Don't you love how we feel compelled to put a little (balt) thingy in our subject lines? Feels strangely like Catholic guilt....
NEways. Captain Larry's.
This place is across the street from Soigne on Fort Street, and used to be a colorful dive for sailors and drinkers of all stripes. Seems Capt. Larry sold it and moved to the Keys. The new owners were immediately saddled with a basement full of structural horrors and had to close for almost a year. They are open now, and it is worth a visit.
Let me be clear, this is still a bar. Folks are smoking here and there, the TVs are on, there's a steady but awesome stream of great tunes from the modest sound system. But the menu is small, focused, and the best bar food I've had since Galway circa 1996.
I went last Thursday...the special was a pound of steamed shrimp (perfectly done, must have been 15 count suckers) and a pitcher of beer (that's any beer, including Bass and Guinness) for 10 bux. Enormous all lump crabcakes are $11, but are half price on Wednesdays. Dark and Stormys are the house cocktail, half price if it's raining outside.
Again, this isn't fine dining, but we struggled to spend $50 on food and drink between three of us last night, and left stuffed and happy.