I’ve always enjoyed dining at Backfin Blues, a fine dining restaurant located in Port Deposit, Maryland. So, when I saw that Backfin Blues: Creole de Graw was coming to Havre de Grace, I was pretty excited. It took a few months for me to get there, but it was worth the wait. From the moment we were warmly greeted as we stepped in the door to the moment we left, the service was top notch. The food was just as good.
One of the waitstaff brought us a bowl of very nice mini cornbread muffins for the table almost as soon as we were seated. They were slightly crumbly, but had just the right amount of sweetness.
I started with a Maque Choux Dip appetizer, the weekly special. ($10) Maque Choux is usually served as a side, but for the special, it was topped with melted cheese and served with a generous helping of fried wontons and bow tie pasta. (The pasta was particularly amazing – fried and seasoned with an Old Bay taste.
I also ordered the Chef’s Fettuccini with shrimp. ($26) My dining companion ordered the whole rack of ribs, which came with a starch and a vegetable of his choice. ($26) Both meals were substantial and I was barely able to put a dent in mine. There are three sauce options for the pasta. I went with the rosé sauce, which was the least peppery option. It had just enough of a kick and was amazing. My companion says the ribs were the second best he’s ever eaten, and he has eaten his share of ribs! The waitress said they marinate them for several days beforehand and that they do tend to sell out. We got one of the last plates of ribs available and we were dining at 6:30. If you are jonesing for a good plate of ribs, you may want to plan on making your reservations for sometime before 7 pm!
Since I had plans to try dessert, I had the waitress box most of my meal. (Still delicious re-heated the next day, but with a more intense pepper flavor, by the way…) I ordered the sweet potato pie. ($7) It was a good consistency, with a nice crust. I loved that it wasn’t too sweet. The perfect end to my meal.
I am planning on a return visit to try the lunch menu. The Louisiana Po’Boy, which is not a dinner option, is whispering my name.
(Thursday nights from 7-10, you can enjoy live jazz music while you dine. I also heard a rumor about Sunday trivia games, so if you are looking for a fun night out with friends, you may also want to check out Creole de Graw’s bar.)
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400 North Union Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD 21078