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Lib's Grill Bel Air
1204 Angora Dr., Bel Air, MD 21014
It's been a while since I've dined out. What I've been seeing is food establishments are cutting back on quantity but charging you more. It's getting ridiculous, but I always have my eyes out for new restaurants and Lib's Grill Bel Air reading their reviews. Most curious of their reviews was how delicious and fresh their raw oysters are. I decided to check at lunchtime, a true test to see how fresh their raw oysters were. I went with my friend there, outdoor dining. I choose a dozen Chicoteague Oysters and asked the waitress if they are shucked at time of order and she said absolutely "freshly shucked." I also ordered for my lunch the Grilled Salmon BLT (whole grain ciabatta, bacon, lettuce, tomato, basil aioli and hand cut fries).
First, most restaurants that offer oysters, shuck their oysters in advance, don't know why but I can tell you that Lib's Grill shucks their raw oysters the minute the order comes through. They were so fresh, that the oysters were sitting in their own liquid brine which never happens. Included was horseradish cocktail sauce and Mignonette sauce. It was a pleasure sipping that natural brine oyster juice and adding condiments just highlighted the overall flavor of the raw oysters. It was simply fabulous.
Now, I am not a cooked salmon fan, I usually love salmon sushi style, raw. So having a BLT Salmon sandwich was a true test of how the salmon was prepared. Most times, its over cooked and chalky, I decided to give it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised. The salmon was so tender flaky, on a ciabatta bread with all the fixings, made the sandwich very tasty and great value.
Overall, Chef Woo Can gives Lib's Grill Bel Air a 10, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being excellent. I highly recommend this place. I will visit them again.
Considering everything is going up in price, Lib's Grill Bel Air, doesn't compromise the quality of the food but I feel the price is very fair. The oysters were $ 3.00/piece but well worth it.
Chef Woo Can
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