A waterside Fells Point eatery has brought a little more of the sea inside. Last weekend, Shucker's Restaurant and Bar opened its new raw bar.
Tony Lombardi - who owns Shucker's with Andy Rosenthal - says the room used to be one of two main dining rooms. Now, the room is more of a bar/lounge area. When you walk in the restaurant's front door off the Broadway Pier, you can go left of the big 400-gallon fish tank into the main dining room, the main bar or a back bar/lounge. Or you can turn right, where you'll find a long Corian-topped bar, divided in the middle by the large iced fresh seafood display set behind a wall of glass.
About 15 stools line the bar, or you can choose to sit at a high-top table or in one of four remaining booths. Not to worry about missing your favorite sporting event, or maybe American Idol. The raw bar at Shucker's boasts 12 of the restaurant's 38 televisions. The raw bar - like the main dining room - is also nonsmoking.
The menu also got a little face-lift as well, to reflect the increased attention to seafood. Lombardi says there always will be several kinds of oysters to choose from - both local and varieties flown in fresh every day (market priced).
Other choices on the appetizer menu include a steamed sampler of shrimp, clams, mussels and snow crab legs ($17.99); onion rings ($6.99); and crab dip served in a crock with cheese quesadilla and tortilla chips ($10.99).
The entree list has a few added gifts from the sea, like 1 1/2 pounds of steamed snow crab legs with Old Bay fries and coleslaw ($19.99); bouillabaisse ($19.99); filet mignon and crab cake (market priced); and linguine with clam sauce ($15.99).
You'll find Shucker's at 1629 Thames St., on the Broadway Pier. Its dining hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Bad news: Patterson Park's Parkside Restaurant has closed. Owner Gary LaFrance blames inconsistent business. Good news: Ed Rutkowski, executive director of the Patterson Park Community Development Corp. (which owns the building), says there's a strong likelihood that a new restaurant will open there within the next few months. He says he knows of at least four different parties who are interested in the space at East Baltimore and Linwood streets.
Dinner with wine tonight
You still may be able to get in on tonight's Krug-Mondavi Wine Dinner at Morton's, the Steakhouse. The meal will be hosted by vintner Peter Mondavi Jr. and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, salad with crab cake, filet mignon and a cheese course - all with wine pairings.
A 27-liter bottle of wine will be auctioned off to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. Morton's sales and marketing manager Judi DiGioia says if there are still any of the $150 tickets available, you can call 410-547-8255 today to buy yours.
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