On a rainy, snowy day, what better to do than go out for lunch. So off I went to Charles County to have barbecue. On Crain Highway there was a stand alone restaurant called Texas Ribs & BBQ and Twin Kiss Ice Cream. It seemed like an unusual combination, so why not give it a try.
Entering the door, I was greeted by a gentleman, who showed us to a table. Each table had a number that was large enough for the wait staff to see so they would know where to deliver the food. We got lucky number 7. The dining area was quite large and arranged in an “L” shape. Our waitress appeared and took our beverage order, while we looked over the menu. The menu was quite extensive with everything from appetizers to desserts. Each item on the menu has a description, which helps to decide what you will or won’t order. I was intrigued with the Brunswick Stew’s description that the original recipe was made with rabbit or squirrel but the restaurant uses smoked chicken breast instead. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, baskets and sides plus Smith Island 10 layer cakes, fresh baked each day along with pies, made it hard to decide.
There were several specials of the day and we decided on the Texas Spiced Buffalo Wings for the appetizer. There were 8 jumbo wings cooked in a lemon flavored hot sauce. The taste was unexpected but quite good. Instead of an appetizer, you could make it a meal. For the rest of our meal, we ordered sandwiches, the Texas Double Decker, brisket and Carolina Pork BBQ, and the First Place Chesapeake BBQ contest winner, the brisket sandwich. Since the sandwiches came with a choice of sides, we got French fries and Coleslaw. The Texas Double Decker was extremely good, with the meat being nice and tender. The flavor of the two combined was a real treat. The brisket sandwich was a little on the tough side but had great flavor. The Coleslaw was fresh and crisp.
We decided to try some dessert as they all sounded intriguing. We learned the cakes are original Smith Island Cakes with ten thin layers and they come in many flavors. We had the Peanut Butter Chocolate and the Double Chocolate, and we also wanted the Twin Kiss Ice Cream. The cakes were fresh with a homemade taste and all were awesome!
Needless to say, we had one big meal! The wait staff made sure our glasses remained full, which is always a nice touch, and were very knowledgeable about items on the menu. The Christmas decorations gave the place seasonal charm. They offer a kid’s menu with all items served with fries and applesauce. The children’s grilled cheese is done on Texas Toast, a nice touch. During nice weather, they offer outside tables. They do catering and offer quite a few choices and you can get food to go.
7415 Crain Highway
La Plata, Md
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm
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