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March 29, 2011

Review: Barracuda's Locust Point Tavern

Picture%203.pngContributor Jeremy Trucker reviews recent addition to Locust Point, Barracuda's.

I haven't spent a lot of time in South Baltimore's Locust Point neighborhood, but I would go back for a dinner or drinks at Barracuda's, one of the neighborhood's newest haunts.

The evening at Barracuda's wasn't without its minor setbacks, but overall, the casual restaurant/bar seems to have a winning formula. To begin, free street parking on Fort Ave was plentiful on a Friday night, which is a major plus.

(Ed. For my most recent Locust Point bar crawl, where I also visited Barracuda's, click here)

On this particular night, the bar was full though not packed and the crowd was both racially and age-diverse, hosting men and women from their 20s into their 60s and white, black, and Latino customers. This is an occurrence rarer than it should be in Baltimore.

Call drinks were $4.50 a shot and well poured by the friendly if overworked bartender/server. Apparently, the place was short-staffed on Friday, which led a neighboring table to complain.

But the same server didn't seem frazzled as she hurried around the rest of the table and bar area on the first floor. Additional seating is available upstairs, but going out of sight seemed a bad idea on a busy, understaffed night.

The atmosphere at Barracuda's is casual. The bar and table area each feature a flat screen, both showing the NCAA tournament at the time, though patrons didn't seem interested in the contests. One thing that stood out about Barracuda's is that, on this night anyway, it is not the type of place that tries to create atmosphere by blasting music or televised programming at ear-piercing decimals. While there was plenty of chatter and a few customers who seemed to have been in their stools long enough to be louder than necessary, no one had to shout to hear the person sitting next to them. If only all pubs realized that loud = fun does not apply to the post-collegiate set.

A few minor glitches stood out. First, the men's room is so small that I nearly bashed my shin into the toilet on my way in. The door and the can miss touching by only an inch or two when the door swings in to open. If I'm struggling to fit into the stall, consider yourself warned. Also, a blank chalkboard separated the bar from the tables, obstructing an otherwise open floor design.

More importantly, though, the food at Barracuda's, which apparently derives its name from a seafood theme and not a 70s hard rock song as I had suspected, was delicious. The pub grub staples, particularly the Old Bay wings and chicken salad sandwich, and sea salt chips, were satisfying. A cup of Carribean Turkey soup had just enough kick. A deep dish of surf 'n' turf nachos at a nearby table looked appealing enough to warrant a return visit. My fish tacos were small for an entree, but not bad for $8. Daily specials were pricier but much larger. Last weekend's specials included a whole red snapper. Though more than triple the price of the tacos at $27, my server promised that this was a very large dish.

Overall, Barracuda's is a friendly, convenient, casual bar with a menu that includes your average bar fare and several more imaginative seafood options. Since it just opened last Autumn, it will be interesting to see how the business picks up if and when the weather finally turns around and the neighborhood comes alive.

Barracuda's, at 1230 Fort Avenue, is open Monday through Sundays 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. 

Jay Trucker is a frequent contributor to Midnight Sun. He teaches at the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk and blogs occasionally at WNST.net. He last reviewed Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj's show at 1st Mariner Arena.


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Posted by Erik Maza at 9:12 AM | | Comments (10)
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Wow an actual bar review right here on Midnight Sun - NEAT!

They also have $1.00 nattie boh bottles....

The loudest decimal? 3.14.

Great review! But I don't understand why its on the Midnight Sun blog. Was Rye Rye at the bar?

Hey hey folks -- let's be fair.

It's not like Maza wrote the review himself.

I live in the 'hood and have been to this bar a few times. Everything is fine but I just can't get over the fact that they painted that beautiful dark brown wooden wall/wine cabinet white.... Luca's had their problems but the interior wasn't one of them.

rye rye went undercover with me all the way back when i first visited and wrote about barracudas on a bar crawl of the whole neighborhood. link above. @foo, ask your caretaker to buy the newspaper every now and then and youll see a nightlife column every Friday in the Live section.

Its nice to have a Sessa throw back bar review now and then.Maybe there wasn't a show going on in the city that no one cared about to take this post.Good review though...Also, its nice to see the night life blogger comment on a blog that someone else wrote for him.

Caretaker? Anyway I like most other people don't waste my money on the print edition and mostly read blogs. Its sort of trendy I guess but it just might catch on.

I wonder where I would file this review if it were the book and I were using the Dewey Decibel system.

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About Erik Maza
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 erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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