Friday Fish Fix

Jennifer Waldera

In a place where Old Bay and blue crabs might be accepted as unofficial state symbols, it’s undeniable that Baltimore loves its Chesapeake-inspired cuisine. There’s hardly a time when we’re going to turn down slurping up an oyster (or throwing back an oyster shooter, for that matter) or give up on cracking crabs.


Given that, there’s also no shortage of seafood spots in Charm City. We’ll say that it’s a welcome problem to have so many options, but when the week winds down and there’s no chance we’re about to pull leftovers out of that fridge one more time, a shorter list might come in handy. So, here are a few of our favorites where we get our Friday fish fix.


Nanami Cafe


For some of the freshest fish you can find wrapped around rice, stroll down the Belgian blocked streets of Fell’s Point to this quaint waterfront cafe. Cozy and quiet, table seats are perfect for date night or chatting with groups of friends while the sushi bar is a laid back choice for swilling a Sapporo and interacting with the sushi chefs.


Mama’s on the Half Shell


A seafood staple in Charm City, this corner bar and restaurant on the Square in Canton is the destination for some of the finest fish (and all other edibles that once swam) in Baltimore. Mama’s is one of the few spots to reliably find authentic Baltimore style coddies, and when it comes time for soft shells, this is our first choice for grabbing a giant sandwich with the fried crustacean. Get boozy with your shellfish here, too, with oyster shooters featuring either chilled vodka or PBR.


Jimmy’s Famous Seafood


This sports loving seafood spot hosts Ravens and Orioles events on the regular and even has some player-named menu items (Flacco, Torrey Smith, and T-Sizzle all make appearances on the sushi list). While Jimmy’s plays host to the well-known athletes, what really makes them famous are their award-winning crab cakes and year round hard crab availability. Of course there’s a raw bar, and a long list of fish dishes as well. Didn’t get your fill at dinner? Start the day with weekend brunch that features omelets filled with scallops, shrimp and crab or a crab benedict featuring crab cake sliders and creamy crab dip.


Neopol Savory Smokery


We’ll never turn down an opportunity to visit the European-style Belvedere Market with its plethora of fresh goods to take home or enjoy in-house, and one of the top stops at this popular market is Neopol Savory Smokery. Meats, cheese pies, and even smoked condiments are available, but their true specialty is smoked salmon (there are ten varieties on the menu) as well as other smoked seafood like bluefish, mussels, rainbow trout, crab cakes, shrimp, salmon cakes, and rockfish.



Thames Street Oyster House


This Fell’s Point waterfront bar and restaurant sports one of the largest selections of oysters in Baltimore on its extensive raw bar menu. Expectedly, seafood is the star at Thames Street Oyster House with most salads even bedecked with the likes of lobster or smoked salmon. Sandwich choices range from lobster rolls and po’ boys to shrimp salad and atlantic mahi; mains include the casual fish and chips to more upscale preparations of bouillabaisse and arctic char. In the mood for decadence? Lobster mac and cheese will hit the spot.



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