By KELLY MCBRIDE
For The News-Letter
This weekend, having not gone home over the break and sorely missing my mama’s cooking, I set about finding myself a good meal. My journey took me to Fell’s Point, where I came to the Thames Street Oyster House.
It is always filled to the gills, so I did the prudent thing and made a reservation. Seats fill up quickly, so if you plan on going, I would make a reservation.
I got to the restaurant and was immediately charmed by the setting. The restaurant is right off the pier with a view of the water across the cobblestones.
On the inside, the dining room was bursting with people and the chatter was a bit loud. The decor is all Old World charm with exposed brick and hardwood floors. The menu is limited, but changes frequently.
It’s impossible to go wrong with your choices. Everything is delicious.
We decided to get a few dishes and share everything. They have an extensive raw bar and a few hot appetizers as well. We got raw oyster ceviche, fried Long Island Sound oysters and calamari.
For our main course we shared the special fried soft-shell crab and cast-iron crab cakes. The food was incredible; Every bit of seafood was fresh and succulent, the garnishes perfectly paired and the preparations superb.
We topped it off with a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand that was delightfully crisp and surprisingly fruity. It went nicely with the seafood.
The meal was scrumptious and the service was excellent.
Afterward we went to a little gelato place called Pitango, which finished off the whole thing with a sweet bite. While nothing beats my mama’s cooking, the evening came close and offered a wonderful taste of Baltimore’s finest seafood selections.
Thames Oyster House is located at 1728 Thames St. and takes reservations by phone only. It is a 2015 Certificate of Excellence Winner.
Pitango is located at 802 S. Broadway and is open seven days a week.