Here it is - the GSA-approved insider’s guide to all there is to do, eat, and see in Baltimore and the surrounding area. Whether you’re new to Baltimore or a regular, check out all the can’t-be-missed suggestions from our GSA reps.
First, let’s meet our Baltimore experts:
Quinton Banks, third year in Neuroscience
Mary Wallace, fourth semester in Nursing/CNL
Ramon Martinez, second year in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sarah Ruzinskas, fifth year in Neuroscience
Rotana Alsaggaf, third year in Epidemiology
Now for the questions…
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Baltimore?
Quinton: My favorite restaurant is probably Broadway Diner over on Eastern. I'm a sucker for diners, and all of the food I've had there is good.
Mary: I don't live in Baltimore and I admittedly don't go out much in the area, but places I've been to and enjoyed include La Scala in Little Italy, The Boathouse in Canton for brunch, and Chaps Pit Beef on Pulaski Highway - that's a place you must visit at least once.
Ramon: My favorite restaurant in Baltimore I think is probably Mi & Yu Noodle Bar in Fed Hill, with Dinosaur BBQ a close second.
Sarah: Too many to name, and depends what neighborhood you want to hang out in! For Fed Hill: Pub Dog Pizza, Abbey Burger. For Fells Point: Woody's Bar and Grill, and Barcocina. For Mt. Vernon: Brewers Art, Sotto Sopra. For restaurant week: B&O Brassiere, Capital Grill, Sasha's, The Prime Rib, TenTen Bistro.
Rotana: Indochine, it's a Vietnamese place on Read Street that serves great pho.
Extra suggestions: Ekiben in Fell’s Point (run by UMBC grads!), Bagby’s Pizza
Q: Favorite happy hour?
Quinton: You can’t beat Pickles. (Note: happy hour prices all the time with a valid student ID at Pickles – except during game days/events).
Ramon: Other than Pickles (obviously), my favorite happy hour is DogWatch; they have good prices on food and beer. RA Sushi during lunch is also a good place to go for half price sushi.
Sarah: Best happy hours are Brio, Kona Grill, Magerks, and obviously Pickles.
Extra suggestions: Bond Street Social, Ryleigh’s Oyster House
Q: Favorite thing to do in Baltimore & the surrounding area?
Quinton: I haven’t been yet, but I want to try the outdoor theater in East Baltimore. (Note: It’s called Benji’s and it’s awesome, everyone should go).
Mary: I live in Annapolis (the sailing capital of the world) and have for most of my life. You can walk around the Naval Academy and see Bancroft Hall (the largest single dormitory in the world) or visit the tomb of John Paul Jones in the basement of the chapel. Middleton Tavern is one of the oldest continuously operated taverns in America, but there are plenty of new, trendy restaurants up Main Street as well. If you're a fan of House of Cards, they film in the area, and Kevin Spacey is a regular at a certain rooftop bar. Also, First Thursday's at Canton Waterfront Park are fun.
Ramon: Being from the West Coast, my favorite things to do actually haven't been in and around Baltimore. Instead, I've been taking advantage of the fact that I am super close to cities like DC, Philly, and NY that are all day trip or night trip worthy. For the most part, my favorite thing to do in Baltimore is hang out with some friends in Fells or Fed Hill, there are lots of bars and or places to hear music/dance.
Sarah: Orioles games in the cheap seats with pregame at Pickles/Sliders (Note: Friday night is student night, with $7 tickets if you show a valid student ID). Also, definitely visit the Visionary Art Museum!
Rotana: Go out to eat. There are so many good choices for food! There are also a lot of free museums around, and I like the water so going by the harbor/Fells Point is nice.