Fenwick Island, Delaware

Woman Makes Scene in Restaurant Over Spilled Wine

This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy)...

This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy) with white wine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday night, we dined at Nantuckets in Fenwick Island, Del. As we enjoyed our meal we saw a waiter, who appeared about 20-years old, trip and spill a glass of white wine on a lady at the next table. The waiter looked terrified as the lady ranted about the wine. My husband said to the woman that at least it wasn’t red wine hoping that she would stop berating the waiter.

The woman complained and the manager visited her table. Customers in our dining room made eye contact and smirked at the irate woman. I suspected that her overreaction was a scam to get a free dinner or maybe free meals for her table.

As I watched this minor incident, I remembered how my husband reacted on two occasions when someone poured a large glass of red wine on him — and no it wasn’t me. On both occasions we laughed and he ensured that the person who spilled the wine did not feel guilty over an accident.

On the positive side, the woman’s behavior provided entertainment to the patrons in our dining room.

The Best Cream of Crab Soup — The Narrows Restaurant

Outside of The Narrows Restaurant

Outside of The Narrows Restaurant (photo by dorothyadele)

The Narrows Restaurant in Grasonville, Maryland offers a taste of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Narrows is a relaxed fine-dining restaurant with a lovely water view at Kent Narrows near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The restaurant caters to blue-jean-and-khaki-clad locals and tourists alike. They specialize in seafood but also offer salads, chicken, quail, steak and more.

I have enjoyed their moist-flaky-mild-flavored rockfish, spicy vegetable based crab soup, fried oyster caesar salad and award-winning-broiled-lump crab cakes. Their food is fresh, filling and flavorful.

However, their award-winning-cream-of-crab soup is the best that I have ever had. I don’t splurge often, but when we dine at The Narrows, we always order the cream of crab soup. Lump crab fills the rich, creamy bisque-like soup. They serve sherry on the side which gives it added flavor with a kick. (If the waitress serves it without sherry, just ask.) The Narrows ships their crab soups and crab cakes, so you may order from their website.

I think you will agree that their cream of crab soup is the richest, most delicious that you have ever tried.

If not, who do you think has the best?

View From Annapolis Marriott Waterfront

Catherine Marie Cruise in Annapolis, Maryland–Cake Theft

I recently attended a business dinner in Annapolis, MD. Quaint brick-lined sidewalks, boutiques, seafood restaurants, and colorful cedar-shake houses with window boxes that spill summer flowers adorn Annapolis. The harbor teems with yachts, powerboats and sailboats that vie for attention in “ego alley.”

My husband and I stepped aboard the Catherine Marie, that was docked in the Annapolis harbor, for a wine-tasting-dinner cruise. We sipped wine and enjoyed a delicious dinner. The sommelier paired Italian wine from various regions for each course and we enjoyed lively conversation and laughter with the people at our table.

Everything went well, until the dreaded dessert course. As we sipped dessert wine, the sommelier suggested that we should accompany the wine with chocolate.

Great idea! I waited until the dessert line lessened, and I got in line (at the end, of course) with Wendy from our table. When I stepped up to the dessert bar, I noticed that two pieces of chocolate cake remained. I handed a piece of cake to Wendy. As I reached for my piece, a woman rushed to the other side of the bar (without standing in line) and grabbed the last piece of cake. She said, “I think that I will take that!” My mouth dropped open and I stared into her eyes. I thought that she might quickly stuff the cake in her mouth to save it from me. I hoped in vain, that she would return the cake to its rightful owner. The cake culprit carried my chocolate cake with my chocolate icing to her table. How could she possibly enjoy it knowing that it was just inches from the grasp of the person who waited in line. If I was a few seconds faster, I would have had my hand on the plate. I wonder if she would have pulled it away. We could have had an “I Love Lucy Show” on the Catherine Marie.

I returned to my table with my head down and cakeless. Wendy offered me the cake that I handed to her. I tried to refuse, (honestly), but she insisted. It was a very nice gesture.

“The Case of the Stolen Chocolate Cake” generated loud laughs from our table, and I have a new story to tell at my next dinner party.

If you spot me in a dessert line, watch out!

Bluestone Restaurant, Baltimore — Consistent Quality

I recently visited Bluestone Seafood Grill & Fishmarket at 11 W Aylesbury Road in Timonium, MD. Their phone number is 410-561-1100.

