Restaurant Review: Garry’s Grill in Severna Park

I went to Garry’s about two years ago and had a decent meal, but what I remember was that the bill came to $100 fast and the food wasn’t spectacular.  I decided to give it another shot when I saw a coupon offering $25 (some restrictions) for $10. image

We arrived around 7:30pm and there was immediately some confusion about whether a table was available or not.  We were seated after a few minutes, but the host (a young man) seemed disorganized.  Our son wasn’t feeling well, so I asked the host for a ginger ale asap.  He said he would get it and we waited.  No ginger ale.  When our waitress arrived, she was unaware of the request and fetched the soda quickly. 

For our appetizer, we ordered the fish tacos.  They were probably the best fish tacos I’ve had outside of California for one simple reason: there was a good size piece of fish on each of the tacos.  Usually, you get a few pieces of chopped up fish with an overabundance of some kind of dressing.  These fish tacos (you get three) were perfectly seasoned and the fish was perfectly cooked.  I shared them with my lady, but I wanted to eat them all. 

We shared a plate of crab cakes, which came with green beans and rice.  The sides were very small, but I didn’t care.  What I cared about was the crab cakes.  They turned out to be very average.  The crab meat was very finely processed (no delicious chunks) and there was a lot of cartilage or shell in the crab cakes.  There was also too much mayonnaise giving them a soggy feeling and they tasted like there was no Old Bay in them at all.  I know this can’t be true.  Surely, a restaurant in Maryland that makes its own crab cakes would have Old Bay in the recipe, right?  Right?!?!!?!

Dessert was a delicious chocolate mousse pie/cake, but I have a hard time believing that it wasn’t shipped in.  Our bill rounded $65 before the coupon, which they gladly accepted. 

All in all, Garry’s was as mediocre as expected.  Rating: 3/5