which should be right in your work neighborhood (Coca-Cola Drive, off of MD-100). Expensive, and slow service if you dine in, but they're fantastic. Can also use the walk-up counter in the package store to get them faster.

Been very pleased with both Hysteria and Elder Pine breweries. Less so with Jailbreak. Diamondback was okay.

Concur with earlier comments about Pioneer Pit Beef.

It's a little further from home, but The Hideaway is a popular choice for barbecue.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Restaurante Tio Pepe is an institution and a special outing kind of place for me and my family growing up. Haven't been there for 25 years but can't imagine much has changed. Quite enjoyed gambas al ajillo, suckling pig and the chiperones (off menu and worth asking if they have them the day you are there)
https://www.tiopepe.us/

Welcome to the hood. I've been in Baltimore nearly 14 years and still live in the Locust Point area. I've eaten my way through Baltimore, and continue to do so.

Where do I begin...

Tacos: Tortilleria Sinaloa (Fells Point) - they basically make everyone's tortillas in the neighborhood and the tacos are top notch. Once you buy tortilla chips from them, you'll never get grocery store ones again

Ekiben, Blacksauce, and Pioneer have already been mentioned

Steamed Crabs: leave the city, but Captain James Crab Deck, Jimmys, Nicks, and LP steamers will be your sources in the city

LP Steamers food (outside of crabs) has gone downhill a bit, but the tourists still flock to the place

The Chasseur and Lees Pint and Shell are good non-canton square stops in Canton. Lee's has duck nachos that are worth trying.

Tiny Brick Oven has solid NY style pizza and in-house gelato. They have Vegan options as well if you need (but its not that kind of joint)

Utsake Ramen for your local Ramen Shop

Di Pasquales (Harborview/Locust Point) for sandwiches
Isabellas for Brick Oven Sandwiches

Little Italy (oldest in america) for... a lot of Italian joints

Samos in Greektown for greek food

There is NO GOOD chinese food in Baltimore. Only acceptable at best takeout (Asian Harbor)

Sushi, go to Shoyu Sushi or Matsuri in Fed Hill. I prefer the former, but the latter is still good.

The Black Olive (upscale) for whole grilled fish

Babas in Locust Point (food is awesome and fairly inexpensive for what you get) for takeout mediterranean

Poke Ono in Locust Point is my go-to for Poke

Outpost American Tavern is solid upscale bar food and walking distance to the inner harbor

Brunch: most places in Fells point for boozy brunch. I also like Spoons (Fed Hill), Food Market (Hamden), Outpost, and Iron Rooster (Canton and Locust Point)

Head over to where Gay Street hits I-83 on sundays for the farmers market. Definitely worth it.

Bars:
Mahaffey's is a popular dive beer bar in Canton
Barfly's in Riverside for the best whisky selection (and awesome pan style pizza)
Ministry of Brewing - Church turned beer hall
If you need an alcoholic slushie fix --> Cross Street Publick House in Fed Hill. Also has detroit style pizza
Shottis (Riverside) for dive bar look with really great food

And the MOST IMPORTANT...
Wiley Gunthers in Locust Point/Riverside for HOKIES AND COMMANDERS games. Great bar food and solid beer selection on tap

I'm probably forgetting a lot. Hope to run into you soon.

You are the man. I'm bummed because I'm just going to miss the Hokie Social at Wiley Gunthers but I'll try to get there as soon as I can. I'll definitely be there on game days. Really really appreciate all this information!

From what I've read, it sounds like Fell's is going to be a great spot to hang. Reminds me of the Fan or Carytown here in RVA.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I'm very familiar with RVA.

Fells is great, but definitely explore all the hoods. Nothing is too far away from you and variety is the spice of life.

Fells, Canton, Hampden, Fed Hill, Mt. Vernon, check it all out.

Mt. Vernon has a very cool, historic vibe to it, but I haven't spent as much time there as I'd like. Used to go to Brewers Art a bunch, but its been a while. The basement had a stone, backroom mafia deal kind of vibe.

Fells has more of a Shockoe Bottom feel
Carytown would be closer to Hampden
Fed Hill/Canton would be...something else...maybe the Fan (been a while)

Inner harbor is a dead spot, nothing there for locals other than festivals.

Full disclosure, I've never been to any of the hokie gatherings in Bmore. Shame on me.

Sick. Love the comparisons. Lived in Shockoe Slip for 2 years, now the Fan so good visuals there for the different areas. I'm starting to think we definitely should have gone with Fells now as an area to rent but we wanted to be close to Penn Station for my wife's commute down to DC and mine down to BWI. We're in the M&T bank building so I guess central enough to get to most places it looks like.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Lots of good tips in here, but I'll also throw in that the Guinness brewery is right there in the Halethorpe/Linthicum area and is worth a stop. It gets pretty crowded on weekends but is also a massive facility. Heavy Seas is right down the street, too.

Definitely recommend checking out Sagamore Spirit Distillery down by Port Covington/the cruise terminal. Awesome little tasting experience if that's your thing, but their 1909 Whiskey Bar has some great cocktails and is open to go hang out at without doing a tour/tasting.

It has gotten a bit more of a hype spot over the past few years, but one of my favorite crabcakes is still from G&M in Linthicum.

Vaccaro's in Little Italy has some of the best pastries you'll ever eat, and the biggest eclair i've ever seen. The thing is legitimately about the size of a small football.

Doner Bros in Fells Point has some really good quick service food.

Vaccaro's is THE spot for parties and definitely do not skip the cannolis.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Pro-tip, get the fill your own cannolis if you aren't eating them until later....
Won't get soggy

Pro tip for any place worth its salt

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Stayed at an Airbnb in Little Italy last year to go to a concert at Pier 6, it was a block away from Vaccaro's. My waistline has yet to recover.

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

I just can't help but seeing this guy in Ballmer:

Just kidding. Good luck, Fells Point is great, you'll love it.

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"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Just watch The Wire. You'll get to know everything you need to know about the city.

Yo, Baltimore Hokie Club's Crab Feast is best value-per-dollar crab eating you're gonna find. But it's only 1x per year (August)

I dig Canton, seems like there's a neighborhood bar on almost every corner. (that's probably everywhere in B'More, but I noticed it there)

Chasseur already covered
Snake Hill for sausages & drinks

Elsewhere:

Woodberry Kitchen - (temporarily closed, hints that they may re-open this fall)
Blue Pit BBQ - actually because they made a Cheerwine Rickey that I still remember
La Cuchara - near Blue Pit, basque cuisine and Pinxtos, small plate
Cross Street Market - just try stuff

There's is a funky place near JHU called The Papermoon Diner that has odd, almost scary dΓ©cor but amazing diner food (burgers, sandwiches, breakfast all day, etc) that is delicious. Highly recommend checking that one out.

Seconded!

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Word, some crazy hippy vibe and bizarre & unique decor, weird toys and all sorts of stuff. Food was good in my memory.