My fiancee had lunch with an old high school friend who happens to be passing through town as part of the musical Young Frankenstein cast. Without hesitation, she chose Mama’s on the Half Shell. I asked her to write about her experience so I could share with anyone who cared to read, so here’s a cut and paste of her direct words:
I enjoyed Saturday's dinner at Mama's on the Half-Shell so much that, when I met an old friend from Canada who is in Baltimore for 2 weeks while touring with Young Frankenstein, I convinced her she had to have lunch with me at Mama's to get a *real* Baltimore experience. We each had a drink; I enjoyed ANOTHER Orange Crush, which is an amazing orange vodka-triple sec-orange juice mix that tastes somewhere between orange pop and an Orangina. It has a double shot in it which you don't taste at all and don't even realize you've ingested until you get up to go to the bathroom and things feel nice and fuzzy. Delish! To start we shared a crab and artichoke dip, which came in a MASSIVE bread bowl and could easily feed 4-6 (my friend took the leftovers back to her hotel mini-fridge, gleefully anticipating so many post-show midnight snacks). She had a special of blackened tilapia which she said was amazing; I had the seafood melt. With fries on the side (double fried I think? And very tasty), the sandwich consisted of a lightly sauced seafood salad made of crab, shrimp and scallops, piled high on an english muffin and toasted with cheddar cheese. The seafood salad mix was really savoury and pleasant and had little minced bits of celery and onion that really rounded out the flavour. There was nothing bland and mayonnaise-y about this. It was AMAZING. Also very filling; for just over $10, you basically get 2 meals as I took home half my fries and half the sandwich for a late-in-the-day pick-me-up. The seafood was of good quality and it just struck me as a really tasty but still economical meal. The experience definitely confirmed for me that Mama's is good at any time of day or night, and who doesn't like to return to work on a weekday with a nice little Orange Crush buzz on? Obviously.
Color me jealous for missing out on that.