Something says seafoodHASSLINGER'S538 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville. Open...


Something says seafood


538 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville. Open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday. Phone: 628-7577.

Something about this place makes you think seafood. The huge marlin on the wall? Codfish cakes, oysters, crabmeat, etc., peeking from the counters? The carry-out menu with drawings of ocean waves and smiling fish? The nautical motif of the posted menu? Hmmm, that could explain it. At any rate, this is not the place to sing out: "How's the meatloaf today?"

I ordered the homemade vegetable-crab soup ($2.25 a pint) and a shrimp salad sandwich ($4.25), which had big chunks of fresh shrimp and was delicious. Feeling piggish, I also got a small order of creamed potato salad (60 cents a cup), which was pleasantly spicy. (Note to cook: Might want to ease up on the mayo.)

Did I mention this place is big on seafood? I should mention that. Sandwiches include backfin crab cake ($5.30), fried clams ($2.85) and fried oysters ($3.55.) There's also a full menu of seafood platters such as broiled fillet of haddock ($7.55) and shellfish combination ($10.95), along with homemade salads and hot steamed crabs year around.

Sure beats the hell out of meatloaf.

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