Restaurant Week was coming to an end in Calvert and one more restaurant needed to be done in the southern end of the county. So I called a few friends and asked them to dine with me at The Garden Grill and Bar in the Hilton Garden Inn at Dowell Road. Arriving at the hotel, I entered the lobby and noticed the dining area was just off the lobby but open to it, and a bar at the front. There were tables for four set up for dinner. The staff said I could sit where I liked and I told them I was expecting others. As they were not busy, I was able to pick my table. The waitress asked if she could get me a beverage while I was waiting and I ordered one.
My waitress appeared with my beverage and my other guests arrived. The décor was quite nice and a change from most restaurants. The silverware was wrapped in linen napkins and the water glasses were goblets. It had been awhile since I had been to a place that used linen and stemware. Our waitress took the beverage orders and we had a chance to peruse the menu. There were two choices for appetizers, the Grande Garden Quesadilla with fire grilled veggies, avocado, cilantro, jalapenos and melted cheese served with chipotle sour cream and salsa or the Wings of the World with two choices. You could order the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel or the Spicy Szechuan Orange. We chose the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel.
Looking over the menu, there were soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches and entrées. Our waitress said they were out of the Asian Ribs but two specials were offered-Crab Cake Dinner for $30, including cream of crab soup, salad and bread pudding for dessert, and broiled salmon with a mustard sauce. We ordered the New York Strip, Fish and Chips, Crispy Salmon, Grilled Chicken Fettuccine and the Crab Cake Special.
The wings were absolutely delicious, crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. The sauce was amazing, albeit sticky. But the wings were addictive. The dinners arrived and they looked really nice. The New York Strip was char-broiled to perfection with roasted garlic and herb butter. It was accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and fresh, steamed broccoli. The steak was very tender and moist. The Fish and Chips were just average. The lightly breaded cod would have been good if it had not been greasy. The Cream of Crab Soup was just okay, nothing to brag about. The Crab Cakes were mostly crab meat with little filler but needed more seasoning. Garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli rounded out the plate.
The Crispy Salmon was a nice thick filet that was pan-seared with a sweet sesame sauce and served on a bed of bok choy. It had a wonderful mild, flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli were perfect accompaniments. The Grilled Chicken Fettuccine, with mushrooms, spinach, roasted peppers, and asparagus (this night there was no asparagus available) in a creamy white sauce was not a hit. The white sauce was more like gravy and the small pieces of sliced chicken added nothing to the flavor. Maybe more vegetables, chicken and fettuccine and less sauce would be a help. The tossed green salad was very good. The greens were fresh and crisp.
Appetizers average $9 while soups and salads start at $6 and up. Sides average$3 and kid’s meals are $5. Burgers and sandwiches start at $9 with entrées are $16 to $28 and desserts start at $7.
Now it was time to check out the desserts. This night the offerings were Crème Brulee Cheesecake, Caramel Apple Granny Pie, Molten Chocolate Meltdown and Bread Pudding. So we ordered one of each. The Crème Brulee Cheesecake with raspberry topping was a hit. It was rich and creamy but also light textured. It was very good. The Bread Pudding hit the spot by all who shared it. The Caramel Apple Granny Pie had caramel and toffee and was baked in a shortbread crust and was just okay. The Molten Chocolate Meltdown was served warm with a chocolate truffle core. It was very rich and dry and would have been much better with a scoop of ice cream.
It was a different dining experience with the dining area located just off the lobby and opened to all the comings and goings. The décor made for a pleasant experience and the waitress very friendly. We were told the menu will be undergoing an extensive renovation in the near future and that would be a positive thing. There are several items for children and several vegetarian items for those who prefer. The menu offers soups and salads, flatbreads and burgers. For sides they had bacon and brie mashed potatoes, rustic French fries and hand cut melon and selected berries.
Located 13100 Dowell Rd
Open: Mon – Fri Breakfast 6 am – 10 am
Sat – Sun Breakfast 6 am – 11 am
Closed for lunch
Sun – Sat Dinner 5 pm – 10 pm
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