Author: Hubert Schoemaker

Federal Hill and South Baltimore, part I

Now that we’re done exploring the Inner Harbor area, we can venture slightly further south to an adjacent neighborhood: Federal Hill. Largely residential, Federal Hill is also home to many fine restaurants and drinking establishments, as well as the giant grassy promontory that is the neighborhood’s namesake. Federal Hill is currently used as a community […]

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Spotlight on: Encantada

Baltimore is not known for its vegan restaurants. That’s not to say it’s not a vegan-friendly city; there are a handful of notable places that serve vegan cuisine. Some are completely vegan. And several of them are even planning a Vegan Restaurant Week from August 18th – 26th (check out for more info). I’m […]

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Inner Harbor Restaurants Near Oriole Park at Camden Yards

While many people think of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as being the area immediately surrounding the water, the neighborhood actually stretches a bit further to the west and includes Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Thus, it seems fitting to conclude our multi-week tour of restaurants from Fells Point to the Inner Harbor with suggestions on where […]

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Spotlight On: The Rusty Scupper

I remember when the Rusty Scupper opened back in 1982. There wasn’t much else in that corner of the Inner Harbor where Key Highway changes course from East-West to North-South. Historic Federal Hill, once topped with Union army cannons trained on the city center during the Civil War, stood silently nearby. The open park-like space called […]

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Inner Harbor Eats – Baltimore Maryland Waterfront Dining

For the past several decades, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has been a huge draw for visitors and residents alike. Harborplace was an amazingly popular shopping and dining destination in the 80s and into the 90s. Back then, the majority of the restaurants within the complex were locally-owned, if not by people from Baltimore, than at least […]

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Dining Around the Inner Harbor – Baltimore Maryland

Back when I was a little girl, there wasn’t much to see at the Inner Harbor except boats. This includes the Civil War-era sailing warship U.S.S. Constellation, docked at Pier 1 since 1963, and a submarine, the U.S.S. Torsk–the last ship to sink an enemy vessel in WWII–here since 1972. And lots of working tugboats, […]

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Baltimore Beverage Passport

If you’re spending more than a couple of days in Baltimore, you may be interested in a fun promotion from Visit Baltimore, our local hub for everything tourism. It’s called the Baltimore Beverage Passport and it entitles the bearer to discounts and BOGO drinks at 27 participating bars and restaurants. I know I have your […]

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Little Italy, terza parte: Best Neighborhood in Baltimore

I’ve tried to be good about pointing out restaurants as if you, the reader, are strolling through the neighborhood, but this post might not be as neat as that. While a walking tour of Little Italy is easy because so many restaurants are clustered together, there are also several notable places on the periphery. Keep […]

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Spotlight on: Cafe Gia

The brick building at the corner of President and Fleet Streets–currently home to the Baltimore Civil War Museum–has seen a lot of action over the years. Originally a train station, it was involved in the Baltimore Riot of 1861, a skirmish that produced the first casualties of the Civil War. President Street Station was also […]

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Best Food in Baltimore’s Little Italy, seconda parte

Despite lots of competition, the restaurants of Baltimore’s Little Italy have longevity, which speaks to the loyalty of their customers. And though many of them seem old-fashioned, most restaurants now offer gluten-free pastas or at least make note of dishes that are free of that particular allergen. Not a lot of low-carb food to be […]

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