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Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact

15 Mar 04 - 06:54 PM (#1137490)
Subject: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Lady Hillary

EBarnacle and I stopped in at Bertha's on our way through Baltimore to Washington. We each had a bowl of mussels. They were feenominal!! When EBarnacle sang the chorus to the waitstaff, they asked whether we had just made it up. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Eat Bertha's Mussels in the Digital Tradition.


15 Mar 04 - 07:51 PM (#1137533)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Big Mick

How can I have been in Baltimore all these times, and know nothing of this place??? Details, please, so I can visit this year while at the Getaway. And the song, as well.

Mick


15 Mar 04 - 08:26 PM (#1137550)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Charley Noble

Mick-

It is in the DT and the subject of several threads. It's a great song, introduced to most of us by John Roberts and Tony Barrand.

I'm going to check the place out again when I'm visiting Baltimore in mid-September.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


15 Mar 04 - 08:30 PM (#1137553)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Big Mick

Thanks, Chas.!!!


15 Mar 04 - 09:24 PM (#1137585)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: curmudgeon

I do believe that it was written by Tony and John, set to the tune for "I Belong To Glasgow." -- Tom


15 Mar 04 - 10:52 PM (#1137635)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Lady Hillary

Just go to the Fell's Point area, on the West side of Broadway and you can't miss it. The dining room faces the last square before the water [it'll be obvious when you see it] but you enter through the bar or on a side street.


15 Mar 04 - 11:39 PM (#1137660)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Padre

Be sure to get the 'Green Sauce' - and they have a lot of good beers on tap. One of the BP's favorite gig sites.

Padre


16 Mar 04 - 08:31 AM (#1137977)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Charley Noble

But will I be required to wear a tie to get in the door?

Who are the BP's?

Charley Noble


16 Mar 04 - 08:39 AM (#1137988)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Padre

The BP's are the Boarding Party
And no, ties are optional


16 Mar 04 - 09:20 AM (#1138028)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Bat Goddess

Do they serve other fare than mussels? Blue mussels, alas, after many years of enjoying them, now make me violently ill even if I ingest some of the water they're cooked in.

Linn


16 Mar 04 - 01:09 PM (#1138303)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Charley Noble

Padre-

Oh, them BP's!

Hope you have their recently released 3rd recording.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


16 Mar 04 - 04:12 PM (#1138502)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: EBarnacle

By the way, don't forget to ask for a bumper sticker or two for your instrument case and for your car.

Tried the mussels with a tarragon and spinach in olive oil sauce this trip--heavenly.

Unlike the late, lamented Clam Broth House in Hoboken, the portion size is MONLY. A bowl of mussels is a real meal.


16 Mar 04 - 05:30 PM (#1138585)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work

Linn, yes, they do have other stuff besides mussels. It's just that the "Eat Bertha's Mussels" slogan and bumper sticker and song made that particular specialty famous. I guess the wait staff is too young to know the song! It's a very good restaurant.

Yup, Charley, Padre does have the new album (known in some circles as BP3) -- he's Tom McHenry, a mainstay of The Boarding Party throughout its existence! Thanks for the plug, though!

Cheers, Nancy


16 Mar 04 - 07:11 PM (#1138684)
Subject: RE: Bertha's Mussels--Music and Fact
From: Joe_F

The tune is not the same as that of "I Belong to Glasgow", tho they are both in 3/4 time.

The idea is similar to, and perhaps inspired by, "Lydia Pinkham" (treated extensively on the Mudcat).