ol_ironstomach Posted April 22, 2013 Share Posted April 22, 2013 With a strong cold front blowing in on Friday, we sailed into Rock Hall, MD on Friday instead of anchoring out, tying up at the marina next door to Waterman's and only ten minutes' walk to Main Street. Most diners who seek out Rock Hall are headed straight to Waterman's, but another recent restaurant addition in town begs your attention. The Kitchen at Rock Hall (5757 Main Street, 410-639-2700) opened in 2011 and while it won't be contending for a Beard nomination anytime soon, the crabcakes are outstanding and worth a detour if you're anywhere in the area. Mostly jumbo lump, very little binder or filler, just a hint of mustard, and lightly browned. Also winners: the jumbo dry scallops, and a chocolate bread pudding so moist and rich that it puts a good volcano cake to shame. Not to my taste: the housemade mozzarella, a new addition, was overworked and a bit rubbery. And the bbq ribs, although extremely meaty and tender, were devoid of smoke and chew, and the sauce didn't really work for me. Seriously, you should go for their crabcakes. You should return again and again for those and other reasons. This is a tiny mom-and-pop venture. Owners Steve and Monica moved out to the eastern shore with their kids a couple of years ago, escaping the DC hustle and bustle. One or both of them (owners, not kids) is in the kitchen doing the cooking. Steve has been actively pushing the education of his young staff, training his dishwasher to step up as sous, and nagging others to finish their GEDs. In a small town where the local teens still drop out of school early, and the current big debate is whether or not allowing a chain dollar store in is going to destroy the wonderfully old-school local grocery (Bayside Foods), The Kitchen creates much more important opportunities than just an hourly job. Only 18 seats, reservations recommended. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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