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Oysters and Fish in Baltimore

thetwops Sep 1, 2007 10:41 AM

Hey guys,
We are in the mood for some good oysters and fried fish sandwiches in Baltimore-- preferably, something casual, cheap, and very good. Any suggestions?

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    hon Sep 2, 2007 09:45 AM

    I would stear clear of Berthas!
    Definately go to Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton, great oysters, crab cakes, fish 'n chips, etc.
    Also, Nicks Oyster Bar in the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill is a great place for seafood, oysters and cheap beer!

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    1. re: hon
      JonParker Sep 2, 2007 10:30 AM

      Agreed, although I've never had a fried fish sandwich at Nick's. But the fried oyster sandwich didn't impress me at all -- three tiny oysters on white bread.

      Mama's is fantastic though.

      1. re: JonParker
        thetwops Sep 2, 2007 06:05 PM

        Ok, guys: Update. We went to Mama's on the Halfshell. We were pretty disappointed. The meal cost about $64, not including tip. This consisted of an appetizer of raw oysters and clams, and a "steamer" of shrimp, mussels, corn and potatoes. For entrees: a crab cake platter and a "combination" platter of crab cake and fried shrimp, scallops, oysters, and fish. The best part of the meal was the raw oysters and clams, which were very good. The crab cakes were awful - greasy, overcooked. Despite being full of crab, the only distinguishable flavor was that of Old Bay. The "steamer" was dry and dull. The fried fish, etc. was greasy and suprisingly tasteless except for the heavy, greasy taste of the breading. To be honest, earlier in the day, we had steamed shrimp and raw oysters at the Food Court in the harbor center - it was much, much better (and only cost $20). Hank's Oyster Bar in DC is the same price, and worlds better than this place. Sorry guys - I appreciate the recommendations very much, but have to completely disagree about Mama's.

        1. re: thetwops
          JonParker Sep 3, 2007 10:00 AM

          I'm sorry you had a bum meal there. I hope it was an off night and not a trend, because that's worlds away from my experience.

          1. re: thetwops
            curious4food Sep 3, 2007 11:26 AM

            luv the fish & chips at hanks. one of my favorite local places

            1. re: thetwops
              hon Sep 3, 2007 12:49 PM

              Wow, thats shame, had to be a very off night, never had a greasy crab cake there ever I have had quite a few since the place opened. I juat ate there last weekend and it was great. Sorry you had such a bad experience!!

        2. viperlush Sep 1, 2007 11:42 AM

          I've had a great fried oyster sandwich at Mama's on the Half Shell on the square in Canton. The oysters were very large and quite plump. They also serve them on the half shell. Definately my go to place for good relatively inexpensive seafood in Bmore

          1. carolinadawg Sep 1, 2007 10:53 AM

            Check out this recent article in the New York Times:


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            1. re: carolinadawg
              chocchipcookie Sep 1, 2007 11:02 AM

              That is great! We are planning a trip to Baltimore this fall, can't wait!! Thanks!

            2. chocchipcookie Sep 1, 2007 10:48 AM

              Well you can't go to Baltimore and not try their crabcakes!! They are famous for it . We used to go the the Admiral Fell Inn at the bar and eat them for $5 a peice (ca. 1992) but I think they have a full restaurant now & got all fancy.I'm sure Berthas has some great Oysters but they are also known for their mussels. Good luck, I am jealous!-

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              1. re: chocchipcookie
                thetwops Sep 1, 2007 10:49 AM

                Thanks for the suggestions. I have to say though that I have always been disappointed by Bertha's. I swear they have the sandiest mussels on earth! If I just had a bad experience, and its actually good, let me know! Thanks!

                1. re: thetwops
                  chocchipcookie Sep 1, 2007 10:55 AM

                  I just remember the bumper sticker that says Eat Bertha's mussels-my husband liked the place. It depends on the time of year too. The Fell's Point area has a lot of ecletic places to see and eat(where Admiral Fell Inn is). We also liked the Wharf Rat-a very interesting bar where you throw your peanut shells on the floor and the cats are running around for scraps at your feet.

                2. re: chocchipcookie
                  Hal Laurent Sep 1, 2007 12:15 PM

                  Bertha's doesn't have oysters. They have good crabcakes, though. I like the mussels with the anchovy-tomato sauce.

                  Also in Fells Point, Duda's Tavern has good crabcakes. They also have good double-padded fried oysters sometimes, but probably not this time of year (it's not oyster season right now).

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