Okay, so a couple of the ladies in my wife’s book club mentioned a ‘newer’ restaurant in a strip mall down the road, and now I’m supposed to go try the fare on a mid-week evening. So with another couple, she and I find a parking spot in the crowed lot (our target eatery is not the only restaurant in the mall) and wander in to Monty’s. Well, the dining room is immediately impressive, the reception warm (almost personal) and the ‘sit down’ with further welcoming and presentation of the menu very impressive. Okay, I’m dancing around the bottom line. This little gem almost understated in its location is a true find and one hellva find in a very convenient location! WOW!
I had the crab cake appetizer (as good as I’ve ever had and I’ve eaten crab cakes up and down the Chesapeake), a lovely cup of crab and corn chowder, and a very good small Cesar salad with anchovies. All primo! My wife had a very good spinach salad and small bone in fillet grilled to perfection (and she’s particular!). The other couple had similar fare and raved about the eggplant puree appetizer and a tasty Peruvian ceviche with octopus, shrimp and fine white fish. The wine selection is very good and the beer selection included fine pours that are seldom seen in this area. All and all as good an evening as to be found in this little burg just outside the Beltway. Monty’s is the real deal, and while not inexpensive is very good value for those seeking a sophisticated restaurant with superb food minus the drive into the district. We have a new best place in Springfield!
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