We get dozens of questions from readers during our weekly Got Plans? chats -- more than we can answer in our allotted 60 minutes. Rather than let these queries go unanswered, we'll respond to them here, and we welcome you to chime in with your own ideas.
Food and drink near BWI
I have a family member coming home after a long tour in Afghanistan. He has a layover in BWI. He lands at 11pm tonight and has to be back there at 4am for his flight. We want to take him out to eat and drink. Where can we go around Baltimore or BWI at that time? He loves a good burger, ribs, steak, but we'll take any American food that's open at that time. Can you please recommend some late night eats and good bars in that area?
How nice of you to be there to welcome him home and to help him stretch his legs while in transit. Unless you like satellite parking, there's really not much surrounding BWI, but you've got options nearby, and enough time to make the most of them.
Baltimore is 20 minutes north of the airport, where around the clock eats can be found at the 24-hour Sip & Bite Restaurant, which serves everything from burgers and steaks to breakfast. Because last call comes at 1:30 a.m. in Baltimore, while your night is still young, you might consider grabbing a drink beforehand at Kisling's Tavern around the corner, or the less divey Hudson Street Stackhouse .4 miles away.
Columbia is about 15 minutes west of the airport. The Victoria Gastropub serves food until until 1 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m. Once you’ve had a snack, you can head to the Ale House Columbia, which has 30 draft beers, including a number of Maryland microbrews and late-night specials. Unfortunately, there's no food after 11 p.m.
For a more, shall we say, active layover, there's the Maryland Live! Casino 15 minutes south of the airport. Gaming happens 24/7, but the food is more spotty: The only late-night food options mentioned on the casino's Web site are Phillips Seafood and the Asian-themed Noodles.
Thanks to Baltimore City Paper's Brandon Weigel for the Baltimore dining tips.