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Our Restaurant Guide for St. Mary's County
This article appeared in the Summer 2003 edition of our magazine.

For a current listing of restaurants, and reader reviews, please visit the Dining Guide on Southern Maryland Online.

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!!

St. Mary’s County

Abell’s Restaurant
23549 Colton Point Rd., Clements, 301-769-4010

Carl Abell is the owner of this 20 year-old American style restaurant. Abell offers home cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant has the “best coffee and hamburger in town.”  The average cost for an entrée is $5.00.  Reservations are not required. Off site catering for 500 or more is available.

Asahi Japanese Steak & Seafood House
22576 MacArthur Blvd., California, 301-866-9070

This Japanese style restaurant offers a comprehensive menu, entertaining table-side preparation, and a great sushi bar.  Choice of entrees include shrimp, chicken, filet mignon, scallops, and lobster. The restaurant offers an additional menu with shrimp and vegetable tempura as well as salmon and swordfish teriyaki. Asahi Japanese Steak and Seafood is open for lunch and dinner Monday thru Friday and dinner only Saturday and Sunday. The folks here do not accept reservations, but will give special consideration to those who call ahead.  (See our review in the Spring 2002 edition.)

Bear Creek
2130 Point Lookout Rd., Callaway, 310-994-1030

Curtis and Angie Shreve opened Bear Creek Open Pit BBQ six years ago and haven’t looked back since.  This popular BBQ restaurant offers sandwiches, homemade sides, platters, and slabs of ribs.  One of the Shreve’s specialities is the rotisserie chicken. They offer outside dining as well as a newly expanded sit-down, full service restaurant.  Catering is a specialty as well.  (See our review in the Summer 2001 edition.)

Bert’s 50’s Diner
28760 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, 301-884-3837

This American restaurant has memorabilia and a juke box with 50s music. It has been in business for 17 years and is owned by Mike and Tina Katsikis. Bert’s is open for lunch and dinner and offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fried shrimp, subs, pizza and ice cream. The most popular items on the menu here are the haddock, the 30” party pizza, and sundaes. The average cost of an entrée is $7.95. Bert’s has keno, t.v. for sports and an informal Friday night vintage car rally. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available. (See our review in the Spring 2001 edition.)

Brome-Howard Inn
18281 Rosecroft Rd., St. Mary’s City, 301-866-0656

This fine dining restaurant serves contemporary interpretations of classic regional cuisine including local and imported seafood, wild game, steaks, and vegetarian dishes. It has been open for five years and is owned by Lisa and Michael Kelley. A full breakfast is offered to overnight inn guests. The restaurant is open to the public for dinner Thursday thru Sunday from 5:30 until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday for brunch from 11:00 until 2:00 p.m. Entertainment is provided occasionally for special events. Some specialties include homemade soups, pan seared breast of duck with marmalade mustard sauce, and beef tenderloin offered in a variety of ways. Favorite desserts include white chocolate and pecan tart and chocolate truffle tort with raspberry coulis.  The average price for an entrée is $20.00. Reservations are strongly recommended. Full service catering is available on and off site for groups from 20 to 650. There are special holiday events and children are offered a custom meal based on requests. (See our review in the Winter 1999 edition.)

Café de Artistes
Fenwick and Washington Rd., Leonardtown, 301-997-0500

A fine dining restaurant offering French and American dishes. It has been in operation for three years and is owned by Karleen and Chef Loic Jaffres. Lunch and dinner are offered in a homey and elegant European atmosphere. There is a weekly pianist, monthly guitarist, and jazz trio on hand to entertain. Some patron favorites are tenderloin wellington, veal scallopine and crème brulee. The average price for an entrée is $18.95. Reservations are requested and there is not a children’s menu available.  ( See our review in the Winter 2000 edition.)

Captain D-Rays
27290 Holly Lane., Mechanicsville, 301-373-4707

Donnie Ray and Nioma Dean own this new seafood restaurant. They serve a breakfast buffet on Sunday and lunch and dinner everyday. The restaurant boasts a nice relaxing atmosphere and serves specialties such as stuffed shrimp. The average cost of an entrée is $14.95. The owners can cater your next affair, on site, for up to 60 people.  A children’s menu is available and reservations are not required.

Captain Leonard’s
27240 Morganza Turner Rd., Mechanicsville, 301-884-3701

This seafood restaurant is a mainstay to locals and travelers alike and has been owned by Leonard and Elaine Copsey for 15 years. Brown paper covers the tables with mallets and vinegar to serve specialties such as steamed crabs. Cream of crab soup, cajun catfish, fried & steamed shrimp are also popular items for lunch or dinner. Reservations are not required. A children’s menu is available along with plenty of games to keep them happy. (See our review in the Fall 2002 edition.)

Captain Pat’s Seafood
21901 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, 301-866-0000

Owner Pat Wathen has owned this seafood restaurant for seven years. Wathen serves lunch and dinner and offers “good food and friendly service.” Try Captain Pat’s crab cakes, snow crabs or oysters. The average entrée is $9.00. Reservations are not required and there is a children’s menu. All-you-can-eat specials run through the summer. Party trays can be assembled for your next function.

Carousels
22697 Washington St., Leonardtown, 301-475-2388

This year old ice cream parlor is owned by Star and Ronnie Thompson.  Here you will find lunch and dinner that includes sandwiches and soup and salads along with plenty of ice cream. The average cost is $3.00. A party room can accommodate up to 25 people.

Clarke’s Landing Restaurant
24520 Clarkes Landing Ln., Hollywood, 301-373-8468

This casual restaurant overlooking the Patuxent River, has been operating for four and a half years and is owned by Jack, Carol, Rusty, and Nick Shriver. The Shriver’s serve lunch and dinner and offer an assortment of seafood, salad, and burgers with an extra helping of quality. Their most popular item on the menu is the crab cake. The average price for an entrée is $17.00. Reservations are preferred for parties of five or more. A children’s menu is available. Live music is featured on the deck throughout the summer. Outside dining is available when weather permits. Onsite catering.  (See our review in the Summer 1999 edition.)

Copsey’s Seafood
28976 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, 301-884-4235

A family owned and run seafood/carry-out has been in business since 1971. Copsey’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, as well as carryout orders. Steamed hard crabs are always on the menu as well as crab cakes, homemade soup, and frog legs. “Our seafood platters satisfy any seafood lovers fancy.” Oysters are also offered and sometimes even shucked by the national two-time champion in residence. Weekly and summer specials are always offered. The average price for an entrée is $13.50. Some children’s meals are available. Reservations are required for groups of eight or more. Crab feasts are catered off site for an unlimited number of people.

Drift Inn
41310 River View Drive, Mechanicsville, 301-884-3470

This is one of the best known seafood restaurants in the area and it has been in business for 50 years. The Drift Inn is owned by Josephine and Leonard Copsey. Dinner is available from 4:00 on Friday and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can view life on the Patuxent River as you feast on steamed crabs and crab cakes served by friendly servers. There is a children’s menu and reservations are not required.

Evans Seafood
16680 Piney Point Rd., St. Georges Island, 301-994-2299

This waterfront family restaurant has been successfully operating for 40 years and is  now owned by Cliff and Cathie Weddington. Their specialties include homemade soups, crab cakes, stuffed shrimp, and rockfish for lunch or dinner. The average price for an entrée is $13.50. Reservations are not required and everything on the children’s menu is under $5.00. There are weekly specials that make the scenic trip-well worth it!  (See Fall 2001 for our review.)

Frank Morris Point
38869 Morris Point Rd., Abell, 301-769-2500

Chris and Debbie Soussanin own this 30 year-old waterfront restaurant which is accessible by land or sea and is open on weekends only. Reservations are required for Friday and Saturday evening in the summer. The Soussanin’s offer seafood, steak, chicken, and pasta dishes. Their most popular items are crab cakes and fresh fish. The average entree price is $10.00. Soft and hard crab specials are offered in the summer. A children’s menu is available.

H. Gass Seafood & Subs
25188 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood, 301-373-6882

Dennis and Susanne Edwards have owned this carry-out/eat-in restaurant for two years. Their lunch and dinner specialties include crabs, crab cakes, steak and cheese subs and a fried seafood combo. Reservations are not required.

Linda’s Café
21779 Tulagi Place, Lexington Park, 301-862-3544

This all American fare restaurant has served breakfast, lunch, and dinner to happy locals for 20 years. “We serve good, homemade food at reasonable prices.”  Offered here are daily specials such as biscuits and gravy on Saturday or a country fried steak with French fries. The average price is $6.00 and a children’s menu is available. Large party reservations are requested.

Mattie’s Seafood & Steaks
19661 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, 301-863-2718

This cozy restaurant is owned by Joyce Guy and has been in business for four and a half years. Here you will find homemade fare for lunch and dinner which includes seafood, NY strip steak, cream of crab soup, and crab cakes. There is a Sunday breakfast buffet from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The average cost of an entrée is $15.00. Reservations are suggested and a children’s menu is available. The restaurant can cater for up to 50 people.

Monks Inn
48673 Trapp Rd., St. Inigoes, 301-872-9500

This casual restaurant offers lunch and dinner and is a very popular spot for NSEC employees. Owned by William and John Winters, they offer a quick lunch and dinner. Their most popular menu item is their “one of a kind chicken wings.” In addition they offer an extensive line-up of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Operated as a night club, they also offer entertainment.

Monterey Mexican Restaurant
22576 MacArthur Blvd., California, 301-866-5262

Open for two years and serving “the best Mexican food” for lunch and dinner. Average cost of entrée is $7.00. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available.

Nook and Monks
415 Washington St., Leonardtown, 301-475-3020

This friendly restaurant offers a great atmosphere, a delectable menu and friendly service.  Owned by Jennifer Swann, this restaurant has been a work in progress and at every stage has provided Leonardtown with a unique, pleasurable dining experience for lunch and dinner.  The menu includes fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta dishes.  Adjoining the restaurant is “Java on the Side” with comfortable coffee seating.  Offering an abundance of freshly made pastries, it is a great place to stop in for a quick treat on your way to work.  In addition Swann offers sandwiches, salads and other light fare.

Montaque Caspion/North Ridge Pub
22767 Three Notch Rd., California, 301-862-3644

This popular gathering place is owned by David Raley and has been in business for more than 10 years. The menu items here include an eclectic array of international cuisine. Open for Sunday brunch and lunch and dinner, the most popular menu items include Montaque Steak (ostrich), grilled lamb, and marinated New York strip. Entertainment is provided Thursday and Saturdays, with a comedy night offered once a month. The average cost of a dinner entree is $15.95. Reservations are not required.

Oakwood Lodge
17275 Lighthouse Rd., Piney Point, 301-994-2377

Rick and Cathy Toth own this casual waterfront restaurant which serves fresh local seafood, hand cut black angus steak and authentic Italian. “All dishes are made from scratch with the finest ingredients available.” Specialties include crab cakes and oysters. Thursday is prime rib night starting at $10.00 and Sunday brunch is offered. The average cost of an entrée is $20.00. There is entertainment on Fridays from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended. An outdoor deck is open from Memorial to Labor Day. Frozen drinks, happy hour prices and a beach is available throughout the summer. Weekend beach parties, clam bakes, and murder mystery dinner theaters are also offered.  The owners cater on or off site for 20 to 200.

Old Breton Inn
21890 Society Hill Rd., Leonardtown, 301-475-2699

Ed and Pat Bailey own this full-service catering establishment, overlooking Breton Bay, St. Clements Bay, and the Potomac River which has been in business for 35 years. They can provide tents, tables, chairs, or linens for your next luncheon or dinner buffet on or off site. Some of their special dishes include crab balls, crab imperial and Southern Maryland stuffed ham. Reservations are required.

Sandgates Inn
27525 N Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville, 301-373-5100

This family owned restaurant has been serving hard shell crabs and other seafood favorites for more than 25 years.  David and Sissy Buckler own and operate this crabhouse located on the Patuxent River.  Not only is Sandgates known for its special hard shell crab seasoning, but also for the crab cakes served here. This is a fun place to spend a few hours enjoying the food and the friendly atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, reservations are suggested for parties over eight people.

Scheible’s Restaurant
48342 Wynne Rd., Ridge, 301-872-5185

This waterfront family restaurant has been in business for 53 years and is owned by Juan Velazquez and Pamela Senda. Their prized dishes include crab cakes, crabbettes, a captain and mate’s platter and stuffed flounder with crab meat. A full ala carte breakfast is offered as well as lunch and dinner. The owners also offer weekend specials. The average price for an entrée is $14.95. Reservations are recommended for dinner and some children’s dishes are available. Catering up to 100 people.

Sea Breeze
27130 South Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville, 301-373-5217

This seafood restaurant boasts a beautiful waterfront view and is owned by Patsy and Johnny Quade. It has been established for 11 years and serves lunch and dinner. There is a tiki bar and karaoke or a DJ on the weekends. The owners serve steak and prime rib as well as all kinds of seafood including crabs.You should try the cream of crab soup. There are summer specials for hard and soft-shell crabs. Reservations are not taken and a children’s menu is not available. The owners cater on site for weddings or other affairs.

Spinnakers at Point Lookout Marina
16244 Millers Wharf Rd., Ridge, 301-872-4340

Kim Elliott bought this well-established business two years ago. It is a year round marina and offers casual dining with a gourmet touch. Dishes such as seafood, steaks, and duck are offered seasonally. The emphasis is on fresh local ingredients. Every Friday and Saturday live entertainment is offered. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset on the water while sipping cocktails with light fare as well. Elliott offers a children’s menu and reservations are encouraged. Catering on site for up to 60, off site 150-250 people.   (See our review in the Summer 2000 issue.)

St. Mary’s Landing
29935 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, 301-884-3287

Bill Hill is the owner of this young establishment that serves a wide variety of good old American style cooking including steak and seafood. Crab cakes are popular here. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the average price for an entrée is $15.00. There is a children’s menu and reservations are not required.

Still Anchor Restaurant at Dennis Point Marina
46555 Dennis Point Way, Drayden, 301-994-2288

This full service family restaurant is located at Dennis Point Marina and Campground. It is owned by Nancy and Tracy Gardiner and has been in business for 34 years. The Gardiners serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Here you will find popular dishes such as crab cakes and grilled steaks. Entertainment is provided on the weekends. The average price for an entrée is $15.95. Reservations are not required and a children’s menu is available. The restaurant can cater on site for up to 75 people.

Taste of India
22576 MacArthur Blvd., California, 301-862-3344

Romy Singh is the owner of this new fine dining Indian restaurant. Lunch and dinner are served including a lunch buffet. Classic Indian music plays as you enjoy tandori chicken, bultai chicken or chicken tikka masala. Summer specials include rockfish and traditional BBQ chicken. The average price for an entrée is $8.99. Reservations are required and a children’s menu is available. Catering is available for up to 400 people.

Tavern At The Village
23154 Wetstone Ln., California, 301-863-3219

This upscale American/French cuisine restaurant is located in the Wildewood retirement community.  It is owned by the Wildewood Service Corporation and has been in business for more than seven years. Here you will find exceptionally prepared meals in a beautiful facility. This restaurant offers lunch and dinner to members and the general public.  It is recommended that you call ahead to reserve. Aged angus tenderloin of beef is a favorite here. Private rooms are available for catered affairs. (See our review in the Spring 1999 edition.)

The Roost
21736 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park, 301-863-5051

This restaurant gives you the best of both worlds, a comfortable atmosphere and fine food. Owned and operated by William and Tammy Harris, The Roost has been a Lexington Park legend for more than 56 years. Known for its warm "roosting" feel and for its fine food, the most popular menu items here include fresh salmon, filet mignon, and a famous Sunday brunch. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week at affordable prices, the average dinner entree is $12.95.

The Willows
24509 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, 301-475-6553

This Leonardtown restaurant is known for its casual dining, yet fine food. Open daily for lunch and dinner, this restaurant is a favorite for many. Whether you're in a business suit or in shorts, you'll feel comfortable at the Willows. John Nucci has owned and operated this St.Mary's landmark for more than eight years, offering an eclectic menu with a blend of traditional entrees. Live entertainment is offered on Fridays and Saturdays, call for times. Reservations are not required but are appreciated.

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