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Ryleigh’s Oyster
22 Padonia Road,
Hunt Valley, MD 21093
(410) 539-2093

So, not sure if you all have realized this yet, but February is basically the party month of winter. I mean seriously! You kick off the month with some great football (get it, kick off…), then, in the middle of the month you get to celebrate Hallmark’s favorite holiday: Singles Awareness Day… or Valentine’s Day as some like to call it. And quickly there after you get almost an entire week filled with sweet celebrations: President’s Day, followed by Mardi Gras, then Ash Wednesday and who can forget the Chinese New Year.

Since you obvi can’t take the entire month of February off (unless you’re Tom Brady) we’ve discovered a new stellar, yet somewhat more subtle way to celebrate…

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It starts with grabbing your boo, the neighbor you’ve been stalking or that stranger you just bumped into while reading this on your phone, and heading to the Ryleigh’s Oyster’s new Hunt Valley location.

Festooned with wooden accents, walls covered in oyster themed quotes, and a heated tent covering the back patio bar, this new hot spot is showing the burbs how to get the party started. Not only can you get great seaside fare and booze, but on Fridays and Saturdays you can enjoy both of these treats while enjoying live tunes.

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Seafood lovers (so basically all of you Marylanders…) will rejoice after kicking off your meal with bites like the Crab Pretzels and obviously endless amounts of delicious oysters; then, diving into one of executive chef Patrick Morrow’s main courses like the Rockfish with grits and smoked tomatoes puree.

With many of the vegetables coming from owner Brian McComas’ mother’s Hunt Valley Farm and others from the restaurant’s rooftop garden Ryleigh’s ingredients are always fresh and delicious.

Aphrodisiacs and alcohol: sounds like February to us!

By Amanda Blum

Amanda Blum writes and edits E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. lifestyle content for Baltimore.