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|Our Restaurant Guide for Calvert County Maryland|
|This article appeared in the Summer 2003 edition of our magazine.|
One of our favorite things to do for our readers is to review local restaurants. We enjoy sharing with you what we find out when we visit the many restaurants in the tri-county area. From seafood, to Japanese fare, to good old down home Southern Maryland cooking there is much available to you for a delectable dining experience. We wanted to make eating out easier for our readers, so we put together this restaurant guide to help you locate just the perfect place to please your palate. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete listing. A few restaurants are missing. (Just a few.) Though we made every attempt to make it as complete as possible, in some instances we were simply not able to obtain the information we needed. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are excited to share with you what we have compiled. Happy eating!!
This seafood/crabhouse is a family restaurant owned by Bobby and Roxanne Abner since 1966. The restaurant is situated on Fishing Creek and is open for lunch and dinner. For entertainment you’ll find karaoke, a tiki bar, and live bands. Crab feasts are a tradition here and you can order a two hour all you can eat feast any day for $24.95. On Wednesdays the feast is $22.95. Other popular items include rockfish dinner, soft-shell crab, and stuffed shrimp. The average cost of an entrée is $13.00. Reservations are not required, but preferred. Abner’s caters on or off site. (See our review in the Fall 2002 edition.)
Adam’s The Place For Ribs
This is a family restaurant located in an authentic log cabin structure that has been in business for 11 years. Owner Jaime Padilla serves BBQ ribs (the restaurant’s most popular item), steaks and seafood for lunch or dinner and a Sunday brunch. Range of cost for an entrée is $12.00. Entertainment is also available and reservations are not required. A children’s menu is available. Make sure to try the summer specials. Catering on or off site is available for 1,000 people.
Owners Chuck and Jan Ruttkay’s tastes are reflected in this coffee/gourmet grocery/home shop. “We offer the very best imported Italian coffee.” Open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and weekends 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can order a muffin or bagel for breakfast and homemade sandwiches and quiche for lunch. The Ruttkay’s most popular item is chicken salad made with grapes, chutney, and secret spices. Samples of their gourmet snack foods are always on the counter. The average breakfast price is $3.00, lunch is $6.50. On weekends specialty breads are available. Summer specials include salad and cold soup. Through the summer an Irish band is featured every fourth Saturday from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. with a $5 cover. Reservations are not required.
This is a casual restaurant with the “friendliest bar in town” that is known for the “best steak on the beach.” This restaurant which has been in business for one year is owned by Theresa King and Glenn James. They’re open for dinner and offer entertainment on the weekends. Other specialty dishes include fresh cut beef and fresh seafood. The average cost per entrée is $14.95. Reservations are suggested for holidays and weekends. At Thanksgiving reservations are required. A children’s menu is available.
Boomerang’s Original Ribs
This family BBQ restaurant, owned by Billy Wells, a long time resident of Calvert County, has been serving Southern Maryland for over 10 years. It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, serving a great selection of ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood, and sandwiches. The most popular menu item here is Wells’ famous pork BBQ ribs. A children’s menu is available.
This family run American fare restaurant is attached to a 12 room inn that has been in business since 1918. Bowen’s serves “the area’s best fried chicken” for lunch or dinner. It features an outside deck you can dine on and a senior’s priced and children’s menu. Summer specials include all you can eat nights; Wednesday is spaghetti for $7.95, Thursday is taco night for $5.00 and Sunday is fried chicken night for $9.95. The average price for an entrée is $16.00. A band plays Friday and Saturday night through September. On site catering for 75 is available.
This seasonal restaurant has been in operation for more than 30 years. Owned by Graham Buckmaster, this restaurant specializes in hard shell crabs and is open March thru November. All outside seating makes this a popular place to enjoy a crab feast and a cold beverage.
This seafood restaurant has been in business for ten years and is owned by Bob and Jeannie Massaro. Outside dining is available and every table is a water view. The Massaro’s serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offer specials of the day including soft shell crabs. Folks who eat here love the crab cakes. The average price for an entrée is $16.00. Reservations are required for a party of seven or more. A children’s menu is available.
A casual waterfront restaurant owned by James Seymour for seven years. It features steak and seafood on the menu for lunch and dinner. A menu favorite is Catamaran Steak. The average range for an entrée is $19.00. Reservations are not required but accepted and there is a children’s menu available. There is entertainment on Friday and Saturday. On-site catering for 135 people is available.
Catherine File and Debbie Wood opened this unique restaurant seven years ago and it’s been a hit ever since. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and serves creative cuisine. “The menu specials reflect the fresh local ingredients we put in our dishes.” Mediterranean pasta is a favorite as well as other ethnic seafood and vegetarian meals. The house salad is a favorite of many. Reservations are not required, but the place is small and the restaurant is very popular, so you might have to wait for a table. An adjacent cocktail lounge recently opened so you can enjoy a beverage while waiting. The average price for lunch is $8.00, dinner $15.00. A few children’s dishes are available. (See our review in the Winter 2000 edition.)
