Tuesday, February 5, 2013

By the sea in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland is a great place to visit at any time of year, winter or summer. While most outdoor activities center around the sea during the summer months, fine dining in Baltimore is a year round thing, and easily accessible with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Baltimore Bus Charters. With a charter bus, you and your group can travel around Baltimore in style and comfort while your reliable charter bus driver takes you round the city for a gastronomic tour.
Seafood has to be fresh, for the best results in cooking, and they don’t get much fresher than at the Black Olive restaurant. The waiter will invite charter bus diners into this Greek restaurant’s kitchen to view the day’s catch, where they can see for themselves exactly how bright-eyed and glossy the fish are. Choices are wide, though seasonal, including pompano, sea bream and Dover sole, among others. Head back to your table and your meal will soon arrive, burnished by the grill and garnished with little more than a hint of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a couple of capers. The secret of the Black Olive is this, fish this fresh needs nothing more to show off its delicate flavors. Add a bottle of intriguing Greek wine from the comprehensive wine list to complement your meal, and finish it off with a hand made baklava for dessert.
Glamor has always been a part of properly executed fine dining, and nowhere will charter bus visitors feel more like royalty than at Sascha’s 527 Cafe in Baltimore. This dramatic restaurant, brainchild of owner Sascha Wolhandler, sets the scene with a red velvet curtain entrance, 16 foot tall ceilings, towering flower arrangements and a vintage chandelier that looks like it come out of Versailles. While the surroundings are palatial, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. There certainly isn’t any pretentiousness in the menu, which is bistro style international without being overwhelmingly haute cuisine. Sascha’s menu is seasonal, and changes frequently, but some favorites are the tapas style shrimp, coriander encrusted scallops and grilled rainbow trout.
Gunning’s Seafood Restaurant looks a little anonymous and nondescript, but it’s well worth the charter bus ride out to this place for their steamed hard shell crabs. Three generations of the Gunnings family have been in the business of seafood preparation for over 40 years, and they do know their crabs. Best visited in the summer, when the blue shelled crabs that hit your plate come straight from Maryland’s own Wye River, supposedly the best place in the country to find the fattest, tastiest crabs. And not just the steamed crabs, batter-dipped crab cakes, fried stuffed hard-shell crabs, soft-shell crabs in season are all on the menu, with the house specialty, battered and deep-fried green pepper rings, dusted with powdered sugar.
For a seafood soiree through Baltimore, give Baltimore Bus Charters a call to find out how they can help you arrange your charter bus trips with a selection from their fleet of charter buses and friendly, personalized service.

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