On home game days (whether it’s for the Orioles or the Ravens) Pratt Street Ale House is PACKED. The inside is full, the patio is full, unless you budget yourself plenty of time, you won’t get a table. Because of this, I’ve always wanted to try the food assuming it’s amazing, and I’ve been to The Ale House Columbia which is their sister restaurant and I love it there. Some friends and I were planning on catching the O’s play so we thought it would be nice to grab a quick bite to eat before the game. Remembering that I’ve been wanting to try Pratt Street Ale House, we made moves to get there early enough that there shouldn’t be a wait and then we would still have plenty of time to grab drinks outside of the stadium. Unfortunately, our meal was not as great as we anticipated and for the life of me I cannot fathom why there is always a crowd of people outside.
When we arrived at Pratt Street Ale House, the restaurant was pretty crowded for 2pm on a Saturday, but we had no trouble grabbing a table. After looking over the menu, we decided to share some things as a group.
The first thing we ordered were Buffalo Bites. They’re standard bar food so we figured it was a safe choice. The bites were very dry and the sauce was bland, if we wanted chicken nuggets we would have just ordered that. It also tasted like the buffalo bites were sitting out for a while before they were brought to our table.
Next up was the Crab Dip. The pretzel it came with was unsalted and the crab dip was only okay. I’m not a huge seafood person but my friends were not a fan of this dish. This was almost inedible.
Lastly, we split an order of the Loaded Fries. This was the highlight of the meal, but again it was only okay. The fries were your standard from the freezer and then loaded with bacon and cheese. The bacon and cheese was good and the only reason we really loved this dish was because everything else was so sub-par.
In short, the trip to Pratt Street Ale House was a major disappointment and I probably won’t be back any time soon. As far as bar food goes, our expectations fell short and there are plenty of better options nearby.
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