When travelling, I like to find restaurants that share the flavor of the area. Or, try those that have been featured in magazines, or programs. When I was in Baltimore this last time, I had the opportunity to try one of these restaurant icons, Obrycki????????s.
After spending the day sightseeing a little in Washington D.C. and then finishing the day at Fort Sumter with a little history, we wound our way to Obrycki????????s. Like many great restaurants on the East coast, it was tucked away in an older section of town, but well travelled. There was a small parking lot, sign on the building and an awning to indicate that a restaurant was inside.
Going inside, we were met with charm from an earlier time. The dark paneling, old wood bar, brick floor and walls in the dining room, there was a comfortable feel.
The room was packed, and the first thing that we noticed was that many of the tables had piles of boiled crabs in the middle of the tables. My eyes grew to golf-ball size, as my mind raced to what I was going to find on the menu.
We sat down at the table with paper table coverings, opened the menu and there it was ??????? our own personal crab boil with two dozen Dungeness crab boiled in Obrycki????????s signature seasonings. This might be all that was touted on the television program that we had watched earlier in the year.
We had two small kids with us, and so we decided the crab boil was the way to go. After rolls, a salad and some clam chowder, the crabs arrived and dumped in the middle of the table. The eyes on the kids showed the ??????Wow?????? in their thoughts. With mallets in hand, we began digging into the hands-on feast.
Even in small quantities, crab can only be enjoyed by eating with your hands, no matter how careful you try to be. It adds to the experience and this is definitely no exception.
Would I return to Obrycki????????s when I am in Baltimore? Most definitely. It is quaint. It is tasty. And, it is unique.
If you are going, Obrycki????????s is located at 1727 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD, (410) 732-6399. Check it out on the web (Obryckis.com.