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September 18, 2007

Game time at Mad River

Amie and I went out in Federal Hill Sunday searching for buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks.

First, we went to Rafters on Fort Avenue. But it was packed, and it looked like there was only one bartender/server on duty. Then we went to Capt. Larry's across the street. They don't serve mozz sticks.

We walked back across Fort Avenue and thought about getting some from Hilltop Carryout. No wings. No dice.

So we kept walking, down to Don't Know Tavern, which didn't have the sticks, and finally settled on Mad River (pictured).

I was shocked -- we got a table right away. Timing is everything. It was the fourth quarter of the Ravens/Jets game, and Mad River was out of fries, buffalo wings and something else I can't remember.

Amie got her mozz sticks, and I settled for boneless buffalo wings (chicken tenders dipped in buffalo sauce) which were actually really good. I ordered a $2 Bud Light draft (hey, it's two bucks) and we stayed for the rest of the game.

I wish we would have snagged a booth, because it looked like all the booths at the bar had their own flat screen TV. The only other place I've seen that is the Greene Turtle in Columbia

(Andre F. Chung/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:41 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


To: Sam Sessa
From: Baltimore City Hipster Board
Re: Street Cred Application
Dear Mr. Sesssa,
I am writing you concerning your application for "street cred"
The Hipster Board has decided that after reading your below comment in your most recent blog- Game time at Mad River- to wit: "I ordered a $2 Bud Light draft " and your past fondness for "Miller Chill" to turn down your street cred application at this time.
When your drinking choices finally change, please do not hesitate to contact us for re-evaluation.

Director of the Board of Hipsters

Can't speak for all their locations, but Silver Spring Mining Company in Cockeysville/Hunt Valley has flat screens at every booth with NFL Sunday Ticket. The only draw back? The schedules were always messed up and one or two games were always missing. The staff didn't have the foggiest on how to use their DirecTV, so I finally gave up and ordered Sunday Ticket at home.

Ray Lewis' Full Moon BBQ also has flat-screen TVs in its booths, and it also seemed to have a lousy selection of channels when I was there on a spring afternoon.

for the record, i'm not defending him or his (lack of) street cred. but i'd just like to pint out that he probably ordered the cheapest beer because i have a tendency to spend most of his money.... :)

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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