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Water Street Seafood
Water Street Seafood Restaurant
Havre De Grace, MD
Every now and then I come across a family owned restaurant which today is considered an endangered species.
You look around and all you find are big name fast food corporations too many to even mention. But the menu in general is the same, all types of chicken, submarine sandwiches and everything in between that pops in the microwave.
Staff is trained to just serve the food, a body, thats it but when I went to this restaurant today at around 1:30 pm on Friday, wasn't busy but cnsidered after the lunch hour, customers were still coming in. Yes, its seafood and you'd figure it would be expensive but everything on the menu was average priced, except for the crabs which were pretty high.
My waitress was very nice, pleasant and very professional. The menu was simple and easy to read front and back. The porch Gazebo was decorated with painted picnic tables in very nice colors. I felt I was on a tropical island looking into the river (Susquehanna River).
I asked about the crab prices and quickly looked to see what else they had.
They had raw clams, (little neck), I ordered a dozen fr $ 12.00, not bad, they were freshly shucked and a little coktail sauce and fresh horseradish made it so delicious. The only minor concern was they didn't cut the clam from the shell. Otherwise, fresh clams were delicious, briny and very sweet.
Then I saw Angels on Horseback (small to medium size oyster in a panko breadcrumb and deep fried with a slice of bacon. The dipping sauce was a horseradish Aioli. I then ordered a Gator Po Boy, (alligator tail) deep fried in morsels on a fresh submarine bun (Milano roll) with lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a homemade Cajun mayo, perfecto!
This is my first of many trips to small family run businesses to rate them based on what I hear from customers and friends and rate them to help them with free advertising and publicity.
On Cef Woo Can rating scale of 1- 10 with 10 being excellent, I give Water Street Seafood Restuarant a 100. They re that good with truly fresh food, they make sure its right and presentable and along with their friendly staff, I didn't feel like a number being pushed in then pushed out. It was relaxing.
Any recommendations in MD let me know. I''m a NEW York transplant, so I cut to the chase and call it like it is and Water Street Seafood passed with flying colors.
I'll definitely be back and will tell all my friends, viewers on both Facebook and YouTube as well as potential travelers looking to discover some sights and sounds of Maryland.
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119 S. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
Today, my friend and I went to the new German restaurant that replaces Black Eye Susan.
It was packed by 4:30 PM on a Wednesday, I thought doesn't anyone work any more? Anyway, we found a table, the waiters were prompt, cleaning our table, providing menus and a beer list.
Typical German fare with interesting homemade German pretzels with various toppings, all types of sausages.
I had the Jagerschtizel (breaded veal with mushroom demi glaze), cream of spinach and french fries. The Jagerschnitzel was so tender and the mushroom demi-glaze was the perfect flavor profile. The cream of spinach was fresh, real spinach with cream sauce was truly authentic and very fresh.
Of course I had a beer, I tried the blueberry cider beer, 16 ounce and it was delicious.
On a scale of 1-10, Chef Woo can give a rating of 8, highly recommend visiting Das Bierhalle, you'll be glad you did. Og, by the way, we went at 4:30 pm and got in right away, after we left the lines started.
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Main Street, MD
I swore I wasn't going to come back to this restaurant because of my bad experience the first time on a delivery. But I thought I'd give these guys a second chance.
My friend and I went there on a Tuesday evening and this is my review. First, the waiter brought the fried noodles that were basically all broken. No matter what, when the restaurant is opened, you should still offer noodles that aren't all broken. Ours were all broken. Then the duck sauce served in the tiniest dish, I never knew that dishes could that be so tiny. Keep in mind that the fried noodles are very big and one dunk, in that tiny dish of duck sauce, it would be all gone. My goodness, so skimpy on the duck sauce? It just gave me the impression that money is tight and they had to trim on the condiments.
So, I asked the waiter for a new batch of fresh noodles and to leave the bottle of duck sauce since we both love the fried noodles. The noodles arrived and they were not broken.
My appetizer of shrimp toast was perfect. It wasn't oily at all, in fact very crispy and crunchy. Two pieces of toast with all shrimp topping.
The Hot & Sour soup was not bad, alot of ingredients, sliced mushrooms, slices of chicken, egg, dried turnips and slivers of bamboo shoots.
The main course was a favorite of mind, Shrimp Mayo with Walnuts. I have to say it was quite good. The shrimp was crispy and the sauce was perfect, not runny and watery and the candied walnuts were perfect and not burnt. The broccoli growns surrounding the dish was colorful and perfect.
Overall, the menu was ok, prices ok a little high, but what is missing is the personalized service. Back when David was the owner, he knew his customers or made them feel at home. The owners never did.
On scale of 1-10 with 10 being excellent, I give the new Orient Restaurant a 7.
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