With summer coming to a close, I thought is would be nice to take a trip to Solomons Island and have lunch near the water. Some friends asked me to lunch at CD Café. I had never been to CD Café although I knew it was located in the old Woodburn’s food store along with offices. It is located in the front of the building with a waterview of the Patuxent River. The restaurant is quite small with only eleven tables. My friends recommended getting there early if you didn’t want to wait.
Walking in the front entrance, the restaurant was located just inside the door to the right. At the back of the corridor, there is a lounge with a bar, in case you need to wait for a table. On this day we got there early and didn’t need to wait. It gave us a chance to catch up on what we had been doing.
The dining room was attractively set up so as to give plenty of room to their guests. We chose a table overlooking the river. At the back of the dining area was a counter for those who were picking up carry out and beyond the counter, the kitchen. The dining room filled up quickly.
Looking over the menu, I asked my friends what they recommended as they had been there before. Their answer was “everything”. We decided on the Hummus with Pita Wedges for our appetizer. The Hummus was homemade and the pita was warmed. It was thicker than the commercial products you find in stores, with a hint of garlic, tahini (sesame seed paste) and topped with green onions. It was quite spreadable and had a fresh, great taste.
The menu is extensive with sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, burgers, steaks and seafood. There are also specials every day and on this day French fries were a special! They offer a kids menu for the youngsters. Our waitress told us about the specials for this day and one was their crab cake sandwich. I was made to understand that it is all crab and just enough cracker crumbs to hold it together.
We each ordered something different for our entrée and there was so much to choose. The Tenderloin Salad was amazing. The steak was cooked to order, served on a bed of fresh greens with artichoke hearts, black olives, red onions, and Caesar dressing with fresh crumbled blue cheese and the only comment on it was “great”. The Buffalo Wrap was a breaded chicken breast, blue cheese dressing, cheddar cheese, greens, tomatoes and onions and it was packed. It is served with a grilled potato cake. It was a hearty sandwich and although it was tasty, adding some blue cheese crumbles would make it even better. The third entrée was the CD Chicken Salad that consisted of breaded chicken tenders, on a bed of romaine lettuce, with sliced cucumbers, red onions, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese and their own green goddess dressing. Asking if the salad could come without the parmesan cheese, the server said it could. Again, the salad was huge and a doggie bag was welcomed. The chicken was moist and tender and the greens were very fresh. Since we had a youngster dining with us, he took advantage of the French fries and the child’s portion of shrimp. The dipping cup with the ketchup was a hit and he definitely liked the sauce as he also enjoyed dipping his fingers and licking them until the cup was taken away.
I guess our server found it amusing that we weren’t able to finish our meals but wanted dessert. But what is a good meal without the reward of a tasty treat. The desserts for the day were listed on a board at the front of the room. We opted for the Lemon Cake, the Chocolate Cake and the Blackberry Cheesecake. All of them were fresh, homemade and delicious. The cheesecake with blackberries was a new one that I had not come across in my travels and had fresh blackberries on it.
Speaking with our server, she told us that they try to use all local produce when it is available. They also get their seafood from Annapolis. Desserts are homemade and each day they offer different ones.
The food is great and the décor very nice. On the negative side, it is not good for large parties and they do not take reservations. It is first come, first serve. They do offer carry out. The wait staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
14350 Solomons Island Road
Open Sunday 11 am – 2:30 pm Lunch 5:30 pm – 9 pm Dinner
Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Lunch 5:30 – 9:30 pm Dinner
In Between Menu Monday – Friday 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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