August 23, 2011
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The Baltimore Aquarium is huge. If you decide to visit, be sure to plan the better part of your day around seeing sea life. Thankfully, they allow you to leave and re-enter. Since the Aquarium is right next to the Inner Harbor, there are a ton of shops and restaurants. After a few hours of viewing marine life, it was time for lunch.
In the Inner Harbor lies Lenny’s. They have a sign in the window proudly boasting “The Best Corned Beef in Baltimore”. Really? The best? Let’s see.
They offer Corned Beef and Lean Corned Beef. I went for the regular on rye with mustard and sauerkraut ($7.99). It’s a respectably sized sandwich, plenty for lunch. It’s OK. The corned beef is juicy and nice. There is no need to get the lean, the regular is not terribly fatty. The sauerkraut is also decent, probably Boar’s Head. Nothing to write home about. The bread was fresh, but a little mushy for the sandwich. A thicker cut would have been nice. All things considered, this is not the corned beef of dreams. It’s decent, nothing more.
MG got the Chicken Salad ($7.99) on wheat with lettuce. Rather than chunks of chicken, they served up a chicken puree. It was also OK. It tasted tangy, almost like some apple was put in the blender with the chicken.
Something on the menu caught my eye, Western Fries ($3.69). It is a baked potato that is sliced up, battered, and deep-fried. Sadly, the potato was not cooked all the way through, so the centers were underdone. These didn’t really work with ketchup. They might have been better with sour cream and chives.
Lenny’s is not a destination restaurant. The price is decent. The food is fine, nothing more.
Pratt Street Pavilion
201 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201