with so few restaurants in Baltimore County making any effort to have interesting food in a lively setting, I really want to be able to wholeheartedly endorse Ryleigh's Oyster in Timonium, but so far the experience falls short of the expectation. The oysters are very good, with a nice selection of raw oysters and various preparations. The oyster po boy with the candied bacon is delicious. However, stray beyond oysters and the food is disappointing. Recently a group of 8 met there for a get-together after a long time. The location is great. The ambiance is fun; while it is a little noisy that is ok as it feels happy. The service is good, attentive without being too pushy. But the food just does not live up to its potential. I had a shrimp salad sandwich, which was not nearly as good as shrimp salad you can get at Grauel's. Several people had the scallops, which sounded good but were ordinary. My husband ordered shrimp and grits, which came with risotto instead, as they were out of grits (they did give him a chance to reorder which he did not, so I guess that is his bad) and he said it was rather tasteless. I hope the kitchen can step up their efforts to produce food that is excellent rather than ok, as I really want to love this restaurant.
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