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#1 BSLSeanJester

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

Ate at Thames Street Oyster Bar on Friday night. Awesome lobster roll. Wife got the scallops and loved the risotto it came with. Ranked #2 on TripAdvisor for Baltimore restaurants. Well deserved.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:36 AM

Some of my favorites in the Baltimore Metro:


Pazo: http://www.pazorestaurant.com/
Charleston: http://www.charlestonrestaurant.com
Cinghiale: http://www.cgeno.com

Talara: http://www.talarabaltimore.com
Mama's on the Half Shell: http://www.mamasmd.com/MamasSite/
Miguels: http://www.miguelsbaltimore.com/

Bluestone:http://www.bluestoneonline.net/
Artful Gourmet: http://artfulgourmet.com/
Iron Bridge Wine Company: http://www.ironbridgewines.com/
Linwoods: http://linwoods.com/

Aida Bistro: http://www.aidabistro.com/
Victoria Gastro Pub:http://www.victoriagastropub.com/

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

Went to Charleston a few years ago, spent a ton of money, and dont remember being that impressed. I would go to Woodberry Kitchen or Thames Street Oyster before I would go back to Charleston.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:41 PM

Went to Charleston a few years ago, spent a ton of money, and dont remember being that impressed. I would go to Woodberry Kitchen or Thames Street Oyster before I would go back to Charleston.


Had a great dinner at Charleston for our Anniversary a couple of years back. Went to Woodberry for Laura's bday this March, we both were disappointed. Good, just surprised it was ranked as high as it was.

I'd like to try Thames Street, always hear good things.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:47 PM

I think the issue was that I ordered some stuff I had never had before at Charleston and it was just iffy. I am sure if I went with a good old standby it would been better. Oh well, I will probably make it back one day.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

Wit and Wisdom in the Four Seasons hotel was amazing. Huge menu, all good options. You can spend big or small. Tons of options and in the summer the outdoor patio will be great.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:08 PM

I mainly go to Talara to drink during Happy Hour, but their Bento Boxes aren't bad at all.

I've hit up the Olive Grove quite a few times...down Hammonds Ferry. One of my favorite spots. Their steaks are surprisingly great.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

Ship's Cafe in Catonsville is a very underrated seafood joint.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:00 PM

Ship's Cafe in Catonsville is a very underrated seafood joint.


Love Ship's... great crabs.

Also in Catonsville is Matthews 1600. Doesn't belong in a discussion of 'top restaurants', but a good neighborhood place. Nice bar, good for a casual HH.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

I have been rediscovering the Catonsville bar and restaurant scene in the last year or so. Lived there for 23 years, so I might as well. GL Shacks, Cville Gourmet....I will have to check out Ships and Regions. And Paradise Tavern. :lol:

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

I have been rediscovering the Catonsville bar and restaurant scene in the last year or so. Lived there for 23 years, so I might as well. GL Shacks, Cville Gourmet....I will have to check out Ships and Regions. And Paradise Tavern. :lol:


Catonsville Gourmet and Regions are owned by the same people. Here are links for anyone interested:

Catonsville Gourmet: http://www.catonsvillegourmet.com/
Regions: http://regionsrestaurant.com/

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

I have been rediscovering the Catonsville bar and restaurant scene in the last year or so. Lived there for 23 years, so I might as well. GL Shacks, Cville Gourmet....I will have to check out Ships and Regions. And Paradise Tavern. :lol:


What do you think about GL Shacks? My brother moved to Catonsville last year, so we've gone out there a few times whenever I've gone down there to visit (I live in Montgomery County). I don't think it's anything to write home about, but their Jerk Chicken appetizer is ridiculously good. I got intoxicated one night there and I'm pretty sure they charged me $17 for a pitcher of Yuengling, so that pissed me off.

