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Sip & Bite · Double T Diner · Valentino's · Star Light Diner · Bel-Loc Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang
Sip & Bite (2200 Boston St.,  675-7077) is a mainstay of now-yuppified old Canton, and a prime spot for people-watching--your tired, your drunk, your just plain woke-up-hungry-at-3-a.m. fill the booths, all yearning to eat cheap. The meat loaf is rib-sticking, the crab cake full of backfin, and if the cracklingly efficient, businesslike wait staff sometimes brings you your food items out of order (potatoes, then beverage, then salad, then entrée, etc.) on an as-finished basis, well, that's just part of the no-nonsense charm.
Pretty soon now you'll never be far from a Double T Diner (various locations). Here, for a working stiff's price, you can get a meal that's huge in size (soup and salad, entrée with one potato and one veggie, dessert, and beverage) if not always in quality. But choose wisely (say, spaghetti and meatballs, roast duckling, or pork chops) and you'll be richly rewarded. And afterward, of course, there's pie, always pie.
We have a particular fondness for trout fingerlings--a basket of fish "fingers," hot and crispy, topped with fries, which drags us back every now and then to Valentino's (6627 Harford Road,  254-4700), where Hamilton eats 24/7. A varied American menu, with lots of Greek and Italian dishes, is delivered by comforting servers used to handling insomniacs. Breakfasts are as hearty as you like and, in the non-smoking room, large stills of Rudolf Valentino grace
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Baltimore, MD 21201