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If you’re looking for a great meal, look no further than Southern Maryland! Our area is home to some of the best restaurants in the state. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, barbecue, or something else entirely, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite local restaurants. So sit back, relax, and let us take you on a culinary tour!


Best Seafood in Southern Maryland

#1 The Crab Claw

The Crab Claw in St. Mary’s County is a local favorite for seafood lovers. The restaurant has been serving up fresh crab, fish, and shrimp dishes since the 1950s. It offers outdoor tables and waterfront views of the Miles River. They are open seasonally mid March-October. If you’re looking for something truly Maryland-style, be sure to order the crab dip!


Southern Maryland BBQ and More

#2 Woody’s BBQ

If barbecue is more your thing, check out Woody’s Bar-B-Que in Charles County. This no-frills eatery has been a staple of the community for over 30 years. The menu features all your favorite barbecue staples like ribs, pulled pork, and chicken. And be sure to try their famous sauces – they’re mouth-watering good!

#3 Mama’s Country Kitchen

If you’re in the mood for some good ole’ southern cooking, then head on over to Mama’s Country Kitchen in Leonardtown. This family-owned restaurant serves up hearty meals like chicken and dumplings, fried green tomatoes, and country-fried steak. You’ll definitely leave here feeling satisfied.

Best Place to Take Your Friends

#4 Ruddy Duck Brewery

Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill in Calvert County is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a beer. The brewery offers a rotating selection of craft beers, all of which are brewed on-site. The menu features American classics with a twist, like the Ruddy Duck Burger topped with bacon and blue cheese. And if you’re looking for something lighter, the grilled salmon salad is a must-try! More than food, this place offers a variety of entertainment. From live music to trivia nights, there’s always something happening at the Duck.

#5 Sweet Bay Restaurant

Sweet Bay Restaurant and Bar in St. Mary’s is a local favorite for seafood lovers.  Located right in the center of town square, this restaurant is a gem with its menu featuring fresh catches from the Chesapeake Bay.  Dining here is an experience in local charm with a fancy flair.

#6 Renee’s by the Bay

For a more upscale dining experience, check out Renee’s by the Bay in Lexington Park. This restaurant offers a unique menu with items like duck confit, seared scallops, and roasted beet salad. The atmosphere is perfect for a date night or special occasion.

So there you have it! A few of our favorite restaurants in Southern Maryland. We hope you get a chance to check them out for yourself. Bon appetit!

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