Nick's Fish House
Hidden away in an industrial waterfront basin in South Baltimore, Nick's is “adaptive reuse” at its Baltimore best. Crabs, beer, and assorted fried stuff just taste better when guzzled and grubbed on a broad deck overlooking pleasure crafts (and a roaring highway). If you can't get a table outside, the spacious restaurant is perfectly pleasant, if a bit thick with the post-frat vibe. Nick's is great for large groups, though that also means you might end up sharing deck space with a bunch of dudes in Hawaiian shirts celebrating having met their sales goals. When flying solo, better to belly up at the original Nick's Seafood counter at Cross Street Market.