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|Our Restaurant Guide for Charles 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 Chinese/American restaurant has been serving local families for 15 years. Chef Lin prides himself for not putting MSG in his dishes. “Fresh ingredients make the flavor.” Some favorites here are dragon and Phoenix and General Tso’s shrimp and chicken. Subs are also offered for the American palate. This restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. A children’s menu is available. The party room here can accommodate 75. Keno is played in a separate cocktail bar. Reservations are not required.
George and Sula are the hands-on owners of this authentic Greek restaurant. George is the chef and Sula oversees customer service, (bravo), for lunch and dinner. The tzatziki and gyro are a favorite here. If you’re in luck, Sula’s apple cake might be available. The average lunch entrée is $8.00 and dinner is $14.00. A belly dancer entertains on the weekend. Reservations are not required but are recommended for weekends. (See our review in the Spring 2003 edition.)
David and Stephanie Davidson have owned this waterfront seafood restaurant for two years. They serve “up scale food at lower scale prices with friendly service.” Lunch and dinner are offered everyday and breakfast is available on weekends. There is an outside deck and karaoke and a DJ on Friday and Saturday night. Seafood platters are a favorite item. The average price of an entrée is $16.00. There are weekly specials based on fresh ingredients found. Reservations for eight or more are requested and a children’s menu is available. The Davidson’s cater for up to 100 people on site and an unlimited off site.
This Chinese restaurant has been in business in Waldorf for more than 14 years, offering a variety of Chinese dishes for dining in and carry out.
Captain Billy’s Crab House
This crab house is now owned by Celene Graves and has been in business for over 50 years. Captain Billy’s serves lunch and dinner and has a varied menu from seafood to steak with an average entrée cost of $18.00. “Everything is made fresh.” Maryland Blue Crabs and the seafood platter are favorites here. “Experienced service and quality await your family with no reservations required.” They can also accommodate groups up to 150. (See our review in the Summer 2000 issue.)
Captain John’s Crab House and Marina
This casual waterfront restaurant has been in business for 40 years and is owned by Jack and Christine Yates. They offer good and tasty American and seafood dishes and their customer’s favorite pick is steamed crabs. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and reservations are accepted but not required. They can cater to a party of up to 60 people. A children’s menu is available. (See our review in the Summer 1999 edition.)
This seafood restaurant has been in business for 80 years and is owned by Irving, Terry, Ruth Ann, and Betty Mae. It boasts waterfront dining for lunch or dinner. A few favorites include fresh oysters, fresh fish, soft shell crab, crab cakes, and homemade soups. The average cost for an entrée is $15.00. A children’s menu is available and reservations are not required.
Don Savinos Piano Bar & Grill
This Italian/American piano bar has just expanded to a full menu. Some dishes are in a family cookbook written by Linda Campanelli and her mother, which is available at the restaurant. Don Savino’s offers lunch and dinner inside or outside on a patio. Popular dishes include prime rib, stuffed oysters, and stuffed peppers with goat cheese. The average price for an entrée is $21.00. Happy hour is from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. and you can order from a large appetizer menu. “We make the best crab dip in Southern Maryland.” Live musical trios please the 30 plus crowd Wednesday thru Saturday nights. Catering on site for up to 60 people is available.
Sue Shymansky owns this bar and grill which has been in business for four and a half years. This establishment has a relaxing “Cheers” like atmosphere that is open for lunch and dinner. Specialties include crab cakes, soups, and butterfly shrimp. The menu offers plenty of country style cooking. On the menu you will find seafood, beef, chicken, and fresh vegetable dishes. The average entrée cost is $15.95. Special steak/prime rib night is every Friday from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. and once a month is senior’s night. Fish Tales can cater for up to 50 people on-site. A New Year’s Eve buffet is offered. Reservations are not required and there is a children’s menu.
