Best Lowbrow Bar Snack: Quigley's Half-Irish Pub

633 Portland St., (410) 539-9052,

It’s easy enough to live in Baltimore for years and never come across this Ridgely’s Delight bar, tended to by a rather stern owner who we could not coax so much as a grin out of in our visits. But that somber quality made it all the more humorous when the Quigley’s proprietor solemnly took a clean coffee filter, filled it with neon-orange cheese puffs, and shook some Old Bay on top of them before serving them to us, without any request. Oh, if you’re coming for the cheese puffs, we highly recommend the Irish crush, made with whiskey and fresh-pressed orange juice.

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