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November 7, 2010

On Ravens Walk, before the Miami game

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Ravens Walk, located on the walkway between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium is intended to give a tailgating experience for fans who aren't tailgating. That would be the thousands who are arriving on foot or by rail, from their homes and from the nearby hotels.

There were Dolphins fans in evidence but no one cared about them.

The corporate presence at Ravens Walk is inescapable, but no one seems to mind that either. People have grown used to it. Keeping it mostly local is a good idea, though. Giant, the official sponsor of Ravens tailgating, was sampling Premo Italian sausage. Rise and Conquer, the ravens from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, were being introduced to fans today. The biggest line was forming at the Maryland Lottery booth.

The food vendors here included the Greene Turtle, Oregon Grille, Pickles Pub, Boardwalk Fries, Attman's, and Hightopps Backstage Grille, which operates a VIP deck overlooking the promenade.

Ravens Walk opens officially three hours before the game. The day's best deal comes early -- two-for-one drinks until 11 a.m. I liked the Bloody Mary bar at Pickles, which holds about a dozen brands each of Bloody Mary mixes and hot sauces. A marching band marched though Ravens Walk sometime around 11:15 a.m., but by noon, the promenade is jammed, and festive. On a stage, a band plays "Jenny/837-5609" -- at least once.

Bordering Ravens Walk is Lot C --a prime location. There was a tailgating scene here, but it didn't look like a millionth as much fun as the one on Lots G and H, where I visited before the Buffalo game, and where people were genuinely enjoying themselves. Lot C is where Molly Ringwald would be taken by Andrew McCarthy for the purpose of hurting her feelings.




Posted by Richard Gorelick at 2:02 PM | | Comments (3)



god I hate that I know that.:-(

You are aware that "The Ravens" is a corporation, in cahoots with another corporation "The NFL" and is not actually owned by the people (and/or fans) of Baltimore right? (The sign on the stadium is a clue...) Here's a fun game... name all the players on the Ravens who are from Baltimore? Live in Baltimore year round?

I apologize if I sound snarky... I'm still coming to grips with your report that Gilman alumni gather in parking lots and grill food on Sundays eight times a year.

That's a stone cold bummer, Mr. Natural.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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