We spent the morning touring beautiful and historic St. Mary's County, Maryland, and taking the advice of other Trip Advisor reviewers, came to the Café. So...on the one hand...we should have expected an excellent meal. But the truth is, even with strong expectations, this restaurant pleasantly surprised us.
Hint: All day Sunday and at lunch times there is a special three course Prix Fixe Menu that offers a long list of tempting appetizers, main courses and dessert for $24.95. This proved to be far better than we ever anticipated in the middle of a rural area where one usually comes to grab some crab delights from a simple eatery. We felt that the quality and presentation of the meal (and we did not at all expect the latter) were equivalent to $60-100 meal in the Washington area. It was that good.
The menu is vast and offers a wide variety of choices. With this in mind, I hesitate to recommend any dish in particular. I had the veal, which I am partial to, and use to judge many restaurants, and it was cooked to perfection, with a delicate sauce that leaned more toward the Italian than the French. Fine with me. The crisp vegetables and the potatoes au gratin were perfect complements. My wife had grilled shrimp as an appetizer and salmon for the main course, and surprised me with the very high marks she gave to both. Because of this, I simply had to taste some, and I could not agree more.
The wine list is excellent, but because it was such a hot, muggy day, we decided on Belgian beer, going for the well known as opposed to the local brews, which are increasingly getting rave reviews.
There are special lunch menus during the week, so we plan to come back. This area of Maryland is so beautiful, historic and so easily reached from Washington, I'm surprised we have overlooked it.
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