A friend asked me to go to lunch one day and he suggested Laurel Grove Station in Mechanicsville. It had a very intriguing name and he told me that he had heard the food was good. I wanted to know a little about the unique name, so I went online to see what I could learn.
Laurel Grove Station was part of the Southern Maryland Railroad. The tracks ran from Point Lookout to Washington, DC. The railroad opened on March 20, 1868 and closed in 1978. There were a lot of stops on the circuit from Brandywine to Mechanicsville with more stops added in 1942 to include Hollywood, Oakville, California and Patuxent River NAS. The present station was built in 1954. After the railroad stopped operations and closed the station, it was remodeled into a restaurant. It has been operated by several different owners, some good and some not from what I read online.
Upon entering the establishment, I noticed the warm décor with its plank floors and paint colors. The walls were done in shades of tan with countertops complimenting the paint with stippled ceilings. Here was a chalkboard listing the specials of the day, which on this day were primarily fish and seafood dishes. The first room was set with small tables for four and the next dining area had a lunch counter with stools as well as tables and chairs. Although not very large, it was a comfortable dining area.
Although not busy, as we were there after normal lunchtime hours, we seated ourselves across from the lunch counter. Our waitress appeared with menus and took our beverage order. I noticed that they offered wine and beer for the diners. The menu offers a lot of seafood dishes as well as barbecued ones. They also have soups and salads, sandwiches, and steaks. For side items you can have asparagus, spinach with garlic, sautéed mushrooms or rice pilaf and the always popular Macaroni and Cheese, baked beans or baked potato.
When she appeared with our drinks, we ordered an appetizer to share. There were the usual listed such as Nachos, Loaded Fries and Mozzarella Sticks, but we decided on the Crab Dip served with toast points. For our entrées, we chose the Angus Burger and the Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich. The burger, topped with lettuce and tomato, came with steak fries and you could have cheese and bacon if requested. The pork sandwich sides were Cole slaw and steak fries.
The crab dip was nicely presented with flatbread toast points. It was a little spicy but a great taste. The creamy consistency made it great for dipping. The Angus Burger was fresh and not a frozen, flat patty of beef. It was cooked to perfection and was juicy, not dried out. The steak fries were just that and nothing spectacular. I always prefer sweet potato steak fries when they are offered. The Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich was a hit. It was not dried out and had a nice flavor.
Of course no meal is complete without a dessert. They offer several such as homemade Bread Pudding and Peach Cobbler, but this day we decided on Strawberry Cheese Cake. It was unusually good.
The restaurant offers a wide variety of foods and some you wouldn’t expect to find in a roadside diner. But this is not your typical diner but more of a restaurant. The waitress was very friendly and answered our questions, which is always a plus. There is a kid’s menu offering the usual grilled cheese, hot dog, chicken strips, and cheese pizza but also Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce. They offer a breakfast menu in the spring and summer when traffic picks up. This was a very nice experience and definitely worth a second trip, possibly for dinner.
26945 Three Notch Road
Open: Call for winter hours
Tuesday thru Friday
Saturday & Sunday
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