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Catonsville Gourmet

Looking for a clean restaurant, with extremely flavorful fresh seafood?    Catonsville Gourmet is the place for you.   Listed as a Top 10 Seafood Restaurant by Elizabeth Large brings on some hefty expectations.

Just remember – this place is BYOB for a 5$ corkage fee and first come seating. Now let’s get to the food.

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My wife had the Mystic oysters from Noank, CT.    These are smaller than the normal Chincoteague oysters we see around here.   These are described as “Full, plump meat, medium brine with a sweet, clean finish” She absolutely loved them!  Personally, I enjoy the flavors of New Orleans and the gumbo here is as close as I’ve see in Maryland – a proper dark rue (not burnt) with lots of meat, okra and the little punch in the end.
Next we had the fresh fish prepared in the manner that you select.    Choices in the past have included: Halibut, Grouper, Salmon, Rockfish, Tuna and Chilean Sea Bass.    This is typically the highlight of my meal.   The fish is exceptional and nearly always properly prepared.    I prefer my fish blackened with some lemon butter on the side.
While this place can be a little pricey, the BYOB helps to keep the price down.  A true neighborhood gem that I’m thankful we have.    The service isn’t always the absolute best but they are always friendly.
A definite repeat performer!  See other reviews here.

4 comments for “Catonsville Gourmet

  1. Chris Gray
    February 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Who doesn’t love BYOB!?! … and the seafood here is top notch! I’m a big fan of the crab cakes.

  2. Shelly Brouse
    February 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Tuna Nachos are the best ! And for those that want to enjoy a nice meal and take your kids (stop laughing!) the kids’ menu is pretty good too and only $6.

  3. Melissa
    February 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I love everything I end up ordering!

  4. l
    February 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I live in Catonsville and I really like this restaurant. The Ahi appetizer seems to be pre-prepared (the plate is refrigerator cold) but is still outstanding. Every meal my wife and I have there is always very good.

    The service, as the author mentioned, may not be outstanding but is always “good”. They seem to staff the place with locals (often high school girls) which is a great way to keep the place rooted in the community.

    As far as BYOB is concerned, I’ve never been charged a corking fee for beer. I once brought a growler of DFH 90 minute that drew odd glances but not a fee for what it’s worth.

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