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MissMet Feb 4, 2014 07:08 AM

Hi. I'm trying to find a great seafood restaurant, that will be open the end of March, for my brother's 30th birthday. We don't want too formal of a place since we will have my 2 year old nephew with us. Food quality is most important to us.

Thanks!

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    McBuckel Feb 23, 2014 11:37 AM

    The Black Olive is amazing, but I would consider it formal and not ideal for a 2 year old. I would go with Thames Street Oyster or Mama's.

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      hon Feb 13, 2014 09:17 AM

      Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton

      http://www.mamasmd.com/MamasSite/

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        Ziv Feb 18, 2014 07:43 AM

        Hon recommended Mama's on the Half Shell to me a little over a year ago and I shared a meal there with my brother and his wife and everything was very good. I like fried seafood so I had the fried combo platter and it was excellent, but my SiL's crab cake platter had a better crab cake than my combo platter, so if you love crab cakes, order them directly, not as part of a platter or combo. Brother had swordfish if memory serves but I remember we were all really happy with our choices.
        Had an Orange Crush that went down a treat, as well.
        Went back later for a fried shrimp platter and they were delicious!
        Thanks, Hon!

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          hon Feb 24, 2014 01:11 PM

          you are most welcome!

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        kim2310 Feb 6, 2014 11:46 AM

        Catonsville Gourmet on Frederick Avenue has great and interesting seafood dishes. Very casual, fun atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

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          lawhound Feb 17, 2014 09:21 AM

          We ate at Catonsville Gourmet a week ago, based largely on the recs onthis board. I came away thinking that it was not bad, but I would never eat there again. The apps were the best of the lot (except for the tuna nachos, which were leaden), but the entrees (scallops, an alleged Cajun seafood pasta, halibut, and others)were uniformly heavy and the flavors were subdued.

          Maybe it was an off night, but I really expected better, particularly for the prices.

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          chefdilettante Feb 6, 2014 07:37 AM

          Ryleighs or Thames Street Oyster House.

          Woodberry Kitchen (for all I can't stand about it) sources outstanding local seafood. Methinks the best grilled oysters in Baltimore.

          I love kids in restaurants (we have 3 young ones and take them out often), but I don't think Black Olive is a good fit (IMHO) for a 2 year old.

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            stephanieg Feb 5, 2014 07:58 AM

            I haven't been to Henningers in awhile, but my friends always rave about the seafood there. You also might want to consider the Black Olive. I love their simply grilled shrimp and scallops, and they always have an extensive selection of fresh fish. Also, if I remember correctly, they have paper table cloths-- perfect for a 2 year old and some crayons!

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              Roland Parker Feb 5, 2014 03:25 AM

              If you want crab and shrimp (and oysters too) it's hard to go wrong with LP Steamers on Fort Avenue in Locust Point. Very casual place but excellent seafood. The clue is that every time I go there there are always numerous Asian diners...in a traditional Baltimore crab house.

              The fries with old bay seasoning is also a must.

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                foster Feb 5, 2014 01:45 PM

                asian diners = good seafood?

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                  Roland Parker Feb 5, 2014 08:52 PM

                  Yes. Seafood is taken seriously in many parts of Asia and years ago when I was first traveling through East and Southeast Asia, a wise old friend of my parents advised me that when in doubt, especially off the tourist trail, go to the local Chinese seafood restaurant.

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                  Kurtis Feb 7, 2014 09:47 AM

                  Since when Asian (tourist) diners are better barometer for the traditional Baltimore crab houses than local Baltimoreans?

                  I've dined in most of downtown crab houses to satisfy out of town visitors for the experience, but all of them have enjoyed the subsequent visits to the suburban local favorites far more.

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                    Roland Parker Feb 7, 2014 09:03 PM

                    I doubt we can tell if the Asian diners are tourists any more than we can judge if the non-Asian diners are local Baltimoreans.

                    Having both lived and traveled in Asia and having dined at the homes of many Asian American friends, seafood, particularly the freshness of seafood, is clearly an important component in Asian cuisines. So when I enter an American seafood restaurant and see many people of Asian heritage, I feel justified in expecting the seafood to be excellent.

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                      Kurtis Feb 10, 2014 10:49 AM

                      May the Asian diners continue to serve you well : )

                      My experience on the presence of certain ethnic group in a restaurant as a barometer for quality/authenticity, even in their own ethnic restaurants, is quite mixed and find it to be unreliable.

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                  daynasch Feb 4, 2014 10:19 AM

                  Thames Street Oyster House in Fells Point and the Black Olive (where you can pick you own fish) also in Fells on Bond Street

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                    curioussheridan Feb 7, 2014 09:00 AM

                    Go for Thames Street Oyster: less formal and half the price of Black Olive

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