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Eat Bertha's Mussels
Nov 25, 2013 by: Phantom Dine R from Buffalo, New York
That's what the green bumper sticker said - Eat Bertha's Mussels. Covering the wall at the end of the bar were 20 or more different renditions of that phrase - many of which are too suggestive for this forum - but nonetheless there to amuse you and make you smile. I was walking along S Broadway on my last night in the city searching for cuisine that defined Baltimore. Is it crabs, fish n chips, mussels? I wasn't sure. But I paused beneath a giant sign that said "Bertha's Mussels" and my friend and I went inside. As we passed through the bar we asked where the dining room was and we were instantly waylaid by the sparkling personality of a bar server named - Meredith. So we sat and agreed to eat at the bar. And while I didn't experience dining in the restaurant - a twisting maze away from the bar area - I think we got the best of the deal. We sampled some beers and a few ciders and each decided on what we wanted and - a few glasses later - were happy as...mussels. For dinner I ordered the Escargot and was convinced by the undaunted Meredith to try the Jalapeno Crab Mac & Cheese. My friend ordered the Crab cake and the Pelican Shrimp. I imagined the Escargot would be served scampi-style in butter and garlic. It wasn't. The Escargot protein - sautéed in butter & garlic with spinach & tarragon - was a new taste and texture for me. Overall I was pleased with both and finished it completely. The Jalapeno Crab Mac & Cheese was in fact typical of the many [Seafood - fill in the blank] Mac-n-Cheese dishes I've grown numb to. I was taking a risk with this one and, although the dish had its moments, it was largely overpowered by being - average. The Crab Cake - served on a bun with seasonal vegetables, lettuce and tomato was 'okay' but could have been improved with better seasoning. The crab meat tasted fresh and flavorful and would likely be ordered again. The Pelican Shrimp - four large broiled shrimp stuffed with jalapeno peppers and cream cheese and wrapped with bacon, was actually the star of our menu choices and reigned high above the others. Definitely a dish we'd return for in the future. My beverage choice - and champion of the evening - was definitely the Blackthorn English dry hard cider. It was cold and refreshingly crisp and is something I could drink all Summer long. When King Arthur fell at the battle of Camlan they took is body to the Isle of Avalon or "Isle of Apples" where apple trees 'sprung up' wherever his body touched the ground. Today those same orchards are a source of apples for Blackthorn Cider. It has an amazing taste. All in all we had so much fun at this place we wanted to raise it up off its foundation and ship it - staff and all - back to New York. While Bertha E. Bartholomew is a bit of a mystery - Bertha's Restaurant is not. Bring your smile and you'll leave with a bigger one.
Mussels, mussels and more
Nov 02, 2013 by: Southernnow from Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Do I love mussels? Let me count the ways! Bertha's offers up a # of varieties, but the Cannon Fire Mussels are an absolute MUST HAVE. They are tender & spicy but not so hot to be obnoxious. They are absolutely delicious, especially with a cold brew. Or try the calamari - this chef knows how to cook it! And if you aren't into seafood, try the western omelette -- one of the best my wife has eaten. We came here twice for late lunches during our stay in Baltimore. Great location in Fells neighborhood of Baltimore, a short walk to the water's edge, street parking generally available......but take the water taxi if you're coming from Hidden Harbor as that's about 1.5 mi away.
So glad we ate here
Oct 26, 2013 by: Ray S from Tipton, Missouri
This restaurant, maybe the first restaurant located in Fells Point when revitalization began to occur prides itself in its mussels. Rightfully SO!!! Good service, most reasonable of prices in a casual atmosphere in a building that has the charm of when it was built 200 years ago. Great place.
Great food bad service
Oct 24, 2013 by: Kk122 from
The service was really bad. We had a group of people with us so we know not to expect fast service but it was awful. She was very slow, had to be reminded several times of drink refills and getting drinks from the bar. We were not allowed to order our food with our drink order even though we had been there for 30 mins already and everyone was ready to order. The good thing was everyone liked their food, once we got it.
Oct 14, 2013 by: sunsmilemom from Hickory, North Carolina
Fun restaurant/bar in the heart of Baltimore's Fells Point. Good beer selection & fabulous mussels cooked in beer!
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