On a quiet fall evening, I took a drive to Solomons to meet with friends for dinner. Now that the summertime visitors have returned to their homes, the island is a much quieter place. The Striped Rock looked like a place to get dinner and parking was plentiful along the boardwalk. I remembered back to a time not long ago when the building housed a noisy nighttime crowd along with food. I was never really tempted to take part of that raucous scene. But now new owners and a different venue – food and drink only.
A wrap around porch was very inviting, with a small patio out front for dining. But due to the chill in the air, this night the inside dining was preferred. Inside was a nicely set up dining room, with a bar on one side and tables on the other. We were seated promptly, given menus and water. The tables were set with nice white linen cloths. Our waiter appeared and introduced himself and took our beverage order of beer, vodka and grapefruit and the restaurant offers a pumpkin martini so of course we had to have one. He reappeared shortly to tell us he was out of grapefruit juice. So we had to change our order. He brought us our beverages and we had decided to order Crab Imperial Skins for the appetizer. There were three potato skins filled to overflowing with Crab Imperial. We did have to ask for plates for the skins, which our waiter produced. The skins were slightly crisp and the crab was mostly lump meat with the sauce on top. We all agreed they were very good.
For our entrées we ordered the Steak and Crab Cake Combo, the Filet Mignon and the special Stuffed Lobster Tail with Crab Imperial. A few minutes later our waiter came back to inform us that they had no filet but they had steak strips they could substitute. We decided not to go that way and the Crab Cake platter was ordered with 2 crab cakes and the Filet Mignon was changed to a crab cake sandwich. Our waiter kept apologizing for the shortages.
Soon our entrées came and they smelled wonderful. The stuffed lobster tail was served with a choice of two sides, creamed spinach and house cut fries were chosen. The Crab Cake Sandwich came with lettuce, tomato, and one side. A loaded baked potato was chosen. The Crab Cake and Steak Platter (no steak so 2 crab cakes) was ordered with two sides – Coleslaw and onion rings. The dinners were done perfectly and tasted very good. The Coleslaw was fresh and crisp, onion rings lightly breaded, crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. The creamed spinach was a great choice and the fries were huge. It took a few seconds to decide how to attack the loaded potato but it was awesome. While dining, our waiter appeared with a round of beverages on the house, because of the shortages we experienced, which was very nice.
After finishing our entrées, we asked our waiter what was available for dessert. Everything sounded so good, but we opted for Key Lime Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake and Pumpkin Cranberry Cheesecake. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake was made in thin layers and was very light and had a wonderful flavor of the peanut butter and chocolate. The Pumpkin Cranberry Cake was made with fresh cranberries and with the pumpkin, it was an awesome combination. The Key Lime Cake was made with Key limes, as my guest said there is a difference.
The wait staff was friendly and made sure our water glasses were full. Our waiter appeared several times to ask if we needed anything and if our food was fine. It’s nice to have conscientious servers in this day and age, where everyone is in a hurry and fast food is the order of the day. The décor is very soothing and I am sure during the day, the dining room has a beautiful view looking out on the Patuxent River. It would have been a perfect dining experience had the Filet Mignon been available and the bar had grapefruit juice. Other than that, it was a place worth visiting and returning to again. They have a children’s menu and also offer other dishes and sandwiches besides seafood, such as burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, soups and salads. They are open for breakfast. Reservations and take out available.
14470 Solomons Island Rd Solomons, MD 20688
Open Monday – Sunday 7 am to10 pm
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