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Dinner and Dancing: Your Perfect Prom Night in Baltimore

Budget Friendly Restaurants for Prom Night

Prom night is a magical time in every teenager’s life, with dancing, fun with friends and making memories that will last a lifetime. There is lots of planning and envisioning of the perfect dress, tux, corsage, limousine and restaurant. Prom is an occasion that many teens look forward to throughout the school year; when it finally arrives, the excitement is palpable.

While the prom itself may seem like the major focus of events that special night, the pre and post prom activities are just as important. Figuring out which restaurant you and your date or group of friends will enjoy dinner at and which laser tag arena will host your post-prom battle are only a few of the fun decisions you will make to ensure the most fun on your prom night. In Baltimore, there are many restaurant options that will not only impress your prom date, but also offer a wide variety of menu options that won’t break the bank. With so many costs associated with prom, saving a few dollars while still enjoying a savory meal is a smart move all around.

Alewife

Besides being a good-looking bar/dining room with its dark woods, burgundy walls, and historic stained-glass windows, Alewife also gives you a bang for your buck with its affordable New American menu. It’s a badge of honor to polish off the 11-ounce smoke burger, delivered to the table with a steak knife jutting through its middle.

The sumptuous meat patty (house-ground rib-eye, brisket, skirt steak, and filet of beef) shares a brioche bun with smoked Gouda, Gruyère, apple wood smoked bacon, caramelized cipollini onions, and chipotle aioli. Enough said.

The fish tacos, for instance, feature Potomac River blue catfish with exciting additions like blistered corn salsa and chipotle cabbage slaw. Or simply pair the Alewife salad (a hefty pile of mixed lettuces with asparagus, St. Pete’s blue cheese, candied cashews, spicy Granny Smith apples, dressed with balsamic vinaigrette) with the soup of the day.

Cazbar

Meze are small plates of Mediterranean appetizers that are meant to be shared. In Baltimore, there’s nowhere better to embrace this ancient and brilliant concept—especially on a budget—than Cazbar. The handsomely decorated Mt. Vernon restaurant features a wide selection of hot and cold dishes. The manti, small, handmade dumplings filled with beef and topped with yogurt sauce, is packed with flavor. At just $8.99, lahmacun, a thin Turkish pizza topped with spicy ground lamb, might be the best bargain in town. Cazbar’s small plates get the best of your full bellies, but not your wallets.

Corner Stable Restaurant

While the Corner Stable has banked its reputation on its meaty, succulent baby-back ribs, it has lots of other choices that will be kinder to your pocketbook and just as delicious. When we need a shot of comfort food, the roasted-turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, and green beans, or the homemade meatloaf dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans take you right back to Mom’s table. The portions are generous, and you’ll probably have a turkey or meatloaf sandwich in your future, too.

Matsuri

Upon entering Matsuri, you’ll be warmly greeted by a friendly hostess and the enthusiastic chefs behind the sushi bar. Service is swift, and there are plenty of familiar Japanese plates like chicken teriyaki, beef yakisoba, donburi, and (of course) sashimi and sushi-roll combos. Whether you’re an a-la-carte diner, or looking for something already assembled bento-box-style, you won’t be disappointed with endless options of authentic, moderately priced cuisine.

Ryleigh’s Oysters

It’s hard not to get drawn in by this inviting, expansive Federal Hill oyster house. Grab a high-top table between the two bustling bars on the first floor, or, for a more intimate experience, head upstairs, where you’ll find another full bar and a large dining area. While there are hearty seafood entrees and sandwiches on the menu—like jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and lobster roll—we love their happy-hour offerings. From Monday through Friday, choose local oysters for $1 and $5 small plate specials.

No matter which type of cuisine your taste buds are seeking, there is an affordable Baltimore restaurant option for your prom night. Whether you and your date are looking for a romantic one on one dinner or a group of friends are coming together for a fun-filled meal, Baltimore has a perfect location for you.

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