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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

Whether you're a Ravens fan looking for a couple of drinks pre-game or a bite to eat post-game, it's important to know the local spots around M&T Bank Stadium. 

With the 2019-20 season only weeks away, it's time for a refresher of the best places to go before and after Ravens games. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St.

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Endless burger options, insane potato fries and extensive beer menu.
  • Watch out for the spicy pickle, it's crazy hot!

Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Best breakfast in Baltimore!
  • Perfect place to fuel up before hitting a Ravens game.

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for its atmosphere before and after Orioles and Ravens games.
  • It's got great specialty sandwiches, burgers and a list of craft brews.

Shakers Fine Spirits & Wine Lounge, 737 Carroll Street

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Perfect for a post-game drink.
  • Quieter ambiance, big list of mixed drinks and wines.

Spoons, 24 E. Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for their eggs and breakfast/brunch.
  • Perfect before a Ravens game.

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt Street

  • 0.6 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Indoor/outdoor seating with a strong beer selection.
  • Great for before or after a Ravens game.

SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross St

  • Famous for neighborhood comfort food like Mac n' Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Takes reservations, perfect outing before a Sunday game.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club, 31 East Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • 400 types of whiskey, rye, and bourbon.
  • Old-fashioned ambiance, perfect for a pre-game drink.

Fat Larry's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, 1026 S. Charles St

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Massive sandwiches to hold you down during Ravens games.
  • Referred to as a "hidden gem" by Baltimore natives.

Sliders Bar and Grill, 504 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Deep-rooted history with the Orioles and Baltimore.
  • Great snackable food for before or after a Ravens game.
  • Down the street from Pickles Pub.

 

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John Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson's sideline conversation is everything Ravens fans need to see

John Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson's sideline conversation is everything Ravens fans need to see

At some point towards the end of the Ravens 49-13 blowout victory over the Bengals, Baltimore's head coach John Harbaugh walked over to his second-year quarterback sitting on the bench. 

Lamar Jackson had been replaced by backup Robert Griffin III after turning in arguably his best performance of the season. The QB finished 15-of-17 for 233 yards and three touchdowns while adding 65 yards and a video-game-like touchdown with his legs. Harbaugh went over to congratulate the potential MVP on a great performance.

But what started as Harbaugh telling Jackson he was proud of his leadership turned into a conversation between the two that will make any Ravens fan's eyes start to water.

"Most quarterbacks worry about their stats, but you're a leader," Harbaugh told Jackson. "I love the way you play. You don't flinch, you just attack. All you do is attack."

"It's all I know," Jackson responded.

"You changed the game, man," Harbaugh said.

"And we're going to keep it going," Jackson said.

Then Harbaugh delivered the kicker, a heartfelt message that put everything in perspective for the 22-year-old QB.

"Do you know how many little kids in this country are going to be wearing No. 8 playing quarterback for the next 20 years?" Harbaugh asked.

Jackson was thrilled by the praise but reminded his head coach where his priority currently lies.

"I can't wait to see it when I get older," Jackson said. "But right now, I gotta get to the Super Bowl."

The victory put the Ravens at 7-2 and just one game behind the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC. If Jackson continues to perform like this, Baltimore has as good of a shot as anyone to take home the Lombardi Trophy in February.

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Peter King tabs Lamar Jackson, Marcus Peters players of the week

Peter King tabs Lamar Jackson, Marcus Peters players of the week

There are plenty of Ravens that impressed during Sunday's 49-13 blowout victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals, but perhaps none more than quarterback Lamar Jackson and cornerback Marcus Peters.

The performances from Jackson and Peters caught the eye of Football Morning In America's Peter King, who named each in his Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

The second-year QB threw for three touchdowns, 223 yards, and just two incompletions, finishing the day with his second perfect 158.3 passer rating of the season. On top of all of that, he added a jaw-dropping 47-yard touchdown run that defied physics. 

"Lamar Jackson played close to a perfect game Sunday, and he is on the verge of knocking Russell Wilson from his MVP perch," King wrote. "At age 22."

While Jackson dazzled, the Ravens defense was also stout against Cincinnati, particularly cornerback Marcus Peters. In just three games with Baltimore, Peters recorded his second pick-six.

Since he entered the NFL in 2015, Peters leads the league in defensive touchdowns with seven. 

"Peters baited his second quarterback in three weeks as a Raven (Russell Wilson got baited in Peters game one), and had his second pick-six in three games," King wrote. "Not bad for a trade that cost the Ravens a fifth-round pick and a backup linebacker."

The Ravens were expected to beat the winless Bengals, but in the fashion they did it was very impressive. Since falling to the Browns in Week 4, Baltimore has won five straight and is now just one game behind New England for the AFC's top slot.

If Jackson and Peters keep up their impressive play, there's no telling how far this team can go.

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