Picturesque view, pleasing fare at the Captain's Galley II

August 29, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

CAPTAIN'S GALLEY

L Where: 12817 S. Harbor Road, West Ocean City, (410) 213-2525

Hours: Dinner served 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily

4( Credit cards: All major credit cards The West Ocean City harbor sits along the regular route of many Ocean City sightseeing tours. As they go by, several of the guides point out the Cap

tain's Galley II as an area landmark.

The restaurant is situated right on the water, and boaters can cruise in for a meal and use the dock facilities. Diners who arrive by land can enjoy the view of the water, the picturesque fishing boats and the glistening sport boats docked nearby.

During the evening hours, a steady parade of tour boats cruises by with passengers waving cheery hellos.

Inside, patrons will find dinner served. Those looking for more casual, lighter fare can be seated on the outdoor deck where there's often evening entertainment.

We started our dinner with the smoked tuna ($6.95) and a cup of Galley crab soup ($1.50). The moist slices of tuna had a mild smoked flavor and came served with a sweet mustard sauce that had a pleasing, light taste. Our hostess commented that sometimes the tuna is served with a horseradish sauce, and after trying it, we decided the mustard version better suited our tastes.

The crab soup was packed with crab. Although the spicy broth had a few chunks of mixed vegetables, crab was the predominant ingredient.

Dinner entrees come served with a choice of two vegetables, and one of those choices includes a visit to the salad bar. The salad selection -- iceberg lettuce, green pepper, tomato and pasta salad -- was rather predictable, but everything was fresh and abundant.

For dinner, our crab imperial ($15.95) was served lightly browned on top with a wonderful light sauce that enhanced the flavor of the crab. It was also a nice surprise to discover large tasty lumps of crab meat inside.

Our other entree wasn't as successful. The surf and turf ($18.95) comes with the option of a crab cake or a lobster tail to accompany a 6-ounce fillet. We opted for the lobster tail, which was satisfactory but not as tasty as we would have liked; the fillet was tough and chewy.

For dessert, we tried the black Russian cake ($3.25) -- a wonderfully moist chocolate cake with a creamy Kahlua frosting. We also enjoyed the amaretto cheesecake ($3.25), which had a pronounced amaretto taste and a caky texture rather than the usual creaminess of most cheesecakes.

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