The Rusty Scupper
Baltimore, MD (Inner Harbor)
Today, our team was invited to a happy hour at the rusty Scupper. For the times my wife and I celebrated various occasions here, they were always fond memories. I anything, the view of the Inner Harbor is spectacular!
There's nothing like a restaurant with an awesome view. What better way to enjoy with some delicious food. That's where things go drastically downhill.
Our waiter was very accommodating and our company was fun and very sociable. What's missing? Maybe some great appetizers? You think. Well, the first appetizers provided was popcorn shrimp. What is popcorn shrimp? popcorn shrimps are little shrimps with no flavor in a heavy bread crumb batter that was very very salted. Ok when your having a beer or two but I would expect from the Rusty Scupper some fresh seafood appetizers, not frozen. The cocktail sauce just added more flavor to an otherwise tasteless shrimp hidden by salty bread crumbs and cocktail sauce.
They brought out a basket of Fried Calamari. The quantity was embarrassing. Now I know its not the best of times for business but management has to realize that by providing sub par food whether it be appetizers or entrees, there is a certain reputation that they must uphold. But if its cutting expenses by offering cheaper fare at crazy prices and compromising on the quality, then its a lose lose situation. Clientele will only visit for the excellent view and first impressions never diminish, so one taste of their appetizers may be the last time they visit the Rusty Scupper. Word spreads and customers will avoid the place and that's the restaurants bread and butter. No revenues, reduce payroll, reduce menu items and reduce quality.
On a scale of 1-5 and 5 being excellent, I regret that I must give a rating of "1". Very disappointed!
By Che Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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