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Kibby’s Restaurant

3450 Wilkens Ave., (410) 644-8716,

For a long time, Baltimore fans were the lonely hearts of the NFL. After our longtime “lover,” the Colts, ran out on us in the middle of a winter night to shack up with another CITY, we hit the personals. “Big city seeking big team to watch on cold nights. Must love crabs and Natty Boh. Is it you?” was all we asked from our potential suitors. Our responses were few and far between. We cried for years. We went on a really bad date with the USFL Stars, and our one successful date was just blah, with the CFL’s Stallions, whose championship trophy (which we won) is even called the Grey Cup. Finally, when we were ready to throw ourselves off lovers’ leap, the Ravens came and we were perfect together. Kibby’s, on Wilkens Avenue, seems to have kept a physical record of our entire football history in a locked case. Now we can visit and laugh at a Stars helmet, marvel at the get-all melancholy over the signed Colts memorabilia, or stoke out at the signed Super Bowl ball from the 2001 Ravens team. Oh yeah. There’s some awesome Orioles memorabilia too. But, really, none of that would matter if it weren’t for Kibby’s delicious shrimp salad (which won “Best Shrimp Salad” in 2006 and “Best Jumbo Jumbo Shrimp Salad” in 2007), the soft-shell crabs, the friendly, funny bartenders, or the crowd of retirees who sit over cheap buckets of beer and welcome you like a long-lost cousin.

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