Friday Five (Fave Quick Eats in the City)

These are our go-to places for a quick, easy and inexpensive bite to eat. Check ’em out and let us know what you think! Did we miss any of your faves?

Baba’s 

Location: 745 E. Fort Avenue (Between Fed Hill and Locust Point)

Best For: Carry out. It gets super crowded on the weekends so carry out is your best bet. My faves are the rosemary beef and the Greek salad with chicken.

rosemary beef baba's Greek Salad Baba's

Matsuri

Location: 1105 S Charles St (Fed Hill)

Best For: Happy hour. Matsuri is our favorite sushi spot in Baltimore City and they have a fantastic happy hour with a variety of discounted rolls and apps. Full meal for two plus drinks usually runs us less than $40 with tip.

matsuri sushi

Kooper’s

Location: 1702 Thames St. (Fells Point)

Best For: Bar food, lunch or dinner. Kooper’s does standard bar fare really really well. Their burgers are delicious and they have great honey mustard sauce for fry-dipping. The very tequila-heavy watermelon margarita isn’t half-bad either.

Koopers margarita

Nalley Fresh

Location: Downtown, Inner Harbor and Canton.

Best For: Work lunch. Adam had been singing the praises of Nalley Fresh for months before the location near my office opened so I was incredulous if it would live up to the hype. Oh but it did. Nalley is like the most amazing salad bar of all time – and you can have as many toppings as you want for the same price. Think edamame, wheat berry, mandarin oranges, asparagus, sweet potato and marinated mushrooms.

Atwater’s

Location: 3601 Boston St (Canton and several locations in the county)

Best For: Casual weekend lunch. Their ploughboy soups are outrageously good and you can pair a cup with a half sandwich if you really want a treat. Their menu changes often and the ingredients always sound tantalizingly good.

Atwater's Soup

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Date Night Deals

Between weekend travel, weddings and summertime spending, my wallet’s been aching a bit lately. It wasn’t until I went to Yelp Corfu, a new Mediterranean tapas place on Cross Street, and saw a $20 for $30 Yelp deal that I remembered how often I used to rely on Groupon, Living Social and other deal sites for affordable date nights (and girls’ nights out!).

I used to always open and read those daily deal emails. I loved them. In fact, I loved them so much that I kept signing up for more. Groupon, Living Social, Capitol Deal, Yipit, Woot. It got out of control. So I slowly stopped checking them, forgot about them, and that was that. But when I saw the Yelp deal for Corfu–which is supposed to be great, by the way–I started poking around my old haunts to see what kind of bargains I was missing out on.

Thought you all might be in the same boat so I figured I’d share my findings. In no particular order:

Two-hour social painting event from Paint Nite. Was $45; now $25.

BYOB ceramics classes at the ClayGround Studio. Was $40; now $21.

Comedy magic show for two at Illusions Bar and Theater. Was $32; now $16.

$16 for $30 worth of Thai food at Thai Yum. 

$16 for $30 worth of Turkish food at Cazbar.

Two pints of Belgian beer, fresh steamed mussels and one row-nut dessert at Rowhouse Grille. Was $32; now $15.

$15 for $30 worth of sushi and more at Sticky Rice.

$10 for $20 worth of Southern-inspired food at Myth and Moonshine.

$25 for $50 worth of comfort food at Langermann’s.

Bottle of wine with cheese and a shared plate at Silo.5% Wine Bar.

$20 for $40 worth of gourmet pub food at Heavy Seas Alehouse.

$20 for $30 worth of Mediterranean tapas at Corfu.

$10 for $20 worth of seasonal American cuisine at Liv2Eat.

**When buying a deal, be sure to read the fine print on how/when the voucher can be used as well as when it expires. Also remember to tip on the bill amount BEFORE the applied discount.**

Of course, Baltimore’s Restaurant Week also starts on Friday, so that’s another way to try a new spot without breaking the bank. If you haven’t already made your reservations, get on it!