Calvert County's best kept secrets are often right in front of your face.
I love Calvert County. I have lived here all my life and cannot imagine living anywhere else.
I love the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Patuxent River on the other.
Of course, I love our local crabs that so many of us take for granted.
Best of all, I love the variety of restaurants that we have that fixes such a delicious variety of seafood in so many different ways.
This brings me to why I am writing about the place that I feel is Calvert's best kept secret of all.
I have a friend that has taken me from Cobb Island in St. Mary's County to several places in Anne Arundel and back again.
Most of the places that we have eaten at are in Calvert County though. We have eaten out so often that we have started duplicating where we go. I mentioned this to another friend of mine who told me about this place called Jerry's Seafood in Prince Frederick. She said that there are often lines to get in because the food is so good.
"Jerry's?" I thought. I had never heard of it. I mentioned this place to my friend and he told me that his mother also recommended it. So, last Friday night, we set out to find this place called "Jerry's."
Let me tell you what — after "experiencing" Jerry's, I could never imagine going anyplace else to have seafood. I say "experience" because it was just that. The first thing I noticed when I opened the door was the smell of seafood. Not the overpowering smell that many seafood places have, but a wonderful smell of seafood mixed with many other delicious smells.
The second thing I noticed was just how friendly the service was. As we were seated, I looked around the full restaurant to see how the other patrons were doing. Everyone was smiling and laughing and truly enjoying their fare. The atmosphere was very warm and inviting at Jerry's. Not soon after we were seated a waitress gave us a sampling appetizer that consisted of real homemade fish cakes — not minced but whole fish and very tasty.
Not soon after placing our order, Jerry himself made his appearance. I was told that he does this on a regular basis. He introduced himself and inquired what we had ordered. He asked what our favorite foods were, and when we told him he went right to the kitchen to bring out a sampling of fresh coconut shrimp and lightly fried oysters. He didn't have to tell us that they were not previously frozen. We could tell that right away. He talked to us for another couple of minutes and then went on to the next table.
I watched him as he made his rounds to every single table in his establishment. I could tell that he wasn't just doing this for better business; he was really interested in his customers and what we had to say.
Jerry has a menu to beat every place I have been. Everything served is fresh, cooked to perfection, tasty, and, yes, much better than any restaurant I have been to in this area. The food is the best, the service is excellent, and Jerry himself making his appearance was the icing on the cake for me. Jerry's has spoiled me.
If you have never been there Jerry's is just south of Prince Frederick on the right hand side next to Mr. Tire. You have to "experience" Jerry's for yourself to really appreciate it. I love Calvert County, and I love Jerry's — two of the best-kept secrets in Maryland.
Cleta Miller, Huntingtown