Retriever’s Grille Restaurant Review

September 26, 2012

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.
301-872-5190

Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday 4pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm
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9 Responses to Retriever’s Grille Restaurant Review

  1. Sharon on September 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Obviously whoever wrote this article never entered the building when it was one of the prior establishments (run as a restaurant– both Monk’s Inn & Sunshine’s Oasis). Being a local who regularly frequents Retriever’s Grille, the owners @ Retriever’s have VASTLY improved the decor and ambience of this building–bringing it from a run-down, dark, seedy-looking dive to a classy, clean, light, airy and family-friendly restaurant. The number of seats permitted is something that unfortunately Retriever’s can’t control– if the county would grant them more, I’m sure they would fill them!! Retriever’s has fantastic food, great service, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. They’ve got nice happy hour specials (food & drinks)–my friends and I stop by all the time after work. Plus you don’t have to drive all the way to upper 235 or the Island to get it!! Ask for one of their bartenders– Kelley or Daphine– they make incredible happy hour drinks!

  2. Just Sayin on September 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    @Sharon, Because of your review, I’m going to try it. thanks!

  3. Shawn on September 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Please note: For some reason my response was posted as Sharon, when in fact my name is SHAWN. Thank you! Also, @ Just Sayin, glad you will check it out– you won’t be disappointed! They have done a great job with the place all the way around. BIG improvement– as good as anything you would find on the “Island.”

  4. Francis on September 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    @Sharon how is the children’s menu? Do they even have one?

    I love supporting local restaurants, but it seems that every one that we find that we like it goes under. Hmmm. Maybe I shouldn’t go to this one! Hah.

    I will be taking my family there to check it out.

    Thanks for the added review.

  5. Francis on September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    @Shawn – the only restaurant that is worth going to on the island anymore is CD Cafe.

    At one time DiGiovanni’s used to be good/decent but has gone downhill (at least to my wife and I) the last couple/few years.

    The Dry Dock has gotten better, but still doesn’t impress.

    Stoney’s hit or miss, but the crab cake is not too bad.

    But, for seafood we much rather drive up to P Frederick and go to Jerry’s. If you haven’t been there you owe it to yourself to try. A little pricey, but the service and family atmosphere more than makes up for it. If Jerry’s there play dumb and act like you have no clue about their side dishes. He will bring out. Every. Single. One for you to try. I eat a lot of food, but you will leave there stuffed.

    Didn’t mean to post such a long one, but we love eating. It helps when your metabolism burns everything off by just sneezing.

  6. Anonymous on September 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I personally love this article of the reviews of local places and look forward to them.

  7. Shawn on September 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

    @ Francis– they have a good children’s menu– chicken, sliders, etc. My wife and I have taken our daughter there–she loves the cheeseburger sliders and root beer. If you have an older child, they have a wide selection of appetizers & sandwiches to choose from as well. Have seen lots of families in & out of there…..leaving with smiles on their faces.

    Perhaps you should frequent local restaurants/businesses MORE often, then they wouldn’t “go under?” Hah. Just a thought.

  8. Shawn on September 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

    @ Francis– my wife and I have made the same observation over the past 2-3 yrs regarding the Island. It just isn’t worth the drive anymore. CD cafe is good, that’s true– but Retriever’s food is just as good in our opinion. And you’re not crammed into little tables like @ CD cafe. Plus it’s CLOSE TO HOME and the folks @ Retrievers act like they care. Heck they even tell you goodbye/good night when you walk out the door! You just don’t get that anymore. I don’t think we’ve ever had anything south of Gate 3 like this that I can remember. Thanks for tip on Jerry’s– will have to check it out. But that’s a LONG drive just to get seafood, unless you’re going that way anyway. To be honest, the crab dip and fish tacos @ Retriever’s are AMAZING and I wouldn’t want to get them anywhere else. You owe it to yourself to check em out.

  9. Debbie on October 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Jerry’s is PF is the BEST for seafood… Well worth the drive.