Fells Point's newest restaurant, Thames Street Oyster House, opens today to the public at 5 p.m. with an abbreviated menu for a soft opening. It served family and friends last night.
The restaurant, pictured next to Cat's Eye Pub, is owned by Baltimore native Candace Beattie and focuses on her home state specialty, seafood, with a splash of New England thrown in. Candace spent 10 years in Boston with a band management company before returning home five or so years ago.
"My family's all here," she said on the phone this morning. "They were willing to help me with this project."
The chef is Eric Houseknecht, who has worked at SALT and restaurants in South Florida and New England, "very seafood friendly places," Candace said.
Menu items include oysters on the half shelf, of course, and appetizers like P.E.I. mussels and shrimp ceviche; sandwiches like New England lobster roll and Rhode Island clam roll; and entrees like seared Block Island scallops and lobster and crab risotto. Landlubbers don't fret. There are animals on the menu in the form of burgers, lamb steak sandwiches, chicken torta, and skirt steak.
I haven't seen the inside of the restaurant yet, but Candace described it as having a first floor with a bar and a back dining room and a second floor with white-tablecloth-covered tables. There's an outdoor brick patio, too.
Photo by me