A friend of mine asked me if I could meet at Ye Olde Towne Café Restaurant in Leonardtown for lunch. I had never heard of the place and was looking forward to a visit. It was located in the heart of old Leonardtown on Leonardtown Square. It was really quite large for a restaurant. There was parking in front or on the side in a parking lot.
Inside the restaurant on the right was a long bar and some tables and on the left what I took to be the dining room. It was nicely set with silverware rolled in napkins. There was a sign that asked for you to wait to be seated. In no time at all, I was shown to a table to await my friend. The waitress appeared and took my beverage order. Sitting there, I noticed the place was filling up quickly. So with that in mind, I figured the food must be pretty good.
As soon as my friend arrived, we looked over the menu and decided on the crab dip served with either a baguette or homemade chips for an appetizer. We decided on the bread as the dipper. For sandwiches, the restaurant offered a large selection from cold, hot, burgers and even breakfast sandwiches all day. For those who prefer lighter fare, there were soups and chili by the cup or bowl, and salads or a cold plate. For hungrier folks, there was the Hungry Man & Lady Specials such as hot turkey or roast beef open face sandwiches, country fried steak, liver and onions, crab cakes, fried seafood platter, sirloin steak or broiled or fried catfish fillet, and all served with a choice of two sides. Baskets were also available with either fried shrimp or fried clams, fried or broiled rockfish nuggets and chicken dippers, with all served with French fries.
We decided on the chicken salad sandwich and the Monday Special Ribeye sandwich cooked to order. While waiting for our sandwiches, we dug into the crab dip. It was full of crab meat with a nice mild flavor. And the baguette was sliced to make it easier to tear apart for dipping. The sandwiches arrived as we were finishing the appetizer. The chicken salad sandwich was full of chunks of chicken and very fresh. It was very good judging the way not a crumb was left. The Ribeye steak sandwich was slightly overcooked for medium and a little on the tough side. But it did have great flavor and the lettuce and tomato was very fresh.
Ye Olde Towne Café is only open for breakfast and lunch and offer a full range of breakfast items including pancakes, omelets, Belgium waffles, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, platters, a fresh fruit cup and oatmeal or grits. They also offer egg whites and Egg Beaters. And breakfast is served all day long. For those age 6 and younger, a kids’ breakfast and lunch menu is available. There are daily specials and desserts available.
The restaurant has a great wait staff, who are knowledgeable and aim to please. Even though it was busy, our waitress made sure we knew that the reason the crab dip was taking time was it was being made fresh. She visited our table several times to see if we needed anything. I will definitely go back and try some of their other offerings. They do offer to carryout, have a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday, and can handle private parties and meetings by reservation.
22685 Washington Street
301 475-5151 or fax 301 475-8771
Monday thru Friday 7 am – 3 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Saturday and Sunday Buffet 8 am – 1 pm
MasterCard Visa Accepted