Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Feb 13, 2011 09:37 AM

Seafood, etc in Baltimore/DC

Going to be in the Baltimore/DC area end of March and would love to find good hole in the wall seafood places for crab, po-boys and such.. My foodee gf also loves good southern BBQ.I am a great fan of local micro-brews. We are staying in Baltimore and visiting DC.

What say you chow fans?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. In Baltimore:

    During the week - Ryleigh's Oyster Bar in Federal Hill has Oyster Happy hour with $1 oysters of 5-10 different variations.

    Mama's on the Half Shell in Canton is a great lunch spot with plenty of seafood options. The Beer Mussels dish is fantastic, good oysters too. My wife and I often go on weekends and share a 1/2 lb. of steamed shrimp and two side salads - which totals about $17. Good deal!

    In regards to Craft Beer:

    Beer Bars:

    Mahaffey's - Great corner local bar in Canton with 20 rotating drafts - good pub grub too. I love the wings with Hot Buffalo and Jerk Seasoning plus a pinch of garlic mixed in. This is my local spot that I frequent all to often - but then again I have a lot of friends there too.

    Max's - Max's is the big beer bar of Baltimore with 80 or 90 + taps. I usually drop in when there is a rare seasonal or import that I'm seeking out. Nice service. The bartender on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at lunch is a great guy.

    Clipper City Brewing Company - Clipper city is a great local brewery. They are actually rather large and distribute quite far but they turn out good year-round and seasonal beers. They have tours every Saturday which I think are one of the best tours I've ever been on if not the best. $5 for a glass and 6 tokens for generous samples. You can sign up for the tour on their website. I believe they do two every saturday.

    Anyhow, enjoy and cheers!

    Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
    36 E. Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

    2 Replies
    1. re: mcattrone

      Ryleigh's seems to have cut the $1 oysters back to just a couple of varieties, sadly. Their oyster sandwich is now more like a po' boy -- it used to be served on white toast, but now it's on a French roll. I still love the place.

      1. re: mcattrone

        I also really like Bertha's Mussels.

      2. There's no good micro-brews in DC proper, but if you'll have a car you can go to these local breweries:

        Franklin's in Hyattsville, MD
        Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD
        Flying Dog in Frederick, MD
        Barley and Hops in Frederick, MD
        Brewer's Alley in Frederick, MD

        Also in Baltimore you should check out Brewer's Art for great food and great beer.

        1. March is not crab season (late summer/early fall is best). Po-boys are not native Baltimore food, though you can probably find them in various places. Nor is southern BBQ. There is PIt Beef, which is a native form of BBQ. I like Chap's. In DC, if you want good mussels in a hole in the wall, I recommend Granville Moore's, which redefines hole in the wall ( where Bobby Flay had a mussels throw down. They have an outstanding beer selection there, too.

          1 Reply
          1. re: indcgirl

            GM is freaking awesome!! Great suggestion!

          2. Brewer's Art is a beautiful place in Baltimore City with truly excellent beers. Food is damn good too.

            For seafood In March it's all about the oysters. Mama's and Ryleighs are both good suggestions by others. I might stop into John Stevens in Fells Point for another great place to spend some time, suck down some local beauties and drink a few pints.

            Hope you have fun!

            Brewer's Art
            1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201