By; Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Restaurants
I like to find great food in hidden locations. A few days ago, I decided to drive into St. Mary’s County to dine at one of my favorite places on the water. To get there, you drive until you think you’ve reached the end of the road…and then you drive a little bit further.
That’s the way it is with Morris Point Restaurant in Abell, Maryland. Down on water where the food is great, and the view is beautiful!
Chris and Debbie took over the restaurant in 1998. They have put a lot of work into this little hidden gem. Chris is the chef and can be found leading his small crew. The place is comfortable and inviting. The service was great, even though they were very busy. The view is breathtaking! You should get there early, because there are not many tables (the place is small), and they have a regular following. They have seven tables inside and five tables outside on the deck.
It’s amazing what comes out of that tiny kitchen. They feature fresh, local fish and seafood. They have crabs on Saturdays and Sundays (in season) and the season is now! September and October crabs are the best! Every meal is cooked to order, which means it takes a little longer to get your food. But, with these views…who cares! Chris says, “It’s worth the trip!”
We started with a couple of appetizers. I always like to check out anything with crabmeat, so we ordered the Crab Balls. And, because I love hushpuppies (if you know me, you know this), we ordered some of those too. Both were delicious! The Crab Balls are handmade and had a great crabby taste. The hushpuppies had pieces of corn in them and had a nice corn flavor.
For dinner, my granddaughter went with the Mix and Match dinner, which is a selection where you pick two seafood options. She went with the Shrimp and Crab Cake, with sweet potato and hushpuppies (a girl after my own heart). Both were beautifully cooked and seasoned. I asked her what she liked, and she told me, “Everything is my favorite”.
My friend ordered the Fatty Crab. I’d never heard of this before…a softshell crab stuffed with a crab cake. It was amazing! He said it was, “the best softshell crab he’s ever had”. I had the Stuffed Shrimp, baked sweet potato, and butter beans. Yes, butter beans. They are lima beans cooked to perfection! A must-try when you go there!! The shrimp was stuffed with plenty of crabmeat! I always think I’m going to try something new, but I seem to end up getting the Stuffed Shrimp…with Butter Beans!
It’s an interesting place! Because the kitchen is so small, and they don’t have an automatic dishwasher (I’m sure Chris does his share of dishes too), the appetizers are served on Styrofoam plates and drinks are served in plastic cups. The main courses are served on real plates.
In addition to all the great meals being served, Chris also makes all the desserts! I asked what he would like people to know about Morris Point and he said he thinks there is “something for everyone on the menu”.
Morris Point Restaurant is located at 38869 Morris Point Road in Abell, Maryland. They are open year-round and their hours are Thursday 5pm-8: 30 pm, Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, and Sunday 11am-8pm. On Sundays, they serve brunch.
You can visit their website by clicking here: Morris Point Restaurant Website
Ratings (out of 5):
- Food: 4.8
- Service: 4.3
- Ambiance: 4.6