A Taste of the Middle East

Who would have thought that I would have some of the best Baba Ghannouge ever at a restaurant on a little side street in Baltimore?!
Lebanese Taverna is a small east coast chain and although I’ve never been to any of the others, this one in Baltimore’s East Harbor neighborhood has fast become one of my favorite spots to eat when here for work. I sat at the bar where they had full-service and although the bartender was busy (it was a Saturday night) he was attentive and gave me his (good) opinions on some of the dishes.
For something a little different than the hundreds of touristy seafood restaurants in the inner harbor area – I recommend a little middle-east respite.

Menu:
Yummy middle east dishes
Moderate pricing
Full service in/at the bar
My faves: The Baba Ghannouge and the friendly and helpful service

Lebanese Taverna
719 S. President Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 244-5533
Located on the corner of S. President and Lancaster Streets in the newly developed Harbor East!

Get Your Irish On

The James Joyce Irish Pub, is in the growing Harbor East neighborhood of Baltimore and has a very cozy and authentic Irish Pub atmosphere (or what I assume is authentic as I’ve never actually been to Ireland…yet) Typical “pub grub” is bountiful (burgers and fries, sandwiches and wraps) but the best bets are the traditional Irish dishes. Listed on the menu as “Irish Favorites” these include offerings such as, Fish and Chips, Shepards Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Irish Lamb Stew.
I actually just sat at the bar last time I was there (it’s my usual spot at this venue and many others) and had a delicious steaming bowl of hearty potato soup and bread with a pint of Guiness. Hardly gets any better than that.

Menu: Casual “Pub Grub” and traditional Irish fare (casual prices)
Faves: Potato soup and anything on the “Irish Favorites” menu, and last but not least, the Guiness
Extras: Besides the cozy atmosphere and hearty food, I love the very Irish bartender (old enough to be my father) who has a tendancy to call me “darlin'” and “luv” (I realize this is not necessarily a plus for my male readers :>)

James Joyce Irish Pub
616 South President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.727.5107
http://www.thejamesjoycepub.com/

Little Italy in Baltimore

Cafe Gia’s is right on the edge of Little Italy on the East side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The food is good and the prices are moderate which makes it a great option for business travelers. But it’s the bright, fun atmosphere including huge murals of old-fashioned Italian posters painted directly on the walls and tables of this small Italian restaurant that makes it one of my favorites when I’m in Baltimore.

Menu: Italian (Lot’s of pasta and other hearty, traditional dishes)
My Faves: Eggplant Parmagian (Slices of eggplant are the thinnest I’ve ever had.)

Cafe Gia
410 South High Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.685.6727