Captain Leonard’s, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Southern Maryland is all about seafood, especially crabs. The area is full of crabs, and they are delicious. That means lots of crab houses that specialize in steamed crabs, and that’s one face of Captain Leonard’s. There are rooms full of those six-person cafeteria tables covered with paper and ready to groan under piles of crabs and discarded shells. A lot of the places look … Continue reading Captain Leonard’s, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Sweetbay, Leonardtown, Maryland

Nancy and I went over to St. Mary’s County to buy some plants and such at Stauffer’s Farm in Loveville, an Amish community, and then over to the Patuxent River to check out a riverside restaurant for future exploration. Then on to Leonardtown, a nice little town with a small historic core and a riverside park, boardwalk, and playground. Michael and Liza take the girls … Continue reading Sweetbay, Leonardtown, Maryland

Calvert Crabs and Seafood, Prince Frederick, Maryland

My son-in-law, Michael Boyd, alerted me to this one. Michael travels a lot at odd times between Washington and Calvert County, and often stops to grab a quick bite to eat. He recently stopped for a sandwich at Calvert Crab and Seafood in Prince Frederick, where we’d bought steamed crabs on Father’s Day last year. Michael’s not one to forget a promising place. He returned … Continue reading Calvert Crabs and Seafood, Prince Frederick, Maryland

2fifty Texas Comes to Union Market

Good news! Great barbecue is now available inside DC! Unless you’ve been hiding under a pile of post oak for the last year or two, you’ve heard about 2fifty Texas in Riverdale Park, Maryland. It’s the best barbecue place in the Washington area by a good margin. I’ve written about 2fifty several times, from my first visit to their Sunday pop-up in a disused pizza … Continue reading 2fifty Texas Comes to Union Market

Le Kavacha Bistro, Washington, DC

The sign has been up for a while, and now Le Kavacha has opened — for lunch only for the moment. I got the word and hoofed it up there between thunderstorm warnings and had lunch. Le Kavacha is in the space formerly occupied by Bread and Salt and, more recently, Olive Bistro. It’s at the point where you might veer off from Wisconsin onto … Continue reading Le Kavacha Bistro, Washington, DC

La Cocina de Yaneth (Food Truck), Silver Spring, Maryland

I happened across La Cocina de Yaneth when taking Ella to Silver Stars Gymnastics for her weekly class. A truck bearing the seductive words, “Pupusas, Tacos, Tortas” was parked a couple of blocks down Brookville Road. I wasn’t able to stop then — I always watch Ella during her class: first things first — but I noted the location and determined to seize the first … Continue reading La Cocina de Yaneth (Food Truck), Silver Spring, Maryland

Rolling Rib, Part II, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

If you want know just how good the ribs at Rolling Rib’s are, just ask Ms. Lily Claire Boyd. Note her concentration — And her reaction — And that was after the ribs had been sitting around for hours, and Lily has a very refined palate for a two year old. These are some ribs — still, the very best in the Washington area! We’d … Continue reading Rolling Rib, Part II, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar, Solomons, Maryland

You could hardly ask for a lovelier setting. The Lighthouse is on the narrow neck of land that comprises Solomons, a major pleasure boating center down in Calvert County. The restaurant has an extensive tiered back deck that overlooks the marinas. It’s a beautiful place to sit on a nice day. We went recently. Here’s the view from Nancy’s seat. Here’s the view from my … Continue reading The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar, Solomons, Maryland