This is another of the restaurants participating in Calvert’s Restaurant Week.
I met a friend for dinner at Chesapeake Grille and Deli in Dunkirk. The restaurant is located in a strip mall on southbound Route 4. The restaurant started in their home kitchen, making recipes for the family, hearing what they thought, and what they could bring to the table as a family owned and operated restaurant. Once the recipes were ready, they built the first Chesapeake Grille & Deli in Dunkirk. They opened the doors in December of 2008, and are still proud of the first order they ever received, a 12 oz Bay-Sized Burger.
On this night the place was quite busy with diners and others placing takeout orders. We approached the counter, after making our choices, and placed the order. We were given cups to fill at the beverage station, while the rest of our meal would be brought to our table. We decided to order the Fried Green Beans appetizer, as my friend had never had it and doesn’t do seafood. So it fit perfect.
For our entrées we ordered the Sirloin Steak Dinner and the Chessie Chicken. For dessert we ordered the brownie sundae and the Red Velvet Smith Island Cake. After paying for our order, we filled our fountain drinks and located a table.
It wasn’t long before the food came to our table. The appetizer arrived with the entrées with no explanation. We asked the waiter to hold the desserts so we could eat the dinners first. It was the first time that I know about that the appetizer came with the entrées.
The steak dinner was pretty good. It came with steamed fresh vegetables and baked potato wedges. The steak didn’t have a lot of fat, and it was a good sized portion. While not a vegetable person, I thought they were cooked perfect. They weren’t overcooked and the portion was better than most restaurants that I’ve been too. The potatoes were seasoned perfectly, and there was enough to satisfy a hungry appetite.
Unfortunately the Chessie Chicken was seasoned to the point it was not edible. It tasted like someone had dumped the can of pepper on it and it burned the throat. As a regular customer, it was a favorite so it was just a misstep in the kitchen. The steamed fresh vegetables were al dente and perfect.
Desserts were perfect way to end the meal. The brownie was still hot and the ice cream was cold and it was brought out before that ice cream started to melt. The 12 layer Red Velvet Smith Island Cake tasted fresh, exactly as a Smith Island Cake should.
Located: 10092 Southern Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk
Phone 410-286-5939 website: http://eatchesapeake.com/
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am – 10 pm
Credit cards accepted
Editor Note: All the reviews are done anonymously. The restaurant is not notified before the fact and all meals are paid for by Calvert Beacon. If there is a bad review, we will come back another time and do another one.