Meal was a bit uneven but, oh, what a wonderful view

June 13, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

Harrison's

Harbor Watch

Where: Boardwalk south, overlooking the inlet (410) 289-5121.

Hours: Dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. weekdays

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The anticipation of eating dinner while the surf crashed around us is what drew us to Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant at the tip of the boardwalk. And the stage show supplied by nature didn't disappoint us.

We decided to enjoy the view with a frosty strawberry daiquiri ($4.50) and a rum runner ($5.50). The rum runner seemed to have all the fruit juices promised in the menu plus a large dose of the dark island rum.

The restaurant has about 200 feet of windows overlooking the inlet, so there are many tables with a good view. But while the ocean lives up to its end of the bargain with serene vistas, the bar in the center of the room has several blaring televisions, which were very distracting.

Still, we enjoyed seeing the birds swoop over Assateague Island and watching the changing light on the water as the sun went down.

The dining room is decorated in dark green with brass accents. The walls are paneled and plants dangle from the ceiling.

To start the meal off, the dinner menu promised assorted home baked rolls and muffins, but results were uneven. The bread platter did include a wheat roll that was light and fluffy and there was a sweet cranberry muffin that was good. But a raisin roll with white frosting was almost too tough to bite into and the cinnamon roll wasn't very flavorful.

While I've never been denied extra butter in any restaurant, butter fanatics should note that the menu states that the breads are accompanied with "unlimited butter." We decided not to test that claim.

My companion started the dinner with the hickory barbecued shrimp ($6.95), which were served on a tray that was so hot the lemon juice sizzled on impact. The four plump shrimp were wrapped in bacon with melted mozzarella cheese and then topped with a tangy barbecue sauce.

I had a cup of Maryland's famous crab soup ($2.25), which was moderately spiced but a bit salty for my tastes. The soup was packed with chunks of tomato, potato, string beans, peas, corn, onion and celery. The only thing in short supply was the crab. There were just little shredded bits floating through the broth.

Dinner entrees are served with a choice of as many side dishes as desired, so we both decided to have the dinner salad in addition to vegetables with dinner.

The salad was a mix of iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, cherry tomato, cucumber, sliced radishes, shredded carrots and, to my dismay, a sliced white onion. I'm not fond of onions, but I'm used to seeing red onions in salad, not white ones.

My friend ordered the chef's choice of the evening -- baked snapper topped with lobster casino butter (16.95). The fish seemed a bit dry, but the creamy sauce complemented it perfectly.

I had the twin medallions of filet mignon ($17.95). The medium-thick cut of meat was charbroiled on top and soft pink inside, making it tender and juicy.

For vegetables, we had red potatoes and the vegetable of the day, slices of green and yellow zucchini. As an afterthought, I ordered french fries and was glad I did. I thought they were among the best fries I've ever had. The potatoes were cut in wedges and were perfectly crisp.

We both decided to have cakes for dessert, courtesy of Mrs. Pose of Baltimore fame. The cheesecake ($3) was fluffy and smooth and rested on an almost invisible thin crust. The chocolate Chambord cake ($3.25) had a raspberry filling between the layers of rich chocolate cake and was lathered with the smoothest chocolate frosting I've ever had.

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