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  • Crabby tots consisted of a hearty portion of tater tots topped with melted jack cheddar cheese, crab and scallions.
    Photos by Mary Cobbler
    Crabby tots consisted of a hearty portion of tater tots topped with melted jack cheddar cheese, crab and scallions.
  • Jammin’ salmon featured grilled salmon topped with shrimp and béarnaise sauce over mashed potatoes.
    Photos by Mary Cobbler
    Jammin’ salmon featured grilled salmon topped with shrimp and béarnaise sauce over mashed potatoes.
  • A good portion of grilled chicken topped fresh greens in the Church Circle cobb salad.
    Photos by Mary Cobbler
    A good portion of grilled chicken topped fresh greens in the Church Circle cobb salad.
  • Choose the peanut butter pie when you visit! It's like fudge topped with chocolate on a brownie.
    Photos by Mary Cobbler
    Choose the peanut butter pie when you visit! It's like fudge topped with chocolate on a brownie.

Rams Head Dockside Offers Waterfront Outside Dining

Mary Cobbler
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June 8, 2018

The sun, the water, the palm trees — Rams Head Dockside, tucked in the Point Pleasant neighborhood (1702 Furnace Road in Glen Burnie), has just the right tropical vibe to liven up any lunch, dinner, happy hour or Friday party time. Inside, it’s clean and bright with a nautical theme. You can choose an indoor booth or table, but on a nice day, why? Instead, opt for the fabulous deck overlooking Furnace Creek.

We arrived the first sunny day after a rainy week and absolutely loved the chance to relax at a picnic table under an umbrella, right by the water. Our waiter, Cameron, was sweet and efficient, quickly taking our drink and appetizer orders.

For a starter, we were trying to decide on the chicken Chesapeake flatbread, the pizza pan nachos, or perhaps Ric’s shrimp toast, but at Cameron’s suggestion, we picked crabby tots. I haven’t had tater tots in decades, so they were a nice flashback treat, though much bolder than those of my childhood, with warm, melted jack cheddar cheese, lumps of crab meat and scallions — the combination created comfort food with pizazz, and the giant serving would easily satisfy a table of four.

There was a bit of a stumble on the main entrees. One of the daily specials was a salad fresca, which sounded wonderful, with mixed greens tossed with pineapple mango vinaigrette with shrimp, watermelon, pineapple, roasted pears, strawberries, cashews and feta. It makes my mouth water just writing it. I was strongly leaning toward that and Cameron suggested it, so I said “absolutely!” My companion chose another special, the boom-boom shrimp wrap, which had jumbo shrimp tossed with chipotle sauce, wrapped in a tortilla with lettuce, tomato and bacon served with home-fried chips. Can’t go wrong, right? Wrong.

Cameron returned to our table after a few moments to apologize and inform us that were out of the fruit they needed for the salad fresca (one of the day’s specials). A few minutes later, he returned to tell us that he had more “bad news.” They were out of wraps. Bummer!

So, I went with my second choice, the jammin’ salmon, and my companion chose a Church Circle cobb salad.

Beautifully presented, the salmon filet, with several shrimp on top, sat on a mound of mashed potatoes, all drizzled with béarnaise sauce. The salmon dish had potential. Unfortunately, that’s where it stopped. Overcooked and lacking flavor, the salmon wasn’t “jamming.” The mashed potatoes, I would guess, were of the instant variety. And the béarnaise sauce added nothing. The two or three shrimp on top were good. I ate a small amount and took the rest home to my husband. Some significant tweaking would make the dish a hit.

The Church Circle cobb salad was much better, a nice mix of fresh greens, lots of bacon that provided a burst of flavor, shredded cheeses, tomatoes, egg, and grilled chicken topped with bleu cheese crumbles. It was hearty and filling.
You want to finish strong, right? Well, we did. We chose the peanut butter pie and it was divine! It tasted like light and creamy peanut butter fudge (the kind you get on the Ocean City boardwalk), on a brownie crust, served with whipped cream. Sweet and satisfying for sure!

The bill came to about $60, reasonable for the amount of food we had.

In addition to daily and weekly specials, Rams Head Dockside has a large menu selection with steak, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, “pub fair” and dessert. The restaurant has a great beer selection — five full-time drafts in additional to seasonal brews.
With music three days a week and karaoke, there’s lots of activity in the evenings. For the whole menu and list of happenings, peruse the website at www.ramsheaddockside.com.

Plan to stop by sometime. Even if you catch the restaurant on an off day, you can’t go wrong, because the outside deck and water view is so inviting.


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