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Barrett's On the Pike
Bel Air, MD, 21014
I will tell you as Chef Woo Can will be changing it up in 2020. With all my the restaurants I have reviewed and given good and bad reviews, this year I will be returning to the same establishments because sometimes in business you have good days and bad days. For those establishments that have been given good reviews and considered landmark food's, I sure they will consistently perform just as great.
Barrett's on the Pike , I consider the hidden treasure of Bel Air. One of the few restaurants that continues to provide great food, excellent atmosphere and professional service.
I went back to visit them last week during the weekday I say which is tough to be consistent during the weekday because most establishment emphasis their busy time on Friday and Saturday.
The last time I was here I had a full fledge dinner, appetizer, soup, sald nd entrée. This time I changed it up a bit and went to sort of around 4 pm, not exactly dinner. I had ordered a fantastic appetizer before called Shrimp Scargot, so I ordered it again but this time I think the dish was being cooked too long since the shrimp was not tender but rather rubberly and tough. I ordered the hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onion in a nice brioche bun. My personal view on hamburgers, for me is that the burger MUST be juicy and tender and the bun fresh not stale. Slightly greasy! You say how gross but a little grease has the flavor and offers a different flavor dimension, HONEST. Most high end restaurants that offer hamburgers are dry, no flavor and just terrible BUT I can say that the burger I got at Barrett's was juicy, tender and flavorful. I didn't have to add ketchup. That combination of saute onions on a delicious roll was excellent.
I highly recommend this place whole heartedly.
You'll miss a great meal at Barrett's if you don't go.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent for a second time around, I rate Barrett's on the Pike a "5"
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com