I enjoyed my first dining experience at The Blue Dolphin in Crofton, MD. Located almost halfway between DC and Baltimore I don’t make it out to Crofton much; however I was meeting my college besties for dinner and since one of them lives past Baltimore, Crofton seemed like a great central location.
We arrived for an early Friday night dinner around 6pm and despite the parking lot and lobby being packed, we were able to be seated right away in the dining room. The Blue Dolphin is most known for its bar and lounge area complete with live music on select nights. The atmosphere and menu reminded me of another Baltimore-Washington favorite Timbuktu.
I ordered a cup of cream of crab soup to start; the soup was delicious but I’m glad that I specifically inquired about a cup as the menu only mentioned bowl portions. Given the richness of the soup, I would not have been able to finish a bowl. For my entrée I decided to try the stuffed mushroom caps with a side of sautéed spinach and applesauce. The mushroom cap entrée included 6 medium-sized mushrooms each stuffed with what was essentially a mini-crabcake. The crabcake stuffing was pure lump crabmeat, no filler (that’s how us Marylanders prefer our crabcakes) and as yummy as it looks. The spinach was freshly sautéed in olive oil and garlic and topped with feta cheese – a garnish that I would’ve never thought of but it was absolutely fantastic! The applesauce, fresh and chunky served as a nice dessert-like finish. The portion sizes were ample and the food was simple yet clean in flavor.
The Blue Dolphin is a great option for a casual seafood dinner (please note: there are plenty of non-seafood options i.e. steak, chicken, pasta, etc.). The service was good and the ambiance was relaxed, low-key and very family-friendly. For more information about The Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar and Grill, visit the website: http://www.bluedolphingrill.com/index.html.
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