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Drifter’s Raw Bar and Grill

Phone:(410) 727-1355
Address:1024 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 

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By Gadi Dechter | Posted 10/5/2005

Omnivore’s recent fried-oyster orgy got us all whet for mollusk-in-the-raw, so we biked down on Sunday to Federal Hill for a splurge at the Cross Street Market raw bar—forgetting it was a Ravens home game day. Intimidated by the purple oyster cult three-deep at the market, we settled instead for Drifter’s Raw Bar and Grill down the street, recently reopened in the former Bandaloops space. Here was a sedate crowd of older football fans, gathered round the requisite plasma screen, but also bathed in natural light from the high skylights above the interior bar. Half a dozen Connecticut salty blue point oysters ($5.95) were mild and medium-sized, and slippery good with a dash of extra-tangy cocktail sauce. The Jamaican jerk chicken appetizer ($6.95), a holdover from Bandaloops, is an entrée’s worth of spice-encrusted chicken breast that’s juicier than any white meat has the right to be. Our nostrils burned with delight whenever we dunked the bird chunks into a bowl of hot honey-rum mustard. Less thrilling was the pedestrian turkey club sandwich ($6.95), which arrived without the requested mustard, and on half-toasted bread. Still, the bartender server was brisk and friendly, and the couple bellied up beside us couldn’t stop raving about their steamed shrimp ($8.95), which appeared plump—and disappeared quickly. Fuck the Jets.

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