36 E. Cross St. and 1225 Cathedral St., (410) 539-2093, ryleighs.com
We rarely can afford to shell out the dough requisite to sate our appetite with oysters alone. So when we ordered the unpresuming blackened chicken sandwich at Ryleigh’s Oyster, it was an economical decision at $11. But we were blown away by the flavor and construction of the sammy: a charred-but-juicy chicken breast, a slab of aged cheddar, a smattering of sauteed jalapeños and onions, a slice of tomato, crisp lettuce, and a proportionate smear of avocado-ranch dressing good enough to lick from your fingers. It’s better prefaced by some bivalves, but even if you’re oyster-averse, it makes Ryleigh’s worth a trip.