Also - Any suggestions for a nice, low key/pub to go to before an O's game with my dad and brother? We've gone to Pratt Street Ale House the last couple years, and enjoy it there, and we don't want to do a Pickles/Sliders scene because it's just too crowded/crazy, and isn't for my dad really. So I'd like a place with a good atmosphere, but not crazy, but wanna try something different than PSAH. Any suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. Still want to do Baltimore locals though, not inner harbor chain crap.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

What do you think about GL Shacks? My brother moved to Catonsville last year, so we've gone out there a few times whenever I've gone down there to visit (I live in Montgomery County). I don't think it's anything to write home about, but their Jerk Chicken appetizer is ridiculously good. I got intoxicated one night there and I'm pretty sure they charged me $17 for a pitcher of Yuengling, so that pissed me off.


I liked it the few times I have been there...the bartenders were nice (and one was smoking hot) and I like the open air feel of the bar when they have the big window open. I like the old school tub they pack beer bottles into behind the bar, and it just feels like a true local tavern. So it gets points there for me.

Also - Any suggestions for a nice, low key/pub to go to before an O's game with my dad and brother? We've gone to Pratt Street Ale House the last couple years, and enjoy it there, and we don't want to do a Pickles/Sliders scene because it's just too crowded/crazy, and isn't for my dad really. So I'd like a place with a good atmosphere, but not crazy, but wanna try something different than PSAH. Any suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. Still want to do Baltimore locals though, not inner harbor chain crap.


Check out Alewife on Eutaw Street. Great beer selection, good bar food, and it never seems too crowded.

http://alewifebaltimore.com/

Maisy's on Charles Street is a little further out of the way, and I've never been there, but the menu looks great.

http://maisysbaltimore.com/

Federal Hill is just a short walk away with tons of options.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:10 AM

Big fan of Mama's on the Half Shell, I love to go here when I come into town before or after sporting events.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:54 AM

GL Shacks in Catonsville has a really solid happy hour special on Thursday. I forget what it is but my buddies and I used to make it a regular hangout.

My one issue with the place is this one dude goes there who always has a dook sweatshirt on. As if that weren't bad enough, I found out he's a Penguins fan when I went there for a Caps playoff game! Tool.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:11 PM

Check out Alewife on Eutaw Street. Great beer selection, good bar food, and it never seems too crowded.

http://alewifebaltimore.com/

Maisy's on Charles Street is a little further out of the way, and I've never been there, but the menu looks great.

http://maisysbaltimore.com/

Federal Hill is just a short walk away with tons of options.


Maisys is absurdly good.

Also - Abbey Burger bistro. that is all.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:46 AM

GL Shacks in Catonsville has a really solid happy hour special on Thursday. I forget what it is but my buddies and I used to make it a regular hangout.

My one issue with the place is this one dude goes there who always has a dook sweatshirt on. As if that weren't bad enough, I found out he's a Penguins fan when I went there for a Caps playoff game! Tool.


Sports Guy is from Catonsville.... ;)

I was at Shacks Saturday night and for whatever reason a bunch of guys were watching the US Open on the big screens with the sound up while Hammel was pitching a no hitter into the 7th inning. That pissed me off. Then a DJ came in and started playing the loudest music known to man. If it had gone to the 8th inning and Hammel still had the no-no, I was going to tell the bartender to cut the music and put the sound of the game on. And if they didn't, I would have vowed to never go back.

I love to play golf and all, but I'm sorry, it should never be on the main TV at a bar, with the sound on...especially while the O's are playing.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:47 AM

Went to Riptide on the Bay Monday night. Talk about smoking hot bartenders.

Awesome, laid back place with good food. Crabcake burger was amazing.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:56 AM

Has anyone tried out Of Love and Regret yet? They just opened up a few weeks ago where Natty Boh Lounge used to be, right at the base of the tower in Canton. I'm more interested in going to sample the abundance of Stillwater Artisinal brews they have on tap, but the menu looks pretty delicious as well.

Draft list: http://www.ofloveand..._collection.pdf

I think I'm gonna head there tomorrow night for dinner, will report back.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:19 AM

I was at Shack's Saturday night ...

No you weren't...

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