Gilligan’s Bar & Grill
Owner Art Jolliffe has been in business for two years. This seafood and steak restaurant is situated on the bank of the Potomac River and is open for lunch and dinner. Popular items at Gilligan’s include crabs, steak and seafood such as shrimp and king crab legs. During the summer live bands play and a tiki bar is open. The average cost of an entrée is $16.00 and reservations are not required. A children’s menu is available. Gilligan’s can cater for 25-150 people on site.
This newly opened restaurant offers “innovative regional Italian cuisine in an upscale environment.” Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. A 14 oz. veal chop, costello vitello, is a favorite here. The average price for an entrée is $16.00. Summer specials include seasonal, local, and from abroad fish. The wine list includes a selection of over 200. An outdoor patio with a bar seats 100. Reservations are recommended. On site catering is available, up to 200 and off site. All breads and desserts are made on the premises.
This landmark family restaurant has been around for 40 years and it shows in the restaurant’s family style cooking. The restaurant is owned by Myrtle and Donald Skinner, who offer breakfast starting at 4:30 a.m., lunch, or dinner. The most popular menu item here is “everything, but hamburgers are ordered the most.” The average cost is $5.00. Reservations are not required and there is a children’s menu.
Alan and Susan Cheng have owned this delightful Chinese seafood restaurant for 12 years. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The lunch buffet is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for $5.95. Some popular items are General Tso’s chicken, fried rice, hunan shrimp and chicken and crispy shrimp. Lunch and dinner specials are offered as well as family style dinners. Free delivery is available. They cater for up to 100 on site and unlimited off site.
Johnny Boy Ribs
All starting with his famous Mama Sophie’s sauce, John Katsouros has been selling ribs from this La Plata location for more than 23 years. Offering both a carry-out rib shack, as well as a new full service, eat-in restaurant, he is most famous for his open pit method and of course his famous secret sauce. Katsouros offers an assortment of sandwiches, platters, slab ribs, chicken, and side orders. All meats are smoked with wood over an open pit and basted with their special sauce. (See our review in the Summer 2001 edition.)
Walter and Margaret Nash own this family style restaurant which has been in business for three years. Good old American BBQ is the specialty for lunch and dinner. Specialties include North Carolina pork BBQ, fried whiting filet or grilled sliced beef. The average cost of an entrée is $10.00. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available. The folks here can cater for 1,000 people.
Legends of Waldorf
The Rucci family has owned this supper club for 12 years. They serve “the best slow cooked prime rib in Southern Maryland” as well as seafood, pasta, chicken, and a seafood steamer bar. The average cost of an entrée is $12.95. Plenty of entertainment is offered like dancing, karaoke, and a DJ. Reservations are not required.
This fun restaurant offers an extensive selection of authentic Mexican food, including appetizers, soups, salads, and ala carte entrees. Mexican fare includes tostada grandes, fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos and more. A children’s menu is available. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Mama Mia’s Pizzas
Rocco Caniglia and his family have owned and operated this Italian restaurant for 26 years. They serve lunch and dinner and offer daily lunch specials from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. “We make the best pizza in town because we make our own dough and sauce.” Other specialties include the steak and cheese sub and lasagna. The average price for lunch is $6.00 and dinner is $8.00. Reservations are not required.
Marie’s Family Restaurant
This home-style family restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Specializing in home-cooked style meals, this restaurant is a favorite among Charles County families.
Bob and Nancy Speake own this seafood restaurant and crab house that has been in business for 15 years. “Where they cater to your homemade cookin’ taste buds.” Offerings for dinner include crabs, seafood, steak, and chicken. Their most famous menu items include the fried shrimp, oysters, and steamed crabs in season. Entrée’s run from $10.95 to $15.95 and there are always specials. The Speake’s also offer a children’s menu. Reservations are not required, however, large parties call ahead. (See our review in the Spring 2002 issue.)
This restaurant offers roadside dining at its best! Located next to the Izaak Walton Hall in Hughesville, this BBQ shack is a favorite of many. With lots of tables outside, people line up year round for tasty BBQ sandwiches and platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Catering is available, including a whole pig roast! (See our review in the Summer 2001 issue.)
