St. Mary’s Landing

Ham House | Seafood | Tavern
Worth a detour

“How are the crab cakes?” we asked Lynda the waitress one evening at St. Mary’s Landing.

“They’re huge!” she replied. “Softballs! And very, very crabby.”

We love the enthusiasm with which food is served in this comfy St. Mary’s Country Roadhouse along Route 5 on the Western Shore. When we enquired about the local specialty, stuffed ham, we were treated to a veritable homily on the subject, including how to cook it (boil, then quickly refrigerate) and how to serve it (preferably, cool). It is a corned ham prepared with heaps of kale, cabbage, onions, and spice, served here for breakfast on a plate with delicious potato cakes or for supper as a main course.

Other than ham, the menu includes all kinds of the seafood that makes Chesapeake Bay dining such a pleasure. In addition to those crabby crabcakes, we enjoyed a big, snapping-firm spiced boiled shrimp on a half-and-half plate with barbecued ribs. The ribs were good, with a delicate crunch to their outermost edges and meat that slid right off the bone.

Like so many of the worthwhile restaurants in this part of the world, St. Mary’s Landing is a tavern as well as eatery. There’s a bar room in back; and the booths and tables out front all provide views of ceiling-mounted television sets that offer a continuous, minute-by-second countdown to the next keno game.

What to Eat
St. Mary’s Landing, Ribs/seafood
Half-and-half: shrimp and ribs
St. Mary’s Landing, Stuffed Ham
Stuffed Ham
Here's a plate of stuffed ham for breakfast. It is heaped with peppery spiced greens and sided by an excellent mashed potato cake.
St. Mary’s Landing, Spiced Boiled Shrimp
Spiced Boiled Shrimp
In this part of the world, boiling shellfish with a hail of spice is an art. That's a cup of drawn butter to the left of the shrimp.
St. Mary’s Landing, Scrapple
If stuffed ham isn't exotic enough for you, St. Mary's Landing also offers that Mid-Atlantic pig meat scrapple for breakfast.
St. Mary’s Landing, Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes
Crab is the best-known specialty in this area, and these crab cakes are superb. That big globe on the right is mashed potatoes and gravy.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday8 am - 4 pm
Tuesday8 am - 4 pm
Wednesday8 am - 4 pm
Thursday8 am - 4 pm
Friday8 am - 4 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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