We had a coupon for Arby's which is not one of Bob's favorites. I had thought I might get the smokehouse brisket (limited time offer). But instead I got the French Dip which I ordered without the cheese as I am not fond of Swiss.
Favorite Dish: I love the curly cheese fries, but I did not get them this time. I did get the Salted Caramel Shake which was very good but I didn't understand what the salt was for. Bob got a regular chocolate shake and chicken tenders. He couldn't eat all the chicken tenders and I only ate half of my French dip, so we had meat for a second meal the next day.
Because we had some coupons, we ate at Wendy's on Wednesday. Bob likes the Frosty's
Wendy's is not open for breakfast, but ours is open until midnight or later on weekends
Favorite Dish: I had two small cheeseburgers and lemonade. Bob had the same and a Frosty. We both had fries
Everyone should be able to find something to their taste to eat in Leonardtown. Even though Luciano's Pizza, Duke's Bar, Ye Olde Ice Cream Shoppe, Nooks and Monks, Hardees, Linda's Cafe on the Square, and 4 Star Pizza (which is now Olde Town Pub) have closed, there are still plenty of places to satisfy your appetite.
Off the top of my head, I can list two fancy restaurants (Café des Artistes and The Front Porch), three oriental food restaurants (Happy Dragon, Hong Kong Buffet and Jeng OGA'S Asian Cuisine), two pizza places (Ledo's and Papa John's Pizza), a seafood place (Thompson's Corner Kafe), two Mexican restaurants (El Cerro Grande and Salsa's Mexican Cafe), several lunch places like the County Seat Restaurant which also now does dinner, two Tea Room Cafe type places, Carousel's which serves ice cream and lunches, a place for getting buffalo wings, a coffee shop, and Wendy's, Arby's Subway, McDonalds or Taco Bell-KFC.
Favorite Dish: McDonalds is the default place to go or I go there if I want a McFlurry. I also like their apple dippers. Sometimes I go on the way to or from the gym to reward myself for being good.
Subway - I almost never go here. Basically I don't like to wait and I don't like the toppings and I can get a sandwich at home. If we can't find another place to eat when we are traveling we will go to Subway. This is the only one of these that doesn't have a drive-through
I like Taco Bell-KFC. I like the honey BBQ wings but I don't know whether they have them anymore. Also I like the Mexican pizza.
Wendy's is a favorite of Bob's. I like the stuffed potatoes in the winter and the taco salad. He doesn't like Arby's as well as I do. I like the cheese curly fries
This is a liquor store and they serve lunch Monday through Friday and dinner on the weekends. I had a coupon for this place and wanted to go eat there, but it is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday for dinner and we usually go out to eat on Wednesday. So when a friend called and suggested we go to a funeral viewing on Thursday evening, I said we should go out to eat together afterward.
They had eaten here before and said the food was good and inexpensive. There are two or three other restaurants in this little shopping center, not counting Ledo's Pizza
It is a very small place with about 15 tables, and has a very short menu. They had a special - two entrees and one of either an appetizer or a desert for $35.00. But my husband didn't want any of the entrees on the specials menu, so we didn't get that.
Favorite Dish: My husband had a salad because he thought a full entree would be too much. He got Thai Basil Chicken Salad which he said was something like Tandori Chicken. (He isn't a fan of Oriental food.) I got the corned beef and cabbage, but it was a disappointment. The corned beef was in thick slabs and the cabbage was tough. Cabbage should be cooked enough so that you don't need a knife to cut it up.
Our friends had a hard time figuring out a dish that wouldn't be shellfish or have feta cheese in the stuffing or have something else that they didn't like. They ended up with a beef dish and a stuffed chicken on pasta.
Even though we have already been out for dinner once this week on Wednesday, Bob came home late and tired and wanted to go out on Friday too. Where to go on a Friday night where we could eat quickly without a lot of hassle. This place fills the bill.
It is very popular and there were a lot of people there when we arrived. It turned out though, that some of them were waiting for take-out orders, and one was a party of 6, so we were seated immediately, and a couple of minutes later, the lobby was clear even though it was Friday night.
While the walls have photos or drawings and there are pictures in the frosted glass which is at the entrance (see inset) and on the top of the walls between the booths, this is not a place to go for a lot of ambience, or a relaxed candlelit meal.
The waiters really hustle here. The buffet advertises at least 60 items daily with a rotating list of 168 different items. You seldom see an empty or depleted dish.
Favorite Dish: Most people have the buffet as it is an extremely good value for the money. It is $7.95 for all you can eat (children $4.75), and we paid $1 for a pot of tea. There is also a lunch buffet for $5.95@
There are four long buffet tables. One has cold stuff including today a delicious seafood salad, and steamed shrimp, but also includes puddings, fruits and other salads.
The second one has the hot Chinese dishes like General Tso's chicken (my favorite), Happy Family, clams, mussels, stuffed mushrooms and other dishes.
The third one has the soups, and the spinach cheese casserole, boneless bbq spare ribs, fried shrimp, dumplings,lo mein, pizza, and the like.
The fourth table has more American style dishes, and in the back is the soft ice cream and cakes etc for dessert.
I must confess I didn't even get to the 4th table before I was full. You can get the buffet for take-out for $3.95/lb. Or you can order individual items - eat in or take out.
Unfortunately the last time we went, I felt that the food was not as good.
I saw Big Larry's in the phone book and could not imagine where it would be. Well, just so you know - it is where the propane store was next to the Leonardtown Post Office. It seems to be a place where the kids come after high school and get ice cream.
Favorite Dish: I went over after I mailed a package last week and asked them for a bacon cheese hot dog and a root beer float. The root beer float came right away, but they were out of hot dog buns and had to wait until they got some more before they could give me my hot dog. It was very good though.
This place seems to be closed now. We will see if it comes back as something else.
When this was Arizona Pizza we ate here twice - both times on the way home from a trip. Bob wasn't particularly impressed with it the first time, but I was able to persuade him to come again with our granddaughter.
Then it was the Rustic River Bar & Grill. They still have TVs at each table, so it has a kind of sports bar atmosphere inside.
Favorite Dish: The first Arizona Pizza visit Bob ordered the meatball sub. I ordered some kind of pasta (lasagna?) and the cheesey bread but there was too much for me to eat it all, and Bob doesn't like it. It was also IIRC somewhat salty.
The second time we came with our granddaughter and she ordered the $5.00 personal pan pizza deal (photo 2), and I ordered a stromboli. Bob ordered the same as last time - the meatball sub. The menu still has pizza on it.
The first visit after the restaurant changed hands, I ordered the special Savour Saint Mary's dishes of Fried Green Tomatoes (appetizer), and a soft crab sandwich (photo). Bob had a shrimp po'boy. Each of them came with a side. Bob had potato salad and I had corn bread (photo 5)
This restaurant has 40 seats, plus a small sushi bar and a Lunch Buffet, which is from 11:00 to 2:30 and includes soup, salad, sushi and Chinese Food Dessert. The lunch buffet is $6.35 plus tax for an adult. They also have a lunch special (Sushi or Sashimi) for $6.95, and you can order take-out
I finally got Bob to come here for dinner. He commented that the ambiance was better than he expected from the outside of the place. They have a fish tank. He had thought it was just for sandwiches or something.
Favorite Dish: I went and had lunch here while I was waiting for the post office employee that I wanted to see to get back from lunch. Among other offerings on the buffet, they had coconut chicken, peanut chicken, BBB, General Tso's chicken, crab won-tons, spring roll, onion shrimp, chow mein, sweet and sour chicken, a diagonal sliced banana with sauce, and many other dishes, plus a broccoli salad, pineapple, pudding, jello, rice, and dumplings. I didn't get the soup, but I had hot tea which didn't taste like cigarette ashes, and it was included. I'm not sure what the Chinese Food Dessert was - there was something like a little Ho Ho on the buffet plus donuts, but it might have been the a fortune cookie they gave me when I checked out.
When we went for dinner the buffet was not operating, so Bob got won ton soup and sweet and sour pork. I had hot tea and the special which was coconut chicken
It was our 53rd wedding anniversary (2012) so we went out to dinner. It was a Tuesday which meant that some of the new places I wanted to try were not open, so I decided to try this restaurant which is next to the Leonardtown Grille.
Favorite Dish: They have all the usual suspects. They brought us a spicy-hot tomato based dipping sauce and corn chips right away. Because it was our anniversary, we had virgin pina colada's. Bob had the #7 which was a taco, burrito and beans and rice. I had a la carte items - a cheese quesadilla and a chile relleno. They had something called Mexican cheesecake so I decided to try that instead of the fried ice cream, but it was just a regular cheesecake with chocolate sauce dribbled on it and whipped cream. Service was quick
This restaurant closed and was for sale (6/08). I do not know if the cook died (she was the backbone of the place) or if the owner died.
We often came here as it is close and the food was good and not too expensive. The previous owner was in a wheelchair
We went fairly shortly after this restaurant re-opened. They didn't have their glassware yet and service was a little disorganized although it was cheerful. They were quite busy on Friday night, and it was a bit noisy.
We went again January 12, 2012 and Bob had cream of crab soup, a shrimp pasta dish and a baked apple. I had the special (prime rib) and took most of the meat home with me. With it I tried the fried green beans and mashed potatoes.
Favorite Dish: Part of their winter 2003 menu was:
Prime Rib Au
Queen Cut (12 to 14 oz.) was $15.95 now 19.95
Willows Duck $17.95 now Honey Orange Duck $16.95
This time there was a special on soups - I got a cup of seafood chowder an Bob got cream of crab. I got the special of stuffed tilapia, and Bob got a Caribbean seafood salad which he said was too spicy. We both got dessert (and each was $5.99). Bob got the brownie sundae and I had fried apple sundae.
A victim of the recession? Who knows - it is now The Front Porch
This restaurant just opened in a remodeled house. We went this Friday for dinner. We almost couldn't get in because they wanted us to have reservations even though we got there quite early.
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30-2:30 (Please reserve for parties of 6 or more)
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00 - 9:30 (Reservations recommended)
Brunch: Sunday 10:00 - 2:30
They have big banquet rooms upstairs, and on one side of the entrance is a bar area (photo 5), and on the other is two dining rooms separated by a pocket door. The thresholds at the front door make using a wheelchair difficult.
The other thing about this restaurant is that the individual items are very high priced and the servings, while attractively presented are quite small. Normally we order just a soup and salad or a salad and appetizer and so that is what we did, and we had very little food to eat.
Favorite Dish: Bob had the Sweet Corn and Crab - Creamy Corn Soup, Crab Croquette to start, and I had the Portuguese Chowder - Fresh Fish. Rich Tomato Base, Spanish Chorizo, Idaho potatoes, Spinach, which had salmon in it in a tomato based soup - spicy. Each cup cost $3.75
Then I ordered the $7.59 Roasted and Stuffed Chicken Breast – Stuffed with Wild Rice, Goat Cheese with Roasted Pepper and Corn Salsa appetizer (photo 3), which was tiny. Bob had the Maryland Crab Salad – Jumbo Lump Maryland Blue Crab, Avocado, Fresh Salsa, Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette - $8.25 (photo 2). It was also tiny.
I ate all the bread, but we were still hungry, so I had the Fresh Berry and Cream Tart. This was a small (but thick) pie shell with whipped cream in it and some blueberries and sliced strawberries on the top (photo 4) - $5.25. Bob had the Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Ice Cream. It was also $5.25
Our meal - two cups of soup, two appetizers and two desserts - was $35.78 plus tip.
If we had ordered a regular entree, one of the cheapest ones would have been the Vegetable Medley for $16.25 or the Chicken Pot Pie for $16.95. Mid range dishes were about $18.00 and included Shrimp and Grits or Pork Loin or Seafood Chowder.
The more expensive dishes included the Maryland Crab Cake which would have been $23.75 and the Beef Tenderloin at $25.00
I saw that this place had opened up in town, so we tried it out. I noticed on the way in that the 'handicapped' entrance still had about a 2" lip to negotiate between the sidewalk and the parking lot.
This appeared to be somewhat on the order of a sports bar with five or six TVs on one wall (unfortnately with no captions, so no one could see what was going on). They had appetizer, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and ribs. They gave us cornbread (cold) as our bread.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Favorite Dish: Bob had the soup of the way which the waitress said was a vegetable tomato based crab soup. Bob said it was a vegetable soup with some little bits of crab sprinkled in it. He also had a small rack of ribs with a baked potato for $12.95. I had the small rack and fried oysters for $19.95. I got cole slaw which was nice and sweet and the house salad as my sides. The house salad was good and the blue cheese dressing had some big lumps of blue cheese in it. The oysters were good but I couldn't finish my ribs either. We didn't have room for dessert. Some of our choices would have been apple pie, turtle cheesecake
On Thursday evenings, the winery holds a wine tasting event in conjunction with food prepared by a local chef. On First Fridays, they have a wine tasting and live music at the winery. They also display the art work of local artists.
The Thursday wine tastings are $10 each for tasting three types of wine and then having the dish prepared by the chef and a glass of your favorite. If you don't drink (like we don't) you can buy bottled water or juice and the dinner is $5.00 each.
Usually there is a fire pit burning outside and you can sit at those tables if you like.
Favorite Dish: We went with friends and the dinner was beef stew and french bread. We don't drink so we had cranberry juice.
Ambience: Not good! Overhead lights were on “full force”, making the place look stark and unromantic. Lights should have been dimmed. Battery operated candles on tables were burnt out. We were there for a 6:30 dinner. HGTV was playing on the TV in the dining room! TV should not be in the dining room… They could have had some soft background music playing… Staff was sitting at the bar, talking down about people (not sure who they were talking about - but it was a conversation better left to their smoke break outside…) They were also talking about a what time to start and cut-off the “take out” menu during the Super Bowl game. We did not need to hear this… Staff conversations do not belong in the dining room.
Service: Our server was very pleasant…. Service was “Good” – but we were the only ones in there!
Food: Not good! The cream of crab soup tasted both “fishy” and “old”. Was not creamy… but looked and tasted more like evaporated milk. The small side salad was barely fresh… nothing special. Iceberg lettuce, and not even the leafy part! Prime Rib – terrible! First it tasted slightly like Lysol… and then tasted like liver. Tough and chewy… Really - the flavor of the prime rib was "unpleasant" beyond words.
Simply not a good experience… We will probably try them again – as we have a 3-strike rule… but, our first experience was definitely a 1st strike.
On our usual Friday night out dinner, I suggested that we try the place that had replaced Corbels in the restored house on Leonardtown Square. The house was constructed circa 1850 and is known as the Sterling House. It was a two-story, three bay Italianate-style house. In 1911, the house was purchased by Lynwood J. and Ruth E. Sterling who then constructed a Queen-Anne style turret as well as a rear kitchen. It was restored in 2006 as a restaurant.
It is now called "The Front Porch". They had a croquet set-up on the front lawn (photo 2)Bla and tables out on the porch which looked very inviting except that it was SOOOO... HOT. The porch faces west, so it would not be an option any time in the summer unless it was very late.
There were a lot of people here, but the service was attentive.
Hours Of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday Open 11:00 AM
Tuesday - Thursday Seating Until 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday Seating until 10:00 PM
Favorite Dish: Bob had a pulled pork sandwich ($7.95) and house salad. He raved about the sandwich and said it was really good. So good that when he couldn't eat everything, he actually got a box to bring it home. I didn't get a photo of it but I got a photo of his salad (photo 4). The salads came with a roll which was very sweet and had a lot of yeast bread taste to it. Maybe it was glazed with honey
I decided that I wanted a crabcake (I'd been seeing a lot of crab restaurant shows on MPT) and I had a choice of the dinner, a sandwich or a starter. While the sandwich was appealing on a brioche for $11.95, I didn't want the fries that came with that. So I picked the crabcake starter (photo 5) with scallion aoli souce for $9.95. The sauce was lumpy - not sure if it was supposed to be or not. The crabcake was a bit spicier than I like.
I also got a cup of black bean soup (photo 3) and this was also quite spicy, and with it I got a Caesar salad. The pieces in this were kind of large and the dressing was gloppy. I couldn't eat it all so I took that home in a box too.