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  • The rockfish bites were made of lightly battered fish served with tangy rémoulade sauce.
    Sharon Mager
    The rockfish bites were made of lightly battered fish served with tangy rémoulade sauce.
  • The chicken Chesapeake was tender chicken topped with creamy crab imperial.
    Sharon Mager
    The chicken Chesapeake was tender chicken topped with creamy crab imperial.
  • The blackened chicken was the star of the southwest chicken salad.
    Sharon Mager
    The blackened chicken was the star of the southwest chicken salad.
  • Make sure to grab a cup of coffee to go with the coconut pie — it's knock-your-socks-off sweet.
    Sharon Mager
    Make sure to grab a cup of coffee to go with the coconut pie — it's knock-your-socks-off sweet.

Broken Oar Bar & Grill Offers Great Food And Sweeping View Of Nabbs Creek

Sharon Mager
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August 10, 2017

My hubby and I visited the Broken Oar Bar & Grill (864 Nabbs Creek Road in Glen Burnie) at about 5:30pm on an overcast Saturday evening. The place was pretty full, though there were still tables available.

The restaurant is bright, airy and classy with huge windows showcasing the creek. With aqua walls decorated with oars, chains, anchors and pithy nautical sayings; a large, gleaming copper-top center bar; and wooden tables, it’s sure to be a favorite go-to place by land or by sea.

Diners can choose inside tables or sit outside on a large deck and tiki bar overlooking the water. During my visit, it began to rain, so the crowd was inside. Band members, scheduled to play outside, bided their time at the bar, waiting for the weather to ease up.

We sat at a high table near the bar. Televisions showed wrestling and music varied from Kenny Chesney country to light Jamaican. Our waitress, Amber, was a perfect server. She arrived immediately after we were seated, pleasantly taking our drink orders. She was friendly and shared the restaurant favorites with nary a hesitation when asked.

At Amber’s suggestion, we started out with rockfish bites — plump nibbles of seasoned rockfish, lightly battered, flash-fried and served with a rémoulade sauce. The appetizer arrived quickly. The fish was tender with no bones. The spicy sauce was a perfect partner for the bites. The serving was just right for the two of us and not overfilling. I wouldn’t rave over the rockfish bites, but they were tasty and satisfying. I flirted with getting the snake bites — Cajun filet tips in buffalo sauce — or the nachos.

For our entrees, my husband chose a southwest chicken salad, and after deliberating for some time (it’s a big menu), I settled on the chicken Chesapeake. Both were great picks, and once again, a waitress brought them out quickly. The wait staff tag-teamed and it worked well to service the crowd.

My chicken Chesapeake was pan-seared chicken breast smothered with crab imperial with sides of asparagus and basmati rice. The dish was rich with a variety of pleasing textures – tender chicken, creamy imperial and flaky crab meat. The dish was infused with a variety of flavors, and I detected the distinctive taste of Old Bay. The asparagus was nicely prepared — tender but not mushy, and gently seasoned. The basmati rice was especially yummy.

My hubby dumped both containers of the cilantro avocado dressing on his salad and dug in. I could see he was impressed. We switched plates halfway through the meal and I agreed that the salad was delicious. Though the normal ingredients were accounted for — greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, corn, black beans, guacamole and some tortilla strips — it was the chicken that stole the show. It was seasoned with blackening spices mixed with other tangy ingredients that elevated the spice level of the chicken. Every bite with the chicken was bursting with flavor.

The menu is large with lots to choose from, including filet mignon, crab cakes, pasta, sandwiches, wraps, make-your-own burgers and make-your-own pizzas. There’s also a children’s menu.

For dessert, Broken Oar offered coconut or chocolate cream pie, or New York cheesecake. We chose the coconut cream. It had a strong coconut flavor, but was knock-your-socks-off sweet and best paired with a cup of coffee.

The manager, Erika, stopped by to say hello, and ask how everything was. She was friendly, and she definitely aimed to please and sincerely wanted her guests to enjoy their visit and their food. Broken Oar is a restaurant first and a bar second, she said.

The whole meal with iced teas, an appetizer, two entrees, and a piece of pie came to under $70. Drop in the Broken Oar by land or sea this summer and enjoy the view, the food and the fun.


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