Rye Street Tavern (Baltimore, MD)

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Hey!  Have you missed me?  Well, even if you didn’t at least act like you did.  Where have I been?  Around.  Dassit.  Just, around.  No need to explain yourself when you’re an adult.  Those rules don’t apply if you’re married though, try it at your own discretion.  One thing I’ve been doing is neglecting I-95 North.  Baltimore, Towson, and the surrounding areas of Maryland that I’ve yet to explore.  It’s not intentional, maybe I haven’t put too much thought into it, but I’m going to be more cognizant about my geographical travels.


Rye Street Tavern is listed as a chef driven, comfort environment, with cocktails inside a distillery.  One piece that stood out regarding this restaurant is the interior.  Absolutely gorgeous.  High Ceilings, distinct wine glasses, and an open kitchen.  If you’re on a first time date, this place is the perfect place for you.


During my visit I was able to indulge in three dishes.  Fried Green Tomatoes, Rockfish, and a Seafood Bake.  I wanted to keep it simple during this visit.  I’ll start the review off with the Fried Green Tomatoes.  It included Maryland sweet corn, cotija cheese, and lime aioli.  Excellent flavors, but a bit over-cooked for my likings.  The Fried Green Tomatoes tasted as if they were fried a little too long, and although the toppings of the sweet corn and cotija cheese tasted fantastic, I couldn’t over look the toughness of the tomatoes.  I was raised on Fried Green Tomatoes, as my grandmother had her own little garden in the back yard.  Every weekend I’d wake up to Fried Green Tomatoes to go along with Cheese Eggs, Bacon, and Grits.  Those were good times.


The second dish that was ordered was the Rockfish with Shrimp and Grits and Smoked Tomatoes.  The Rockfish was cooked beautifully.  Pan-Seared and had just the right amount of seasonings on it.  A nice piece of flaky fish, that could’ve went well with about any toppings or sides.  The Grits were a little gritty, and the shrimp was a bit chewy.  I loved the thought of dining on Rockfish for the night, but I was a little skeptical about it being included with Shrimp and Grits.  I was right.  Trust your gut, no pun intended.


The final dish was the Wood-Fired Seafood Bake.  A simple but yet effective dish.  A concoction of Prawns, Crab Legs, Mussels, Clams, lemon, garlic, cherry tomatoes, fennel, white wine, and grilled baguette.  A dish that would be perfect if you’re a pescatarian or just a plain ol seafood lover.  The white wine sauce went well with the sweet flavors of the Crab Legs and Clams.  The Lemon and Garlic went well with the Prawns and the Mussels were a great addition to the overall dish.  A definite order when you decide to go.


Overall, this restaurant is a go if you’re in the area.  Although the review of the Rockfish and Green Tomato dish was a bit off, I would still go if I were you.  Let me know what you think when you decide to go.


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