Family's in town and they want to see the sights and blah blah blah, and next thing you know you're at Harborplace. It's OK: You can drag ass around the U.S.S. Constellation and the aquarium and whatnot and then get yours with a nice dinner that, perhaps, somebody else pays for. But where to go? While not glamorous or groundbreaking, our advice is to go to McCormick and Schmick's. There are lots of places on and near Pratt Street where you can eat seafood sitting out-of-doors looking at the water, but here it's good. M&S flies in the freshest of the fresh each day, from Oregon King salmon to Costa Rican snook, and fixes it in any number of ways. But not to worry--the out-of-towners can still get a crab cake.
Best of all, M&S is far enough off to the side of all the Inner Harbor madness that it's not terribly overtouristed.
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