Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood
One of the most fun spots in Baltimore, Nick’s serves up fried, steamed, and raw seafood—and lots and lots of beer—to seemingly everyone in town. Go on a weekend afternoon and you’ll either love or hate the overwhelming mix of sports fans, locals, and semi-adventurous tourists. Weekdays are much calmer, but more boring. Our favorite stand at Nick’s is the steamer bar, and so that’s where we went on our most recent visit.
After finally rounding up a couple of stools, we ordered a pound of mussels ($4.95), a half pound of Old Bay-dusted shrimp ($8.95), a broiled crab cake ($10.95), and a couple of 32-ounce Buds ($4 each). The shrimp: huge and perfect, though a bit too much Old Bay, and the house-made cocktail sauce was deliciously horseradish-y. The mussels: less than perfect, but more than good enough. The crab cake, which took the longest, was a slight disappointment: just fine, and the binding was better than most, but the steamed items outshone it.