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Jun 19, 2008 10:47 AM

Hamilton Tavern on Harford Rd., Baltimore

Any word on its opening date? Does it have a website yet? Thanks.

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    1. re: hon


      That was quick. Many thanks for the link. Found everything I needed to know there, except the exact opening date. Very exciting, isn't it?

      1. re: Guten Appetit

        the opeining date has not been set. still too many variables to nail it down. poke your head in and take a peak. they seem nice about chatting it up with the neighbors.

    2. Anyone have any furter updates on this regarding opening or website?

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      1. re: tapas gal

        thought I'd try and revisit this, maybe someone has insight now on opening date or website?

        1. re: tapas gal

          I happen to live near the tavern. They are working on the facade now and it is looking GREAT! I also love the poster they are hanging up on the side of the tavern. Beautiful job! Still no word on its website or its opening date. I hope it is soon enough for my brother's visit.

          1. re: Guten Appetit

            I'm looking forward to it as much as anyone else, but the opening date of any restaurant (the most complicated business there is) is a moving target. We should lay off the pressure & let them do it right.

            1. re: winegeek

              I'm not sure whom we are pressuring by inquiring about progress unless the new owners are reading this. And if they are; hopefully they will only realize we are excited about their new venture.

              on another note, I just saw the new side artwork on the building and it looks great... perfectly done! (in case they are reading!)

              1. re: tapas gal

                Someone in the hood told me they opened this past Friday. Not sure if it's true.

                1. re: ko1

                  I drive by on the way home, I'll check it out.

                  1. re: cbingel

                    I spoke with the owner at the Hamilton Festival on Saturday. they are shooting for opening mid August, however I think it needs a little longer to be ready.

                    1. re: LORIERRN

                      I heard a rumor that they were going to open on Saturday 8/16.

                      1. re: ronandaim

                        I was at Blockbuster yesterday around noon, and saw a nicely dressed guy going in the front door, and a delivery truck outside...maybe!

                        1. re: ronandaim

                          Based on what I know is happening, I think 8/16 or the week following is realistic for the general public to find the place open. OR MAYBE TOM COULD STOP LURKING AND JUST POST UP!! ;-)

                          1. re: pleiades

                            OK pleiades... you called me out. We are set to open the Hamilton Tavern tomorrow night Friday 8/15... five months of renovations are over and we are ready... well, except for the website...

                            Hours Friday and Saturday 4:30 pm to 2 am
                            Sunday 4:30 till... Brunch coming in Septemeber!
                            Monday 4:30 till
                            Tuesday... CLOSED
                            Weds and Thurs 4:30 til

                            thanks for you anticpation and patience.


                            Hamilton Tavern Team

        2. We stopped by for a drink tonight and it was BUSY!! And noisy, too. The pressed tin ceiling and hardwood floors don't help with volume control. But the place looks nice and they had a small menu available (although we didn't eat anything).

          We plan to check it out again a little earlier in the day.

          Anyone else have any 1st impressions?

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          1. re: ronandaim


            We had dinner there on Friday night. When we arrived the place seemed newly busy. All the tables were taken and it seemed as though almost no one had even ordered yet. We would have been quite ok eating at the bar, but there weren't any bar stools available. We asked about getting a table and found out that table seating was available on a first come-first served basis (meaning that we were on our own). I was bummed; I hate table-stalking and hate it when someone stalks my table. And then more people started coming in and asking for tables. Someone must have realized this was going to become a problem b/c they started a wait list.

            I think we wait about 45 minutes and it was totally worth it. We had the mussels, tavern fries, soft crab sandwich and burger. The tavern fries, a special, were awesome. They were topped with some type of sauce, cheese, scallions, and shrimp. Heavenly. My husband had the mussels and soft crab and raved about them. The burger was perfect...super juicy.

            I overheard someone describe the menu as "small, but bangin" and I think that really sums it up.

            Also, the place was busy, but not packed. And while I do still think it's nosiy in there, it was much less noticeable after a few drinks.....

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            1. My wife and I went on Friday - enjoyed it so much we were back on Saturday. Decor is great - look for the rake railing -also notice handle on front door - wonderful.
              Food was outstanding - some unique items on menu - fried dill pickles - wonderful -
              The burger was outstanding cooked perfectly - spend the extra money and add a fried egg and or bacon to it - you will not be disappointed. We had the veggie pita which was so tasty - Though we did not have- we heard great comments about the steamed shrimp and mussels. Be sure and ask about specials - I had the gazpacho and it was truly the finest I have ever had anywhere ! - Also had a peach cobbler special - it was to die for ---- We will be back soon and often!! --
              Keep up the great work - it is a great addition to the neighborhood.

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              1. re: lovegreatfood

                Glad that you did enjoy the new place. My partner and I did too. We went there last night and we had the mussels. The dish had a simple, wonderful fresh flavor ... plenty of juice to sop our bread into too. We also had one of Brewer Art's beers on the draft ... which was excellent to the last drop. The waiter we had was very nice and prompt. We love the rustic harvest decor. The only turn-off was that blonde waitress who was very cold to us, asked us if we were finished with our dishes and if we were ready for our check. Even though we were done with our mussel dish, we were not done with our drinks ... OBIVIOUSLY! We kind of brushed her off and waited for our waiter. We will be back soon ... and we hope to have that cool waiter, not that cold waitress. We want to try other items and we always love Brewer Art's creations. GOOD JOB!