In honor of Restaurant Week in Calvert and having seen a list of participating restaurants for the event, I saw a place called Happy’s Diner and decided to invite someone to go to lunch with me. The name sounded intriguing. Located in the Town Square Shopping Center, it was fairly easy to find.
Upon entering the establishment, I was met by a very jovial man, who welcomed me to his place of business and I knew immediately that it had to be Happy. I explained that I was waiting for someone and he assured me that was okay. An old friend happened to come in and asked me what was good and I told him it was the first time I had set foot in the place. He said it was his first time there, also. Happy tried very valiantly to sell us each a foot long hot dog, apparently the diner’s number one seller but we both declined. Happy told us that if you are an American you eat hot dogs. But again we both declined.
The diner is small with about a half dozen tables in the front and a counter just behind them. The menu is on boards above the counter, where you place your order. Beyond the counter is a workspace and at the back the grill and cooking area. Drinks are located just inside the door in a glass door cooler. There is a variety of sodas, waters and some assorted teas but no teas without sugar. The walls were decorated with prints of newspaper articles of Happy’s previous lives in St. Mary’s County and a very large poster letting you know he also sells real estate 24-7.
Although the menu offers appetizers, sides, salads, sandwiches and hot dogs, your choices are limited. For appetizers you could have onion rings, French fries, Jo-Jo beer battered fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, jalapeno poppers, breaded mushrooms, wings or corn dog. I really didn’t understand the corn dog appetizer. Your choice for salads was garden, tuna, club or grilled chicken salad. The foot long hot dogs came with your choice of condiments – ketchup, mustard, onion, sweet relish, chili, cheese, sauerkraut, Cole slaw, tomato and pickle. You might also order the Italian sausage with peppers or fried onions. For sandwiches, the usual could be had from grilled cheese, BLT, Reuben, ham & cheese, and hamburger. They also have a steak & cheese sub and you can order the steak with ham for a dollar more.
We decided on the hot wings and the Jo-Jo beer battered fries for appetizers. The wings were very good and the fries were okay. I had never had them before and it seemed to be grated potatoes made into a wedge shape, battered and fried. Our friend ordered the corned beef and said it was very good. It came on marble rye bread. My lunch date ordered a foot long with just ketchup, and I ordered the steak and cheese with sautéed onions, tomato and lettuce. The foot long was good and my steak and cheese was perfectly cooked and was served on a toasted sub roll.
The prices were very reasonable, the sub only $6.99 and the foot longs $3.99. They do offer take out service and have a kid’s menu with corn dog, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets or hot dog and are served with French fries. They also have a breakfast menu offering breakfast sandwiches, breakfast platters, and omelets. I need to go back and try the breakfast.
232 Town Square Drive
Open Mon- Friday 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday 8 am – 9 pm
Sunday 8 am – 7 pm
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