One of many popular restaurants in Benedict, this family restaurant sits right on the Patuxent River and offers a beautiful view. Ray's Pier is owned by Ray and Pat Bowling and has been in operation for more than 22 years. Ray’s Pier is open for lunch and dinner and offers a full menu of seafood selections. The crab cake dinner is quite popular here.
Rip’s Country Inn of Waldorf
Bill Burgess invites you to his casual dining restaurant, open everyday for lunch and dinner and breakfast on the weekends. This restaurant’s home cooking includes steak and seafood. The average price of an entrée is $13.00. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available.
Robertson’s Crab House
This restaurant is a landmark on the crab house map of Southern Maryland for over 50 years, and is owned by Billy and Candy Robertson. This family restaurant serves lunch and dinner and boasts, “the most beautiful sunsets in Southern Maryland.” Steamed crabs are a favorite here as well as rockfish topped with crab imperial and seafood kabobs over rice. The average price of an entrée is $15.95. Reservations are preferred for parties of 20 or more. Mother’s and Father’s Day buffets are available. Catering is done on premises and a children’s menu is available.
Butch and Patricia Shymansky have owned this seafood restaurant for 20 years. Their specialties are the crab melt sandwich and chicken imperial. Steak is also a favorite here. The average cost of an entrée is $16.00. Shymansky’s is open for breakfast only on Sunday and lunch and dinner the rest of the time. Summer specials include steamed crabs. Reservations are not required and there is a children’s menu. The restaurant can accommodate 40-100 for your next banquet. (See our review in the Fall 2002 edition.)
Swan Point Yacht and Country Club
This restaurant is open from 9:30 a.m until 8:00 p.m., most days, and offers a menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, and burgers. Friday nights you will find a more extensive menu with chef’s specials, steaks, seafood, and chicken dishes. It’s a great place to eat before or after a round of golf, or for those who want to take a scenic drive to Issue, Maryland. The surroundings are beautiful—and the golf is the best around!!
The Crab Boat
This establishment has been operating for 12 years and is owned by Leroy and Dottie Tice. They serve seafood and steaks for lunch and dinner. Steamed crabs are a favorite here. Entrées start at $9.95. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available. Special events include a New Year’s Eve Party.
The Crossings at Casey Jones Restaurant
Owners Paul and Lisa Bales have successfully operated this gourmet American fare restaurant for eight years. The ingredients are eclectic and the seasons best offerings are gathered for their dishes such as; homemade pasta, crab cakes, fresh seafood and the chicken portobello burger. The Bales serve lunch and dinner in the outdoor café, the pub or the elegant “arts and crafts” style dining area known as The Crossing. The average cost per entrée for lunch is $9.95 and dinner is $18.95. The grilled entrée average is $8.95. Reservations are recommended and required for holidays and special events. A children’s menu is available. The Crossings at Casey Jones can accommodate 48 for a sit-down affair, 60 in the pub and unlimited off-site catering. (See our review in the Winter 2000 edition.)
Thompson’s Restaurant & Tiki Bar
The popular Southern Maryland caterer, Paul Thompson Jr., just opened a new place to dine in Port Tobacco. Offering waterfront dining and delectable food, this seafood restaurant is sure to be a big hit. Here you will find hard shell crabs, plus a full menu of seafood specialties including stuffed shrimp, lump crab cakes, scallops, fresh catch of the day and more. Open for Sunday brunch, and daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations are not required but are suggested for large parties.
Tony’s Riverhouse Restaurant
Tony Arnold has owned this seafood restaurant for seven years. “Crab cakes are our most popular for lunch or dinner here.” The average lunch entrée is $8.00 and dinner $15.00. Reservations are recommended for weekends or holidays. (See our review in the Spring 2000.)
This restaurant has been serving Southern Maryland for more than 50 years with hand scooped and soft ice cream, burgers, chicken, and famous fries. It’s a family favorite.
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