Saint Mary's City
Visiting Saint Mary's city Oct. 19-21 for the Oyster Festival. First, does anyone know anything about the festival, like how good the food is, do they serve beer, and anything else. Second, any recommendations on places to eat. Of course seafood is a good option, but we like to try anything.
The festival is truly a local gem and gives you a real taste for the real Southern Maryland. My boyfriend and I went for the first time last year and had a blast eating a ton of oysters, so you really won't need to eat elsewhere. They have plenty of beer as well.
For more info -- http://www.usoysterfest.com/
The Oyster Festival is da bomb. Oyster shooters; raw, steamed, fried oysters; oyster stew; crab soup; clam strips; stuffed ham sandwiches. Truly a food lover's paradise with lots of local color. Beer is plentiful.
But if they have the local wine stand again, stay away. Stay very far away. Blech.
On the way there (or back, depending) is Randy's Ribs in Hughesville. Definitely worth a stop.
for good "fine dining" type fare (but no "dress code")
Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown - best bet is the earlybird (before 6:00) three course prix fixe
Brome Howard Inn, just south of the college
Courtney's or Schneibles (I may have the latter name wrong) - go down Route 5 toward Point Lookout, and follow the signs - the two places are about 100 yards apart, so the signs for Schneible's will get you to both. as you get to the end of the road, turn right into Schneible's or go straight to get to Courtney's
I also like Clarke's Landing, but sometimes the "boater chic" crowd is in residence, and it gets to me
For BBQ - Bear Creek - pretty close to the fairground (towrd Port Lookout) on 5. Open pit BBQ chicken, ribs, sausage, etc.
There have been some other St. Mary's City or Southern MD threads recently, so it would be worth doing a board search for more.
Thanks everyone for all the great info. Sounds like we made a good choice on this one. I love oysters, so it should be awesome. One quick question, I also like good beers, do they serve any craft beer at the festival or just typical coors light, bud, etc. I can always focus on the oyster shooters!
They usually have a Sam Adams seasonal or Redhook on draft, but that's about it for beer that's a cut above the usual suspects.
I've been going to this festival annually for just about the last 15 years. It's always fun, but I have to say that the prices for oysters have crept up to the point that they're now on par with suburban DC prices. I think last year it was running $16.00 for a dozen on the half shell or scalded.