After the Dock of the Bay report from last May 15 Janet I felt compelled to try it out so we drove up to Balto today.
It's in an interesting spot, way out past Sparrows Point in East Balto. The area shows the effects of Hurricane Isabel. The restaurant was also damaged badly, apparently, but has been reconstructed under a new owner. It was doing a good business while were there, with 1.5 hour wait for waterside tables. Lots of big family groups, and few non-local plates in the parking lot. We opted for a "high table" inside and were seated immediately. Actually had a decent view anyway. Live music.
Overall I'd give it a "B". The one great dish was the hot crab salad, the first time I've ever tried broiled lettuce. Romaine, tomatoes, crab meat, and a wonderful sauce. Like nothing I've ever had. Janet loved it. This dish justifies the trip.
Next best dish was the Dock french fries, flavored with Old Bay, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits.
The crab cake was very high in lump crab, with almost no filler. But it just didn't have much flavor, and was not fully cooked to boot. Maybe the kitchen was moving too fast due to the crowd.
The fried oysters were average, as were the potato skins app with crab and shrimp.
We didn't try the soup. Probably should have--it looked good passing by.
Portions were very ample. Our check for two (iced tea only) was $53 with tip, and we took home a full go box.
If you're in the area and hankering for a bayside experience, it's a good choice. If you order the crabcake, better ask for it crispy. But as others have said before, this place is at the end of the line. You won't stumble into it by chance--you need to plan to go there.
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