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B'more Hamilton dinner and good beer

Driving to Baltimore for a Friday night concert in Hamilton and need recs for casual places. I'm meeting an out-of-state friend who thinks quality beer is as important as good food. Any brewpubs or good bar food nearby? Is it worth driving down to The Brewer's Art for a true beer lover who's never been there? It might also help to know where to get a good crab cake in or near Hamilton if he decides he can't leave Maryland without having at least one.

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  1. Koko's Pub has a good crabcake near Hamilton, at least it used to.

    1. I second the recommendation for Koco's pub. They have THE BEST crabcakes!!! Just regular beers though. 4301 Harford Rd.

      1. Koco's is the best casual place in the area and almost exclusively for their crabcakes. The highlight of their beer selection is Dos Equis Amber on draft. Dizzy Issie's in Remington is good and casual, particularly the burgers and has a decent beer selection. But if you're really all about the beer, hit Brewer's Art and make sure you order the fries with rosemary and garlic. Go to the bar and eat off the menu there. Concert in Hamilton? Who and where, pray tell.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. The Brewer's Art is open late so maybe we can do dinner before somewhere else then hit it after the show. I'll leave our options open. The show is at Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton on Harford presented by Uptown Concerts, "dedicated to the preservation and promotion of folk and traditional music". We'll just add dedication to the "promotion of Belgian beers and rosemary garlic fries" on our own.

          Any opinions on Big Bad Wolf's House of Barbeque? It's really close on Harford.

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          1. re: guyacrossthehall

            Big Bad Wolf is great. Limted seating at the counter, it's more of a take-out place.