2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD | Directions 2122439.279990 -76.575294
disappointing for all the raves – mediocre food for 6 with few drinks $45pp. Calamari rubber bands. Overcooked angels on horseback and scallops too. Very oily overcooked crab cakes. Tilapia was apparently good with lobster hash (?). Too greasy. Creme brullee weak. Ice cold Irish brown ale, headless. Ugh.
The humble oyster takes center stage at this pearl of a restaurant in Canton. – The Scene
Like its neighbor and namesake Nacho Mama's, this place has a sense of fun. With the bar area's tight layout and friendly atmosphere, you can't help but be a bit chummy with fellow patrons while slurping oysters and beer. Upstairs an eclectic collection of local memorabilia keeps this very Victorian room--decorated with fringed velvet, dark wood and tasseled chandeliers--from being stuffy. Flanking the fireplace, tables with built-in window seats offer a bird's eye view of O'Donnell Square.
A delicate red wine vinaigrette simply accents the huge oysters on the half shell, while the more complicated oysters Rockefeller are indeed rich enough for a millionaire. Just the right amount of Old Bay holds together the crab cakes' chunks of back fin. Small touches, like the crunchy dill pickle in the tartar sauce or the crouton slathered in a savory olive paste for the Caesar salad, prove that every detail counts.
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