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LizG Dec 8, 2008 05:18 AM

After our wedding in February, my husband (ack!) and I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay for a few days (Monday through Wednesday). From what we've read, the hotel's restaurants are nothing special. Does anyone have recommendations for good food in the general area? 'Good' is the key work here. We like to eat ... all cuisines and all different types of food. We also enjoy the occasional splurge. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  1. ktmoomau Dec 8, 2008 07:57 AM

    Easton and St. Michael's have some really great places, but I haven't been in a while, but if you search the board for either you will get a good number of threads from this summer.

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      Meg Dec 8, 2008 08:47 AM

      Congrats on your soon to be nuptials! Trust me, it takes a long time to get used to saying "husband." We got engaged in St. Michael's so the eastern shore is our special go-to weekend spot. Below are the stand outs:

      St. Michael's:
      - 208 Talbot
      - The Restaurant at the Inn at Perry Cabin (extremely expensive and definitely a splurge kind of place, though I actually prefer 208's just across the street).
      - The pub at the Inn is a great (and much less expensive place to hang out, very cozy especially in the winter)

      Tilghman's Island:
      Tilghman Island Inn (a local's treasure)

      Easton:
      Scossa's (Italian)
      the Thai place in town (former chef at the Inn at Easton)

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        imgould Dec 11, 2008 12:02 PM

        We recently stayed at Tilghman Island Inn for a long weekend. The Inn was great, the owners are lovely, but the food was lousy. The menu was trying way too hard, and we really didn't enjoy any of it, for what it's worth.

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          Meg Dec 12, 2008 03:25 AM

          Bummer. Sorry to hear that. We were there a year ago (for new year's eve) and had one of the best seafood meals we've ever had. Funny, I didn't think the Inn looked like anything special (though I really only saw the lobby), but LOVED the owners and our meal. I wonder if they've changed chefs.

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      Doh Dec 8, 2008 09:18 AM

      There's a nice Sunday brunch in a former country club alongside a river-- the Hyatt should know what I'm talking about (if another poster doesn't).

      congrats!

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        boltz2000 Dec 9, 2008 05:32 AM

        If you want to try a sort of old-style Eastern-Shore seafood house, try the unfortunately-named Suicide Bridge Restaurant. There's a lengthy review here:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1714...

        I tried it once and liked it, though it would be better in the summer when you can sit outside and enjoy the setting. The crabcakes were fantastic but the chowder was too rich and floury for my taste. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere so get good directions if you go.

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          ko1 Dec 9, 2008 05:58 AM

          You might want to search the Mid-Atlantic board.

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            GalwayGirl Dec 30, 2008 09:03 AM

            We had a disappointing experience at Suicide Bridge on Sunday evening. Service was friendly, but the food was lacking. The cream of crab soup tasted like cream of potato - very little flavor, with what I would swear was hunks of potato in it. The crab dip did not have much flavor either. Crab cakes, on the other hand, were full of herbs, but still disappointing. I prefer the Timbuktu style, with big hunk of jumbo lump - Suicide Bridge's were not lacking in crab meat (although they did not have any jumbo lump in them), they did have tons of herbs - I felt like they had been made with a stuffing mix. Not the worst I have ever had by any means, but not my favorite either. My DH had an oyster combo- fried oysters, oysters rockefeller, suicide oysters and oyster stew. The only ones he cared for were the fried oysters - the other two did not have much taste. Dinner for the 2 of us was about $53 before tip.

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            frites Dec 9, 2008 08:04 AM

            I have not been but have heard good things about this place.

            http://www.mitchumsteakhouse.com/

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              Pappy Dec 9, 2008 09:19 AM

              Wow! Here I thought the only thing in Trappe, MD was Pop's Goose Picking.

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              chefkmk Dec 12, 2008 11:16 AM

              Bistro Poplar in Cambridge; Masons and Out of the Fire in Easton; Bistro St. Michaels would also be a good option -- check with the St. Michaels restaurants though - historically a few of them close for several weeks during the Winter slow season. A 30 minute or so drive from Camrbidge towards the Atlantic would be Solstice in Berlin.

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                GalwayGirl Dec 30, 2008 04:09 PM

                We just had a great dinner at Mason's in Easton (24 minutes from the Hyatt). We started with oysters on the half shell, and a tomato and onion tart - YUM! The tart was layers of tomato and carmelized onions, topped with balsamic vinegar. Out of this world. The oysters were good too! For dinner, we both opted for the lite fare menu and had burgers. They were tasty, served with a side of fries that had spices and shaved parmesan on them. VERY GOOD. For dessert, hubby had the chocolate bourbon pecan pie and I had the chocolate and vanilla creme brulee. I think I will be dreaming about that for weeks to come!! Dinner for two was $83 before tip. Service was quick and friendly. We will go back!

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                LucindaLC Dec 13, 2008 06:29 PM

                As you drive back from the wedding on the west bound side of Rt. 50 in Stevensville (your last exit before the bridge) there is a great place called Lisa's Small plates. They have a huge variety of small plates (sorta like tapas, easy to share among 2). They do it all well. I have been so pleased with the quality of Small Plates every time I go there. And we will drive from Bowie, across the bridge just to have dinner there.

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                  bordeauxfan Dec 14, 2008 06:48 AM

                  I just had my first dinner at LSP in Stevensville last night, and really enjoyed it. Great sharing for two, although in hindsight my partner and I gorged on too many fried offerings. But the food is thoughtfully presented and appetizing, and the wine list is great. We shared about six plates, two desserts, a nice bottle of red, and the total with tax and tip was $100.

                  We'll cross the bridge again for it before the summer throngs return.

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                  GalwayGirl Dec 30, 2008 08:56 AM

                  My husband and I are spending a few days at the Hyatt now, and wanted to chime in on a fabulous dinner we had last night. We had dinner at Bobby's, at the Cleaview Country Club. (I beleive this would be the country club with the Sunday brunch someone else mentioned). We started with their crab dip, which was different than most I have ever had, and was flavorful. It had some spinach in it, but not overrun by it. Served with crostini and assorted crackers. I had the nuts and berries salad (spring mix with blue cheese, strawberries, blackberries and candied walnuts - YUM!!), hubby had a basic house salad that was good. For the main course, my DH had a rockfish special that was amazing - his jaw dropped at the first bite. I had Pop's Chicken (sauteed chicken breast with smithfield ham and crab), and was very pleased. For desert, chocolate bread pudding for him, and an ice cream martini for me. Both were great! All in, dinner for 2 was $111 before tip, with 3 drinks (scotch, kahlua and a port). Service was very good, our only disappointment was that since we were there so late we couldn't see the beautiful view of the river! We will definitely return to Bobby's!!

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