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Rosco: You Were Wrong; 85 Miles From Reston & Drift Inn Opens NEXT Weekend...

Joe H. | Apr 25, 2004 08:11 PM

I have also been there before about five or six years ago and forgot the name. It is an almost dilapidated, nondescript bunker of a building at the edge of water with no outside dining. While it looks like the quintissential crabhouse it does not have the inviting personality of, say, Cantler's or Stoney's. From memory, we did not have hardshell crabs then; we had crabcakes, crab soup, cole slaw, etc. I don't remember anything being particularly outstanding. It certainly wasn't worth driving BACK to as I thought Stoney's in Broome Island was after my first (of six) visits from Reston.

Still, if this was a bbq joint in Alabama I would be excited since it definitely looks like a rundown roadhouse. Some would also argue that a true Maryland crab house SHOULD be a rundown roadhouse, that personality or the absence thereof adds to the overall appeal of where you scarf beer and crack shells.

I'm going to have to wait for someone else to go there and report on it. Unless it's new management from five years ago there just wasn't anything that special about it to justify the drive.

We did leave and drive the 40 miles to St. Georges Island to have dinner at Evans Seafood Restaurant. Very good cream of crab soup and a very good broiled seafood platter that was well worth $24.95. Individually the broiled rockfish was fresh, delicious and the highlight of the dinner. Crab Imperial was good but not exceptional as was their shrimp and scallop Norfolk style. Homemade tartar sauce, homemade cocktail sauce, homemade cole slaw, homemade hush puppies and the absolute worst fried crab stuffing (that was called a "crab cake") that I have eer had in a restaurant anywhere. All of the broiled seafood was very good (Bonz: do you get the platter broiled? If you do I completely understand why you like Evans.) I liked it. Also (fried crabcake aside) that this was a relative bargain for the amount of homemade food. I also understand why other say this has gone downhill (despite the dining room being full at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon; this is a locally very popular restaurant that is doing something right). Fried seafood here is a travasty, especially for crab.
Overall we liked it. But it's not in league with Stoney's on Broome Island, the Narrows, Angelina's, Captain's Galley in Crisfield and several others.

If someone is in St. Mary's County you can have a very nice dinner here. Just don't order fried seafood.

For an impulse Sunday we ended up driving over 300 miles, primarily because of a truly intriguing post and a restaurant whose checkered reputation demanded a visit. Next time, however, we'll call first to confirm that a restaurant 85 miles from home is open.

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