The Harvest Taste of Solomons on October 22, 2016, brought new customers to the participating restaurants to sample the food. Although it was quite windy, people were enjoying the offerings of each place. There were fifteen businesses to choose from and each offered something different. We were able to get to nine of them before we ran out of time.
The Ruddy Duck was the first place to be visited. They were offering Soft Pretzel Sticks with Beer Cheese, Sauerbraten Sliders made with beef, Loaded Potato Soup and Ruddy Duck Beer. The food was wonderful, highly recommending the Sauerbraten Sliders. Cori Eriksen, Head Bartender, told us that “the restaurant is family owned and operated and we like to give back to the community”.
The Grill Sergeant proffered Smoked Spare Ribs, Pig Wings, Pulled Pork Siders and Funnel Cake Fries. Anything barbecued from the Grill Sergeant is awesome. Mike Theesen said, “Would like to thank everyone who came out to beautiful Solomons island for the Harvest Taste and who visited the Grill Sergeant BBQ. We have been in business for over 20 years and have been at our location since 2004. We strive to make the best BBQ around as a small business like others on Solomons Island I believe it is important for everyone to support great local food and what everyone has to offer it been a pleasure doing this event again and we look forward to another fabulous year. We like supporting the Solomons Fireworks every year and this supports it.
Lotus Kitchen and Kim’s Key Lime Pie had Cream of Crab Soup with kale and corn, Turkey Chili with white meat, Apple Cider Mimosa and Hot Caramel Apple Cider. Tina told us “the excitement and all the delicious smells are enough to bring you back to Solomons Island yearly”.
The Island Hideaway offered Pumpkin Ravioli, Seafood Cannelloni, Sweet and Spicy Black Bean Chili, Key Lime Pie and Apple Pie Sangria. The Black Bean Chili was pretty good. Lori Donaldson, owner, had her son Chris tell us what was great about the event, “nice to bring the community together. A fantastic opportunity for new customers to have a chance to try a few items from our new menu”.
The Pier (in a corner of Island Hideaway for the event as they are not open yet), had Spiked Hot Chocolate or plain Hot Chocolate. The Pier’s owners, Janel Baki, Jessie hall and Don Gordon, hope to be open mid-November. Janel said “this is a wonderful event for the community and seeing new and familiar faces. We thank Island Hideaway for letting us be a part of it.”
Kingfisher’s Seafood House was offering Butter Nut Squash with Créme Fraiche, Fish Tacos, Crab Mac N Cheese, and Old Bay Wings with Ranch Dressing. While speaking with Joey, people were telling others how great the Fish Tacos were. We tried the Crab Mac N Cheese and it was okay. Joey told us “I’m glad that it brings people out to try our food. Let’s us get involved in the community and support the fireworks”.
Next we headed to Captain Smith’s, where they were offering Fried Oysters, Fried Shrimp, Oyster Stew and Hush Puppies. The shrimp and oyster stew were very good and definitely worth a try when you go there. Dawn Bowen, Owner, said she “is hoping it’s a busy day for everyone. And I hope it continues to grow. It’s a good cause to support the fireworks”.
Our next stop was EZ Thai Two. EZ Thai One is in Prince Frederick. The owner, Saowaphak Tabsaeng Parker, was very hospitable. She brought out a dinner plate for each of us, consisting of a Spring Roll, Larb Chicken and a Potsticker, known by its true name Pork Gyoza. She also had us try the Thai Iced Tea. She sat down with us and explained each dish and how it was made. Made the food that much more enjoyable. And for those who have not eaten at the EZ Thai Restaurant, if you like Chinese food, you will definitely like the Thai food as it is not greasy. All the samples were exceptional, and highly recommended. She said, “It is very interesting as it is our first year participating. It’s a good opportunity and it lets people know what our food is like. We are getting goof feedback from the people who have come in today.”
The last stop for the tour was Boomerangs. They offered samples of their Famous Baby Back Ribs, Hand Breaded Jumbo Fried Shrimp and Homemade Hush Puppies. Holly, the manager, was asked her thoughts on the event and she replied, “It definitely brings a lot of people in and the feedback we are getting is they love the ribs and fried shrimp. We love supporting the fireworks and it brings us a lot of business. Billy, the owner, loves supporting the community.
We only reported on the food they gave us to sample, and if they did not offer any, we did not do a recommendation. we were not able to get to the other five, Angler’s Seafood Bar and Grill, Stoney’s Striped Rock, Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar, The Tiki Bar and the Charles Street Brasserie, but maybe next time. The public was able to purchase tickets for each restaurant and beverage they wanted to sample. The money supports the annual Solomons Fireworks.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon