I wanted to look for a local seafood joint that was not located in the Harbor. Some place where the locals would go. After some research I found Nicks's Fish House.
The restaurant is located in an obscure area by the waterside just off of 95. It's a very industrial area. I noticed the Baltimore Sun and Under Armour headquarters were nearby. It's about a 5-10 minute drive from the harbor depending if you took the highway or local streets. Not very far at all.
Nick's is a great seafood restaurant located right on the water. It is definitely a spot where locals go. There is an indoor portion with full bar and a outdoor seating with picnic tables, full bar and bandstand. All offering views of the water. Luckily the day we went it was very mild so were able to sit outside. The area had heavy vinyl curtains to keep it warm with overhead heating lamps. Man were those hot! We had to ask to turn ours off.
Service was incredible here! From the hostess, to the waitress and even the food runner. They were very helpful and were always able to accommodate anything we needed.
We ordered half a dozen large crabs, mussels in chipotle lime sauce, a dozen local oysters ($1 each!) and kids chicken tenders. The chipotle lime sauce the mussels were served in were so delicious that they deserved an extra serving of the grilled garlic bread. The local oysters were succulent and not sandy or briny. Served with a cocktail sauce and horseradish. The chicken tenders were typical. Kids liked it. And now...the crabs. First let me start off by saying that that I normally never order crabs anymore because I always thought it was too much trouble for so little reward. Well, Nick's changed me. These crabs were so fresh and meaty. You only had to bang them once with hammer and the meat came pouring out. The old bay seasoning they used was not over done. It seems they steam crabs first and toss them in the seasoning so the meat is not overpowered by the old bay. Incredibly sweet.
I almost forgot. I had the house Bloody Mary. Very good. You have the option of making your own at their Bloody Mary station which is stocked with over 50 mixes. I'm no mixologist so I left it to the resident expert.
Nick's is a great place to go away from the touristy harbor. The food and service was great and very family friendly. We can't wait to go back when the weather is warmer and they have live bands on the deck.
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