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Good Eats: The tastiest ‘flys’ around

30 April 2014 By Taylor Seidel, Columnist No Comments

Courtesy of Taylor Seidel

The words “rustic,” “homestyle” and “diner” are not commonly used together.  But for the next restaurant on GoodEats, this is exactly what comes to mind. Shoo-Fly Diner in Belvedere Square at 510 E Belvedere Ave was next on my search for the best eats this town has to offer.

Shoo-Fly Diner is owned by the same restaurateurs as the delicious upscale Baltimore staple Woodberry Kitchen. The diner goes along with the same theme as Woodberry Kitchen, featuring all locally grown products on the menu. The combination of fresh ingredients with a diner flare results in a delicious meal and reasonable prices.

The ambiance is completely unlike any diner I have been to before. No acrylic booths or jukebox here, instead beautiful rustic wooden tables and booths, with a focal point around a long I-shaped bar.

The menu is broken into sections including: breakfast served all day, lunch and dinner items, and late night bar. I ended up going on a Friday for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by all of the choices on the menu.  I started off the meal with an order of onion rings found under the snacks section of the menu. They were the real deal.  All onion and a light crispy coating, served with a spicy fish pepper mayo.

The decision on what to get for my main course was tough. After a few recommendations from the waitress, I went with the pork cheesesteak. A crunchy sub roll, sliced pieces of tender pork topped with a warm cheese sauce, caramelized onions and mushrooms. The sandwich was both flavorful and hearty.

A friend and foodie of mine tagged along on the journey. When deciding on a main course, he chose the meatloaf. Now, meatloaf is a food I, as well as many I’m sure, get wary about ordering at restaurants. However, all worries were put to rest when their rendition hit the table.

It was served with roasted vegetables, airy mashed potatoes and a tangy barbecue sauce. The perfect pairing of deliciously prepared food with realistic pricing has the Shoo-Fly Diner on my list of Baltimore’s best.

Until next time. I wish you GoodEats!

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