By: Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Restaurants

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down. The order includes the following:

“Grocery stores, farmer’s markets, liquor stores, and convenience stores are not included in the executive order. Meanwhile, restaurants, distilleries, and wineries must close but can offer carry-out and delivery services. Farms, food manufacturing plants, pet supply stores, and companies that handle agricultural equipment can remain open.”

For those of us who need to eat (and don’t cook…don’t judge me), this is good news. For restaurant owners, they are scrambling to decide how to serve the community and keep their doors open, while following this order.

I am providing a list of restaurants serving carry-out, curbside, and/or delivery service to the community. I am posting my spreadsheet for Charles County first. I will post my St. Mary’s County and Calvert County spreadsheets as I complete them. I’m sure I have missed restaurants and will continue to update my lists. Please PM me with any restaurants I should add. I will post updates periodically.

Charles County Restaurants open for Carry-out and Delivery amid COVID-19 by David M. Higgins II on Scribd

My purpose in these spreadsheets is to let the community see what restaurants are available. I’ve included the address, phone number, and website (if available). Many of these restaurants are operating with minimized hours and limited menus. Check their Facebook pages (most have a Facebook page) or their websites for further information. Most are taking call-in orders and many offer curbside service.

I am not including fast-food drive-thru restaurants because they have been able to adapt to this new format easier than others. Some of the fast-food restaurants we need to continue to frequent are Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Roy Rogers, Taco Bell, Sonic, Dairy Queen, KFC, and Popeye’s. Some of these franchises (such as Chick-fil-a) are locally-owned and are very involved in our community.

Mobile restaurants (food trucks) are in the area and offering amazing food. To see where they are on any given day, check out their Facebook pages and social media. Some of the trucks include: Smoker’s Delight, Fresh Made 4U, Honey Bun Cake Factory, Sweet Street Donuts, Chuck Wagon Catering (at BlueDyer Distillery), County Manners, The Gospel Chick, 2 Soul Sisters, Calvert Crabs, Caney Creek Catering (often at Mully’s Brewery), Linda’s on the Go, Myra’s New Orleans Cuisine and No Sauce Que. FYI…if you are in Waldorf, some of these trucks hang out at the former Toys R Us.

Another option to find great food is to use a food delivery service. More information about the services can be found on their websites. Phone apps make it very easy to order food and have it delivered to you. Some of the food delivery services in our area include Door Dash, GrubHub, Postmates, Food Scooter, and Uber Eats. These services let you stay at home! I just ordered smoothies from Tropical Smoothie, while I’m writing this article!

Not on my spreadsheet are several restaurants that are not able to be open at this time but will reopen soon. These restaurants include The Charles (LaPlata), Wee Bean Coffee Roasters (LaPlata), Grille No. 13 (Waldorf), Hot Pot (Mechanicsville), Lucianna’s Steakhouse (Waldorf), The Cove at Cobb Island (Cobb Island), Martini’s (White Plains), and Little Fish (Waldorf). Can’t wait for these restaurants to return to regular operations.

Please stay healthy, enjoy great food and support all our local businesses!

Lynne O'Meara

Lynne retired after 30 years of federal service with the Office of Naval Intelligence in 2015. After retirement, she was a Commercial Real Estate Agent, which is where she learned about the business side...