The Key to Enjoying the Kennedy Center: Tazza Cafe, The Watergate Complex, Washington, DC

I’ve found the key to a relaxed evening at the Kennedy Center! Actually there are two keys: where to park and where to eat. First, parking: We drive to the Kennedy Center. We could take a crowded subway and then a more crowded shuttle and arrive late. Or we could Uber and then join a few hundred other people waiting for their demand-priced Uber home. … Continue reading The Key to Enjoying the Kennedy Center: Tazza Cafe, The Watergate Complex, Washington, DC

Chief’s, Your Neighborhood Bar, Tall Timbers, Maryland

Our next foray in our exploration of St. Mary’s County restaurants led Nancy and me to Chiefs, Your Neighborhood Bar. Chief’s isn’t in our neighborhood and we aren’t surveying bars, as such, but Chief’s is next to — and connected with WJ Dent and Sons. No less than Paul of St. Mary’s reports that WJ Dent’s is the leading purveyor of that delicacy, Maryland stuffed … Continue reading Chief’s, Your Neighborhood Bar, Tall Timbers, Maryland

Bruster’s Ice Cream, Hollywood, Maryland

On our way back from Stoney’s at Clarke’s Landing, Nancy and I stopped for some of our ongoing scientific research into ice cream, gelato, and frozen custard venues. Bruster’s is a chain with some 200 locations, but I don’t recall ever having seen another. Of course, the 200 are spread across 22 states, Guyana, and South Korea. I gather that there are at least two … Continue reading Bruster’s Ice Cream, Hollywood, Maryland

Stoney’s Seafood House Clarke’s Landing, Hollywood, Maryland

Fresh seafood prepared just about perfectly: that was our experience at Stoney’s Clarke’s Landing. Hollywood, Maryland, is right next to California, Maryland, just across the bridge from Solomons Island. My son-in-law Michael Boyd and I went down to see how much damage a storm and an extraordinarily high tide driven by persistent southerly winds had done on Cove Point. For us, the answer was “not … Continue reading Stoney’s Seafood House Clarke’s Landing, Hollywood, Maryland

La Bise, Washington, DC

Nancy and I ventured into the wilds of downtown Washington for dinner, and what a dinner it was. As part of my extended birthday celebration, Nancy took me for dinner to La Bise. It had been recommended by Lisa and Frank McAuliffe, and you can take their recommendations to the bank. La Bise is in downtown Washington, just across Lafayette Park from the White House … Continue reading La Bise, Washington, DC

Maman Joon, Tenleytown, Washington, DC

I heard that there was a Persian restaurant in the neighborhood, up in Tenleytown. That piqued my interest so I arranged to meet my good and, by now, long-time friend, Ken DeCell, there for lunch. You can find more about Ken here. Beyond teeing one up for his wife, Florri, to knock out of the park (check that link you just skipped), Ken is a … Continue reading Maman Joon, Tenleytown, Washington, DC

Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham at the Calvert County Fair

Southern Maryland rightly is best known for its outstanding crabs and other seafood, but the area has a remarkably good but lesser known regional specialty: stuffed ham. I’d heard about it, but I’d never tried any. Indeed, I don’t think I’d ever even seen it on a menu or in a market. Then we went to the Calvert County Fair and the scales dropped from … Continue reading Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham at the Calvert County Fair

Fitzie’s Marina Restaurant and Pub, Leonardtown, Maryland

As part of our St. Mary’s County riverside restaurant research, Nancy identified Fitzie’s as a place to check, so we decided to swing by and take a look one morning after buying some plants at a Loveville Amish farm. Our scouting expedition resulted in a big, if wary, thumbs up. We got there well before it opened, so we left and had lunch as Sweetbay … Continue reading Fitzie’s Marina Restaurant and Pub, Leonardtown, Maryland

Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant, Ridge, Maryland

Nancy and I have found one of the great seafood dishes around, the best I’ve had in a long, long time. Really. It is beyond delicious, and well worth the drive … and the wait. Continuing our exploration of St. Mary’s County waterside restaurants, we drove down to Ridge for lunch at Courtney’s. I like the building. I find it very evocative of an earlier … Continue reading Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant, Ridge, Maryland

The Reluctant Navigator, Tall Timbers, Maryland

Wow! What a great place! Nancy and I had learned of The Reluctant Navigator from local food guru, St. Mary’s Paul, also the tipster for the Drift Inn and Captain Leonard’s. St. Mary’s Paul reported that The Reluctant Navigator had “good food and the best Bloody Marys and Irish coffee in St. Mary’s County.” So much we knew, but what we didn’t know was that … Continue reading The Reluctant Navigator, Tall Timbers, Maryland