Southern Maryland Food & Drink primarily covers the counties of Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and Saint Mary’s. Our focus is on providers of the wide variety of foods and drinks here in Southern Maryland. Here you’ll find articles about breweries, distilleries, and wineries. We also publish recipes, along with reviews of restaurants and books.
Our Food & Drink Business Directory lists more than 300 local businesses. We publish detailed information about farmers markets, wineries and vineyards, seafood harvesters and purveyors, and bars and restaurants. The Directory doesn’t list large national restaurant chains. Our goal is to help people find eateries with local owners who feature the flavors of Southern Maryland. We don’t have any objections to national chains, and have patronized many of them over the years. That’s just not what Southern Maryland Food & Drink is about.
Southern Maryland history
Here, tobacco and horses once held sway. Now, though, cigars and cigarettes are no longer as popular as they once were and the great tobacco buyout changed the whole face of farming in southern Maryland. Horse racing is also greatly diminished. Today, there are lots of suburbs in the northern part of the region. The landscape grows more and more rural the further south you go. Our farms produce fruits and vegetables, poultry, swine, beef, horses, sheep, goats, and rabbits. More than a few farmers make extra money offering farm tours, along with snack shops, corn mazes and Christmas displays.
Our waters — the Potomac river to the west, the Chesapeake Bay to the east, and the Patuxent river splitting the two (the much smaller Wicomico River runs between the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers) — have suffered from silting and pollution. There are fewer watermen today, too. Fortunately, we are still able to enjoy blue crabs, fish and oysters.
Our Southern Maryland
Having spent more than 30 years living in Southern Maryland, we kind of know our way around. We’ve had our fair share of local crab cakes, rock fish, corn, tomatoes, and oysters. Many of them enjoyed with good drinks and friends, of course. This is, as the old Natty Boh (that’s National Bohemian beer for the non-locals) commercials used to say, “the land of pleasant living.”
We look forward to providing you with information about our region’s food and drink. Please let us hear from you.