The extremely helpful concierge gave me a full page of restaurants within walking distance (and another page of places within a mile or so — definitely within walking distance for college students. In fact, it is probably a good idea to walk the half mile to Little Italy so you can take advantage of all the pasta.)
Here are some — in no particular order.
At Harborplace (remember that’s attached by a skywalk to our hotel) besides the usual suspects like McDonald’s and Starbucks, there is Cheesecake Factory, Edo Sushi, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, La Tasca, Lenny Deli, M & S Grill, Oasis, Tir Na Nog Irish Restaurant and Pub, and Uno Chicago Grill.
Let me mention also — Sullivan’s, right next door, great steak house; Miss Shirley’s, a phenomenal breakfast place, ask anyone on the convention committee; McCormick & Schmick’s (an upscale chain, but good seafood, even in a town famous for it); anything in Little Italy, especially Chiapparelli’s or Sabatino’s; Bertha’s, in the funky, fun Fells Point area, a cross between a tourist attraction and a great seafood restaurant; Obrycki’s Crab House, 1727 E. Pratt St., a Baltimore institution; Uncle Lee’s Chinese; Samos, a little further, authentic neighborhood Greek, 600 S. Oldham St.; the Hard Rock Cafe you can see from the hotel; the Power House places for food and music, and, of course, the James Joyce Pub on President St.
See you soon — I’ll be the one with a fork in my hand.