We know, we know. Baltimore's best dining has little to do with the tourist ghetto down there in the Pratt Street basin, and maybe that's for the best; the sightseers stay on their turf and leave the
locals alone. But every now and then the occasion arises where you simply, unavoidably must dine at the Inner Harbor; perhaps Aunt Minnie and Uncle Fred have heard stories about perilous city neighborhoods like Fells Point, or Dad refuses to park the Vista Cruiser in an unattended lot. The good news is that you can satisfy the out-of-towners and have a decent meal down Harborplace way at the Babalu Grill, home of classic Cuban cuisine. Colorful, spicy food (don't miss the empanadas and the pork in mojo criollo sauce) in a colorful, spicy setting (conga drum bar stools and a giant portrait/icon of Ricky Ricardo) is powered by a bar that serves rum drinks so potent we're betting Aunt Minnie will be leading the conga line before you can say, "Luuuuuucy!"
Other Awards for Best Place to Eat If You Have to Eat at the Inner Harbor: