Whitehall Mill’s True Chesapeake Oyster Co. Restaurant opens

There is so much good to say about the True Chesapeake Oyster Co.: their location, décor, partnerships, drinks, food and dare I say oysters!

Oysters are at the crux and heart of this restaurant; they are at the center of this friendship/partnership of oyster farmer Patrick Hudson of True Chesapeake Oyster Co. from St. Jerome Creek in Southern Maryland, award-winning Executive Chef Zack Mills, and Nick Schauman – founder of The Local Oyster.  True Chesapeake Oyster Co. is the first Maryland oyster farm to open a restaurant. Bring in another award-winner, Chelsea Gregoire, the general manager and beverage director to round out an already outstanding hospitality team.  Everyone mentioned above is a story unto themselves and deserves more than this mere mention.

Zach Mills

The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. restaurant reclaimed 4,500 square feet in a corner of the former Jones Falls’ Whitehall Mill Sailcloth factory. When you step into the restaurant you have a choice of the bi-level dining rooms, a wraparound bar made of crushed True Chesapeake oyster shells, and last, but not least, a raised trough of stainless steel and copper for a showplace raw bar on the casual upper-level lounge dining area.

Patrons can step down to the formal dining room and take in its open kitchen window were foodie voyeurs can sneak glimpses, mirrored banquettes that reflect the surroundings, and the soft glow of the large drop-down pearl-globe lights from the 30-foot ceilings.

Oysters, yes, please!  Indulge in the True Chesapeake’s own Skinny Dippers or Huckleberry oysters or neighboring Chesapeake oysters from Maryland and Virginia – each with their unique flavor profiles. Slurping is highly suggested, oyster brine and all!

The True Chesapeake Oyster Co.’s menu is seafood forward: oysters raw and gussied up, steamed seafood, blue crab in varying inviting preparations, and the fresh catch-of-the-day. The marinated flounder crudo with pickled peach and microgreens took my breath away and made my taste buds do a tap dance. The crudo selection changes seasonally as do all of the dishes.  Don’t get me wrong about it being seafood forward; the carnivore will not starve with selections like the tomahawk rib-eye steak, Zack’s burger, fried chicken, and short ribs.

Personally, I can live at the raw bar, although there are so many temptations like the handmade spaghetti/ middle neck clams/butternut squash/bacon small plate, the spicy crab stew and of course, the flounder crudo.

True Chesapeake Oyster Co. – Historic Whitehall Mill – 3300 Clipper Mill Road – Baltimore – 410.913.6374  www.truechesapeake.com/pages/restaurant @truechesapeake

Closed on Mondays
Tuesday – Thurs: 4:30 to 10:30 (Kitchen Closes at 9:30; Oysters and Bar till close)
Friday & Saturday: 4:30 to 11:30 (Kitchen Closes at 10:30; Oysters and Bar till close)
Sunday: 4:30 to 10:30 (Kitchen Closes at 9:30; Oysters and Bar till close)

Free Parking