Earlier this week, and by accident, my husband and I ended up at this place in Miller's Island called Dock of the Bay. (And, Miller's Is. isn't a place you get to by accident, being at the end of E. Balto. Co.) And, it was such a happy accident.
It was a great looking place, recently rebuilt after the hurricane, with big wooden tables on the water, looking out at a lighthouse. Not knowing what to get, we started with the blue point oysters--incredibly good, an amazing bowl of crab soup, that was sort of the essence of crab soup (w/o either too much pepper or too beefy a taste, with just the right amount of crab), and a grilled romaine salad with huge chunks of backfin, and diced fresh tomatoes, with a bit of cilantro...devine.
We couldn't really believe our luck! We ventured on and split a crab cake platter. The crab cakes were as near to perfect as this local Baltimorean has ever had. (And, I've recently been disappointed on my own "best crab cake in town" search.) They were all lump, miraculously held together with no filler, and broiled perfectly.
After a couple of beers, and my husband's dessert of cheesecake (not made in-house) our bill was under $60 with tip.
I've waited to post this because, sorry, it is such a little gem that we don't want to see it overrun. But, I think that it's worth sharing with all the hounds.
The drawbacks were the loud music outside (playing the classic rock station, The Bay), and the incredible swarming, biting mosquitos that came out just as the sun was setting that caused us to run inside. (but the inside was comfortable too, windows overlooking the water, a big wooden bar showing, with TVs showing the O's losing to the Sox).
They also had sandwiches, standards like shrimp and chicken salads and burgers. The appetizers included buffalo wings, and cheese and crab pretzels, whatever they are.
We talked to the owner, who's had the place for 9 weeks, who said the chef was from the Belvedere.
When we were there, they were out of crabs, but I can't imagine that they would dissapoint. It is a perfect way to spend some time gazing out on the water w/o venturing too far. Despite the bugs (no cicadas, yet...), and the less than alluring music, I can't wait to get back there.
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