on April 12, 2004
So why would a person who is allergic to seafood pick a seafood restaurant on the Inner Harbor in which to have dinner on a Saturday night? Well, my best friend just moved to Maryland and was having a hankering for crab, and Phillips is best known for their crabcakes, so I went with the flow. The good news for me is that they also served steak and chicken -- and I mentioned to our waitress about my allergy, so they took precautions and all was well.
When we arrived at the restaurant, there looked to be a long line, but it moved at a quick pace. We waited maybe 15 minutes tops. We were seated at a table where we could look out on the inner harbor.
There was a piano man at the bar singing some of your standard piano man tunes, and we were close to the bar so it was a bit loud, but fun none the less. He later turned into guitar man after a 20-minute break, and that was a bit less disruptive to conversation.
My friend ordered crab legs -- supposedly pre-split, which was not the case when delivered to our table -- and a beer. I had pink lemonade (I've had better) and a filet mignon. I had requested a baked potato, but they had run out (it was only 7pm). Was there a run on baked potatoes?
I'm always pleased when I can order a filet mignon and they know how to cook it well-done while not having to butterfly it (makes it dry), so the steak was very good. The french-fry substitute for my baked potato was ok, but I'd have preferred the potato. My friend enjoyed her crab legs, or so it looked to me, and was excited that she would now have seafood at her disposal all the time!
The bill came to about $60 (the steak was $26.80), and we didn't have dessert. (There's a Cheesecake Factory within walking distance, so we opted for that instead.) Our server was pleasant, but a bit on the slower side. However, as you probably know, good company (a friend you haven't seen in ages) makes otherwise annoying experiences seem not so bad.
I think Phillips is a nice place for seafood lovers, although a bit gitchy (sea horse-shaped shrubbery and souvenir glasses?) for my taste. However, I'd give it a solid 7 out of 10 for the steak alone.
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