A friend and I set out on a mini food adventure to southern Maryland yesterday (I had never been to that part of MD)...
First stop was Stoney's. We tried to check out the Broomes Island outpost, but it was taken out by Hurricane Isabel, but a local reported that it is being rebuilt as we speak. WIth crab delights on our mind, we set out to the Solomon Island Stoney's and sat in the bar (the wait there was a hour for a table, and it isn't even high tourist season).
We shared some crispy, moist hush puppies (a personal guilty pleasure). Extremely tasty, but I still think the Harris Crab House version are better. Next was their MD vegetable crab soup, which was full of excellent sweet crab meat and was very tomato-ey giving it a very fresh flavor (compared to many crab soups with too heavy of a beef stock base). With a bit of extra Old Bay from their shaker, it was very tasty. Last came a fried crab cake. Their large crab cake "ball" also had very tasty sweet crab meat, yet it had a fair amount of "filler" and I felt like there was something mildly bland about it. Although a good crab cake, it still wasn't my recent favorite (which oddly enough goes to The Grille in Martinsburg, WV, if you can believe that).
Next stop was Johnny Boy's in La Plata. It is only carryout, or outdoor eating on the picnic tables (there was a building next door that looked like it used to be a JOhnny Boys, but it looks like it is for sale -- what happened with that?). We tried the minced pork BBQ sandwich and some ribs. I preferred the ribs with a freshly smoked taste and their own BBQ sauce. The minced pork sandwich was moist and good, but on my next trip I'll go back for the ribs.