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Best Old-Baltimore Restaurant

House of Welsh

301 Guilford Ave., 685-7158

Posted 9/18/1996

Just inside this downtown restaurant is a framed newspaper report on the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. The eatery predates that blaze by four years, having opened its doors at the turn of the century, and you get the feeling that the place hasnít changed much since then.

There is lots of dark wood paneling and white stucco, the chairs are upholstered and burgundy in color , and the lamps are stained glass. Many of the servers and servees have been working or eating there for ages, and on our most recent visit our waitress didnít get through her first sentence before uttering the word ďhon.Ē

The menu is very old-Baltimore too, focusing on steaks and seafood, and while the prices are not what they were in the early 1900s, they remain pretty reasonable. Itís a great place to introduce out-of-town friends to the Baltimore beyond the Inner Harbor.

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