RT 301, NoVA - anything good?
A friend has kindly been letting me use her "getaway" cabin on the Patuxent River in St. Mary's County for a few "unwinding" weekends this summer, and I've been having a wonderful time exploring the back roads, scenery, and eateries of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties. I've not yet ventured over the Potomac on RT 301, though, and I find myself wondering if there might be any Chowhound finds that might be worth a little excursion in that direction. Anybody have any recs, or even a "Don't bother!" warning?
If you do have recs, please try to give me a ballpark idea of the time/distance from the 301 bridge, since I have no experience with navigating in that area.
Clarke's Landing (especially in lieu of Stoney's)
CD Cafe (in Solomon's, but close to the highway)
There's a good diner in old town Patuxent - a woman's name, but I forget the exact name.
Dry Dock is supposed to be good but I haven't been able to make it.
Here are a couple of links from when I went down last week. I didn't make it by everything, though I did find Clarke's.
This last one has more of the choices along 5.
Just to clarify, I'm looking for recs for the NoVA side, not the Maryland side - anything off of 301 or back in the NoVA boonies - say within a half hour of the bridge over the Potomac.
I travel through there periodically on the way to and from visiting my parents in Newport News, VA. I haven't found anything good on 301 in VA closer than Port Royal, but I'm still on the lookout. As an aside, I miss the no-longer-with-us Aunt Jenny's Pancake House in Port Royal. We now sometimes stop at Lowery's in Tappahanock, where the oysters are good in season. That's farther from the border than you are interested in, though.
One place you might check out is Colonial Beach. We drove through there once on a scenic detour and it looked interesting, but it wasn't mealtime and we weren't looking for places to eat (and there was a vintage car show going on and the place was very crowded).