Olde Bay Tavern is North Beach’s newest restaurant, in fact they first opened their doors for business just last week! I was hoping to visit on opening night, but of course life/work/uncooperative puppies forced me to change my plans. By the time everything in our household settled down, it was already Sunday, and the weather was perfect for a drive out to North Beach to check out Olde Bay Tavern.
I should have gone on Friday, but more on that in a bit. For starters, the restaurant itself was pretty good. Parking is a problem (such is life in North Beach; more boat slips per capita than parking spots), but once you find a spot on the street, the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and the servers are excellent. If you’re concerned about getting great service, you’re sure to be happy here.
I ordered a variety of food to see if the chef is up to snuff, and I found the food itself to be a bit lackluster in places. To start, the hush puppies are fantastic. They were large, fluffy, and had a hint of Old Bay seasoning with honey drizzled on top, and melted butter on the side. It was much better than the tiny little nuggets of bread you see at Captain Billy’s seafood!
For dinner I ordered the crab quesadillas with french fries and the Salmon dinner with fresh veggies. The salmon was cooked to perfection, although a little on the bland side, and the quesadillas were a bit of a let down, but with good reason. Apparently the restaurant had a busy weekend, and they ran out of pineapple salsa, so there was nothing to balance the slightly dry quesadillas, and the cheese was not fully melted inside, adding to the problem.
When it came time for dessert, I was met with news that the successful opening weekend had caused the to run out of their death by chocolate and also their pineapple upside down cake. I opted not to test the waters with the frozen key lime pie and instead chose the peanut butter pie, which was excellent!
Olde Bay Tavern uses a fair amount of Old Bay Seasoning (hence the name, perhaps?), but they understand the concept of moderation. It’s never overdone (perhaps even a bit too light at times), which is a common mistake so I have to give them kudos for that. I will say that the french fries were right on the mark. In my opinion your french fries aren’t complete without old bay and malt vinegar, and they’ve got that spot on.
The tavern has a great social media presence, which I’m sure contributed to their opening weekend success, and if anything they may have trouble with growing pains in the future but that’s not such a bad problem to have, right?
Tue – Thu: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm