by bwesthoven guide
April 28, 2003
The menu is dominated by seafood, but there are plenty of land-based alternatives. The staff is very competent and highly trained. The wine list is of medium length and good quality. Wines are available by the glass, bottle and 1/2 bottle.
During the season the seafood and much of the produce are local. I was a little disappointed in the house "chopped salad," which was mostly Romaine lettuce and not very interesting. The bread served before the meal was fresh, hot, and had very good texture and taste (it was whole wheat). I had a grilled shrimp with creamy grits and andoille sausage. The shrimp and grits were lovely, but the sausage was a little tough and tasted overcooked -- it had lost much of its flavor. On the whole though, I enjoyed the dish and didn't miss not eating the sausage. My partner had grouper over steamed asparagus which she enjoyed very much.
The view of the boats in the harbor at night was lovely. The section of the restaurant in which we sat unfortunately tended to boost the volume of the other diners in the room, one of whom insisted on singing loudly at irregular intervals. While the architecture was very pretty, I think they might lower the ceiling to lower the volume. The other parts of the restaurant didn't seem to have the same problem, so next time, I'd choose to sit in one of them.
There is a full bar, and coffee drinks and dessert are available, but I didn't try them. Chocolate dipped strawberries came with the check and they were a great finish to a very nice dinner.
I wouldn't take my children here, but the tables do have white paper on them and there are crayons available. I didn't see the children's menu, but I think they must have one or they wouldn't bother with the crayons.
From journal Maryland's Eastern Shore in Spring