Here’s a review I posted on another website for a restaurant in Havre de Grace called The Bayou. We have been back to this place so many times since I wrote this (a year ago), and the food has been consistently good:
My husband and I spent two nights in the Havre de Grace area this past weekend, and we ate at this wonderful restaurant not once, but twice! If there is one food that I know and love, it’s the Maryland Crab Cake, and believe me, I’ve had plenty of them. Never in my life have I had a crab cake this good. It was a good 6-8 ounces, practically all crab meat (very little filler), with big, juicy pieces of lump crab and just the right amount of seasoning. It was truly out of this world. Along side, we could not resist an order of fried oysters. Each one was a good 3 inches in length; moist and juicy inside, fried perfectly without a hint of greasiness on the outside. We also tried a special on their menu, spicy crab balls. They were yet another incredible treat, each morsel was filled with perfectly spiced, delectable crab, and served very elegantly in a martini glass. The steamed shrimp appetizer was delightful as well, fresh and juicy, cooked to perfection. All entrees come with 2 side dishes which are chosen from a list which included things like mashed or baked potato, candied yams , french fries, veggie of the day, salad and cole slaw. My husband had the fries both nights, since they were in his words "awesome", with a light batter coating and fried to a nice crispiness without being greasy. Even the dinner rolls were special (warm, crusty on the outside, soft in the center, and the basket had a variety of whole wheat, poppy and regular). The Bayou has a vast dessert menu, and we saw many plates of incredible looking pies being served, but there was just no room for any more food at our table!
The service was unbeatable, and our waitress, Paige, was very personable and attentive. Other staff members we spoke with were very friendly and welcoming. We could not have had a better dining experience. We ended up buying 8 raw crab cakes and bringing them home with us in a cooler. This place, with its fine food and wonderful staff, is a true gem!
I second the idea of Harve de Grace (on the Susquenhana River) which I find to be a vey interesting and overlooked little town. I’ve been to MacGregors which I recommend for seafood, esp. if you get a table in the back on the water. Port Deposit of good, too, though I didn’t know the had good restaurants.
The Union Hotel (between Port Deposit and the Conowingo Dam) isn’t bad either. They used to serve emu, rabbit etc but it looks like the menu has changed. http://www.unionhotel-restaurant.com/index.html
Down river in Havre De Grace, there’s MacGregor’s, St John Gourmet, & the Tidewater. There is (used to be?) a water taxi (The Chessie) between Port Deposit & Havre de Grace so you can dine in one town and have dessert in the other but I can’t remember if the taxi is tied to two particular restaurants (might be the Portside & the Tidewater?).
You could also take the sunset dinner cruise on the Lantern Queen http://www.lanternqueen.com/sunset.htm which docks in Havre de Grace.
In Bel Air, La Tolteca (on Bus 1) has great Mexican food at good prices. The DuClaw on Rt 24 (near Bob Evans) is a decent microbrewery with good food. Gepettos Pizza (on Bus 1 across from the Mall, in the strip mall behind Taco Bell) has good fresh food at very reasonable prices. In that same strip mall, the Golden Szechuan Inn has some of the best Chinese in the county.
Skip Looney’s on a Friday night. The noise & the crowds are horrible and the parking is impossible.
Bill Bateman’s on Rt 1 heading towards Baltimore is good. Basta Pasta (in Fallston) is excellent as is the Olive Tree (in Aberdeen).
For crabs, try Fallston Seafood Restaurant in Fallston or Baldwins in Joppa.
If you really want a treat, Bulle Rock Restaurant at the golf course between Havre de Grace & Aberdeen has some of the best food in Harford County. It is also the most expensive. Note the lack of prices in the link http://www.bullerockgolf.com/dailymenu.html
A word of warning no matter where you dine – almost every restaurant is crowded on Friday nights from 6pm onward. You’ll need to find a place that takes reservations (some of them don’t), go early or be prepared to wait.
Across the street from the court house in Bel-Air is a little cafe call Thomas Street Cafe. Nice little spot to grab b’fast. Not fancy, just a simple small town cafe. Beyond juts eggs and homefries, they also have decent coffee and pastries.
For lunch/dinner, you might want to head to Baltimore for Faidley’s crab cakes. Or hit Slainte in Fells Point for great irish food, oysters and crab cakes. Also, Obrycki’s is well known for crabcakes too.
Fells Point is my favorite area in Balto. It’s quaint, has good food and shopping, is historic and has a water taxi stop if you want to see some more of Baltimore’s sights. So, if you have a day off, I suggest spending it there. Here’ a link to a list of other Fells Point establishments: http://www.fellspoint.us/barseateries.html
We will be in this area for a weekend wedding in mid September. We have Friday off and would like suggestions on food, etc. Thanks!
Bel Air, Maryland
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