The Snow Hill Inn
104 E. Market St., Snow Hill, (410) 632-2102.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Monday through Friday for lunch; 5:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday for dinner.
Credit cards: V, MC, AE.
No-smoking section? Yes.
We came upon the Snow Hill Inn during a day trip to Furnace Town and the Pocomoke River State Park, about a half-hour drive from Ocean City.
The restaurant at the bed and breakfast was a welcome respite from the heat and humidity that sent us reeling from the forest to civilization and air conditioning.
Billing itself as "the undiscovered treasure of the Eastern Shore," the Snow Hill Inn, built between 1790 and 1850, offers an unpretentious and affordable menu.
In fact, the menu, which includes everything from seafood to sandwiches, is so appealing that it was difficult to make choices.
We finally chose two of the daily specials: an open prime rib sandwich ($4.95) and a fried flounder sandwich ($4.50). Both are served with potato chips, homemade cole slaw and pickle.
The generous portion of prime rib was tender and delicious. The fish was flaky with just enough batter and not overcooked.
My wife ordered the quiche du jour, broccoli and cheese, with a side salad ($4.75). The quiche was rich with cheese and fresh broccoli cuts. Exquisite.
The Snow Hill Inn doesn't have a children's menu. Our children, ** ages 5 and 10, split the flounder sandwich. And our 17-month-old ate a cup of rich, flavorful vegetable soup and borrowed from other plates.
The inn's seafood menu includes crab cake sandwich ($5.25), grilled tuna ($5.25), and a seafood platter, featuring crab cake, fish fillet and steamed shrimp and cole slaw ($7.50).
Besides sandwiches and seafood, the menu offers every kind of salad imaginable, including tossed, spinach, seafood, Greek and taco, ranging in price from $1.50 to $6.50.
The pace at the Snow Hill Inn is unhurried and casual. You may have to wait a little longer for lunch, but the kitchen will stay your hunger with freshly baked (and still warm) muffins. We were served cinnamon apple muffins. Other days the selection may be raspberry or blackberry.
nTC You can also use the time to wander around the Victorian-style dining rooms, which are decorated with a deep green floral print, ceiling fans and antique furniture.