Barracudas: A New Favorite Find on Fort Ave

| March 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

Before’s recent article, “A Black Hole for Business on Fort Ave.,” I had never heard of Barracudas. Located on Fort Ave. just past 5 Points and few blocks down from L.P. Steamers, I must have passed by this Locust Point tavern dozens of times, but I would never have been able to tell you its name or even think of stopping in – shame on me.

Belizean Chicken

After deciding on dinner and drinks at Barracudas on Saturday night, I can honestly proclaim that I have nothing but great things to say. The ambiance was laid back (think Ocean City meets Charm City) and service was quick and friendly, but it was the food that was the real standout of the evening. I don’t know what I liked most about Barracudas – the convergence of bar food meets seafood (two of my favorites!), the awesome list of food specials or the incredible flavor of ALL of the dishes (I was with a party of six and every single dish, appetizers included, was delicious.) OK, so it was the last point that really sealed the deal for me and already has me planning my next visit.

From my meal this weekend, I’d be surprised if there was something that I didn’t like on the menu. But, here are a few highlights I can testify to:

Guinness Mussels. This was a special item for the night although I’d strongly advocate for them to be a staple on the menu. The mussels doused in the creamy beer-infused sauce were incredible. Even the non-mussel fanatics at the table couldn’t get enough.

Surf and Turf Nachos. A must-order (trust me on this one.) The portion was HUGE and the toppings were great. A couple Natty Bohs and an order of these nachos could be a meal in itself for a party of two.

Jerk Chicken Pasta. The spicy jerk chicken on top of the bow tie pasta was packed with flavor. I’m not a huge pasta fan when I go out to eat (unless I’m doing authentic Italian), but this was one of my surprise favorites.

Fresh Fish and Butcher Cut of the Day. Obviously these will change with each visit, but on Saturday the panko crusted mahi-mahi and Belizean-flavored chicken breast were two of the table favorites (Alright, who I am I kidding? Everything was a table favorite.)

Key West Salad

We also had the super thin crust pizza with grilled steak, the Key West salad with jumbo grilled shrimp and the crab cake sandwich packed with lump meat. Again, no complaints.

Although most had great things to say, I had browsed through a few mixed reviews of Barracudas before we went on Saturday and after leaving I was shocked that anybody could have anything less than positive to say. My rationale – Maybe Barracudas has an occasional off-night? Maybe there are a few menu items that are less than stellar? Or maybe these people are just crazy? Regardless, I’ll be back soon. Very soon.

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