Chaney’s On The Beach
This waterfront bar and grill has been owned by Kevin York for four years. It features a tiki bar with “2 for 1 on Friday” specials. You may want to join the Thursday horseshoe league or Tuesday pool league. There is a DJ or band on Saturday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and karaoke on Friday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Dinner only is offered with specialties such as steamed shrimp, crab cakes, and hamburgers. The average cost of an entrée is $4.00. No reservations are required and a children’s menu is available.
China Harbor Seafood Restaurant
Yvonne Lee owns this 12 year-old Chinese restaurant. “We use very authentic family recipes for our dishes, we make dishes you can’t get any place else.” Popular dishes include crispy whole rockfish, moo-shu pork, and steamed meat dumpling and duck. Summer specials include soft-shell crab, pina-colada shrimp, asparagus & seafood and calamari in black bean sauce. Lee serves lunch and dinner and can cater a lunch crowd for up to 30 people. The average lunch price is $7.00, dinner entrée is $18.00. Reservations requested for 10 or more, also for Friday and Saturday night.
Grab a book and come in to this friendly coffeehouse/sandwich shop which has been open for four years and is owned by Kathy Link and Kim Bresenhan. Common Grounds opens everyday starting at 6:00 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. on weekends. Friday is open mic night and in the summer acoustic instruments entertain with blue grass or country sounds. Coffee, latte, and espresso, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and quiche can be ordered. Smoothies are available for the summer. The average price is $7.00 for sandwich and drink. Link and Bresenhan can reserve a space for up to 17 people on site and offer a breakfast tray. (See our review in the Winter 2001 edition.)
DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay
This is an Italian restaurant that has been in business for eight and a half years and is owned by Gerri DiGiovanni. It has a great water front location, deck dining, and dockage. Dinner only with “authentic Italian” dishes such as capellini pasta with jumbo shrimp, filet mignon with melted gorgonzola cheese, ravioli stuffed with crabmeat, and cacciucco alla DiGiovanni. An average entree here is $18.00. Every Wednesday and Friday night there is live guitar music. Reservations are recommended and there is a children’s menu available. A summer menu is also offered. ( See our review in the Fall 2000 edition.)
Dry Dock Restaurant
This American seafood restaurant has been open for 22 years and is owned by Zahnhiser’s Inc. It is a cozy waterfront restaurant that is open for dinner daily and Sunday brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A few favorites are the Amaretto Jumbo Shrimp and crab cakes. An average entrée is $25.00. Reservations are recommended and a children’s menu is not available.
Frying Pan Restaurant
Originally a general store in the early 20s, this restaurant, currently owned by R. Scott Adams, boasts the “best selection of great American food,” and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with daily specials as well. Some favorites include the jumbo shrimp, seafood platter, and steak. Breakfast is also popular. The average price for lunch is $6.50 and dinner, $15.00. Reservations are not required and some children’s dishes are available.
Guido’s Family Restaurant
Jeannie and Bob Massaro run this friendly neighborhood restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner and specializes in Italian cuisine, seafood, and steaks. This casual dining facility offers a children’s menu, and will deliver anything on their menu. A happy hour is offered in the restaurant’s sports bar weekdays 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Owner James Zirakian has been serving up New Orleans style seafood for four years. The restaurant is open for lunch on the weekends and dinner Tuesday thru Sunday. Every weekend features live entertainment both upstairs and downstairs. The average cost of an entrée is $15.00 and reservations are not required. Ask about Zirakian’s award winning crab cake or jumbalya. Catering for 200 or more can be provided on or off the premises.
This bakery/deli/coffee house is located in the old Penwick House and is owned by John and Jeneva Remson and Ken Murvin. It’s been in operation for four years and just recently moved to this new location. Some of the restaurant’s most popular items include; chocolate eclairs, French horns, and turnovers. Prices range from $1.50-$7.00. However, “if it’s a cake you need, this is the place.” The house also has extensive gardens for your pleasure. Jeneva’s caters to 60 on site. A children’s menu is not available and a reservation is not required.
King St. Blues
This BBQ restaurant owned by Phillip and Jeannie Stone, has been in operation adjacent to Stoney’s in Prince Frederick for four years. The menu includes a great selection of BBQ sandwiches and platters as well as burgers, soups, and salads. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, this friendly place offers a great get-a-way for a quick bite to eat. If you’re not in the mood for BBQ, but the rest of your party is—you are in the right place, you can also order from Stoney’s seafood menu. (See our review in the Summer 2001 edition.)
