On a very pretty day, I took a ride to St. Inigoes for lunch. A friend told me about a new restaurant that had opened in the old Monk’s Tavern. Since I had not been there when it was a bar, I really didn’t know what to expect. Pulling into the parking lot, it really didn’t have any curb appeal but it had a very nice sign telling you that you were at the right place.
Upon entering, there was a sitting area for those who needed to wait for others to arrive or waiting for a table. The room was quite large and the tables and chairs seemed to be lost in the space. In the middle of the room was a small bar with barstools. We went ahead and seated ourselves at a small table in the middle of the room. There were several other tables with diners but the room was pleasantly quiet. There also appeared to be another long room on the side which also was quite large and might be used as a game room. A waiter came by and gave us menus and took our drink order and gave us menus. He told us our waitress would be right over to our table.
The menu was quite appealing with different items not usually seen around the area. They offered lunch plates, baskets, entrée salads, sandwiches, burgers and tacos. They even offer veggie burgers and fish tacos. For dinner, you can order barbeque, chicken and pork dishes, steaks, seafood and pastas, along with fresh salads and soups. And they even have appetizers. So the Retriever’s Grille offers something for everyone.
Our waitress brought our drinks and took our order. I wanted Flame Grilled Chicken Breast seasoned with Caribbean Jerk or Italian Seasoning, served on a bed of rice and a side of vegetable medley. I opted to try the Caribbean Jerk and was told it was spicy but not really hot. My cohort ordered the special, Pulled Pork Barbeque with garlic mashed potatoes and Cole slaw.
It didn’t take long before our lunch was served. The chicken was moist and tender and the vegetable medley was just the way I like it, a little crisp, not mushy. And as promised, the jerk seasoning was not extremely hot but spicy. The plate had a great presentation. The special of the day, barbequed pulled pork, was tender and sauced to perfection Carolina style. The mashed potatoes were good but the Cole slaw needed some help, as it didn’t appear to be fresh or have much taste.
We decided to get a little history on the restaurant as to why the place seems devoid of tables. Our waitress explained that the county would only allot them so many edu’s. That would be Equivalent Dwelling Units for the space. Due to the fact there are 3 apartments above the restaurant; the edu’s left were divided among the restaurant and bar. The owner is hoping to get more edus to enable him to have more tables. At present, he is only allowed 40 diners and 10 at the bar.
Retriever’s Grille handles take out orders and asks for a 30 minute notice. All in all, the food is well prepared and presented with little turn around time. Hopefully the owner will be able to improve upon the décor in the near future.
48673 Trapp Rd
St. Inigoes, Md.
Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday 4pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm
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