I love their Flash-Fried Calamari appetizer with Thai sauce. The calamari is light and crisp, and the Thai sauce is sweet and tangy. The sauce makes the fried calamari unique. In my opinion, deep-fried calamari with marinara sauce does not compare to Bluestone’s calamari.

Bluestone is known for their Fried-Green Tomatoes topped with lump-crab meat. The crab and tomatoes are drizzled with lemon-butter sauce infused with garlic, shallots and chives. The crab with the tomatoes and spices are a delicious combination.

My favorite appetizer is the Seared Rare Ahi Tuna. The tuna is sushi grade and served with ginger, and spicy-wasabi-cucumber sauce. When we split appetizers, I always order the ahi tuna.

I like their Chicken Cobb Salad. It includes grilled romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled egg, bacon and blue cheese. The grilled romaine makes the salad distinctive with a crisp-tender-smoky flavor. I request the lemon-vinaigrette dressing on the side. (I limit my salad dressing, so I can rationalize adding several hundred calories when I order dessert. I can’t imagine why I can’t lose weight!)

Recently, I ordered the Tuna Tacos with rice and black beans. Seared ahi tuna over sliced green, yellow and red peppers, was served with warm tortillas and tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo, and mango and papaya salsa. It was spicy, flavorful and filling. I think they should have additional tomatillo sauce, and mango and papaya salsa on the side. I felt like I was rationing it.

My son ordered the Firecracker Salmon with rice and stir-fried-crisp-tender vegetables. A seasoned balsamic-teriyaki sauce glazed the salmon. He loved it.

I occasionally order the fresh-fish special for lunch. I am never disappointed.

Every Tuesday, Bluestone offers bottled wine at 1/2 price when you place a food order. If you enjoy wine, this is a great time to visit.

The Salty Dog at Faneuil Hall in Boston

Boston Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall

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I love historic Boston. The Salty Dog Seafood Grille & Bar at 206 Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston feels old.

If you eat outside at the tables on the cobblestone sidewalk, or sit at the bar, you can watch the Faneuil Hall tourists. It is a great people watching venue. Inside there are two bars and a small dining room. Dark wood and brick walls enhance the relaxed atmosphere.

Travel Companions, my daughter and sister

When we arrived at the Salty Dog, we initially sat outside. Since it was cool, we descended the old stone steps into the bar. As we waited, hoping to get a seat, I was impressed that the bartender acknowledged us promptly, because he was busy preparing drinks and serving food. He got us three seats at the bar.

We enjoyed New England clam chowder. It was creamy with diced potatoes. The best part of out meal was the raw oysters with lemon, horseradish and cocktail sauce. They were fresh and salty. We also had fried oysters served with tarter sauce. They were fair.

My sister ordered fish and chips with no-mayonnaise coleslaw. The slaw was crisp and slightly sweet. We loved that it was flavorful and didn’t have mayonnaise.

I had a Bloody Mary with a cooked shrimp (that was still in the shell) and a large celery stalk. You could taste horseradish in the drink. It was average at best.

I would visit again because of the friendly atmosphere and congenial bartender. I would order raw oysters and a beer.

Cafe Troia, Towson, Maryland, Our Top Restaurant Choice

When you want  an authentic Italian meal, is your first thought Little Italy in Baltimore? I love Little Italy, but my first thought is Cafe Troia in Towson.

The Troia family, from Naples, opened Cafe Troia in 1986. They feature chicken, beef and lamb that are naturally and humanely raised in addition to fresh clams, shrimp, calamari, and fish.

When my husband and I visit, if we don’t dine in the restaurant or outside, we eat in their, elegant cherry-wood bar. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing.

I enjoy  their Caesar salad because it crunches and they toss it with a creamy Caesar dressing that has a mild garlic flavor with a slight punch.

Their grilled eggplant accompanied by whipped goat cheese is one of my favorite appetizers. Grilling enhances the eggplant’s pungency and goat cheese balances it. In addition, they occasionally serve a nice beet salad with goat cheese and apple slices in a lemon dressing.

One of my favorite entrees is usually one of their specials, Branzino, a Northern Italian sea bass.  They serve it many ways:  in parchment paper, pistachio encrusted or with tomatoes, capers and olives.  You can’t go wrong with any of these preparations.