This beacon of cuisine is owned by Susan and Richard Fischer and has been in business for 18 years. Dinner only is served from October thru March at this casually elegant restaurant which offers the best view of Solomons harbor. Lunch is offered on the Quarterdeck on Saturday and Sunday from April thru September. Some favorites are baked stuffed shrimp and the surf and turf buffet which is available on Tuesday and Thursday. The average price of an entrée is $20.00. Reservations are a good idea, but not required. A children’s menu is available. (See our review in the Winter 1999 issue.)
Mamma Lucia Italian Restaurant
Maria and Sal Lubrano have owned this Italian restaurant for five years and offer lunch and dinner. They specialize in southern Italian cuisine and present dishes like cappellini Adriatica, gourmet pizza, stuffed salmon, stuffed jumbo shrimp, and linguine clams. Daily specials include chicken Maryland, and Mediterranean fettucine. The average lunch price here is $8.00 and dinner $12.00. A reservation is suggested on the weekend. Catering on site in two areas, one for 30 and another for 70 people, off site for up to 300.
Maryland Way Restaurant
This Solomons restaurant is located in the Holiday Inn Select and offers a beautiful dining room with plenty of room for large parties and big groups. Offering a beautiful setting with a fabulous waterview, this restaurant has been serving Southern Maryland residents for more than 17 years. Crab cakes are the most popular menu item at the Maryland Way, as well as Sunday brunch. Entertainment is provided on Friday and Saturday evenings; call for times. Reservations are suggested not required.
Naughty Gull Pub & Restaurant
Pat, Butch, and Stefon own this quaint 20 year-old waterfront restaurant located in Spring Cove Marina. The Naughty Gull is known for the “best crab cakes on Solomons Island” as well as fresh seafood and steak. Tuesday night is two-for-one dinner for $20.95 and Thursday night is two-for-one dinner for $24.95. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and also offers a Sunday brunch menu. The average price for lunch is $10.00 and for a dinner entrée is $16.00. Reservations are not taken. Off site catering is available.
Neptune’s Seafood Pub
For two and a half years owner William Sherman has served up “the best mussel dishes and seafood.” The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with a Sunday brunch menu offered. Other popular items include four choices of mussel dishes, crab cakes, and seafood neptune over pasta. The average cost of an entrée is $15.00. Friday through Sunday night specials are offered. Monday is all-you-can-eat mussel night for $12.95. Reservations are not required.
O’Halloran’s Bar & Grill
This Irish American pub has been established for seven years and owned by Jon Michael Adams. “Our salads are too large to describe and our reuben is to die for.” Here you will find lunch and dinner and daily specials. The average cost of an entrée is $12.95. Ladies night is every Wednesday. St. Patrick’s Day and the night before Thanksgiving are always packed! Reservations are not required. Catering is available for up to 100 people.
Old Field Inn
Chef Brendon Cahill is carrying on the tradition of “creative cuisine” at this elegant restaurant in a turn-of the-century Victorian home. Dinner only is served. Fine wines and trademark attentive service is always obtainable. “We created our own national award winning recipe, oyster champagne.” Other favorites include stuffed filet mignon, Jamaican prawns, and potato crusted sea bass. The average entrée price here is $19.00. Reservations are requested and a children’s menu is available. The restaurant can accommodate up to 150 people for on-site catering. (See our review in the Spring 1999 issue.)
P-Pa’s and Grammie’s BBQ
This restaurant is open every day and offers BBQ platters, BBQ stacked sandwiches, sweet corn bread, and more. Here you can also find sliced beef and pork as well as minced and pulled beef and pork. The ribs are available in a full rack and half rack. Ira and Ruth Thompson have operated in Huntingtown for three years. The restaurant offers a small numbers of seats indoor and double that outdoors. Carry out is popular here. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. (See our review in the Summer 2001 edition.)
Riverside at Calvert Marina
An elegant catering facility in a historical building with a great waterfront location. This is a perfect location for a wedding reception, business function, family gathering, or holiday function. The outdoor facilities offer a great spot for a beautiful wedding or family reunion and so much more. Inside the waterfront facility, breakfast, lunch or dinner on site for up to 85 people can be accommodated. The outdoor facilities are unlimited.
Robert’s Fresh Baked Deli
Robert’s has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 12 years. “We have top notch service and homemade sandwich salads like egg and tuna.” A few popular items include the belly buster, Italian cold cut, and burger night. The average price is $5.00. Thursday night is “Specialty Night,” you never know what you’re gonna get! From time to time they offer an acoustical musician on the outdoor patio. Reservations are not required.
Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant
This landmark waterfront restaurant is owned by brothers Gerald and Fred Donovan and has offered the best view of the Chesapeake Bay since 1946. It is accessible by land or sea. The brothers serve lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday and a grand breakfast brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Some entrée’s offered are baked stuffed shrimp, crab imperial, and steak. The average price for lunch is $12.00 and dinner $18.00. Special events include national and local musical acts, comedy nights, and a murder mystery dinner theater. Outside seating in the “Cafe” is available with a light menu. The Donovan’s can cater up to 1,200 on site and an unlimited number off site. Reservations are welcome for large parties and a children’s menu is available. (See our review in the Summer 2000 issue.)
A home-cooked American menu is presented at this little eat-in, carry-out deli. Here you can find breakfast and lunch only with offerings such as a steak and cheese sub and cheeseburger. The average cost is $3.00 for breakfast and $6.00 for lunch. On site catering for 40 people is available.
Smokey Joe’s Grill
Gerald and Fred Donovan opened this casual waterfront restaurant right next to the Rod-N-Reel in 1990. Here they serve BBQ ribs, chicken, steaks, and blue crabs during the summer. Stone crabs are offered in the winter. A lunch entrée runs about $8.00 and a dinner entrée is about $12.00. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available. They can cater off site for an unlimited number of people. Special events include a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Solomons Pier Restaurant & Lounge
This is a waterfront seafood restaurant owned by Bruce Nicor. Here you will find lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch. This restaurant also offers live music on the weekends on the back deck. Some favorites on the menu are crab cakes and quesadillas. The average price for an entrée is $15.00. Come by car or boat. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available.
Now open in Solomons (in the old Wharf location) is Stoney’s Kingfishers, serving the same great food on an extensive menu, with the same fabulous service as the other three Stoney’s. This restaurant is also waterfront and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. It is sure to be a hit with those coming from St. Mary’s County and those who love Solomons.
Stoney’s Seafood House
Stoney’s Seafood House and Kingfishers: Phillip and Jeannie Stone now offer four locations to enjoy a delicious crab cake sandwich and a great time. Operating on Broomes Island for more than 17 years, and in Prince Frederick for 13, Stoney’s seafood menu offers seafood, steaks, sandwiches, crabs, and desserts. The Broomes Island seafood restaurant is accessible by land or sea. With ample dockside seating and a tiki bar, seating is first come, first serve. A few specialties of the house include Stoney’s crab cakes, Stoney’s steamer, and hard shell crabs. Crème of crab soup is a favorite of many of those who visit a Stoney’s restaurant. The Stone’s serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. The average price for an entrée is $15.00.
Surrey Inn Restaurant
This restaurant offers home style American cooking and has been in business for 40 years. Owned by Dr. Mathews, here you will find breakfast, lunch, and dinner served in a casual dining atmosphere. Ask about the famous southern fried chicken or come in for steak night and sink your teeth into a juicy prime rib. The average price of an entrée is $12.95. A children’s menu is available and reservations are not required. This summer the Surrey Inn will open a tiki bar. Catering is available on or off site for up to 50 people.
Tasty Kwik Diner
This little family restaurant has served breakfast, lunch and dinner for two and a half years and is owned by Todd Vail. Vail offers pizza, subs, and seafood in a lovely open atmosphere. Fresh haddock is the most popular meal. The average price of an entrée is $8.00. A children’s menu is available and you can enjoy a breakfast buffet on weekends. Party platters are available.
Thursday’s Bar & Grill
Owner David Hysan has served American fare in this casual restaurant for five years. It features an open kitchen so you can watch your meal being prepared and is one block from the bay and the boardwalk. Lunch and dinner are served with specialties like prime rib. The average price for a lunch entrée is $6.00 and for dinner is $13.00. Reservations are not accepted. A children’s menu and off site catering are available. ( See our review in the Spring 2000 issue.)
Traders Seafood Steak & Ale
This is an American fare restaurant owned by H.J. Luckett, G.P. Luckett, and Jon Michael Adams that has been in business for over 40 years. Here you will find breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a diverse menu. Some popular items include homemade chipped beef, sausage and biscuits and gravy, prime rib, crab cakes, and shrimp. The average cost of an entrée is $11.95. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available. There are special holiday events, please call to inquire. Catering is available on or off site.
Vera’s White Sands Restaurant
Vera Freeman has owned and run this eclectic Polynesian-international waterfront restaurant for 43 years. It sits on the banks of St. Leonard’s Creek, the site of the famous battle with the British in 1812. Lunch and dinner favorites include curry dishes and Maryland fried chicken. Piano is offered in the evening and reservations are preferred. The average price for an entrée is $22.50. A children’s menu is available.
Wesley Stinnett’s Restaurant
This is a landmark family restaurant that has been in business since 1936 and is owned by Gerald and Fred Donovan. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here Southern Maryland classics in a home cooked fashion are presented. There is also a drive through package store with keno and lottery. Some favorites here are the hot turkey sandwich and soup and salad bar. The average lunch price is $6.00, dinner $10.00. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available.
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