In a thread titled "Birthday recs between Balt. and Columbia" I said the following.
"And her decision is
I know that for a while it was owned by the G&M owners, and supposedly was similar on menu/quality, but all my experiences there have been work-related going away lunches or go for Happy Hour and stay to eat type affairs. In all cases, my impression was that a few stiff drinks before the meal might be a good idea - and I don't drink!
I have no clue why she picked it, but my job was only to suggest options."
I hereby humbly apologize to the owners and staff of Timbuktu, and instead recommend a visit for those of you who like/love G&M's, but are coming from the south. It is easy to reach - 295 north to 100 west, exit on Coca Cola Drive, go south and you're there.
The crabcakes were comparable to G&M's, whether or not the same people still own both establishments. The other members of our party all had dinners that seemed of good quality and ample portions, and the service was at least as attentive as I've gotten at G&M's.
The ambience is not exactly upscale, but certainly not a place you would be embarrassed to take family or friends. It's got that "been around forever" neighborhood landmark restaurant/lounge vibe with attached carry-out/liquor store. It is what it is, and one should take it at that.
For those who like oysters and also like G&M's crabcakes, I'd suggest the broiled stuffed oyster dinner, which consisted of a good number (six maybe?) of large oysters on the half shell, each covered with the equivalent of a smaller version of the famous crabcake, then broiled. The portion is pretty huge, and the waiter mentioned that he's only rarely seen anybody finish it without taking some home.
As I said, if you like G&M's, and you come past Timbuktu on your way to G&M's, you may wish to stop at Timbuktu and give it a try. You may find that future trips to get your crabcake fix might be shorter.
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