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St. Mary's Landing

29935 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD - (301) 884-6124
Posted By Michael Stern on September 5, 2010 4:31 PM
“How are the crab cakes?” we asked Lynda the waitress one evening at St. Mary’s Landing.

“They’re huge!” she replied. “Softballs! And very, very crabby.”

We love the enthusiasm with which food is served in this comfy St. Mary’s Country Roadhouse along Route 5 on the Western Shore. When we enquired about the local specialty, stuffed ham, we were treated to a veritable homily on the subject, including how to cook it (boil, then quickly refrigerate) and how to serve it (preferably, cool). It is a corned ham prepared with heaps of kale, cabbage, onions, and spice, served here for breakfast on a plate with delicious potato cakes or for supper as a main course.

Other than ham, the menu here includes all kinds of the seafood that makes Chesapeake Bay dining such a pleasure. In addition to those crabby crabcakes, we enjoyed a big, snapping-firm spiced boiled shrimp on a half-and-half plate with barbecued ribs. The ribs were terrific, with a delicate crunch to their outermost edges and meat that slid right off the bone.

Like so many of the worthwhile restaurants in this part of the world, St. Mary’s Landing is a tavern as well as eatery. There’s a bar room in back; and the booths and tables out front all provide views of ceiling-mounted television sets that offer a continuous, minute-by-second countdown to the next keno game.
5 star rating
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Stuffed Ham
Spiced Boiled Shrimp
Potato Cakes
Crab Cakes
Liver & Onions

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Posted By Lila Ms. on April 25, 2012 11:53 AM
I had ordered the ribs and that was the worse piece of meat I have ever seen. Something a dog had buired would have looked better. I could not cut between the rib bones, the meat was sooooo tough and dried out. The top was covered in a nice bbq sauce covering the underneath. When I bought this to the waiter attention, he was embarrassed and replaced it for me. Somewhat better, but still not impressive...What in the world has gone wrong with this business!!! When they had the Halfway House that was a legacy...Wonderful food!!!My husband ordered the seafood platter and that was very dry and chewie...the seafood had a heavy coating or it must have stayed under a light to be sooo dry..Will not return to this business for the food, I will choose one of the fastfood restaurants instead.... The Country Memories band and crowd were excellent!!Very nice group of people..
1 star rating
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Ribs/seafood

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Posted By Valerie Nowottnick on March 7, 2012 8:58 AM
Wow - I don't know what happened with the other reviewers. My husband and I meet friends here for dinner pretty regularly and we have not been disappointed. It is NOT a chain restaurant or something gourmet - that's for sure. But, if you want good ol' fashioned home cookin', this is the place. Menu items including liver and onions, ham and cabbage, stuffed ham, pork and sauerkraut among other homemade dishes. No,you will not find good table linens and shiny silverware here - but you will get good food and our servers have always been very pleasant.
2 star rating
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Spiced Boiled Shrimp
Liver & Onions

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Posted By Jane Doe on September 19, 2011 2:23 PM
If you want to dine in a musty smelling place with dust on the window sills and blinds, this is the place to go. The bathroom smells like a stinky locker room, making me wonder what the kitchen is like. We have eaten here a few times, each time hoping things will be different and they are not. Don't waste your time or money on this place.
1 star rating
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Short Ribs

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Posted By everett on May 13, 2011 10:58 AM
The food is very good. Service is a pain. One of the waitresses is more interested in borrowing money from you and talking about how the owners and staff are cheating her. She is rude and loud and a big trouble maker. Always ask for Jamie or Shelly.
2 star rating
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Stuffed Ham
Potato Cakes
Crab Cakes
Liver & Onions
Scrapple
Spiced Boiled Shrimp

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Posted By edward on February 17, 2011 3:49 PM
The stuffed ham is too fatty. Steamed shrimp were undercooked. The scallops were good; same with the fried chicken. Will never go back. The owner was a very rude, foul-mouthed ass.
1 star rating
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Crab Cakes
Stuffed Ham
Spiced Boiled Shrimp
Potato Cakes

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Posted By Lisa Mills on July 27, 2010 8:12 AM
Food is very good, but then again, there is not much to choose from in the area. 3 burger joints, 2 pizza places, one new chinese place. In a 2 stoplight town.

The only sit down and order kind of place. Dinning rooms are very bare bones, one of the dinningrooms has what you would consider picknic furniture. So if your looking for fancy this is not the place. The food is good. They have some of the best fried chicken in the area. The sides all taste like they came out of a box. The rolls are out of a bag. Enough said the meats are fresh cooked but the sides are just like you would get in any cheap deli. The salads are ok, but the dressings again are out of a bottle.

The service is spotty at best. You really need to pick your server, there are several that should not be in the food service business. Never smile and rude. The manager is just as bad, she is just a hot mess. Her face would crack if she were to smile. You want good service ask for Jamie. Happy and seems glad to be of service.

They also have a weekend breakfast bar, not too bad. Many choices, and hear is a tip, ask for 2 eggs from the kitchen the way you want. So your not tied into just the scrambled on the bar. You can also get some toast. OH and yes the coffee is good.
3 star rating
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Spiced Boiled Shrimp
Crab Cakes
Liver & Onions

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