The spinach and ricotta filled ravioli with salmon, shallots, dill and cream is tender and melts in your mouth. The smooth sauce complements the smoky salmon and is not too heavy.

For dessert, their Creme Brulee is excellent. The custard is sweet with a crispy-caramel top. It is the perfect finale.

If you want to celebrate an event or just prefer a good meal, you should try Cafe Troia.

The Cultured Pearl Restaurant Review in Rehobeth Beach

The day that I bought the parking permit, we dined at The Cultured Pearl restaurant in Rehobeth Beach. We arrived about 6:00, and we wanted to eat on the outside rooftop, where they have a Koi pond.

The restaurant was fairly empty, and the host was told, by the host staff, where to seat us. Our host insisted on sitting us right next to another couple (the tables were about 12 inches apart). I felt that I had no privacy, and there were numerous tables available that offered more room. I asked the host if we could sit at another table. He shrugged and made me feel uncomfortable for asking. I guess that he was following orders, and he was new. What happened to customer service? Thank goodness I didn’t need to have a private conversation with my daughter, because that would have been impossible.

Within 5 minutes the other tables that I preferred were seated. I really doubt that these people had reservations, because it was early. The people next to me said that The Cultured Pearl always jams people in.

The food was very good. For an appetizer I enjoyed seared tuna over a tangy seaweed salad. The salad was fresh and the tuna was tender.  My daughter liked the miso soup. We split Eastern Shore edamame. Old Bay, green onion, garlic and lemon coated the edamame. The edamame dish was spicy but greasy.

We enjoyed 3 sushi rolls. The Maryland crab, Mexican and Godzilla rolls. The Maryland crab roll had lump crab, scallions and cucumber. Tuna, tempura bits and spicy mayonnaise filled the Mexican roll. My favorite was the Godzilla roll. It had tempura shrimp, avocado, eel and cream cheese. It was served with eel sauce and togarashi.

I would recommend the Cultured Pearl if you don’t mind close seating.

Ocean City’s Best and Unique Pizza – Ponzetti’s

We love Ponzetti’s pizza. There is something in the sauce that makes it unique and the most delicious pizza in Ocean City.

When my family visits the beach, we plan on a night to have Ponzetti’s pizza. When we are not in town, we crave it!

The crust is crispy and there is also plenty of gooey cheese. Ponzetti’s offers several toppings. You can choose from pepperoni, onions, extra cheese, sweet peppers. sausage, mushrooms, black olives, fresh ground beef, pineapple, hot peppers, ham, chicken fresh garlic and bacon. We usually order pepperoni and/or vegetable pizza.

No matter what you prefer, you can’t go wrong.

If you don’t want pizza, Ponzetti’s offers appetizers, soups, salads, Italian dinners, subs, sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Enjoy!

Just Hooked On A New Seafood Restaurant In Fenwick

I am Just Hooked on a new restaurant in Fenwick Island, Delaware. The restaurant is located at 1500 coastal Highway.

They serve lunch and dinner. You can find appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches and burgers on their lunch menu. Their dinner menu features seafood, but it also includes chicken and steak.

Just Hooked is light and airy with a relaxed atmosphere. The food is fresh and flavorful. They advertise local ingredients.

They have a comfortable bar in the center of the restaurant and an open kitchen.

I had fresh grilled asparagus salad for an appetizer. It had shallots, roasted tomato and bacon balsamic vinaigrette. The asparagus was slightly firm and grilled perfectly. I also enjoyed the fresh grilled tuna which was served over arugula, tomato and red onion. My husband and I split key lime pie for dessert. The graham cracker crust was sweet and slightly crunchy, and the custard had a delicious sweet and tart flavor. We loved it. (I could have easily eaten the entire dessert by myself.)

My daughter enjoyed the corn and jalapeño crab bisque and the mussels with bok choy and lemongrass. She also had the soft crab special. The soft crabs were fresh and flavorful.

My son ordered clams with pancetta. spinach, capers and white wine sauce for an appetizer. He also had the jumbo lump crab cakes. They were served with apple slaw and crème fraîche. My children split the strawberry and basil buckle for dessert. It was served warm over vanilla ice cream.

I highly recommend Just Hooked. The food is delicious, and it is reasonably priced!