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Graduate Student Caucus Dining List

The Graduate Student Caucus compiles a list of restaurants and cafés near the convention hotel with reasonable prices, friendly to graduate student wallets.

Popular Local Restaurants in the Baltimore Inner Harbor

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

750 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Zagat rated, popular brunch spot with a local twist.


Joe Squared

30 Market Pl, Baltimore MD 21202

Long list of unusual pizzas and risottos, plus daily live music and art shows in a laid-back atmosphere.


Phillips Seafood

Power Plant, The Charm'tastic Mile, Power Plant, 601 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Veteran regional chain serving signature crab cakes & other Maryland-style seafood in low-key digs.

Popular Chains

Hard Rock Cafe

601 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Rock ’n’ roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics.


Cheesecake Factory

Harborplace & The Gallery, 201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

American chain restaurant offering sizable portions from a vast menu including signature cheesecake


Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

600 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar.


Shake Shack

400 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Hip, counter-serve chain for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers & frozen custard.


Johnny Rockets

301 Light St #1620, Baltimore, MD 21202

Burgers, shakes & fries arrive in a '50s diner setting at this outpost of the international chain.


Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop

621 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Retro-style counter-serve chain known for made-to-order toasted sandwiches, salads & baked goods.


Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Harborplace & The Gallery, 201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Fast-food chain with made-to-order burgers, fries & hot dogs, plus free peanuts while you wait.

Harbor East (10 mins walking distance from Inner Harbor, accessible by Water Taxi or Uber)

Lebanese Taverna

719 S President St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Local chain serving a menu of traditional Lebanese dishes & wine in a contemporary setting.



822 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Lively wine bar & formal restaurant serving a daily menu of upscale Italian cuisine in stylish digs.


Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

1000 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Chain hangout for house-brewed, German-style beer & a pub menu served in a casual setting.


Heavy Seas Restaurant

1300 Bank St, Baltimore, MD 21231

House-brewed beers wash down the gastropub grub at this rustic-chic venue in a former tack factory.

Fells Point (About a 25 minute walk, or accessible by Water Taxi, or Uber)

Kooper’s Tavern

1702 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Cozy spot featuring burgers, including Angus, Kobe, lamb & black-bean varieties, & a beer selection.


Bond Street Social

901 S Bond St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Lively, modern hangout furnishing an eclectic mix of tapas & entrees, 80-oz drinks & harbor views.


Thames Street Oyster House

1728 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Brass-&-wood-trimmed eatery offering a raw bar, Eastern coastal fare & upstairs harbor-view seating.


Papi’s Tacos

1703 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Narrow, brick-lined hangout with sidewalk seating for Mexican street fare, craft beer & margaritas.



1629 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Mexican-inspired New American fare in an industrial-chic space with outdoor seating & harbor views.