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For more than 30 years, the Rusty Scupper has served high quality seafood right in the edge of the Inner Harbor. Dishes coming out of Executive Chef Mark Miranda's kitchen feature food just plucked from the water, including fresh oysters, chilled shellfish, lump crab cakes, Maryland crab soup and other seafood specialties. Beef and chicken options are also available on the menu (including a Kobe beef burger and a New York strip steak), but chances are anyone dining here came specifically looking for some Chesapeake-inspired dishes.
On my most recent trip to the Rusty Scupper, I started with the Mussels Marinara ($10), an ambrosial bowl of mussels sauteed in a tomato and onion sauce. The warm bread and roasted red pepper dipping sauce made a great combination with the appetizer. Next came the Maryland Crab Cakes ($32), two all-lump cakes held together with a three-mustard butter sauce and served alongside homemade mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables (on this particular night the vegetables were green beans and carrots). My dining partner tried the Bouillabaisse ($30), a delectable tomato-based seafood stew with sea scallops, mussels, and shrimp served in a crock pot that is a great option for those who just can't get enough seafood. To top of the meal, we decided to give the Smith Island Cake a try. Neither of us had ever tried Maryland's state cake, which consists of 8-10 alternating layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting. The dessert seemed like something I could make at home using cake mix and a can of frosting--but who knows, maybe that, too, is a Maryland tradition.
Tasty seafood aside, the best part about the Rusty Scupper doesn't come on a platter. More so than its seafood, the restaurant is known for stellar views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Get the right seat, and you will enjoy sweeping, panoramic views of the city as it shimmers on the water as boats glide by. Arriving just in time to watch the sunset is a surefire way to make a good impression on a date or let the Baltimore skyline make a good impression on visitors.
The Rusty Scupper features live piano music each night, and also hosts a fantastic "Live Jazz Brunch" on Sundays from 10:45 a.m. through 2 p.m. For $38, guests can enjoy a raw oyster bar, steamed shrimp, homemade beignets, freshly carved meats, made-to-order omelets, Old Bay home fries and much more--plus champagne, mimosas, Bellinis and sangria. Reservations are recommended, as the brunch is extremely popular and fills up fast—especially on Ravens and Orioles game days.
As a final note, diners at the Rusty Scupper can eat without guilt, as the restaurant is a proud member of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Partnership. The restaurant donates used shells so that new oysters can be planted in the Chesapeake Bay.