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What Exactly Is Calamari?

costas inn fried calamariCalamari is much more than battered and fried squid rings, as it is delicious to many people. Although it might not be a typical food, it is still an enjoyable treat. Calamari is one of the most popular seafood dishes you can get. Many people around the country consume fried calamari as an appetizer. The texture and juiciness of this squid dish make it stand out from other popular appetizers and seafood dishes. Continue reading to learn more about this seafood dish and where it comes from. 

Calamari Is Referred To A Squid

Calamari is a culinary term in many countries. There are dozens of squid species across the world. What they have in common is that they’re easy to add and incorporate into our diets. Calamari can be added to rice dishes, noodles, soups, and other seafood dishes. It is also most commonly fried and served as an appetizer. 

Fried Calamari Rings

The most popular way of cooking and preparing calamari is making battered and fried rings. They are often marinated and coated with a batter before being deep fried. Traditionally, they are served with a side of marinara sauce. 

How Does Calamari Taste

Calamari doesn’t have a very “fishy” taste. It’s known for its firm, mildly sweet flesh and chewy texture. Sometimes, it can have a subtle nutty flavor. While it may be somewhat bland, calamari can soak up any flavors of the sauces, seasonings, and any other ingredients it’s cooked with.


Costas Inn has been an area icon, slinging the best crabs in Baltimore for over 50 years!

You may recognize our restaurant recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!



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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes