There is a Ruddy Duck over in Solomons and the owners of that restaurant took over the old Evan's Seafood House property. Evan's was a wonderful and inexpensive place to eat back in the day. But after one of the hurricanes damaged the building, it was rebuilt with more modern decor and since then has been through three different owners. First the owners Bear Creek BBQ tried to make a go of it. Then it was re-incarnated as the Island Bar & Grille. Now it is the Ruddy Duck.
The restaurant has wooden floors and a wall of windows with no coverings and is very noisy. They have hung 'baffles' which are apparently acoustic material which they have covered with plastic (which makes it non-acoustic) and which do not really appear to help with the noise.
The food is also infinitely more expensive than it was even as the Island Bar & Grille. With tip, two entrees, one juice and one dessert came to almost $60.00
They do have a small outside deck where you can watch the sunset
Favorite Dish: Bob finally decided just to have fish and chips for $15.00. He got fries and pineapple slaw with that. I tasted the pineapple slaw and liked it, but he didn't care for it as he likes his slaw chopped into TINY pieces.
I had a kind of tomato based fish stew called Cioppino for $24.00. This has mussels, shrimp, clams, and mahi in a tomato broth and was served with two pieces of crusty bread. But I didn't get any sides. I had enough room for dessert, which was called Bailey's Pie for $5.50. This was an ice cream pie - it was sitting on one oreo cookie. (The cookie wasn't under the whole pie - just one under the middle of it.
This restaurant is right on the water just across the bridge to Piney Point. There used to be other restaurants along Piney Point Road, but this is the only one left
When Hurricane Isabel destroyed the physical building. When it was rebuilt, it was not the same. It is now called the Island Bar and Grill (although the credit card slips still say "Evans Restaurant" on them, and the GPS still calls it Evan's. The Island Inn & Suites is next door.
We recently went back because the restaurant was on the "Savor St. Mary's" list. This is what the Savor St Mary's website had to say about it.
The Island Bar and Grill recently replaced local landmark restaurant Evans, so it comes with a lot of history but with a new attitude under manager Bree Whitlock and chef Leo Dilling. Chef Dilling attended the Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Ottawa, Canada, and then worked in restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. He moved to St. Mary’s County several years ago and along with a handful of other recently arrived chefs, kicked the local restaurant scene up a notch or two. The chef has settled on a menu that maintains its local and regional roots with an emphasis on fresh local seafood. The restaurant overlooks St. George Creek and has an ample pier for boat tie-ups.
Monday - Thursday 5 PM - 9 PM
Friday 4 PM - 10 PM
Saturday 12 PM - 10 PM
Sunday Brunch 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday Dinner 2 PM - 8 PM
Favorite Dish: The SAVOR ST. MARY'S Dishes were:
•Smoked Bluefish Dip with Garlic Olive Oil Crostini
•Grilled Sirloin Steak Strips, Local Herb Chimichurri Sauce, Papas Bravas (Crispy Spiced Potatoes)
•BLT Salad - Baby Iceberg Wedge, Local Cherry Tomatoes, Pan Seared Pancetta, Blue Cheese Dressing
•Rockfish with Local Sweet Corn Sauce, Basil Oil, Ratatouille of St. Mary's County Vegetables
I got a mussels appetizer (half price on Thursday) and the Savor St Mary's Entre. Both were very good and the mussels came with wonderful bread. The rockfish was a huge rockfish steak. The potatoes were too salty and I didn't eat much of the vegetables. I also had a coconut cupcake for dessert which was an appropriate size.
Bob got the fried scallop basket and he liked that and brought some of it home.
We've started going here on Tuesday nights for Trivia. The Trivia starts about 7:30, so we get there about 7 and put in our orders for something like the coconut shrimp appetizers. There is a real person (not a TV) that runs the trivia. We enjoy it and our team (the Snowbirds) - ourselves and another couple and associated other people - sometimes come in first or second. There are prizes, and first or second prize is a voucher for the restaurant.
First round is pretty easy questions. We are usually right up there.
Second round is harder and questions are worth 2 points each
Third round is a killer - it is a page pf 10 pictures that we have to identify. We hardly get any of these. Questions worth 3 points each
Fourth round is regular trivia again and questions are worth more. We have to pull it out in this round to win.
Dress Code: Wear anything you want
Until 1852, the island was owned by the Roman Catholic Church. During the 1850s and 1860s, land on the island was divided into parcels and sold. Many of the people who purchased the land were watermen from the Eastern Shore, and they were Methodists. According to local tradition, the original meeting place was a one room log school house. The original cemetery still exists as Old Community Cemetery which is next to Saint Francis Xavier Chapel. There are not many stones to be seen in Old Community Cemetery. There is a central monument with the names on it (photo 4). Saint Francis can be seen from the river. It was originally built in 1893.
The Saint George Island Methodist Church is on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties as one of the two extant churches located on St. George Island (the other one is Saint Francis Xavier Chapel. The current building, constructed in 1925, replaced an earlier structure built in 1876. The church is largely unaltered except for the installation of vinyl siding over the original weatherboard exterior. (photo 2)
The first church on the present site was built in 1876 using materials imported from Salisbury. This first church was demolished in 1925 and replaced by the current building. In 1965, a cinderblock Fellowship Hall was constructed. This building is directly on the road. The church is set back behind the parking lot, and the cemetery surrounds it behind a picket fence
When Rev. Andrew J. "Joe" Donnick, a student pastor serving St. George Island UMC & First Friendship UMC, was killed in an altercation with a neighbor in October 2005, St. Paul's, Leonardtown had just gotten an associate pastor. After a period of time where the District Superintendent came down to serve the two churches, the Conference moved the associate from St. Paul's to serve St. George Island & First Friendship. In 2007, the Conference decided to merge the 3 parishes & eventually they created a new "charge"/parish involving the 3 churches & re-named it "First Saints Community Church - A United Methodist Congregation" The 3 existing churches all became "campuses" of the new parish. (photo 3)
St. George Island was originally settled by watermen from the Eastern Shore. That's still the main activity here.
There is a charter boat that operates out of St George Island. It does tours or fishing charters
The fishing season starts around April 15th and lasts until December 31st. During the cooler months they troll mostly for Striped Bass or Rockfish. Summertime night fishing trips usually yield a larger variety of species. Anglers will likely boat 6-9 different kinds of fish on a trip. Trips usually range from 3 to 6 hours. Day and nighttime trips available.
Evan's Seafood Restaurant was right on the water just across the bridge to Piney Point. We've been going here since 1974. We have often had a large group and had the all you can eat seafood dinner. You have to tell them in advance, but they kept bringing food until you run out of places in your interior to put it. Made it a good place for a work group or small class.
You could look out at the seagulls paddling around in the shallows at low tide as the sun set. It wasn't a fancy place - paper napkins, bare home-made wooden tables. But it was family run.
They also did group crab and shrimp feasts in the summer, and they had a kids menu.
However, several things have happened to change this restaurant and not for the better. First old Mr. Evans died. Then Hurricane Isabel destroyed the physical building. When it was rebuilt, it was not the same. Then the family sold the restaurant, and for awhile it was under the same management as a bbq place down the road. Then I think it was being run by Matties which is down closer to Ridge.
Fondest memory: Food When we ate at the OLD Evan's in February 2004, they had a Valentine's Day Special (from Thurs to Sun) of two dinners for $29.95. Mine was broiled rockfish and 6 enormous fried shrimp with two sides (I had green beans and pickled beets) and hushpuppies, and Bob had the modified steamed seafood dinner - Alaskan king crab legs, oysters and shrimp with sides of cole slaw and apple sauce. Also on the special menu was steak and oysters, or steamed shrimp.
With iced tea, and Key lime cheesecake (for me) the total bill with tax was $38.00 plus tip.
When we went in August 2006, Bob had steamed fish and baked potato, and I had the crab cake dinner and twice baked potato. I had sunshine cake for dessert. It was all very good, but the total bill was closer to $60, than to the $40 that it would have been before. The crowning blow is that they charged extra for hush puppies.