On a Friday, a friend talked me into going to Linda’s Cafe, a place I had not been before nor did I really know anything about it. When we arrived, I realized it was tucked away on a back street in Lexington Park. The front of the restaurant was very attractive, with a nice awning and flower planters. It had great curb appeal.
Inside the restaurant, for one o’clock in the afternoon, it was quite busy. The room was fairly large with many tables. Towards the back was a counter with seats with an open kitchen just beyond. We seated ourselves and quite quickly a waitress appeared. We ordered our drinks and started perusing the menu. Since my friend had been here before, I asked what was good. The reply was everything.
For a small space, the menu was quite extensive. There was breakfast, lunch and dinner with breakfast being sold all day long. On the breakfast side, there were a few items not found in many restaurants such as Capt’n Crunch or raisin bread French toast, banana walnut hotcakes and Golden Grahams Belgium waffles. For omelettes, there were the usual but you could create your own with the toppings offered and you could substitute Egg Beaters or egg whites. For lunch, soups and salads, cold plates, hot plates including Linda’s Special – an 8oz. hamburger steak cooked to order and topped with fried onions and gravy, along with the usual sides with some nice additions of pickled beets, sliced tomatoes, and collard greens. Linda’s offers the burgers found on most menus with some not such as the Patty Melt and the Tex Mex Burger. The restaurant has sandwiches that include those that are made with homemade salads such as chicken, egg or tuna on your choice of bread.
For dinner, Linda’s favorites are Surf and Turf, Fried Shrimp, Liver and Onions, Fish Tailer (fried haddock), and Grilled Pork Chops along with the fried chicken and roast turkey and country fried steak found everywhere. Appetizers are also offered such as Mozzarella sticks, Jalapeño Poppers, chicken fingers and loaded cheese fries.
I ordered the Fish Tailer with Cole slaw and French fries and my friend ordered the Hot Turkey and Gravy with mashed potatoes and corn with no stuffing. I decided to use the restroom to wash up and my waitress told me to go all the way back and down the steps and I would find it on the left. I navigated my way past the kitchen and the behind the scenes prep work and dish washing and down the stairs to find a unisex restroom. The accommodations were pleasantly nice and clean even though the trip to get there was scary.
I was back at the table just in time as our food came out quickly. The plate presentation was quite nice and the food looked so good. And to top it off, it tasted even better. The fish was done to perfection, moist on the inside and crisp on the outside. The Cole slaw was fresh with a great taste. The Hot Turkey was real sliced turkey and not processed like one gets at so many places these days. Mashed potatoes and gravy were a hit too. Corn was from a can but okay. And you always need dessert so there was a selection of pies to choose from – chocolate, lemon, or coconut meringue, southern pecan or pumpkin, so I just had to get the chocolate meringue and it was scrumptious.
Tuesday night at Linda’s Cafe is Fried Chicken Night which includes half a chicken, two vegetables of your choice, soup or salad and warm dinner rolls. Friday night is Seafood Extravaganza Night. It includes fresh Rockfish, steamed crab legs, steamed shrimp, and homemade crab cakes. You get two fresh vegetables and homemade New England clam chowder. And if you like the Southern Maryland tradition of stuffed ham for the holidays, they will do that also and will be glad to take your order. Linda’s Café does to go orders. You can place your order online @ www.foodler.com
The waitresses were very attentive to their tables and very pleasant. All in all, I could not find any negatives except for the adventure to get to the restroom. I do realize it is an older strip shopping center but if it is ever remodeled, I would include new bathrooms.
21779-A Tulagi Place
Lexington Park, Md
Open: Mon – Fri 6am – 8pm
Sat – 7am – 2pm
Sun – 8am – 2pm
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