Looking for a new place to get lunch, we went to Benedict to try a restaurant located on the Patuxent River. It was such a nice day and seemed like a place on the water fit the bill. I had never been there before and I had heard that over the years, owners had come and gone, with some of them not so good. Apparently the appearance of the place had been let go and the food sometimes good and sometimes not so good.
Arriving at the restaurant, I noticed there was parking in front and a parking lot across the street. The décor outside was very nice and for the spring, summer and fall, an outside patio.
Upon entering the restaurant, there was a nice waiting area and restrooms. Going down the hallway, there was a reception desk and to the side a dining room. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the restaurant looked. It was nice and clean and well-appointed. The dining room’s windows looked out over the river and you could see the boats going about fishing.
My friend arrived and we looked over the extensive menu. The list of appetizers was extensive with seafood, chicken, mozzarella sticks and stuffed mushrooms. We ordered the Sampler for an appetizer. While waiting for our appetizer, we looked over the lists of soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood dinners, combination platters, and chicken and steak dinners. For our entrées we decided on the House Filet of Steak with garlic mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese and the Blackened Chicken Salad although I wanted the Blackened Tuna Steak Salad and was told they no longer offered it.
Our waitress returned with our appetizer in short order. Crab balls, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and steamed shrimp were done to perfection. The crab balls were mostly crab with little filler and a great taste. The mozzarella sticks were crisp on the outside and melted on the inside.
Soon our dinners appeared. The presentation of the food was very nice. The salad was very fresh and crisp. The chicken was not overpowered with seasoning so you could actually taste the chicken. The honey mustard dipping sauce was the perfect condiment. The House Filet was cooked to order and the macaroni and cheese was tasted fresh. The garlic mashed potatoes were a perfect compliment to the steak. For dessert, the chocolate peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust was delicious.
The restaurant offers a kid’s menu for guests under 12 and they also offer take-out. There was a chalkboard with the specials of the day. All in all it was a pleasant experience with great food and great service.
Open Wednesday thru Sunday 11am to 9pm
7320 Benedict Avenue
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