Since the weather was very pleasant, I decided a day at Chesapeake Beach would be nice. I called a couple of friends to meet me for lunch at Traders, a restaurant I had heard about and somewhere I had not been before. From the parking lot, the facade was quite nice. There were benches along the walkway with an awning that led to the front door. On the side of the building was a long porch where one could dine or just sit. The front of the restaurant was landscaped quite nicely with flowers. Doing a little history on the restaurant, I learned that Traders had originally been the Seabreeze Restaurant for many years, before being purchased in 2000. The building got a much needed facelift, after being damaged by the tornado in 2008.
As I approached the door, it was opened by the hostess, and she asked me if I was dining alone. I told her that I was expecting a couple of others and that I was a little early. Business was quite steady, and the diners seemed to be enjoying their food. I took a walk around the dining area and noticed at the end of the room there was an opening that led to a bar and gaming machines. It was fairly busy with a number of people playing the machines. I walked back to the hostess and asked her to seat me until the others got there.
I was seated near the entrance to the game room and noticed there was a blind across the window, separating the dining area, which closed off the view to the gaming and bar, which was nice. On my left was a ramp that led up to a buffet style room. They offer a large breakfast buffet on Sunday mornings. As soon as my guests arrived, we ordered appetizers, which was the fresh veggie tray and the Traders Sampler. The vegetable platter consisted of broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes. The veggie tray was very fresh and served with Ranch Dressing for dipping. The Traders Sampler had 3 wings, 3 tenders, 3 mozzarella sticks and 2 loaded potato skins. The chicken was nice and tender and the mozzarella sticks were crisp on the outside and perfectly melted on the inside. We all agree that the loaded potato skins were too cheesy and less cheese would have been better.
For our entrées we chose the Grilled Reuben with a side of sweet potato fries, the Fried Flounder sub with a side of Coleslaw and the Prime Rib sandwich with sweet potato fries. The entrées were humongous. The Grilled Reuben was awesome and the sweet potato fries nicely done. The Fried Flounder was done to perfection, lightly breaded, crisp on the outside and flakey on the inside, with a mild taste. The Coleslaw was fresh and crisp. The Prime Rib sandwich came with au jus for dipping and was cooked to order. The steak was tender and had good flavor.
Although we were not able to finish everything, we decided to have dessert. What is a good meal without dessert? Yes, we ordered dessert; triple chocolate cake, lemon cake and ice cream with chocolate sauce. The lemon cake was unusually sweet with a lemon flavor but moist. The triple chocolate cake was nothing special and the ice cream was ice cream.
The positives were great appetizers and entrées and for hungry diners, large portions. I was hoping for some great desserts but not this time. The service was wonderful with prompt attention to detail and being welcomed at the door was a nice touch. Bottomless cups of coffee and soda are always appreciated. The place had a very welcoming, homey feel.
The menu is quite extensive with many breakfast items as well as lunch and dinner fare. There are soups and salads as well as sandwiches and subs. And you can have an 8 oz. burger your way. And if an 8 oz. burger isn’t enough, you can order the Big Marty which is 12 oz. All sandwiches are served with a choice of one side. I liked the fact that breakfast is served 7 am to 1:30 pm while lunch is served from 7 am until 4 pm. It is great for those getting off overnight work or those who sleep late. Dinner is served 4 pm to 10 pm. And the dinner menu has many choices from lite fare of soups and salads to hearty meals that include steaks, seafood, chicken and even lasagna. They offer all items to go. One day I will go back and try their Chicken Chesapeake with lump crabmeat in a Bearnaise sauce. It sounds so good. And they do offer a children’s menu.
Outside bar is open Monday to Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 2 pm to 11 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 9 pm.
8132 Bayside Road
Chesapeake Beach Md
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