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Weekend trip from DE to DC via Baltimore

Ariadanz | Sep 23, 2012 03:19 AM

I'm in the middle of planning what is unfortunately going to be a very short trip in mid-November. Between work schedules and family demands Hubby and I do not have the time we really need to take some time off and recharge before the winter Holiday work season, all I could schedule is a blitz trip.

Food - we're reasonably diverse in our eating, although he's a bit less so then I am. He won't eat sushi or most organ meats but he loves hot and spicy foods and loves ethnic foods in general.

Budget - I don't really want to bust the budget on most of the meals but we could probably do $75-$100 before tip for one of them. We're not really wine drinkers so unless we get a draft beer or cocktail that budget is entirely for food.

I think our bigger limitation is schedule, we're going to be certain places, some of them at certain times and we will be driving so parking (and not having to pay to park multiple times per day) would be an issue.

We'll be leaving Wilmington DE on Friday evening after work and driving down to our hotel in Silver Springs, MD via i-95 and thus Baltimore. I'd like a good suggestion for somewhere to eat dinner in the Baltimore area. I can't imagine driving all the way to Silver Springs without eating and instead of grabbing something local I'd like to "start" the vacation with a place we wouldn't get to go normally. I'd prefer this meal to not take forever and since we've no idea when we'd be there (you never, ever leave on a trip when you think you will - or at least we don't) I don't really want to have to make a reservation.

Saturday morning we'll travel from our hotel (Comfort Inn Georgia Gateway/DC Avenue) in Silver Springs down to Washington DC to see the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. The hotel has free breakfast but its limited at best and if we sleep in we'll miss it. Breakfast suggestions near the hotel would be great. As would Lunch suggestions either near the hotel or the museum.

Saturday evening we'll be catching a concert at the Fillmore in Silver Springs. Due to the nature of this concert (heavy metal/hardcore) dress code may be an issue since we will be in concert attire (black, possible band t-shirts, skulls etc). I'd prefer to stick to Silver Springs or not far away for this, and walking distance to the Fillmore would be best. Having said that, I'd like to have a real dinner and not just bar food, burgers would be ok if they're great burgers but the primary focus is food not booze again. We need to be at the Fillmore by 6pm when doors open because the concert is entirely general admission and I want a spot in the balcony where I can watch the mosh pit but not necessarily be forced to take part.

If there is a 24 hour diner anywhere around there, I'd love to know about it. Its hard to predict how hungry we'll be after the concert but we usually like to eat post-concert. I expect this to be somewhere in the 11pm - midnight range. Fast food might work but I'd prefer to stay away from things like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Arby's, Roy Rogers. Although fast food chains that we do not have in Delaware might work on novelty's sake.

Sunday we regretfully have to leave and go home. I'm looking for either a nice brunch recommendation anywhere within 20 minutes drive of the hotel (including further south into DC) or lunch recommendations anywhere from the DC area to Baltimore again. If its brunch I really don't want to pay more then about $25 a person, I saw one brunch buffet for something like $75 a person and nearly spit my coffee on the keyboard.

Restaurants that caught my eye were - Oyamel, Ray's, Blue Duck Tavern, Clyde's and the admittedly touristy Legal Sea Foods (whole belly clams being the only draw for me on that one). Also glanced at was the Lebanese Taverna if its open again. I'm sure I'm missing some great opens since I was working off reading back-posts here and a list of restaurants the motel suggests.

Thanks so much in advance!

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