Tuesday, November 15, 2011


My family has been going to Razorback's since they opened in Canton in the 90s. Now in Towson, they're far more conveniently-located and Mr Minx and I usually end up there once a year or so; it's a good place to hide out during the mayhem that is Halloween. Especially since Ukazoo books and Fresh Market are in the same shopping center. :)

A popular bar, Razorback's also has a pair of pretty dining rooms at the back. Shiny table tops and cloth napkins give one the impression of being in a fine dining establishment, but the bulk of the menu consists of familiar comfort/bar foods like burgers, fried oysters, and ribs, with a few more elegant steak and fish dishes.

We started off with an appetizer called "Baltimore Sushi," which is not sushi at all but a combination of shrimp and crab meat with melted Monterey jack and cheddar cheese, wrapped in an Old Bay-flavored tortilla and sliced into four pieces. Really an oddly-shaped quesadilla, the dish arrived piping hot, the tortilla crisp and the cheese oozy. It tasted pretty good, but I would have liked it much better if it were half the price. For $9.25, I expect quite a bit more seafood.

I almost always get ribs at Razorback's, and this visit was no different. I'm a sucker for fall-off-the-bone-tender meat slathered in a tangy sweet sauce with a hint of spice, especially when it comes with crisp Boardwalk-style fries and very good, fresh, cole slaw.

(Is it me, or are "full racks" of ribs getting smaller? When I buy baby backs to cook at home, I get the cryovac packs of 3 racks, one of which is sufficient to feed three people. Restaurant racks these days can't possibly provide more than 6-8 oz of meat. Are they using guinea pigs?)

Mr Minx went for the BOLT sandwich--basically bacon, lettuce, and tomato, with the addition of fried oysters, on a kaiser roll. I've always enjoyed the fried oysters at Razorback's, but the combination of bacon and shellfish doesn't always work for me; it didn't this time, but Mr Minx quickly scarfed it down. The oysters and bacon were both crispy, which was nice.

I hear the burgers are good, so maybe I'll try that next time. Or I might just stick to the ribs.

Razorback's Raw Bar and Grill
826 Dulaney Valley Rd
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 821-9550

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Posted by theminx on Minxeats.com.

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